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Riccardo Piacentini

RICCARDO PIACENTINI was born in Moncalieri (Turin, Italy) on 3rd July 1958. At the age of twenty-two he obtained his diplomas in Composition and Piano and then, at the Turin University, he graduated with top marks in History of Music with a thesis on Goffredo Petrassi. Other diploma in Choral Music and Choir Direction. Pupil of Carlo Pinelli (Ghedini’s pupil) and Roberto Cognazzo at the Turin Conservatory (1974/80), as well as of Giorgio Pestelli, Paolo Gallarati and Enzo Restagno, he followed perfection courses and seminars with Franco Donatoni (1984/87, Accademia Chigiana in Siena and Perosi International Academy in Biella), Sylvano Bussotti, György Ligeti, Ennio Morricone, André Richard (as grantee De Sono), Karlheinz Stockhausen. In 1988 he took part with performances of his works in the “Internationalen Ferienkurse für neue Musik” in Darmstadt. Piacentini has been a prize-winner at international competitions and selections, including Presteigne International Festival in Wales, where he represented Italy in 1992 with Ti i for violin and harp, ICONS in Turin (first international price with For four for string quartet), Nuove Sincronie in Milan (Amariamori for G flute), Mario Zafred and Franco Evangelisti in Rome (Keir for orchestra and again For four), and “Accademia Musicale Chigiana” in Siena with the cooperation of Radio France and “Conservatoire Superieur de Musique de Paris” (... et coetera for ten players).

His music is regularly performed in prestigious concert halls and festivals with alluring reviews. In February 1997 he was invited, with Giacomo Manzoni, to appear as a guest composer at the Festival of Italian Contemporary Music in Vancouver, where his Spiritual Drama in one act and three scenes Mal'akhim gave its first performance and where he took seminars on his own music at the Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia and the Vancouver Academy of Music. Many concerts and seminars on his music in Institutions such as: Albuquerque – University of New Mexico (Composers' Symposium 2008), Algeri – Auditorium de la Radio Algerienne, Almaty – Conservatory, Arequipa – Universidad Catolica San Paolo, Bangkok – Arts and Culture Centre, Baku – Uzeyir Hacibeyov International Music Festival, Baltimore – University of Maryland in Baltimore County (UMBC), Basel – Academy, Belgrade – ArtLink Festival, Beijing – Central Conservatory e Beijing Modern Music Festival, Berkeley – University of California, Berlin – Musik-Biennale and Unerhörte Musik at BKA Theater, Bowling Green State Universtity, Brno – Janacek Academy, Budapest – Budapest Spring Festival at Urania National Theater, Buenos Aires – Colon Theater and Centro Cultural San Martin, Canton – XingHai Concert Hall, Darmstadt – Orangerie, Graz – University, Haverford College, Helsinki – Sibelius Academy, Hong Kong – Academy for Performing Arts, Houston – Four Oaks Auditorium, Jakarta – Arts Academy and Pelita Harapan University, Kiev – National Taras Shevchenko University, Köln – Neue Musik Köln - Festival all'Italiana, Krakow – Main Concert Hall and Florianka Saal in Music Academy, Lima – Pirandello Theater, London – Festival Roussel, Madrid – Centro Cultural Buena Vista and Palacio Abrantes, Malta – La Valletta Hall, Marseille – Theatre National, Melbourne – Xavier College, Chapel off Chapel and Federation Hall, Milan I Pomeriggi Musicali at the Teatro Dal Verme, Moscow Conservatory, Münich – Gasteig, New England University (Australia), New York – Mannes College and Modern Works, Paris – Conservatoire National Superieur and Radio-France, Portland State University (Oregon), Riga – Latvia University Theater, Rio de Janeiro – Escola de Musica - Conservatorium, Roma – Santa Cecilia Academy, Festival Nuovi Spazi Musicali, Musica d'oggi and Nuova Consonanza, Rosario – Festival Nuevas Partituras, Rutgers State University of New Jersey, Seoul – Joong Ang University, San Paolo – Circolo Italiano, Shenyang – Liaoning Grang Theater and Conservatory, Singapore – Jubilee Hall and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, St. Francisco – Berkeley University of California, Stanford University and IIC, St. Mary's College of Maryland, St. Petersburg – Composers' Union, Czar Village and Conservatorium, Stanford University, Sidney – Conservatory, Tashkent – 3rd and 4th International Festival of New Music, Torino – Settembre Musica and Festival MI.TO, Toronto – SoundaXis Festival at Music Gallery and Bata Shoe Museum, Ulaan Baatar – Opera-Ballet Theater, Vancouver Music Academy and Pyatt Hall of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Vilnius – University Theater, Washington – Levine School of Music, Waterloo – Wilfried Laurier University, Wien – Klangforum and Creatives Centrum, etc. In December '99 “Mal'akhim” was represented again in Turin, in the Metropolitan Cathedral with the staging by Teatro Regio and the whole national RAI broadcast. In October 2000 the same opera gave another performance for the International Celebration for the Holy Shroud. In February ‘99 his show for children 7x7+7 was represented at the Santa Cecilia National Academy in Rome and, two months later, at the Ilkhom Theater in Uzbekistan. Always in ‘99 Piacentini composed Musiche dell'aurora (Dawn musics), recorded on two CDs like enviromental music for the 8th Biennial International of Photography in Turin, first official example of “foto-musica con foto-suoni“© (“foto-musica con foto-suoni”), followed by Arie condizionate (Air conditioning) with original texts by Sandro Cappelletto on a cd for the 9th Biennial International of Photography (2001) and, again on Cappelletto's texts, by “Sine nomine” for the commemoration of Shoa' at Carlo Felice Theater in Genua (2002), Treni persi (Lost trains, 2003) for the Train Museum in Bussoleno, Mina miniera mia (Mine my mine, 2004) for Traversella mines and Musiche della Reggia di Venaria Reale (Music for the Castle in Venaria Reale, 2005).

