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«Alessio Elia fa una musica davvero interessante, complessa nella scrittura e nella concezione, molto "logica", ma che poi all'ascolto funziona. E questo è ciò che conta».
Péter Eötvös, compositore e direttore d'orchestra ungherese (la Repubblica)


«Un unicum nel panorama compositivo dei nostri tempi».
Stefano Cascioli, compositore, violinista e pianista italiano (Il Corriere Musicale)


«Un astro nascente della composizione».
Elena Abbado, musicologa italiana (in NIGHT ITALIA Febraio 2017)


«Un compositore eccellente la cui musica  proietta il micro-mondo  su degli schermi sonori giganteschi in modo tale che i
particolari, ingranditi, non  solo  da  lontano  ma  anche  da  molto  vicino  sono preziosamente elaborati fin nel minimo dettaglio».
Szabolcs Molnár, critico ungherese (in Magyar Narancs Maggio 2019)


«Tramite l'utilizzo di intonazioni differenti Alessio Elia crea un'immagine sonora delle diverse teorie delle superstringhe».
Jean-Claude Risset, compositore francese


«Elia è un compositore eccellente. Ha una conoscenza molto ampia in molti aspetti delle arti e della filosofia. È stato un piacere immenso scambiare idee nel vasto campo della musica con lui».
Manfred Stahnke, compositore tedesco (Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg)


«Collocare Elia non è facile - ma non credo che Alessio Elia voglia essere "collocato" in una scuola, in una tendenza. La sua musica sembra invitare all'abbandono estetico e perfino sensuale. Ma questo abbandono è il risultato di un cesello attento, di un'idea di struttura di cui la scrittura non perde mai il controllo. L'abbandono si fa architettura, lo sciogliersi si solidifica nell'atto puntiglioso, capzioso anche, della scrittura».
Claudio Morandini, scrittore


«Quelle infinitesimali corde vibranti che costituiscono le più piccole particelle della materia e che generano l'energia dell'universo sembrano davvero i nuclei densi e primordiali dai quali si irradia il "suono di Elia"».
Guido Barbieri, critico e musicologo (RAI Radio 3)


«L'incomparabile approccio di Alessio Elia alla composizione deriva direttamente dalla sua personale natura indagatrice che lo
rende tra i compositori più interessanti della scena italiana contemporanea».
Luciano Pelosi, compositore e direttore d'orchestra (Conservatorio di Musica "S. Cecilia", Roma)


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Biografia

Descritto come un unicum nel panorama compositivo dei nostri tempi (Il Corriere Musicale) Alessio Elia è oggi considerato tra i compositori più originali della nuova generazione (la Repubblica, Universal Music Publishing, Muzsika, Radio Vaticana, Die Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung).
Ha ricevute commissioni da alcune delle più importanti istituzioni del panorama internazionale tra cui si annoverano quelle de I Solisti della Teatro alla Scala di Milano (Octet), brano registrato in CD da Warner Classics nel 2018, con I Solisti della Scala diretti da Andrea Vitello, e pubblicato da Universal Music Publishing - EMB; Radio Bartók (per il lavoro orchestrale Trasparenze) scritto per la ArTRIUM series dell'Orchestra della Radio Nazionale Ungherese; Alter Ego ensemble (Altered memories) per un progetto con brani commissionati a Peter Eötvös, Toshio Hosokawa, Peter Ablinger, Lukas Ligeti, László Sáry e Howard Skempton; Impronta ensemble (Traces from Nowhere) per Oggimusica Festival di Lugano; UMZE - lo storico ensemble fondato da Bartók (Ekpyrotic Suicide),
Wiener Collage, membri dei Wiener Philharmoniker (Outskirts of matter), Kammerchor Stuttgart diretto da Frieder Bernius
(Incantesimi di Merseburg) e la Antal Dorati Competition (Distimement) come brano per la finale del concorso per direttori d'orchestra.

Si è formato in ambito internazionale, studiando composizione in Italia, Ungheria e Germania. Si è laureato presso il Conservatorio di Musica S. Cecilia di Roma sotto la guida di Giovanni Piazza. Ha conseguito specializzazioni post-laurea in Italia presso l'Accademia Nazionale di Musica S. Cecilia di Roma e presso l’Accademia Chigiana di musica di Siena, e all'estero presso l'Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt con Brian Ferneyhough, Toshio Hosokawa e Georg Friedrich Haas e l'Accademia Ferenc Liszt di Budapest con Zoltán Jeney. Di significativa importanza la frequentazione col compositore norvegese Lasse Thoresen durante il soggiorno a Oslo.
Ha conseguito due dottorati, entrambi con lode, in Composizione presso la Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst Mannheim, studiando con Sidney Corbett, già allievo di György Ligeti e in Storia, Scienze e Tecniche della Musica presso l'Università di Roma Tor Vergata con una tesi sull'Hamburgisches Konzert di Ligeti, primo saggio sull'argomento nel panorama internazionale.

È stato compositore ospite e ricercatore in Ungheria presso la Liszt Academy of Music di Budapest, l'Università Statale di Debrecen
e al Zoltán Kodály Institute di Kecskemét; nella Svizzera tedesca, a Basilea, presso la Sacher Foundation, e in Norvegia presso l'Accademia Norvegese di Musica di Oslo, dove è stato docente di composizione nel 2010.

La sua musica è stata eseguita in tutto il mondo in importanti sale da concerto e festival [Auditorium Parco della Musica di Roma, Grand Hall dell'Accademia Liszt in Budapest; Menuhin Festival in Oslo; Festival Mahler in Budapest; Accademia Filarmonica Romana; Levinsalen e Lindemansalen in Oslo; Mannheimer Kunstverein; LAC - Lugano Arte e Cultura Auditorium; Studi della Radio Nazionale Ungherese; Forum Neue Musik – Palais Priz Carl a Heidelberg; Sala Bartók del Művészetek Palotája (Palazzo delle Arti - Auditorium Nazionale, Budapest); BMC – Budapest Music Center; Arnold Schoenberg Center in Vienna; Auditorium del Parco di Renzo Piano in L'Aquila; Festival Oggimusica in Lugano; Contemporary Arts Festival Budapest; Yamaha Concert Hall Vienna, etc.]

