Category Archives: NEWS

Joining Berklee College of Music

Starting this January, I will join the full-time Composition faculty at Berklee College, in the rank of Assistant Professor. I am thrilled and honored to be part of such a prestigious school. I should also say that I am sincerely and deeply grateful to the Music Department at Dartmouth College, where I had a truly amazing time teaching as a visiting faculty.

Selected for Manifeste 2015 – Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France

I was recently selected for an orchestral reading with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, conducted by Pierre-André Valade. The piece will be performed in June 2015 in Paris. More details to follow!

Selected composer for Milan 2015 Expo Competition

I was selected among the 50 composers who will be commissioned a piece for the 2015 Universal Exposition, taking place in Milan. I will write a piece for Divertimento Ensemble, premiere in June 2015. More news here: (Italian only)

Appointed visiting faculty at Dartmouth College

Starting this Fall, I will be visiting lecturer in Sonic Arts at Dartmouth College. More info on the blog post.

Manifeste program is out – July 5th, 8pm: The Heart off Guard

On July 5th my piece on Seamus Heaney’s poems will be premiered by Ensemble Intercontamporain with Elizabeth Calleo. This piece is exploring the experience of fatherhood and the relationship between father and son. Not from the psychological/psychoanalytical prospective, but rather through the poet’s eyes. More info on the piece soon. In the meantime, at the following link you can find some of his marvelous poetry:

02/20/14: Presentation at UPenn

In a monographic course on Luciano Berio, taught by Jamuna Samuel at University of Pennsylvania, I will present my music, and how it relates to the music and the poetics of Berio.

02/21/14, Treviso (Italy): Music for Orson Welles’ Don Quixote (Premiere)

Ensemble L’arsenale will perform a new piece of mine for a project on the unfinished film project on Don Quixote. The project involves also the composers Jagoda Szmitka, Alexander Lunsqui, Lorenzo Tomio and Filippo Perocco. More details here:

07/05/14, Paris (France): The Heart Off Guard (provisional title) (Premiere, Cursus 2 Project)

My project for Cursus 2 is finally taking shape. It will be premiered on July 5th, 2014, during Manifeste. I am planning to work on a series of poems by Seamus Heaney (authorization pending), a wonderful Irish poet whom I met during my time at Harvard. My idea is to work on a series of poems that face the theme of “fatherhood”, in the broader sense, selected from different moments of his life.

Unfortunately, during my research Heaney suddenly passed away. Therefore, the piece will be in memoriam. You can find more information on Heaney on the publisher’s website.

More details on the project and the performers soon.

Spring/summer 2013: in-residence at Weimar Liszt Hochschule

I am starting my residence in Weimar – I will be working on a few revisions of my music and  I will also have my cursus piece, Don, performed at the SeaM concerts on July 9. You can find a short interview here:

06/19/13, Montreal (Canada): Space Oddities

for solo flute

Performed by Solomiya Moroz

Part of Montreal Contemporary Music Club
June 19, 2013
Tana Schulich Hall
527 Sherbrooke West
Montreal, QC


06/18/13: Toronto (Canada): Space Oddities

for solo flute

Performed by Solomiya Moroz

June 18, 2013
Placebo Space
2877 Lakeshore Blvd W
Toronto, ON

05/11/13, Harvard University, Paine Hall: Don

for mezzosoprano and live electronics (US premiere)

Performed by Clare McNamara

May 11, 8pm
Paine Hall
Harvard University Department of Music


Selected for IRCAM cursus 2

I just got the news I was accepted at Ircam for the second year of Cursus. The project I will be working on is a work for video, electronics and ensemble on T.S. Eliot’s “The Hollow Men”. More info to come!

04/13/13, Ircam, Espace de projection, Paris (France): Don

for mezzosoprano and live electronics (World premiere)

Performed by Claire Peron

Concert flyer

04/02/13 – Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (France): Studio di ripetizione

for solo piano

Performed by Miriam Conti

VIDEO: Diotima String Quartet performs Studio di vela

Diotima String Quartet

Harvard University
January 27, 2011

VIDEO: ensemble unitedberlin performs Blurry Landscapes

Ensemble unitedberlin,
Christian Schumann, cond.

Weimar, Franz Liszt School of Music
July 17, 2012

New recording: Nite-night

The recording of the premiere by IEMA can be now found here.

