Claudio Ambrosini

  • 19 September 2016


Claudio Ambrosini

Born in Venice, Claudio Ambrosini studied at Venice Conservatory, then graduated at Venice (Music) and Milan (Linguistics) Universities. Important encounters: Bruno Maderna and Luigi Nono, who included Claudio among his favourite composers.
Ambrosini has composed vocal, instrumental, electronic works, oratorios, operas and ballets performed at Teatro La Scala, IRCAM (Paris), Gulbenkian (Lisbon) and Gaudeamus (Amsterdam) Foundations, Mozarteum (Salzburg), Akademie der Künste (Berlin); at the Warsaw Musical Autumn, the Maggio Musicale (Florence), the season of the Munich Philharmonic, at “Perspectives du XX siècle” (Radio France), GRAME (Lyon) etc.
He has received several commissions, principally from the Venice Biennale, RAI and WDR Radios, the French Ministry of Culture, the Festival of Nations, L’Itineraire, Milano Musica and several other institutions and theatres, as La Fenice or San Carlo.
Among the others, conductors as R. Abbado, F. Luisi, R. Muti, L. Markiz, D. Masson, P. Mefano, S. A. Reck, E. Spanjaard, J. Störgards, P.A. Valade conducted his works.
Since 1977 Ambrosini began to take an interest in computer music at the Padua Center for Computational Sonology (CSC). In 1979 he founded the Ex Novo Ensemble, in 1983 he founded CIRS (Centro Internazionale per la Ricerca Strumentale), in 2007 the Vox Secreta Ensemble.
He has tought and given lectures and masterclasses in several conservatories and universities, including La Sorbonne (Paris) and the Scuola Normale (Pisa).
In 1985 Ambrosini was the first foreign composer to receive the Prix de Rome from France and to stay at Villa Medici, the French Academy in Rome. In 1986 he was chosen to represent Italy at the UNESCO Paris Rostrum.
Recent awards: 2006: Beaumarchais (Paris) and 2008: Music Theatre Now Prize (Berlin) for his opera Il Canto della pelle – Sex Unlimited; 2007: Golden Lion for Music, Venice Biennale; 2009: Rotary International.
2010: Musical Reviewers Award (Premio Abbiati) for his opera Il killer di parole (The Wordkiller) premiered at Teatro La Fenice, in Venice. This work closes an operatic cycle also including Big Bang Circus (2002), Il Canto della Pelle – Sex Unlimited (2005), Apocalypsis cum figuris and Il Giudizio Universale (1996)).
2015:! Award for his lifetime contribution to music.