Le opere di Elia sono state trasmesse da radio ed emittenti televisive statali, come ad esempio: Radio Bartók (Ungheria),
Radio Vaticana, Saarländischer Rundfunk (Germania), RAI Radio 3 (Italia); Magyar Televízió e Duna TV (TV di Stato Ungherese).

Ha rilasciato interviste sulla sua musica per: Cité de la musique a Parigi, Magyar Televízió e Duna TV, Bartók Radio, Radio Vaticana, Dal+Szerző – Rivista della Società degli Autori Ungheresi, Muzsika – la più importante rivista ungherese di musica classica, Musica +, Budapest Music Centre, e la Peter Eötvös Foundation.

L'attività di compositore e ricercatore lo ha portato a svolgere un ciclo di conferenze in Europa (Norvegia, Ungheria, Germania, Danimarca, Italia, etc.), tra le quali le più significative si sono svolte presso: la Cité de la musique a Parigi; Internationales
Musikinstitute Darmstadt; Accademia Filarmonica Romana; Accademia Chigiana in Siena; Canal C2 - Université de Strasbourg;
The Hungarian Academy of Arts; Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst Mannheim; Eötvös József University, Baja (Ungheria); Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo;  l'Internationale Kulturfabrik Kampnagel ad Amburgo durante il Simposio "Ligeti und die Mikrotonalität", presentato da Louise Duchesneau, segretaria di Ligeti, con il contributo straordinario di Paul Griffiths, primo biografo di Ligeti.
Nel 2008 è invitato da Magyar Televízió - Televisione Ungherese di Stato, per un’intervista sulla sua opera lirica La Morte del Mago, basata sulla vita e l’attività artistica dello scrittore ungherese Géza Csáth.

Dal 2006 dieci concerti monografici di suoi lavori sono stati organizzati a Budapest, Oslo, Roma e Mannheim (sedi più importanti: Accademia Filarmonica Romana, per il Festival "She Lives" dedicato ad Alessio Elia, Péter Eötvös e Zoltán Jeney; per due volte presso
la Sala Verdi dell'Istituto italiano di cultura di Budapest, il primo concerto nel 2014 per il Festival "Contemporanea", dedicato ad
Alessio Elia, Ivan Fedele e Luciano Berio, il secondo nel 2016 per celebrare il decimo anno di attività musicale in Ungheria; Lindemansalen, Levinsalen in Oslo; Kammermusiksaal Hochschule Mannheim).

Alcuni suoi lavori prendono ispirazione da discipline scientifiche, come la teoria delle stringhe, la M-teoria e la fisica quantistica e
sono indirizzati verso l'integrazione di diversi sistemi di intonazione in un processo di sviluppo del materiale sonoro che ha denominato "polisistemismo", largamente presentato in numerose conferenze tra cui quella al "Centre de documentation de la musique contemporaine" de la Cité de la Musique a Parigi nel novembre 2014.
Le opere più significative in questa direzione sono Beyond Perturbative States, Conifold transitions, Traces from Nowhere e i brani orchestrali Dimensioni nascoste e Trasparenze.
Articoli e saggi sul Polisistemismo sono stati pubblicati dalla tedesca von Bockel Verlag, da l'Université de Strasbourg e
dall'Hungarian Academy of Arts, nonché oggetto di tesi di laurea di secondo livello (master) presso il Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano.

Ha ricevuto numerosi premi, tra cui il Diploma di Merito dell'Accademia Chigiana di Siena per il brano Luminescences nel 2005, e il primo premio assoluto con il brano Rejtett dimenziók (Dimensioni nascoste) nella categoria orchestrale del concorso internazionale UMZF 2013, edizione dedicata a Ligeti con Péter Eötvös presidente di giuria.
Nel 2016 il suo brano orchestrale Labyrinthum continui ha ricevuto il premio "Leibniz's Harmonies" in Hannover.

Supportato da NKA (Fondo Nazionale Ungherese per la Cultura) compone Implicate Inklings - Concerto per clarinetto scritto per Csaba Klenyán, clarinetto solista e la Concerto Budapest Orchestra diretta da Zoltán Rácz (Amadinda), eseguito nella Gran Hall dell'Accademia Liszt di Budapest il 4 Maggio 2019.

Nato a Roma nel 1979, ha vissuto in diverse città europee (Roma, Budapest, Oslo, Odense, Debrecen e Berlino).
Attualmente risiede in Budapest e Roma.


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Chronology


1979

Born in Roma on 24th April.


1991

He starts to study piano under the guidance of Lidia Giuseppone.


1997

Starts to study at S. Cecilia Academy of Music in Roma.
In the Academy he studies Composition under the guidance of Giovanni Piazza.


2000

MUSICAL WORKS

Commission for the Music Festival of Sermoneta:
Les Fantômes du future luxe nocturne (The Phantoms of the Nocturnal Future Luxury) for double-bass and piano.
(Première: Sermoneta Festival – July 2000)

Trio for violin, cello and piano.


2001

MUSICAL WORKS

Ulisse for mezzo-soprano and orchestra on a poem by Umberto Saba.

Noia (Boredom) for mezzo-soprano and ensemble on a poem by Giuseppe Ungaretti.

Quartetto Nucleo-deferente (Nucleus-Deferent String Quartet)

Itinerari (Itineraries) for piano solo (Première: Sala Baldini, Roma – May 2001)


2002

MUSICAL WORKS

Première of Trio for violin, cello and piano (S. Cecilia Academy of Music Concert Hall, Roma – 24th April 2002).

13 Variazioni in assenza di tema (13 Variations in absence of theme) for string orchestra.

Piano Sonata "a Guillaume Apollinaire" (1st version).

Park Güell - Homage to Gaudì for orchestra, based on the techniques of the Catalan artist.


THEORETICAL WORKS

Analysis of the Piano Sonata op. 64 "White Mass" by Scriabin.


2003

ACTIVITIES

Works as musical assistant to the direction of the Tv director Enrico Castiglione, during the concerts of the Euro
Mediterraneo Festival conducted by Lorin Maazel with the Arturo Toscanini Philharmonic Orchestra of Parma.


