BIOGRAPHY

ALBERTO CAPRIOLI, FOTO GIOVANNI BORTOLANI

 

BORN IN BOLOGNA IN 1956, HE STUDIED COMPOSITION WITH CAMILLO TOGNI AT THE PARMA CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC AND CONDUCTING WITH OTMAR SUITNER AT THE HOCHSCHULE FÜR MUSIK UND DARSTELLENDE KUNST IN VIENNA.
THE WORKS OF BRUNO MADERNA AND LUIGI NONO WERE FUNDAMENTAL FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF HIS POETICS. WORTH TO BE MENTIONED ARE HIS ACQUAINTANCES WITH TITO GOTTI AND EZIO RAIMONDI, THE TUTOR OF HIS MASTER’S DEGREE IN MODERN PHILOLOGY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF BOLOGNA. THE ENCOUNTER WITH BOGUSŁAW SCHAEFFER AT THE MOZARTEUM ACADEMY IN SALZBURG MARKED THE BEGINNING OF HIS ACTIVITY AS A COMPOSER.
SINCE 1983 HE HAS DONE RECORDINGS FOR THE AUSTRIAN RADIO ORF, FOLLOWED BY THE ELABORATION OF TWO PIECES FOR SOLO INSTRUMENTS AND COMPUTER MUSIC AT THE CSC OF THE PADUA UNIVERSITY (PER LO DOLCE SILENTIO DE LA NOTTE, INTERMEDIO I) AND COMMISSIONS BY THE EUROPÄISCHES MUSIKFEST STUTTGART (DUE NOTTURNI D’OBLIO, FOR SOLO VIOLA D’AMORE AND TEN INSTRUMENTS, SETTE FRAMMENTI DAL KYRIE PER DINO CAMPANA, FOR SOLI, CHOIR AND ORCHESTRA). HIS TRIO A LA DOLCE OMBRA WAS AWARDED IN AVIGNON AND A FIRST MONOGRAPHIC CD WITH HIS CHAMBER MUSIC WAS RELEASED IN MUNICH (PROVIVA 1988). AFTER A COMPOSER’S PORTRAIT IN SALZBURG (ASPEKTE FESTIVAL, 1989), VARIOUS PIECES OF HIS HAVE BEEN RECORDED AND PREMIERED AT THE MOST RELEVANT EUROPEAN FESTIVALS, INCLUDING WIEN MODERN, THE WARSAW AUTUMN, ZEITFLUSS SALZBURG, KLANGFORUM WIEN, MELOS ETHOS BRATISLAVA, ROMAEUROPA, THE XENAKIS CENTRE IN PARIS. IN 1992, IN PERUGIA, HE WAS INVITED TO TAKE PART IN THE PERFORMANCE OF MUSIC WALK UNDER THE DIRECTION OF JOHN CAGE, HEINZ-KLAUS METZGER AND RAINER RIEHN. SIEGFRIED MAUSER PRESENTED HIS COMPOSITIONS AT THE BAYERISCHE AKADEMIE DER SCHÖNEN KÜNSTE IN MUNICH. HIS WORK VOR DEM SINGENDEN ODEM WAS INTERPRETED BY VARIOUS ENSEMBLES (A. O., THE OENM SALZBURG AT MILANO MUSICA AND THE EX NOVO ENSEMBLE AT TEATRO LA FENICE, BOTH BROADCASTED BY THE ITALIAN RADIO RAI 3). HE WAS INVITED TO HOLD SEMINARS AND CONFERENCES BY SEVERAL EUROPEAN AND OVERSEAS UNIVERSITIES (BOLOGNA, CRACOW JAGELLONIAN, EDMONTON ALBERTA, LEIDEN, MILAN CATTOLICA, MARYLAND AT COLLEGE PARK, NICE SOPHIA-ANTIPOLIS, PAVIA CREMONA, ROME TOR VERGATA, VERONA, VENICE CA’ FOSCARI) AS WELL AS BY MUSICAL INSTITUTIONS LIKE THE ARTURO TOSCANINI FOUNDATION, THE ST. PETERSBURG STATE CONSERVATORY AND THE ACCADEMIA DEL TEATRO ALLA SCALA.
IN ITALY HIS MUSIC WAS REVIEWED BY MARIO BORTOLOTTO, MARIO MESSINIS, GIAN PAOLO MINARDI, PAOLO PETAZZI. HE HAS RECEIVED COMMISSIONS FROM TEATRO LA FENICE IN VENICE, TEATRO COMUNALE DI BOLOGNA, FESTE MUSICALI, THE ARTURO TOSCANINI FOUNDATION, THE FESTIVAL PONTINO AND THE BOLOGNA FESTIVAL.
