As a composer, my search is the result of the acquired professional experiences. It’s the attempt to knock down the concept of “style” and the pursuit of a new “democratic music”. A language that allows to express in the greatest stylistic and formal freedom the diversified and complex sensitiveness of the modern man.
I completed my studies under the guide of Luisella Minini and, as a composer, with Angelo Corradini and Ivan Fedele, at Civica Scuola di Musica in Milan, and graduated (with Hons) at the Conservatoire of Brescia (Italy). I then improved my composing studies with Sylvano Bussotti and Giorgio Colombo Taccani.
After performing as a soloist and winning both the Acada Endas prize and the City of Cremona prize, I began my career in the Musical Theatre at Teatro alla Scala in Milan, as pianist for the School of Ballet, working with Mrs. Loretta Alexandrescu. This led me to spend three years in France, first as pianist for Roland Petit at the Ecole Nationale Superieure de Danse in Marseille, and then at the Opera de Monaco, where I was repetiteur for the choir and worked with Kirstan Missirkov and Jocelyne Dienst. As a pianist for the dance accompany I also worked with Nina Watt and Denis Ganio in Rome, and most recently at the Arena di Verona.
In 1993 I became repetiteur for Opera at Teatro Carlo Felice (Genova), and in the following years I cooperated as freelance with many Italian and international theatres, such as Teatro Regio di Parma, Teatro Nazionale (Rome), Vest Norges Opera (Bergen), Accademia Chigiana di Siena, Teatro Greco di Taormina, Rossini Opera Festival (Pesaro), as well as with singers such as Roberto Scandiuzzi, Salvatore Licitra, Katia Ricciarelli, Adriana Morelli, Dimitra Theodossiou, Giuseppe Taddei, and many others.
In the mean time, I continued his studies of conducting, being assistant of Renato Serio and Nicola Samale, among the others. Conducting highlights of my career include titles such as Tosca, La Traviata, Norma, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, La Serva Padrona, Le Nozze di Figaro, Rigoletto, Suor Angelica, Monteverdi’s Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Mozart’s and Verdi’s Requiem, The Merry Widow.
Thanks to my expertise in the Italian and French Opera repertoire, I held several Master classes for young opera singers and accompanists, first as assistant of Leone Magiera (M° Pavarotti’s coach and conductor) and subsequently on my own.
My most recent engagements in the Music Theatre include a collaboration with Opera Bergen (Norway) as cembalo/continuo in Handel’s Theodora and as solo pianist in Bernstein’s Mass.
As a composer, I won the Milano Milhaud prize in 1994 with Concerto da camera n.1, which allowed me to further develop my skills by working closely with the Pomeriggi Musicali in Milan, and under the tutelage of Marco Tutino. I was taken up by Edizioni Sonzogno and went on to compose Favola Nuova (for actor and orchestra) and Piccola Suite per Orchestra Giovanile.
In 2000 my Messa per un Nuovo Millennio brought together elements of pop/rock with symphonic music by including a saxophone quartet, electric bass, drums and percussions in a score which also includes symphony orchestra, soloists and choir. The work is based around the Liturgical Mass for the Easter time, completely in Italian, and follows the works of the Second Vatican Council. It is already in the repertoire of several Italian choral societies, and has now been translated in English with the title Resurrection Mass.
In 2001, for Verdi’s Centenary, I wrote a version for two pianos of La Traviata, and in 2003 I won the first prize for the Contemporary Neapolitan Song, in Salerno, with Na Luggetella.
My last work for piano solo, Preludes sur la Danse, was performed in Connecticut (USA) by the American pianist Scott Mayfield in 2007 and in the same year my Elegia n°1 for string orchestra (or Bergen Elegy) won the first prize at the International Composer Competition Ottorino Respighi (in commission Arvo Paert).
Most recently, I became member of the London Composers Forum and premiered the second volume of my Preludes sur la Danse, Le Centre, in a series of concerts in London.
My most recent work, Suggestions of Love, for two vocalists, actor and pianoforte, based on the poetry of, amongst others, Riccardo Bentsik, develops the tradition of the “lied” as means of story-telling within the context of accessible contemporary melodic music.
My work covers a vast spectrum and audience, and my children’s book Little Petrof (winner of the Premio Speciale Narrativa per Ragazzi Città di Salò), is currently being worked on as an idea for a Music Theatre show and a 3D animation movie.