MUSICAL WORKS

In February starts to write the Libretto of Géza (named later La Morte del Mago – The Magician’s Death), Opera based on the
life and the artistic activity of the Hungarian writer Géza Csáth.
From September starts to write the score.
On December breaks off the writing for elaborating the Opera as a trilogy.

The last version becomes:

THE DOUBLE BORDER OF CSÁTH

Opera Trilogy based on the life and the artistic activity of the Hungarian writer Géza Csáth.
The Trilogy consists of the following operas:

11 Accuse per Olga (11 Accusations for Olga)
First Opera of the Trilogy
Opera in 2 acts
for: soloists, chorus and orchestra

Opium - Sinestesia onirica per un epilogo –
(Oneiric synesthesia for an epilogue)
Second Opera of the Trilogy
Multimedia Opera in 9 parts
for: soloists, ballet, ensemble, electronic files and video-projections

La Morte del Mago (The Magician’s Death)
Third Opera of the Trilogy
Opera in 7 parts
for: a soloist, his double, two top model-actresses, a mime, secondary singers, mute actors, dancers, invisible chorus and
large orchestra.

He works at the librettos and music of the Trilogy from 2003 till 2006.

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L’Éternitè for mezzo-soprano and orchestra on a French text by Arthur Rimbaud.

5 Frammenti da "La volontà di Potenza"  (5 Fragments from "The Will to Power") for soli, five choruses and large orchestra,
on aphorisms by Friederich  Nietzsche.

Sonata for violin and piano "Chagall".

Laudamus for mezzo-soprano and piano.


2004

ACTIVITIES

Takes part to the 42. Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt, where he attends the perfecting course in
composition under the guidance of Brian Ferneyhough, Toshio Hosokawa and Georg Friedrich Haas.

Commission from Mehrklangorchester Berlin for the German Festival "Italianità".
Writes for this circumstance joujoux séduisants (2004/2005), part of Opium, second opera of the trilogy Il Doppio Confine di
Csáth (The Double Border of Csáth) .

He graduates in Composition (first level degree - Bachelor) in October with full marks and laude.
The degree’s thesis is Géza, opera based on the life and the artistic activity of the Hungarian writer Géza Csáth [first version of
the opera La Morte del Mago – (The Magician’s Death)].

Since October starts researches at the Liszt Academy of Music.
Perfecting Course in Composition (Postgraduate Course)
Perfecting Course in Musical Analysis (Postgraduate Course) - Perfecting Course in Ethnomusicology [research field: works of
the modern and contemporary Hungarian composers from Bartók to Ligeti (Postgraduate Course)].

He gets a Scholarship for three years, awarded by the Hungarian Ministry of Culture.


MUSICAL WORKS

He works out the opera La Morte del Mago (The Magician’s Death) [cf. Trilogy].

Starts to write the opera 11 Accuse per Olga (11 Accusations for Olga) [cf. Trilogy].

...illuminavano appena (...illuminated scarcely) for ensemble

Sonata for piano "a Guillaume Apollinaire" (2nd  version).

Reminiscences, electronic piece.


THEORETICAL WORKS

Semiografia della musica contemporanea – Ragioni di un’esigenza espressiva (Semiography of the contemporary music –
Reasons for an expressive need)
The book is about the reasons that led the composers to introduce new symbols in their scores. The work is divided in
specific sections according to the musical languages.

Sylvano Bussotti e il Teatro della Crudeltà di Artaud  (Sylvano Bussotti and the Artaud’s Theatre of the Cruelty).


2005

ACTIVITIES

He gets a scholarship awarded by the Hungarian Ministry of Culture for attending the Perfecting Course in Composition at the
Ferenc Liszt Academy in Budapest under the guidance of the composer Zoltán Jeney.

Perfecting Course in Composition (Postgraduate Course) at the Chigiana Academy of Music in Siena where he gets the Merit
Diploma and the Chigiana Academy of Music Scholarship.
Merit Award for the piece Luminescences.


MUSICAL WORKS

Première of joujoux séduisants, commissioned by Mehrklangorchester Berlin for the Festival Italianità [Première:
International Festival for Contemporary Music. Mauritius Studio Auditorium, Saarbrücken (Germany) –
16 April 2005. Mehrklangorchester Berlin. Conductor: Tammin Lee.
Broadcasted by the Radio State of Saar].

Starts to write the Opera Opium (cf. Trilogy).

Luminescences for ensemble [Première: Palazzo Chigi Saracini (Chigi Saracini Palace) - Accademia Musicale Chigiana
(Chigiana Academy of Music), Siena – 6th August 2005. Chigiana Academy of Music Ens emble. Conductor: Mauro Bonifacio] - video

Première of Laudamus for mezzo-soprano and piano (Cesano City Auditorium – 20th March 2005.
Mezzo-soprano: Ilaria Piccin. Piano: Alessio Elia)

Eszti la rossa (Eszti the red hair), opera scene for soprano, bass and orchestra.

Storie di solitudine. Il Bosco (Tales of the Solitude, The wood) [shortfilm], original title "A magány történetei. Az Erdő"
(rövidfilm) from a Géza Csáths tale.
Direction and Storyboard by the composer.


2006

ACTIVITIES

Kecskemét (Hungary). Kodály Zoltán Institute (branch of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest).
Perfecting Courses in Musicology and Ethnomusicology about the vocal and instrumental repertoire of the modern and
contemporary Hungarian composers (Bartók, Kodály, Farkas, Kadosa, Durkó, Jeney, Orban, Eötvös, Kurtág, Ligeti).
Scholarship awarded by the Hungarian Ministry of Culture.

In October he graduates in Composition (Master Degree) at the S. Cecilia Conservatory of Music in Rome, with full marks,
laude, honour and merit mention.

Conference by the Prof. Károly Ákos Windhager at the ELTE University – Department of Theory of Art, in Budapest on the
Elia’s Opera Trilogy "La Morte del Mago" (The Magician’s Death).


MUSICAL WORKS

Carries out the operas Opium and 11 Accuse per Olga (11 Accusations for Olga), completing the opera trilogy Il Doppio Confine  
di Csáth (The Double Border of Csáth), which becomes a kind of study on the borderline syndrome.

