Biography - Roberto Cacciapaglia


Roberto Cacciapaglia was born in Milan. He graduated in composition from the “Giuseppe Verdi” Conservatory of his city, where he also studied conducting and electronic music.

Over the years he worked at the studio of Phonology of Rai and collaborated with the CNR (National Research Council) in Pisa where he studied computer applications in the field of music.


Roberto Cacciapaglia was born in Milan. He graduated in composition from the “Giuseppe Verdi” Conservatory of his city, where he also studied conducting and electronic music. Over the years he worked at the studio of Phonology of Rai and collaborated with the CNR (National Research Council) in Pisa where he studied computer applications in the field of music.

Composer and pianist, he is a key protagonist on the international scene of the most innovative music, his compositions blending electronic experimental music with the classical tradition. For many years he has been researching the powers of sound, leading towards a music beyond frontiers expressed through deep emotional contact.

“DIAPASON - Piano Solo” is the piano solo version of "Diapason", released on 24th January 2020 by Believe Distribution Services. It was recorded, mixed and mastered with no use of artificial manipulation, reverb, delay, compression or other processes that are often used today to achieve sounds that may be more appealing but are not natural. In "Diapason – Piano Solo" what you will listen to is the pure sound of the piano, recorded with 18 microphones set up in various places in the recording studio, so that they can capture all the diverse harmonic overtones in space and deliver to the listener the sonority of this instrument in all its purity and integrity.

"Best Live Act 2019" - American Magazine "Bluebird Reviews" awarded "Diapason Worldwide Concert" as best concert of 2019.

"Istanbul Concert" - after the success of China Tour, worldwide tour continues in Turkey with a concert in the prestigious Zorlu PSM - Turkcell Platinum Stage.

“Diapason China Tour 2019” - after Italy and Russia, Diapason arrives in China. 8 concerts in the most important cities: Beijing, Shijiazhuang, Chongqing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Liuzhou, Changsha and Shanghai. It has been an extraordinary success, with a wonderful welcome, many standing ovations and long lines to meet Maestro at the end of the concerts.

“DIAPASON” is the album of unreleased tracks that came out on 18th January 2019 and immediately entered at the number one spot in iTunes Classic Italy. It was recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in the legendary Abbey Road Studio 2, London. In the same day, the “Diapason Worldwide Tour” had started: 15 dates in the most beautiful theatres in Italy before the international tour which will be In Russia, China and once again in the USA.

“QUARTO TEMPO – 10th Anniversary Edition” – Ten years after the release of the historic album "Quarto tempo", essential work which has opened the collaboration with the Royal Philarmonic Orchestra, Roberto Cacciapaglia launches an inedited and extraordinary version of it

In addition to the 12 original tracks, the double CD will include also the solo piano interpretation of each piece and an inedited version of "Il Ragazzo che Sognava Aeroplani". The album is released on the 3rd of November 2017.

“Celebration Tour 2018” is the new Worldwide Tour, started in Moscow – "Russian Tour 2018" – and in St. Petersburg, Perm, Ekaterinburg, Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk and then Italy and US. The "North America Tour 2018" was in Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Carnegie Hall in New York.

“EARTH DAY 2017” – On the 22nd of April 2017, the Maestro Roberto Cacciapaglia opens and celebrates the “Earth Day 2017”, playing a concert in Piazza del Popolo in Rome.

“ATLAS” – his latest album released on 25th November 2016 by Believe Digital – is a charming collection of 28 tracks: the greatest music by the composer enriched by two extraordinary inedited tracks – “Reverse” and “Mirabilis” – and a tribute to David Bowie: an instrumental version of “Starman”, Requiem to his memory.

“TREE OF LIFE” contains the “Tree of Life Suite”, the Music specially composed for the Milan Expo night show of the Tree of Life – EXPO 2015. Released on 26th May 2015 by Believe Digital, it went straight to number one of the iTunes classical music charts, where it stayed at the top for many months. It was performed in concert with the Milan Teatro alla Scala Academy Orchestra at the Open Air Theatre to celebrate EXPO 2015.

“ALPHABET”, recorded in the Sala Verdi of the Milan Conservatory, was released on 28th January 2014 by Decca Records – Universal Music, and was performed in concert in the Hall of the Eight Columns in the Royal Palace of Milan. It stayed at the top of the iTunes classical music charts for several weeks.

Three CDs are the fruit of his long artistic collaboration with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: "QUARTO TEMPO" (Universal Music – 2007); "CANONE DEGLI SPAZI" (Universal Music – 2009); and "TEN DIRECTIONS" (Sony Music – 2010).

In 1986 the prestigious Ricordi Edition published his opera in two acts "GENERAZIONI DEL CIELO", first performed in the Metastasio Theatre in Prato and subsequently at the Lingotto Theatre in Turin. The same year he composed "LAMENTAZIONI DI GEREMIA", commissioned by the International Festival of Tel Aviv. Then in 1988 at the Ateforum Festival in Ferrara he performed “In C” with Terry Riley, the manifesto composition of minimalist music. The piece was recently published and distributed in Russia together with the first release of "TRANSARMONICA" (1988). Other pieces from those years are "AUREA CARMINA" (1988), commissioned by the Santa Cecilia Academy of Rome, “IL SEGRETO DELL’ALBA” (1989), a ballet-pantomime commissioned by the City Theatre of Bologna, "UN GIORNO X" (1990), a video opera performed at the Milan Conservatory with the popular Italian singer Gianna Nannini and the Orchestra dei Pomeriggi Musicali, and the musical fable "LE MILLE E UNA NOTTE" (1991), performed at the Berlin Festival “Berliner Festspiele” and subsequently at the “Spoleto Festival”.

Fruit of his all-round experimentation are the albums "ANGELUS ROCK" (1992), "ARCANA" (2001), "TEMPUS FUGIT" (2003), and "INCONTRI CON L’ANIMA" (2005).

"SONANZE" (1974), his first recording and the first quadrapohonic LP released in Italy was produced by Rolf Ulrich Kaiser. The head of the German record company “OHR” put the maestro in contact with German groups like POPOL VUH, with whom he performed in concert, TANGERINE DREAM, and WALLENSTEIN, all with the same music company. Four years later he produced "SEI NOTE IN LOGICA" (1978), a music score for voices, orchestra and computer, a turning point and an exploration of the minimalist sphere.

Roberto Cacciapaglia is also founder of the Educational Music Academy with the aim of giving a voice to young musical talents, composers and performers, pianists and musicians in order to give shape to their projects and to achieve professional mastery in their works.

Tours, Concerts and Events

Roberto Cacciapaglia has huge successes with his live performances in Italy and abroad. A testimony is his tour in China, with concerts in Beijing and Shanghai which received an extraordinary reception by the Chinese audience, and the previous concerts in Russia, USA, Spain, Slovak Republic and Turkey, where he taught several seminars and workshops at the Turkish Music State Conservatory of Istanbul.

Roberto Cacciapaglia presented his own compositions across the most important theatres in Italy and all over the world:

  • Carnegie Hall – New York
  • Zipper Hall – Los Angeles
  • Herbst Theater – San Francisco
  • Open Air Theatre – Teatro alla Scala Academy Orchestra
  • 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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