His scores have been published by Curci, Edipan, Agenda, Sconfinarte and Rugginenti. The Curci Editions pressed his text Armonia tonale [Tonal Harmony] too, for the studies of Composition in Conservatory, and, in 2011, I suoni delle cose [The sounds of things] - Poetica del foto-suono tra Filosofia, E(ste)tica e Musica presented at MiTo Festival in Turin, DMS in Bologna, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome and the Italian Cultural Institute in Belgrade, New York, Los Angeles and Warsaw. He has made CDs and recordings for Radio-France, RAI, RSI, Radio Nazionale Uzbeca, Radio Vaticana and for the labels Curci, Datum-Stradivarius, DDT, Edipan, Happy New Ears, Nuova Era, Rainbow, Rivoalto, Steirischer Tonküstler Bund, Stradivarius, Urania Records.

As pianist he works regularly in partnership with Tiziana Scandaletti, soprano, with whom in ‘97 he founded the Duo Alterno (tours in Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Kazakistan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malta, Mongolia, Norway, Peru, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailandia, United Kingdom, USA, Uzbekistan, Venezuela) and made first recording of Giacomo Manzoni's “Du Dunkelheit” and of the whole sacred works for voice and piano by Giorgio Federico Ghedini. Other monographic CDs on lyrics by Ghedini (Canti e strambotti), Alfredo Casella, Franco Alfano and Francesco Paolo Tosti). For Stradivarius label, La voce contemporanea in Italia - 1st CD, 2nd CD, 3rd CD, 4th CD, 5rd CD, 6th CD and La voce crepuscolare - Notturni e serenate del '900. For Urania Records, Tosti 1916. The last Songs on original Erard piano 1904.

He is also the founder and director of the Rive-Gauche Concerti in Turin and professor of Composition at the Milan Conservatory.

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