Première of the Prelude of the opera 11 Accuse per Olga (11 Accusations for Olga) [S. Cecilia Academy of Music Concert Hall,
Rome  – 19th January 2006. S. Cecilia  Academy of Music Orchestra. Conductor: Chia – Hong Drapal Liao]

Première of the Opera La Morte del Mago (The Magicians Death) chamber  version [Nyitott Műhely, Budapest (Hungary)
14th June 2006. Con Spirito Zeneművészeti Egyesület (Con Spirito Ensemble).].

Première of the art shortfilm Storie di solitudine. Il Bosco (Tales of the Solitude. The wood).
[Nyitott Műhely, Budapest (Hungary) 17th June 2006].

Première of Reminiscences, electronic piece [Nyitott Műhely, Budapest  (Hungary) 17 June].

Première of Sonata per violino e pianorte "Chagall" (Sonata for violin and piano "Chagall".
[Nyitott Műhely, Budapest  (Hungary) – 17 June. Violin: Katalin  Bartha; Piano: Alessio Elia].

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First Portrait Concert dedicated to the compositions of Alessio Elia.
Concert - Interview organized by Art’s Harmony, Hungarian Society of Music about Elia’s works (First portrait Concert).
Interviewer: Prof. Károly Ákos Windhager, Professor of Art Theory at the ELTE University in Budapest
(Nyitott Műhely, Budapest. 16th December 2006, afternoon)

Within the First Portrait Concert:

Première of Concerto per Pianoforte, suoni elettronici ed immagini (Concert for Piano, electronic sounds and images).
Piano: Alessio Elia.

Première of Budapest 1956 – 2006, for Clarinet and piano (Commissioned for the commemoration of the 50th Anniversary
of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. Clarinet: Péter Székely. Piano: Alessio Elia).

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Second Portrait Concert dedicated to the composition of Alessio Elia.
Concert - Interview organized by "Con Spirito" Association of Music about Elia’s works (Second Portrait Concert).
Interviewer: Magda Györi, President of "Con Spirito" Zeneművészeti Egyesület. [Rátkai Klub Hall, Budapest.
16th December 2006, evening. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the foundation  of the Rátkai Klub Hall].

Within the Second Portrait Concert:

Première of Certezze di un Caro Ignoto (Certainties of a Dear Unknown), for piano solo (Piano: Alessio Elia).

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On 23rd July 2006 Magyar Katolikus Radio (Hungarian Catholic Radio) broadcasts Luminescences.


2007

ACTIVITIES

Composer and Researcher at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest.
Fellowship awarded by the Hungarian Ministry of Culture.

Graduates at the S. Cecilia National Academy of Music in Rome.


MUSICAL WORKS

Incertezze visibili della Memoria (Visible Uncertainties of the Memory) for piano and chamber orchestra, on the technique
of the strings scordatura.

Perdendo il Mare (Loosing the Sea), artistic short film.
Director: Alessio Elia

Apparizioni della Perdita del Mare (Apparitions of the Sea Lost) artistic short film.
Graphic elaboration: Alessio Elia

L’ultima Notte di Csáth (Csáth’s Last Night), artistic short film.
Graphic elaboration: Alessio Elia

La Séduction for ensemble (Première: Auditorium Parco della Musica – Sala Petrassi, Rome – 23rd November 2007.
Freon Ensemble. Conductor:  Stefano Cardi).
Viewable on youtube


2008

ACTIVITIES

He is invited as Honorary Member of the jury in the International Composition Competition T.I.M – Trofeo Internazionale Musica.

He is invited for an interview about his opera La Morte del Mago (The Magician’s Death) by Magyar Televízió (M1),
Hungarian State Television.
Viewable on the youtube channel of the opera  

He is enrolled in the Musical PhD Course at the University of Rome Tor Vergata.
Topic of the Research: The Hamburgisches Konzert by György Ligeti.


MUSICAL WORKS

Illusions for soprano and soprano saxophone, on no text.
Commissioned by Duo Saxopran (Copenhagen).

Preludio al Disinganno d’Abele (Prelude to the Disenchantment of Abel), for orchestra.

L’Altrove for solo piano - video


THEORETICAL WORKS

L’altro volto della scuola di Darmstadt : Messiaen, Ligeti (The other face of the Darmstadt School: Messiaen, Ligeti).
The book is about those aspects that are very far from the serialism, integral serialism and structuralism, features usually
connected to the Darmstadt School and offers another point of view of the very famous Ferienkurse. The choice of Messiaen
and Ligeti, as prominent figures, comes from the necessity to focalize on those languages that can explain better the
proposed subject.


2009

ACTIVITIES

Researcher at the Debrecen University of Music (Hungary). Erasmus Scholarship for Doctoral Researchers.

The State Library of Eger (Hungary) publishes an overview of his opera La morte del Mago (The Magician’s Death)

Researcher and Composer at the Norges Musikkhøgskole in Oslo.
Topic of the Reseach: Aural Sonology Project for Ligeti's music. Aural perception, spectra, heterogeneous temperaments,
harmonics.
Annual Fellowship of The Research Council of Norway (Yggdrasil  Programme for Doctoral Researchers).

The Italian writer Claudio Morandini interviews Elia.
1st Part

1st Part "a"  

2nd Part

3rd Part


MUSICAL WORKS

Concerto per Tuba, per solo tuba and piano. Commissioned by the Hungarian Brass Society.

Sonata for Horn and Piano no. 1, for horn and piano.

L’ora azzurra (The azure hour), for flute, clarinet and basset horn.
Commissioned by Trio Böhm (Rome).

Oblio della Volontà (Oblivion of the Will), for solo piano.

Tre Studi per pianoforte :

a) La memoria dimenticata (The forgotten memory)
b) Incertezze (Uncertainties)
c) Inner Outside (Outrage) première

Out of Aut, for three cellos con scordatura.

Première of Outrage (Inner Outside), etude for piano.
Alessio Elia, piano.


2010

ACTIVITIES

Lecturer in Composition at the Norges Musikkhøgskole (Norwegian Academy of Music), Oslo. Department of Composition.

