Silvia Colasanti

(08 mars 1975 — )

Silvia Colasanti obtained a diploma in music at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome and later went on to do advanced studies under Fabio Vacchi, Wolfgang Rihm, Pascal Dusapin and Azio Corghi at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. She was awarded the prestigious Goffredo Petrassi Prize by the President of the Republic.
She has won a large number of prizes in national and international music competitions, including the Zeitklang, the international composition competition of Musikfabrik NÖ (Vienna), and the Lopes Graça (Lisbon). In 2006 she won selection for the Tactus Young Composers’ Forum (Brussels, Belgium). In August 2007 she was artist in residence at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation. In 2007 she was selected together with the Quartetto di Cremona for the Fondazione Spinola – Banna per l’Arte’s Progetto Musica. In 2010 she was awarded the Nino Carloni Prize in the “young composer”. She recently received the European Composer’s Prize 2013 during the Young Euro Classic Festival.
Her compositions have been performed by many prestigious orchestras in a range of famous concert halls and theatres and in the context of a number of festivals both in Italy and abroad. These include the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Rome), the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées (Paris), the Orchestre National de Belgique (Brussels), the Konzerthaus (Berlin), the Festival Pablo Casals (Prades), the Biennale Musica (Venice), Settembre Musica (Turin), Kuhmon Kamarimusiikki (Kuhmo, Finland), Milano Musica (Milan), the Orchestra Verdi (Milan), the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Florence), the White Crow Music Festival (Leiden), the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (Glasgow), the Orchestra Nazionale Rai (Turin), the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa (Lisbon), the Accademia Musicale Chigiana (Siena) and the Orchestra della Toscana (Florence).
The artists who have interpreted her works include the Arditti Quartet, Reinbert de Leew, Daniel Kawka, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Massimo Quarta, David Geringas, the Quartetto di Cremona, György Györgivanyi Ráth, Lior Shambadal, Arturo Tamayo and Jacques Zoon.
Her composition In the earth and air was chosen by Luciana Savignano for one of her dance theatre works.
Her children’s opera Il sole, di chi è?, on a text by Roberto Piumini, premiered in 2009 at Teatro Ponchielli (Cremona), was  performed a lot of times in prestigious Italian institutions.
Recent works include a concerto for cello and orchestra written for David Geringas; a lyric opera La Metamorfosi,  commissioned by Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and performed in 2012 in Florence, with the direction of Pier Luigi Pier’Alli, and Capriccio a due written for  Salvatore Accardo e Laura Gorna.
Dynamic label has released a monographic CD in 2011.
Silvia Colasanti teaches composition at the Bologna Conservatory.