Paolo Longo

Paolo Longo

Paolo Longo (born October 30, 1967 in Trieste, Italy) is an Italian composer and conductor.


He studied composition, piano and conducting in Trieste, where he graduated in 1990 with highest honors. In 1998 he moved to France, where he has been living until 2007.

His works (mainly chamber, vocal and piano music) have been awarded in several International Competitions; he received First Prize in the "Edvard Grieg Memorial Competition" in Oslo in 2003, the "ADNM Competition" in Tarragona and the "Ivan Spassov competition" in Plovdiv in 2004, the "Tokyo chamber music competition" and the "Renée B. Fisher Composer Awards" in New Haven in 2005, the "Onde Musicali competition" in Taranto, the "ISCM-Miami competition" and the competition of the "Académie Internationale de Lutèce" in Paris in 2006. He has also earned second prizes and special mentions in Rome ("Premio Valentino Bucchi"), Piacenza ("Egidio Carella Competition"), Geneva ("Prix Reine Marie José"), Urbana-Champaign ("Salvatore Martirano Memorial Composition Award"), Angoulême, Cuneo, Auckland and many others.

His compositions (based on diverse processes as cellular proliferation and spectral synthesis) have been performed in festivals and in concert seasons in Europe, in the United States, in Japan and in New Zealand; they have been broadcasted by radios and TV channels. His first stage work, "Le Songe d'un habitant du Mogol" (text by Jean de la Fontaine), commissioned by the "Atelier Lyrique de Tourcoing", has been premiered in Lille ( [ “Festival Lille 3000”] ) in 2007.Most of his works are published by "Symétrie" (Lyon, France).

As a conductor, he works especially into contemporary music; he premiered works by composers such as Bruno Bettinelli, Aldo Clementi, Azio Corghi, Pascal Dusapin, Michaël Levinas, Giacomo Manzoni, Ennio Morricone, Francesco Pennisi and many others. In 1996 he co-founded (with the composer Stefano Procaccioli) the "Taukayensemble", with which he has commissioned numerous works, and has since served as its principal conductor and music director.

Selected Works

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*"Le Songe d'un habitant du Mogol", "Scènes modulaires sur des fables de Jean de la Fontaine" (speaker, children's chorus, clarinet (+ bass clarinet), soprano saxophone (+ baritone saxophone), viola, cello, harpsichord, percussion)

Chamber Music

*"Albertson-Variations" (piccolo (+ alto flute), E-flat clarinet, bassoon, viola, cello)
*"D'autres discordances" (soprano saxophone (+ alto saxophone), piano)
*"Etchings II" (violin, piano)
*"Giants "Quattro incisioni" (4 saxophones)
*"Histoires de cendre" (2 pianos, percussion)
*"Rouge Clair-Obscur" (piccolo, E-flat clarinet, bass clarinet, bass trombone, cello, double bass)
*"Schegge" (clarinet, bass clarinet, cello, double bass)

Vocal & Choral

*"...Astrali nidi...", "Quasi un madrigale", text by Giuseppe Ungaretti (3 sopranos, 3 mezzo-sopranos, 3 altos, bass clarinet, viola, piano)
*"Neiges", "Quasi una scena", text by Jean Cocteau (soprano, baritone, bass clarinet, B-flat trumpet, trombone, piano, 2 suspended cymbals)
*"Quare fremuerunt gentes", text from the Bible (mixed chorus)


*"Monologo Primo, "...d'une sphère sans lumière..."
*"Monologo Secondo, "Sphynxs-Vari(A)zioni"
*"Jeux et Berceuses"
*"Etchings IV, "Nove paesaggi facili"

External links

* [ Paolo Longo's page at The Living Composers Project]
*It [ Composer's page at the Federazione Cemat]
*Fr [ Paolo Longo at Symétrie]

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