Researcher at the University of Debrecen (Hungary). Erasmus Scholarship for Researchers.
Topic of the research: The Hamburgisches Konzert (Horn Concerto) by György Ligeti.

Composer and Researcher at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest.
Fellowship of the Hungarian Ministry of Culture.


MUSICAL WORKS

L’ultimo Canto di Saffo (from a poem by Giacomo Leopardi with the same title), for piano
Première: Lindemansalen, Norges Musikkhøgskole (Norwegian Academy of Music), Oslo (Norway) – 25th May.

Outrage, etude for piano
Video of Elia's performance

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Third Portrait Concert dedicated to the compositions of Alessio Elia.
("From Silence to the Invisible Sound")
Place: Levinsalen, Norges Musikkhøgskole (The Norwegian Academy of Music), Oslo (Norway).
Date: 24th  February
Promoter: Norges Musikkhøgskole (The Norwegian Academy of Music), Oslo.

Within the concert:

Première of L’ora azzurra (The azure hour) for flute, clarinet and basset horn.
[Commissioned by Trio Böhm for the commemoration of the 5th anniversary of the foundation.Trio Böhm  
(Flute: Michela Berti. Clarinet: Claudio Cavallaro. Bassett-horn: Daniele Veroli). Conductor: Alessio Elia]

Première of Oblio della Volontà (Oblivion of the Will) for solo piano. (Piano: Alessio Elia).

Première of Tre Studi per pianoforte, for solo piano:
I) La memoria dimenticata (The forgotten memory)
II) Incertezze (Uncertainties)  
III) Inner Outside
(Piano: Alessio Elia).

Première of Sonata per Corno e Pianoforte n° 1
(Horn: Debora Maffeis. Piano: Olivera Marinkovic)

Première of L’Altrove (Elsewhere) for solo piano
(Piano: Alessio Elia)
Viewable on

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An Unexpected Indifference, for mixed chorus [for the research Concrescence created by the composer Lasse Thoresen
at the Norges Musikkhøgskole (The Norwegian Academy of Music). Première: Levinsalen, Norges Musikkhøgskole
(The Norwegian Academy of Music), Oslo – 21th May. Chorus of Norges Musikkhøgskole (The Norwegian Academy
of Music). Conductor: Alessio Elia].
Listen to it on youtube

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Fourth Portrait Concert dedicated to the compositions of Alessio Elia
(A Seductive Forgetfulness)
Place: Lindemansalen, Norges Musikkhøgskole (The Norwegian Academy of Music), Oslo (Norway).
Date: 25th May 2010
Promoter: Norges Musikkhøgskole (The Norwegian Academy of Music), Oslo.

Within the concert:

Première of L’ultimo Canto di Saffo (after a poem by Giacomo Leopardi with the same title), for piano.
[Lindemansalen, Norges Musikkhøgskole (Norwegian Academy of Music), Oslo (Norway) – 25th May 2010.
Fourth Monographic Concert dedicated to the compositions of  Alessio Elia.
Promoter: Norges Musikkhøgskole (Norwegian Academy of Music), Oslo. Piano: Alessio Elia]

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Introduction to the virtuosity of Liszt; Postlude to the virtuosity of Liszt.
Re-writing from Liszt: Morceau de Salon; Transcendental Etude no. 2; Mazeppa; Wilde Jagd; Chasse-Neige.
[Première of all the works: Andrássy út, stage of the Operaház (Opera House), Budapest – 5th September.
Piano: Alessio Elia. Zenés korzó az Andrássy úton (Musical  Promenade in Andrássy út).
Promoter: HungaroFest, Klassz – Musical Department of the State Society for Cultural Events, Hungarian Ministry of
Education and Culture]



2011

ACTIVITIES

Researcher at the Sacher Foundation in Basel (Switzerland) - Ligeti Archives.


MUSICAL WORKS
Perfezione Sintetica dell’Incanto – Concerto per Corno solista ed ensemble. (Synthetic Perfection of the Enchantment – Concerto
for Horn and ensemble). Commissioned by Debora Maffeis [Aalborg Symphonic Orchestra (Denmark) and dedicated to her].

Outrage, etude for piano (Sala dos Espelhos do Palácio Foz, Lisboa – 30th June 2011).

German première of Piano etudes nos. 1 and 2: "Outrage" and "The Temptress" – after a Jack Vettriano’s painting with the
same title).
(16 October - Mannheimer Kunstverein. Piano: Alessio Elia)

Outrage performed in Rome
(17 October – Teatro Valle in Rome).

Fifth Portrait Concert.
Piano recital of Elia’s music at the Piano Festival "Eufonia" (Rome)
(27 November – Piano: Alessio Elia)
Promoter: "Eufonia" Music Association.

2012

ACTIVITIES

Conference about his opera The Magician’s Death (based on the life and artistic activity of the Hungarian writer Géza Csáth).
17 April. Eötvös József University, Baja (Hungary). In the frame of the conference for celebrating the 125th anniversary
of the Csáth’s birth. Additionally excerpts of the opera were projected during the three-day Symposium.
Programme

Earns the PhD degree in Story, Science and Techniques of Music with laude at the University of Rome "Tor Vergata"
with a dissertation about the "Hamburgisches Konzert" by György Ligeti [Title: «The "Hamburgisches Konzert" by
György Ligeti. From sketches and drafts to the final (?) version.  Musical structures, techniques of composition and their
perception as aural phenomena»]

Gives a conference entitled  «The roles of microtonality in the "Hamburgisches Konzert" by Ligeti» in the
«"Internationales Symposium Ligeti und die Mikrotonalität" (im Rahmen des Hamburg Klangwertage Festivals)» at the
Kampnagel Internationale  Kulturfabrik GmbH in Hamburg.
Programme at Kampnagel website


MUSICAL WORKS

German première of Piano etude no. 3 "Incertezze" and "L’Altrove"  (for piano).
Forum Neue Musik – Palais Prinz Carl, Heidelberg
(11 January – Piano: Alessio Elia)

"Goog" le Suite - Romances without music (for electronics).
Première: 24 May, Forum Neue Musik – Palais Prinz Carl, Heidelberg
Review

Srilankan Première of "Budapest 1956/2006" – Sonata per la Rivoluzione.
(1 June. Taj Samudra. Colombo – Sri Lanka. Clarinet: Claudio Cavallaro; Piano: Massimo Spada. Official celebration of the
Italian Republic. Organizer: Italian Embassy in Colombo)
Review (Cidim website)

Three pieces of Elia are selected for the Preview of the Project "She Lives – Contemporary music is music", organized
by Fabiana Piersanti.
[Selected pieces : "Budapest 1956"; "Outrage"; "Luminescences"].
Takes part to the event also as a pianist performing an improvvisation with the composer and violin player Cristiano Serino.

