Biography - Roberto Cacciapaglia

Biography


Roberto Cacciapaglia, Italian composer and pianist, was born in Milan. He received his diploma under the guidance of Bruno Bettinelli in composition from the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi of Milan. He also studied electronic music and conducting. He worked at the RAI’s Studio of Musical Phonology (Italian State broadcasting company) and also collaborated with the National Research Council (CNR) of Pisa, studying computer applications in the field of music. He is a leading protagonist in the area of innovative music. By virtue of his style in music he integrates the classical tradition with electronic experimentalism.

Biography


Roberto Cacciapaglia, Italian composer and pianist, was born in Milan. He received his diploma under the guidance of Bruno Bettinelli in composition from the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi of Milan. He also studied electronic music and conducting.

He worked at the RAI’s Studio of Musical Phonology (Italian State broadcasting company) and also collaborated with the National Research Council (CNR) of Pisa, studying computer applications in the field of music. He is a leading protagonist in the area of innovative music. By virtue of his style in music he integrates the classical tradition with electronic experimentalism.

In 1974 he recorded “Sonanze” for the German label Ohr. It was the first quadraphonic LP ever released in Italy, and brought Roberto into contact with German music groups such as Popol Vuh (concert in Milan State University – 1975) and Tangerine Dream. In the following years, he published and performed several oeuvres, concerts and ballet music: “Sei note in Logica” (‘Six Notes in Logic’ released by Philips – 1978) for voice, orchestra and computer. “Generazioni del Cielo” (‘Generations of the Sky’, Ricordi Edition – 1986) opera in two acts presented at Teatro Metastasio of Prato. “Lamentazioni di Geremia” (‘Lamentations of Jeremiah’ – 1988) five elegies, performed at International Festival of Tel Aviv, Jerusalem. That same year at the Aterforum of Ferrara he performed in concert with Terry Riley “In C”, an anthem of minimalist music, (Mirumir – 2012), published along with “Transarmonica”. “Aurea Carmina”, for soloist, choir and orchestra based on a text by Pythagoras, commissioned by the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. “Il Segreto dell'Alba” (‘The Secret of the Dawn’ – 1989) ballet-pantomime, presented at Teatro Comunale of Bologna. “Un Giorno X” (‘X-Day’ – 1990) his second opera, was staged at the Conservatorio of Milan. “Le Mille e una Notte” (‘Thousand and One Nights’ – 1991) a fable in music was featured at the Berliner Festspiele and the Spoleto Festival.

He gave concerts for the Milanesiana, including “La Dissoluzione dell’Aria” (‘Dissolution of Air’ – 2003) with Derek Walcott, Nobel Prize in Literature. “Mente Radiosa” (‘Radiant mind’ – 2005) with Rita Levi-Montalcini, Nobel Prize in Medicine.

His long artistic collaboration with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra gave birth to “Quarto Tempo” (‘Fourth Time’ – 2007). “Canone degli Spazi” (‘Canon of Spaces’ – 2009). “Ten Directions” (2010).
In 2013 he composed “Antartica” to accompany the European Concordia Expedition in Antarctica, European Space Agency. This was followed by “Alphabet” (Decca Records – 2014), recorded in the Sala Verdi of the Conservatory of Milan and first performed at Royal Palace of Milan. “Tree of Life” (Believe Digital – 2015) is the soundtrack to the Tree of Life, EXPO 2015 Milano – was performed in concert with Teatro alla Scala Academy Orchestra at the Open Air Theatre, for the closing ceremony of EXPO 2015.

Ever conscious of the theme of ecology, Roberto collaborated with Earth Day – world day for the safeguarding of the planet – playing in Rome, Piazza del Popolo (2017) and in Bologna, Piazza Maggiore, G7 Environment.

“Celebration Tour 2018” – launched in Moscow before travelling throughout Russia into Siberia, then Europe, America, China, and ending in Istanbul. During this Tour the concert he gave at Carnegie Hall in New York was rated “Best Live Act 2019” by the Bluebird Reviews journal.
The same year he recorded “Diapason” with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Abbey Road Studios in London. This was subsequently performed in concert worldwide in the “Diapason Worldwide Tour”.

“Days of Experience” (Believe Digital – 2020) is the first single of his new recording project, composed during the Covid-era, given its premiere at the Teatro Bibiena in Mantua. “Angel Falls” (Believe Digital – 2021) is the second single released on October 8th and had its premiere on Scala Radio in the UK. It will be presented on his debut concert in London at the Cadogan Hall on November 9th, right after his concert at Milan Conservatory on November 5th.

He is founder and director of the “Educational Music Academy”, founded in 2012 with the aim to prepare younger talents to their musical careers.

Tours, Concerts and Events

His vast production includes album and concert realized with the most important international orchestras - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Teatro alla Scala Academy Orchestra, Moscow Imperial Orchestra, Dubai Philharmonic Orchestra, etc. – and led him in concert worldwide in the most prestigious theatre and concert hall:

  • Carnegie Hall – New York
  • Zipper Hall – Los Angeles
  • Herbst Theater – San Francisco
  • Open Air Theatre – Teatro alla Scala Academy Orchestra
  • Verona Arena
  • Beijing Temple
  • Guangzhou Opera House
  • Shanghai City Theatre
  • International House of Music – Moscow
  • Beloselskih - Belozerskih Palace – St. Petersburg
  • Child Philharmonia – Ekaterinburg
  • Philharmonia Triumph – Perm
  • State Institute of Arts – Krasnoyarsk
  • Energy Cultural Space – Novosibirsk
  • Jaani Kirki’s Cathedral – St. Petersburg
  • Berliner Festspiele – Berlin
  • International Festival – Tel Aviv
  • Festival of Campinas – Brazil
  • Passatge de la Pau – Barcellona
  • Mariinsky Theatre – St. Petersburg
  • Lingotto – Turin
  • Milan Cathedral
  • Teatro San Carlo – Naples
  • Auditorium Parco della Musica – Rome
  • Teatro degli Arcimboldi – Milan
  • World Event Abu Dhabi
  • Conservatory – Istanbul
  • Palazzo Reale – Milan
  • Auditorium of the Slovak National Radio – Bratislava
  • Ankara Piano Festival
  • Teatro del Giglio – Lucca
  • Spoleto Festival
  • Teatro Carignano – Turin
  • Maiden Tower – Baku, Azerbaijan
  • Teatro Bibiena – Mantua
  • Ravello Festival
  • Teatro Morlacchi – Perugia
  • Teatro Cristallo – Bozen
  • Teatro Colosseo – Turin
  • Teatro Duse – Bologna
  • Teatro Verdi – Florence
  • Teatro Rossini – Pesaro
  • Teatro Filarmonico – Verona
  • Teatro Nazionale – Milan
  • Teatro Alfieri – Turin
  • Teatro Comunale – Bologna
  • Milan Conservatory
  • Accademia di Santa Cecilia – Rome
And many other.

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