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Roberto Cacciapaglia is an Italian composer and pianist, was born in Milan, based in Milan and London. He received his diploma in composition under the guidance of Bruno Bettinelli 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 1976 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 State University) 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 Conservatory 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 Palazzo Reale 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 and in Bologna, Piazza Maggiore, G7 Environment (2017).


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 concerts 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 2021, recorded with the orchestra ‘I Virtuosi Italiani’ and had its premiere on Scala Radio in the UK. It has been presented on his debut concert in London at the Cadogan Hall on November 9th, right after his concert at Milan Conservatory on November 5th


“Atlantis”, “London Sleeps”, “Rainbows” (Ingrooves – 2022/2023) are the first singles of the new album “Invisible Rainbows”.


“Invisible Rainbows” (Ingrooves – 2023) out on 24th Feb 2023, it is recorded with “I Virtuosi Italiani”, extraordinary chamber orchestra. It has been at the top of Italian and UK Apple Music Classical Charts.


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

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