"Budapest 1956" (a new version of "Budapest 1956/2006" ) is performed at the Festival Clarinet Days in Rome, event organized
by the cultural association Eufonia.
[23 December 2012. Eufonia. Rome. Clarinet: Claudio Cavallaro; Piano: Massimo Spada]


2013

ACTIVITIES

The Italian musicologist and researcher Carla Di Lena interviews Elia for Radio Vaticana.

In September Radio Bartók interviews Elia about his orchestral piece "Dimensioni nascoste" (Rejtett dimenziók).

MUSICAL WORKS

Beyond Perturbative States for piano and strings.
Première: 9 August 2013. Festival "Ambient'Azioni Musicali"
Ensemble of the Festival.
Sandro Savagnone, conductor

Rejtett dimenziók for orchestra.
Première: 26 September, Bartók Hall - Művészetek Palotája (Palace of Arts) - Budapest.
Hungarian State Radio Orchestra. Gergely Vajda, conductor.
Final round of the UMZF 2013 Competition (Forum of the New Hungarian Music).
Chief of the jury: Péter Eötvös.
Note: First prize of the orchestral music category at the UMZF 2013 Competition.

Inquantumland for ensemble
Première: 25 September, BMC (Budapest Music Centre) - Budapest.
Ensemble of the Hungarian State Radio Orchestra. Gergely Vajda, conductor.
Final round of the UMZF 2013 Competition (Forum of the New Hungarian Music).
Chief of the jury: Péter Eötvös.
Note: Third prize of the chamber music category at the UMZF 2013 Competition.

Outrage performed at Auditorium del Parco in L'Aquila.


2014

ACTIVITIES
In February he completes with full marks the postgraduate studies in composition at the Hochschule für Musik Mannheim,
studying with Sidney Corbett.

Researcher at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest.
Subject: Microtonality, physical and logical models in the music of the Hungarian composers.
Fellowships of the Balassi Intézet for post-doctoral studies and researches.

In the number of July, "Muzsika" publishes a very positive critic by Szabolcs Molnár of Elia's orchestral piece "Trasparenze".

In the number MMXIV/I (March) "Dal Szerző" (the official magazine of the Hungarian Bureau for the Protection of
Authors' Rights) publishes a long interview with Elia, realized by Marcell Németh.

In the concert programme of the Eighth Portrait Concert dedicated to Elia, the Italian critic Guido Barbieri writes a very positive
and original interpretation of the sound and music of Elia.

On 2nd June the Italian newspaper "La Repubblica" realised an interview with Péter Eötvös talking about Elia's music.

On 10 February the German newspaper "Die Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung" publishes the announcement of the second
German performance of "Dimensioni nascoste" (Versteckte Dimensionen).

On 13 February the German newspaper "Die Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung" publishes an enthusiastic review of the second
German performance of "Dimensioni nascoste" (Versteckte Dimensionen).

On 13 February the German newspaper "Mannheimer Morgen" publishes an enthusiastic review of the first German performance
of "Dimensioni nascoste" (Versteckte Dimensionen).

On 14 April he is interviewed by Szabolcs Molnár in a programme of the Hungarian "Klub Rádió".

On 28 April appears in "9 Colonne" (the official National Italian Newspaper of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs) an
enthusiastic review of Elia's music.

On 10 May appears in "PlayLiszt" a very positive critic and review by Szabolcs Molnár of the 7th Portrait Concert dedicated to
Alessio Elia's music. The concert was held at Sala Verdi of the Italian Institute of Culture in Budapest within the concert
series "Contemporanea", a three-concert festival dedicated to Ivan Fedele, Luciano Berio and Alessio Elia.

In Novemeber gives a lecture at Cité de la Musique, Paris. Centre de documentation de la musique contemporaine.
Title of the conference: "Polysystemism: A simultaneous employment of different tuning systems emerging from String Theory,
M- Theory and Supersymmetry"


MUSICAL WORKS

Two Movements for Viola and Percussion
Première: 17 January 2014. Kammermusiksaal - Musik Hochschule Mannheim.
Marie Takahashi, Viola
Robert Oetomo, Percussion

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Sixth Portrait concert
Date and place: 5 February. Kammermusiksaal - Musik Hochschule Mannheim.
Promoter: Musik Hochschule Mannheim.
Pieces performed:

Beyond perturbative states (2013)
für Klavier (kontrollierte Obertöne), Violine con scordatura, Bratsche con scordatura,     
Violoncello con scordatura, Kontrabass con scordatura.
German Première

Heisenberg Suite (2013)
für Klarinette, Horn, Schlagzeug (2 Spielern), Violine, Violoncello, Klavier.

Outrage – Piano etude no. 1(2011)
für Klavier

The Temptress – Piano etude no. 2 (2012)
für Klavier

Luminescences (2005 – rev. 2013)
für Klarinette, Schlagzeug (2 Spielern), Violine con scordatura, Bratsche con scordatura, Violoncello con scordatura.
German Première

Movimento primo (2012) [7’20’’]
für Klavier und Kammerorchester
Première

Impronta ensemble
Andreas Luca Beraldo, Conductor

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German Première of Dimensioni nascoste (Versteckte Dimensionen) for orchestra
9 February. Aula der Universität Schloss Mannheim
TonArt Heidelberg Simphonic Orchestra
Knud Jansen, conductor

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Performance of Dimensioni nascoste (Versteckte Dimensionen) for orchestra at the Kongresshaus Stadthalle Heidelberg.
10 February.
TonArt Heidelberg Simphonic Orchestra
Knud Jansen, conductor.

