Gabrio Taglietti


(15 December 1955 — )

Gabrio Taglietti was born in Cremona in 1955. Initially he studied composition under Franco Margola at the Conservatory of Parma but later went on to study under Davide Anzaghi at the Conservatory in Milan, obtaining his diploma in 1981 under the guidance of Giacomo Manzoni.

He also took a diploma in piano under Maria Grazia Bertocchi, and has always combined his work as a composer with performing.

In 1978 he achieved his first important success with his quartet for strings Le rondini, the only Italian work selected for the 5th International Composers Seminar in Boswil (Switzerland). Since then his compositions have been performed in a range of highly prestigious festivals in various places both in Italy and abroad: Venice (Opera Prima, 1981), Montepulciano (Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte, 1983), Paris (Radio France, 1985), Rome (Nuova Consonanza, 1986), Zagreb (Biennale, 1990), Florence (Tempo Reale, 1998), Holland, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Germany, Mexico, Argentina and Japan.

A number of his works have received prizes and special mentions at various competitions including the Franco Evangelisti (1987), the Guido d'Arezzo (1989), the Mario Zafred (1990) and the Valentino Caracciolo (1991). In addition, in 1995 his work Aria, for violin and magnetic tape was performed in the foyer at the Teatro alla Scala as part of a concert commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Liberation of Italy.

As a performer Taglietti collaborates with a range of chamber music groups, in particular with the Gruppo Musica Insieme from Cremona, with which he organises the festival Spazionovecento.

A further invaluable facet of his work takes the form of his many translations of articles and books on music subjects. Of particular note in this regard are the new edition of the Scritti critici di Robert Schumann (The Critical Writings of Robert Schumann) (Ricordi-Unicopli, 1990), the Schoenberg-Mann papers (Archinto, 1993), Georg Knepler’s Wolfgang Amadé Mozart (Ricordi-Lim, 1995) and four essays by Adorno (Einaudi, 2001). He has also realised the rhythmic, Italian version of Hans Werner Henze’s opera Das verratene Meer (The Betrayed Sea), which was produced at the Teatro alla Scala in 1991.

Together with Gianmario Borio Taglietti edited the book Itinerari della musica americana (Lim, 1996).

Since 1997 he has taught composition at the Conservatory of Mantova.

In 2009 ha realised a reconstruction of a work that in all probability Mendelssohn wrote in collaboration with the cellist Joseph Merk in 1830: the Variazions de Mendelsohn et Merk for cello and piano. The only part of the original work that has come down to us is the piano part. Thus Taglietti wrote a possible reconstruction of the piece giving it the title Variazioni brillanti. The premiere of the work took place in the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza on 11th June 2009 with Steven Isserlis on cello and Roberto Prosseda on piano.

The composer’s principal compositions are published by Casa Ricordi. In 2009 the Stradivarious label released a recording of his Studi for piano.