The American premiere of Francesco Antonioni’s Ballata for eight solo strings will take place on 26th September in Ithaca at Cornell University. The piece, commissioned by the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and dedicated to George Benjamin, had the world premiere in Birmingham last January . The composition will be performed by Ensemble X under the baton of the author himself.
Ricordi Milano has added a new composer to its catalogue: Francesco Antonioni. Antonioni was born in 1971 into a family of musicians. After obtaining a diploma in composition and piano, he went on to do further studies under Azio Corghi at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. Subsequently, after winning a scholarship to Britain (the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust), he studied under Julian Anderson at the Royal College of Music in London. Antonioni’s music has been performed by a number of famous interpreters and he has received commissions from a range of prestigious musical institutions as well as from his own mentors George Benjamin and Hans Werner Henze (with whom he worked as assistant conductor for three years). He has collaborated with numerous important symphony orchestras. Antonioni’s music reflects the breadth of his cultural interests, seeking a synthesis of various contemporary artistic trends within forms derived from the classical tradition.
The Ricordi catalogue also includes Gli occhi che si fermano for orchestra. Commissioned by the Fondazione Teatro Lirico in Cagliari, the world premiere of this piece was performed last May by the orchestra of the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari under the direction of Marko Letonja.