Alberto Colla

(02 July 1968 — )

Alberto Colla graduated in composition (as a pupil of Carlo Mosso), piano, choral music and choir direction at Alessandria and then specialized in composition with Azio Corghi at the Accademia “G. Petrassi”of Parma and at the Accademia Internazionale “Santa Cecilia” of Rome, obtaining the SIAE scholarship awarded to the finest graduates. The composer of over 80 works, Alberto Colla made his name in Italy in 2001 with his opera Il processo winner of the international competition organized by the Committee for the Verdi Celebrations.  He has received commissions from the major music organizations and festivals. A lot of his music have been broadcast on radio and television throughout Europe, Scandinavia, Israel, the USA, Russia and Canada. Colla is particularly committed to the realization of large orchestral works, which have been performed by some of the most prestigious orchestras, as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestra of the Mozarteum of Salzburg, Orchestra of Santa Cecilia (Rome), Bayerischen Rundfunks (Munich), Juilliard Symphony (New York), Orchestra and Chorus of the Arena di Verona, Orchestra of Colours (Athens), Norwegian Radio Symphony Orchestra (Oslo), Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa do TNSC (Lisbon), Orchestre de Nancy, Ulyanovsk and Cheljabinsk State Symphony in Russia.  His opera Il processo was staged for the 2002 opera season of Teatro alla Scala, Milan and “I Teatri” of Reggio Emilia. A new production, with German libretto, was realized in Germany (Spring 2004) at the Opera Housein Kiel.

Luciano Berio commissioned him a work for chorus and large orchestra for the inauguration, in December 2002, of the new Auditorium designed by Renzo Piano in Rome. In April 2003, the symphonic poem Le rovine di Palmira was performed in Chicago by the Chicago Symphony conducted by Roberto Abbado; moreover Starlights received its worldpremiere in Tallinn by the Estonian National Symphony, conducted by Olani Elts. In October 2004 the Autumn Festival of Contemporary Music in Moscow devoted to him a monographic concert. Again in 2004 the Albany Symphony  and the Orchestra Regionale della Toscana commissioned him two new works for their respective 2005 orchestra seasons. In 2006 the Conferenza Episcopale Italiana (CEI) and the Fondazione Arena di Verona commissioned him a large sacred oratorio for reciting voice, five soloists,  chorus and large symphony orchestra to mark the 3rd Convegno Ecclesiale Italiano. Again in 2006 the “Concorso Trio di Trieste” commissioned  him five chamber works, as obligatory pieces in its 2007 competition.  In 2005 he made reductions for small orchestra of the complete Aida and Rigoletto by Verdi.

He teaches composition  at the Accademia Internazionale “L. Perosi” in Biella where he has created a  team dedicated to compositional theory. The first result of these studies is the text Riflessioni Esacordali.

His works are published by Casa Ricordi, Sonzogno (Milan) and Universal Wien.