Salvatore SciarrinoIT

Salvatore Sciarrino (Palermo, 1947) started composing –self-taught – when he was 12 and held his first public concert in 1962. But it is only after 1966 that he believes his personal style began to reveal itself. After classical studies and a few years of university in Palermo, he moved to Rome in 1969 and in 1977 to Milan. Since 1983, he has lived in Città di Castello, in Umbria. He has composed for the most important orchestras, opera houses and festivals throughout Europe, in Tokyo and New York. Sciarrino’s discography counts over 100 CDs. In addition to writing most of his theatre opera’s librettos, Sciarrino has written a wide variety of articles, essays and texts; particularly important is his interdisciplinary book about musical form Le figure della musica, da Beethoven a oggi, (Ricordi, 1998). Sciarrino taught at the Music Academies of Milan (1974–83), Perugia (1983–87) and Florence (1987– 96). From 1978 to 1980 he was Artistic Director of Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Academic of Santa Cecilia (Roma), Academic of Fine Arts of Bavaria and Academic of the Arts (Berlin). Sciarrino's awards include Prince Pierre de Monaco (2003) and the prestigious Feltrinelli International Award (Premio Internazionale Feltrinelli) (2003); he was also the first prizewinner of the Salzburg Music Prize (2006). In 2006 his opera Da gelo a gelo, coproduced by Schwetzinger Festspiele, Opéra National de Paris and Grand Théâtre de Genève, was performed to great acclaim. In 2008 La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra performed his 4 Adagi and 12 Madrigali were premiered in the summer of the same year in a portrait series dedicated to him by the Salzburg Festival.

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Salvatore Sciarrino