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Performance of Two Movements for Viola and Percussion at the Kammermusiksaal - Musik Hochschule Mannheim
17 January 2014.
Marie Takahashi, Viola
Robert Oetomo, Percussion

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Seventh Portrait Concert dedicated to the music of Alessio Elia
Ritratto d'autore: ALESSIO ELIA
(within the concert series "CONTEMPORANEA" dedicated to Alessio Elia, Ivan Fedele and Luciano Berio)
Sala Verdi - Italian Institute of Culture, Budapest
8 May 2014.
Promoter: Italian Ambassy in Hungary and Italian Institute of Culture in Budapest.

Concert in the presence of Her Excellency Ambassador of Italy in Hungary, Dr. Maria Assunta Accili.

Pieces performed:

Beyond Perturbative States (2013)
for violin, viola, cello, double-bass, piano

The Temptress (2014)
for solo piano

Trio (1999)
for violin, cello and piano

Outrage (2010)
for solo piano

Conifold transitions (2014)
for clarinet, 2 violins, cello and piano
Première

Francesco Mario Possenti, piano
Gábor Varga, clarinet
Krulik Quartet
Lukácsházi István, double-bass
László Tihanyi, conductor

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Première of Trasparenze, for large orchestra.
Commission of Bartók Rádió.
21 May 2014.
Studio no. 6 of the National Hungarian Radio.
Live broadcast.
The National Hungarian Radio Orchestra
László Tihanyi, conductor

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Eighth Portrait Concert dedicated to the music of Alessio Elia
Name of the event: Trasparenze
Within the concert series "SHE LIVES meets Hungary", three portrait concerts dedicated to Péter Eötvös, Zoltán Jeney and
Alessio Elia.
Organizers: SHE LIVES, Balassi Intézet and Accademia Filarmonica Romana.
Sala Casella, Accademia Filarmonica Romana (Roma)
2 July 2014

Pieces performed:

György Ligeti (1923-2006)
Sonata for cello solo (1948-53)
Alfredo Mola, cello

Alessio Elia
Luminescences (2005)
for clarinet, violin con scordatura, viola con scordatura, cello con scordatura, percussion

The Temptress – Piano etude no. 2 (2012)
for piano*

László Tihanyi (*1956)
Preludium, Invocation, Postludium op. 54
for violin, viola, cello**
First Italian performance

Alessio Elia
Beyond Perturbative States (2013)
for prepared piano preparato (controlled harmonics), violin con scordatura, viola con scordatura, cello con scordatura,
double-bass con scordatura

Outrage – Piano etude no. 1 (2011)
for piano*

Conifold transitions (2014)
for clarinet, two violins con scordatura, cello con scordatura and piano
First Italian performance

Ensemble Shelives
Sandro Savagnone, conductor

* Francesco Mario Possenti, piano

** Francesco Peverini, violin; Diana Bonatesta, viola; Paolo Andriotti, cello

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Merging Spaces (piano etude no.3)
Première: Festival "Piano surrounding 2014". Düsseldorf. 14 September. Jan Gerdes, piano

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Sayings of the seers, violin etude no. 1. Dedicated to Jeanne Lefèvre.


2015

MUSICAL WORKS

Performance of Merging Spaces (piano etude no. 3) at BKA-Theater. Berlin. 20 January 2015. Jan Gerdes, piano.

Credo, for two choruses and string orchestra.
Première: 29 March. Heilig-Geist-Kirche. Mannheim. Within Konzert zur Nacht. Motettenchor Mannheim.
Impronta Ensemble. Alexander Niehues, conductor

Voynich Emblemata, for choir and ensemble.
Text from folio 99v of the Voynich Manuscript, transliterated according to the study of Prof. Stephen Bax.
First employment of the Voynich text.

Invocazione e Responso, duo for flute and clarinet.
Commission of Duo Aphelion.

Première of Sayings of the Seers.
Festival Chor.com. 2 October 2015. Dortmund.
Jeanne Lefèvre, violin.

Disappearing rainbows for large ensemble [2 flutes (2nd also piccolo), oboe, 2 clarinets (2nd also bass-clarinet), horn,
bassoon, 3 percussionists, piano, 4 violins, 2 cellos, double-bass]
Première: 7 October 2015. Budapest Music Centre. The National Hungarian Radio Orchestra. Gergely Vajda, conductor

Extended Moment for solo guitar.
Commission of Angelo Colone.


2016

ACTIVITIES

In the number 43 of Musica + it is realised an interview to Alessio Elia realized by Carla Di Lena - click here to read it.

Conference "Per un Teatro delle ombre" with Stefano Jacoviello, László Tihanyi, Alessio Elia. Santa Maria della Scala -
Chigiana Lounge. Siena (9 July).

Lecture-meeting: "The role of the composer today - the music of Kurtág and Tihanyi"
Chigiana Academy of Music. Siena, 9 July.

Seminar: Music as a physical phenomenon.
Accademia Italiana del Flauto. Rome, 17-18 July.

Seminar: Polysystemism (integration of different types of tuning systems) –
based on a lecture at a conference held at La Cité de la Musique, Paris.
Accademia Italiana del Flauto. Rome, 19-20 July.

Laboratory: "Extended techniques in flute, cello and piano".
Accademia Italiana del Flauto. Rome, 22 July.

Composition masterclass at Accademia Italiana del Flauto, Rome.
Professors: Alessio Elia - Sidney Corbett
16-23 July 2016.

Lecture at Pesti Vigado, The Hungarian Academy of Arts. Budapest, 11 October
"Polysystemism and extra dimensions: my approach to composition and to a multidimensional way to shape sound in
relationship with the music of Bartók, Ligeti and quantum physics".
Within the Symposium "Bartók and Járdányi: two compared arts"

His orchestral piece Labyrinthum continui is awarded the "Leibniz's Harmonies Prize" in Hannover, Germany.


MUSICAL WORKS

Voynich Lied - Ai Prigionieri, for soprano, trumpet and piano.
Text from folio 99v of the Voynich Manuscript, transliterated according to the study of Prof. Stephen Bax.
Première: 1 June 2016. Hungarian Radio Studios - Márványterem.
Live broadcasted by Bartók Radio.
Adrienn Miksch, soprano
Tamás Pálfalvi, trumpet
Krisztina Fejes, piano

Octet, for wind octet.
Commissioned by and dedicated to I Solisti della Scala di Milano.
Recorded at Bartók Studio in Milano by I Solisti della Scala, conducted by Andrea Vitello.