VIDEO: Corrado Rojac performs Corde di recita

April 22nd, 2011
Harvard University Paine Hall

Watch the video of the full piece on Limenmusic website:

09/14/12 – Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Frankfurt (Germany): Nite-night

for ensemble

Performed by International Ensemble Modern Academy (IEMA)

09/09/12 – Royaumont Foundation (Paris, France): Nite-night


for ensemble


Performed by International Ensemble Modern Academy (IEMA)

Awarded the Franz Liszt 2012 Stipendium

I am very excited to share the news that I won the final round of the Franz Liszt Stipendium, and will be spending consequently three months in Weimar, writing and getting to know the music scene there. More info and the press release can be found here (in German):

In-residence at the Cité des Arts (Paris)

I was recently selected among the 2012/13 residents at the Cité Internationale des Arts (more info:, for my stay in Paris during Ircam Cursus.


07/16/12 – Weimar (Germany): Blurry Landscapes

for ensemble

Performed by Ensemble unitedberlin
Franz Liszt Stipendium Workshop
Franz Liszt School of Music – Weimar (Germany)

Selected by the Liszt School of Music (Weimar)

Together with five other composers I have been chosen to participate in the composition workshop at the Liszt School of Music in Weimar. My piece Blurry Landscapes will be performed by ensemble unitedberlin on July 16th. The workshop will lead to a selection of one or more composers for a 3-month stipend and other awards.

07/07/12 – Viitasaari (Finland): Gelo

for mixed choir

Helsinki Chamber Choir
Nils Schweckendiek, cond.

07/07/12 – 8pm
Time of Music 2012 Festival (link)
Rautavaara Composition Competition
Viitasaari Church, Viitasaari (Finland)

New recording: Corde di recita

The recording of the premiere by Corrado Rojac can be now found here.

New Recording: Studio di ripetizione

The recording of Studio di ripetizione, for solo piano (perf. Miriam Conti), can be found here

05/09/12: Try-out session at IEMA

I will be in Frankfurt at the IEMA in May (5-9th) with a try-out session of the ensemble – in prevision of the final piece to be premiered in September.

Harvard Certificate of Distinction in Teaching

I was recently awarded the Harvard Certificate of Distinction in Teaching – sponsored by the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning in cooperation with the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Education – for my teaching in Fundamental of Tonal Music (Fall Semester 2011). This certificate acknowledges the excellence of work with students and the commitment to teaching. This is the second certificate I receive, after my work in the Electronic Music course in 2008. The full list of recipients is here.

03/24/11 – Boston University: Studio di Ripetizione

for solo piano

Miriam Conti, piano
03/24/2011 – 12pm
Marshall Room
Boston University
Boston, MA (USA)

02/20/12 – Helsinki: Gelo

Performed by the Helsinki Chamber Choir. Part of the Rautavaara Composition Workshop

Accepted at Ircam Cursus 1

Starting September 2012, I will be moving to Paris for the Cursus 1 at IRCAM. The Cursus 1 is a training course on Electronic Music and runs from September till April 2013, generally culminating with a work for solo instrument and electronics. More info:

Invited to the 2012 IEMA (Ensemble Modern)

I was recently invited to write a new piece for the Ensemble Modern Academy. The piece will be for 15 instruments and electronics and performed in Frankfurt, Karlsruhe and Paris in September 2012.

Finalist at the International Rautavaara Competition

On February 18-21 and July 6-7 I was invited to the final round of the International Rautavaara Workshop and Competition with my new piece entitled Gelo, for vocal ensemble. The revised version of the piece for 12 singers will be then performed in concert in July, and the winner of the competition will be asked to write a new piece for the Helsinki Chamber Choir. More info:

Composit Festival

A new Festival of Contemporary Music is about to start Next July: guest composers will be Tristan Murail and Joshua Fineberg. Composit is organized by Italian composer Davide Ianni. More info:

VIDEO: SKIN M. Lipsey, Talujon Percussion Quartet

I just uploaded the video of Michael Lipsey performing Skin, for solo percussion. Visit the Media Gallery to watch the video!

09/05/11- Royaumont Voix Nouvelles: Clairvoyant

Performed by Les Cris de Paris, cond. Geoffroy Jourdain

Review of the SFCMP concert

Tod Brody of SFCMP performed my Space Oddities for solo flute on October.  Tod played beautifully and I had a great experience with the whole group (also, it was my first time on the West Coast). Here are a few reviews of the concert: (website of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players)

(listen to the piece here)