HIS COMPOSITIONS HAVE BEEN BROADCASTED BY SEVERAL RADIO STATIONS IN EUROPE, JAPAN AND THE UNITED STATES AND PUBLISHED BY PRO NOVA IN MUNICH, RAI TRADE IN ROME AND THE TEATRO LA FENICE FOUNDATION IN VENICE.
AFTER HIS FIRST CONCERTS AT THE DEUTSCHE STAATSOPER BERLIN AND AT THE VIENNA ORF-RADIO, FOLLOWED BY HIS ITALIAN DEBUT WITH THE DRESDNER PHILHARMONIKER, HIS ACTIVITY AS A CONDUCTOR WAS FOCUSING MORE AND MORE ON THE LATE NINETEENTH- AND TWENTIETH-CENTURY REPERTOIRE, AS WELL AS TO CONTEMPORARY MUSIC, WITH SEVERAL WORLD PREMIERES AND FIRST PERFORMANCES. AS A GUEST CONDUCTOR HE HAS BEEN INVITED BY MANY ORCHESTRAS AND INSTITUTIONS (A. O. THE ORCHESTRA DEL TEATRO LA FENICE, ORCHESTRA DEL TEATRO COMUNALE DI BOLOGNA, SÜDDEUTSCHER RUNDFUNK, ORCHESTRA SINFONICA ARTURO TOSCANINI, ÖSTERREICHISCHES ENSEMBLE FÜR NEUE MUSIK SALZBURG, KAMMERENSEMBLE NEUE MUSIK BERLIN, WIENER KONZERTHAUS, TEATRO REGIO DI PARMA, NUOVA CONSONANZA, ROSSINI OPERA FESTIVAL), AND SINCE 2006 HE COLLABORATES WITH THE EX NOVO ENSEMBLE IN VENICE (MILANO MUSICA, MITO SETTEMBRE MUSICA, GUSTAV MAHLER MUSIKWOCHEN, EX NOVO MUSICA).
IN 2012 ALBERTO CAPRIOLI WAS AWARDED THE “LEONARDO PATERNA BALDIZZI” INTERNATIONAL PRIZE FOR MUSIC BY THE ACCADEMIA NAZIONALE DEI LINCEI IN ROME FOR HIS COMPOSITION FUGGENTE, FOR MEZZOSOPRANO AND INSTRUMENTS.
IN FALL 2016, HIS ODE ALLA LUCE, FOR ORCHESTRA WAS FIRST PERFORMED UNDER THE DIRECTION OF MARCO ANGIUS DURING THE FIRST EDITION OF THE “BOLOGNA MODERN” FESTIVAL AT THE TEATRO COMUNALE DI BOLOGNA. DURING THE SAME FESTIVAL MAURIZIO GIANI, NICOLA SANI AND ALESSANDRO TAVERNA PRESENTED THE NEW MONOGRAPHIC CD “ALBERTO CAPRIOLI – ARIA BIZANTINA”, RELEASED BY STRADIVARIUS IN MILAN. IN DECEMBER 2016 THE SAME CD WAS PRESENTED IN VENICE BY CLAUDIO AMBROSINI AND MARIO MESSINIS AT THE ATENEO VENETO.
IN 2017 HE WAS INVITED TO CREATE A MULTIMEDIA PROJECT ON SCHUBERT, NONO, CAGE FOR THE DINO GAVINA EXPOSITION OF THE “BOLOGNA DESIGN WEEK”. HIS ADAGIO ESTATICO, FOR SOLO VIOLA WAS FIRST PERFORMED BY ALBERTO BELLI DURING THE 2017 EDITION OF THE “BOLOGNA FESTIVAL” (“IL NUOVO E L’ANTICO. STOCKHAUSEN DIECI ANNI DOPO”).
IN 2018 HE WAS A MEMBER OF THE JURY OF THE COMPOSERS COMPETITION ‘PREMIO TRIO DI TRIESTE’. THE EX NOVO ENSEMBLE PREMIERED IN VENICE HIS LE SOTTILI ARIE DEL CIELO , FOR INSTRUMENTS AND VOICES OF SIX PERFORMERS, COMMISSIONED BY THE TEATRO LA FENICE. THE CONCERT, EXPRESSLY DEDICATED TO CLAUDIO AMBROSINI, WAS BROADCASTED BY RAI RADIO3. MARI KIMURA INTERPRETED GILLES FOR VIOLIN AND LIVE ELECTRONICS DURING HER SOLO MULTIMEDIA CONCERT AT THE 2019 EDITION OF THE CHIGIANA INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL.