Nicola Campogrande (*1969)
is regarded as "one of the most interesting Italian composers of the young generation" (Amazon).
After graduating from the Conservatories of Milan and Paris, he began to develop an original personal style, combining past and present traditions on a fascinating new path. Performing his scores, such musicians as Gauthier Capuçon, Lilya Zilberstein, Mario Brunello, Jean-Bernard Pommier, Paul Daniel, Roberto Abbado, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Fine Arts Quartet and the Quartetto del Teatro alla Scala have appreciated the freshness and the vitality of his music as well as his ability to touch the heart of the listeners.
A musical theatre enthusiast, he's working now on a new opera commissioned by the Opera House of Liège (Opéra Royal de Wallonie). In his back-catalog, you can find the stage works “Opera italiana”, “Macchinario”, “Lego” and “Alianti”, which bring together the lyrical tradition, interesting features of older avantgarde music and athmospheric hints of jazz and rock.
His music has been recorded on numerous CDs. His soundtracks are published by Cam-Universal. Campogrande’s music is performed frequently in the most prominent halls of many countries: the Royal Albert Hall and the Wigmore Hall in London, the Teatro alla Scala, the Werner Hall in Cincinnati, the Philharmonie and the Unesco Auditorium in Paris, the Auditorium Santa Cecilia-Parco della Musica in Rome, the Rudolfinum in Prague are recent venues. The artistic director of the MITO SettembreMusica Festival, Campogrande is also a host on Italia RAI Radio3 and he produces the TV program “Contrappunti” on the Classica HD Channel.
He was a member of the International Music Commission of the European Choral Association – Europa Cantat.
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