Sandro Gorli


(19 Juni 1948 — )

Sandro Gorli studied composition under Franco Donatoni. He took a diploma in piano.  He went on to do research at the RAI Phonology Studio in Milan and attended Hans Swarowsky’s orchestra conducting courses in Vienna.

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In 1977 he founded the Divertimento Ensemble, which he still directs today, conducting an intense concert programme with a commitment to the promotion of contemporary music. From 1990 to 1998 he was the chief conductor of the Elision Ensemble in Melbourne. 

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His music is regularly performed in prestigious festivals and concert halls in both Italy and abroad. Among his most renown works are: Me-Ti, for orchestra (a request made by Bruno Maderna for the RAI Orchestra in Milan, 1973),  Chimera la luce, for vocal sextet,  piano,  choir and orchestra (premiered at the Festival de Royan in 1976  under the direction of  Giuseppe Sinopoli),  Il bambino perduto (premiered in Paris with the Orchestre de Radio France, 1983),  Quartetto for strings (1983), Le due Sorgenti for chamber orchestra (1984),  Quintettino (1986), Super flumina for oboe, viola and orchestra (written for the 1987 Babylon Festival),  Requiem for mixed chorus a cappella  (written for La Chapelle Royale conducted by Philippe Herreweghe - CD Harmonia Mundi) and the chamber operas Solo and Le mal de lune, the latter staged in March 1994 in Colmar and Strasbourg.  Gorli’s compositions are published by Suvini Zerboni and Casa Ricordi.