Heisenberg Suite, new version, for clarinet, horn, percussion (2 players), string quartet and piano.

Conifold transitions, new version.

Tenth Portrait Concert.
The Italian Institute of Culture in Budapest organizes a portrait concert for celebrating the ten years of musical activity of
Elia in Hungary.
Within the concert:
Première of Heisenberg Suite (vers. 2016)
Première of the new version of Conifold transitions.
Hungarian Première of Sayings of the Seers (Aaron Berofsky, violin)
Hungarian Première of Merging Spaces (Krisztina Fejes, piano)


2017

ACTIVITIES

It is released by CAFe - Contemporary Arts Festival a Playlist of Alessio's favourite pieces with comments of the composer.
"Listen to the iPod of the award-winning composer!" ("Hallgass bele a díjnyertes zeneszerző iPodjába!").
September 2017.
Click here to read (Hungarian) and listen to it.

Click here to read the English translation.

It is released by NIGHT Italia the article "Alessio Elia - A certain glance" by Elena Abbado.
Article-Interview with Alessio Elia realized by Elena Abbado.
February 2017, Rome.
Click here to read it.


MUSICAL WORKS

Traces from Nowhere, for disklavier and ensemble [disklavier, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, violin con scord. and cello con scord.]
The piece employs the Polysystemism (12-ET, Werckmeister I,II, IV, JI, Pythagorean, Meantone) and it is written for the
project "Human machine", elaborated together with the conductor Andreas Luca Beraldo.
The project is sponsored by Yamaha, with the contribution of Pro Helvetia.
Première: 16 February 2017. Festival "Oggimusica". LAC - New Auditorium - Lugano (Switzerland)
Impronta Ensemble
Andreas Luca Beraldo, conductor

Other performances:
19 October 2017
BMC - Budapest Music Center.
CAFe - Contemporary Arts Festival Budapest.
Impronta Ensemble
Andreas Luca Beraldo, conductor

20 October
Yamaha Concert Hall Wien
Impronta Ensemble
Andreas Luca Beraldo, conductor
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Studio Recording of Octet.
I Solisti della Scala
Andrea Vitello, conductor
Bartók Studio - Milano

Disappearing rainbows opens "The Day of Listening" (A hallgatás napja), the one-day Festival of Concerto Budapest Orchestra.
Concerto Budapest Orchestra, conducted by Zoltán Rácz.



2018

ACTIVITIES
Octet is published by Universal Music Publishing - Editio Musica Budapest, and released in Cd by Warner Classics, recorded
by I Solisti della Scala di Milano conducted by Andrea Vitello.


Interview for RAI Radio 3 (Radio 3 Suite program) about Octet with the composer speaking about his work.  Interview lead by
Guido Barbieri with the contribution of Fabrizio Meloni, first clarinet of La Scala and Andrea Vitello, conductor of I Solisti della
Scala.


MUSICAL WORKS
Italian Première of Merging Spaces - Piano etude no.3
Within the recital "Italians without borders", including the other two piano etudes by Elia (Outrage and The Temptress) and
works by Scarlatti, Galuppi and Clementi.
Accademia d'Ungheria in Roma, 23 February 2018.
Krisztina Fejes, piano.

Distimement, for large orchestra. Compulsory piece for the Antal Doráti International Conducting Competition.
Première: 12 November 2018, Vigadó Concert Hall - Budapest.
MÁV Symphony Orchestra.



2019

MUSICAL WORKS

Fading into colors, for orchestra. Written for Andrea Barizza and Filarmonica Bacau Mihail Jora.
Première: 21 March 2019, Bacau Concert Hall.
Mihail Jora Philarmonic Orchestra Bacau
Andrea Barizza, conductor

Ekpyrotic Suicide, for ensemble.
Commission of UMZE Ensemble.
Première: 31 March 2019, BMC - Budapest Music Center.
UMZE Ensemble.
László Tihanyi, conductor

Implicate Inklings - Clarinet Concerto, for clarinet soloist and large orchestra.
Written for Csaba Klenyán as solo clarinet and Concerto Budapest Orchestra conducted by Zoltán Rácz.
In memoriam of the Italian poet and writer Adriana Feoli Keseru.
Première: 4 May 2019, Grand Hall of the Liszt Academy - Budapest.
Concerto Budapest Orchestra
Csaba Klenyán, clarinet soloist
Zoltán Rácz, conductor

Incantesimi di Merseburg, for 16-part soloist mixed chorus
Commission of Kammerchor Stuttgart
Première: 21 February 2020. Gesellschaft für Neue Musik Mannheim.
Kammerchor Stuttgart. Frieder Bernius, conductor

Sonata for flute and piano
Commission of Szabolcs Szilágyi for the Budapest Flute Academy 2020.
Première: 14 March 2020. BMC - Budapest Music Center, Grand Hall.
Szabolcs Szilágyi, flute
László Borbély, piano

Duo for flute and clarinet
Commission of Duo Salvi-Cavallaro

Altered memories, for flute, cello and piano
Commission of Alter Ego ensemble

Nocturnal Awakened, for wind quintet
Commission of Quintetto Anemos
Première: 25 September 2019. Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Parigi.
Quintetto Anemos.


2020

MUSICAL WORKS

Première of Incantesimi di Merseburg, for 16-part soloist mixed chorus. Commission of Kammerchor Stuttgart.
21 February 2020. Gesellschaft für Neue Musik Mannheim.
Kammerchor Stuttgart. Frieder Bernius, conductor

Outskirts of matter, for countertenor/baritone and ensemble.
Commission of Wiener Collage, soloists and members of the Wiener Philarmoniker.
Première: Arnold Schoenberg Center, Vienna. 15 December 2020.
Wiener Collage. René Staar, conductor

Caducae resonantiae for solo guitar.
Written for Katalin Koltai.
Première: Budapest Music Center. 16 June 2021. Katalin Koltai, guitar.



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