Get to Know...Emanuela Ballio
We’ve been working on a fun project to promote the 2017 FNMC Composition Contest which we’ll be sharing very soon and we discovered that we receive a lot of entries from Italy! We knew Italy has long been known for the production and support new music and we were pleasantly surprised to see that Italian composers frequently enter our competition. In fact, Italians are the second most frequent entrants (to the US…and of course in much smaller numbers, but still a fun fact.)
This year, Italian composer Emanuela Ballio was a finalist in the flute alone category for Gocce. Although it has been recorded (see below), it has not been performed live. Nicole Riner will present the world premiere during her spring tour at Indiana University of Pennsylvania April 13, 2017. We’re so happy to play a part in bringing her wonderful work to the United States!
Q&A with Emanuela Ballio…
What about new music for the flute appeals to you?
I like the flexibility and the agility of the flute, its colors and its great expressivity, and its abiity to produce several "special effects".
Who is/are your favorite “new music” composer/s and why? I don't like any contemporary composer in a special way. I'm interested in all new composers, and I try to listen to new pieces as much as possible. I can find atmospheres, colors, situations, effects that like me, and that can suggest me an idea for a new piece.
Describe your musical background and current activities.
I’m an Italian composer. I graduated in Composition from “G. Verdi” Conservatory in Milad under Umberto Rotondi’s guidance. Then I was awarded an advance degree in Composition with Franco Donatoni at “Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia” in Rome. I won many international and national composition competitions, my pieces have been performed in concerts worldwide. I get regular commissions not only for usual ensemble, but also for unusual instrument or chamber groups, such as Barberia’s organ, accordion quartet, recorder ensemble, mandolin orchestra, and military band. I teach Composition at “Luca Marenzio” Conservatory of Brescia.
More About Emanuela…
At the age of 22 she graduated in composition with top marks from “G.Verdi” Conservatory in Milan under the guidance of U.Rotondi. She studied electronic music and film music and was awarded an advanced degree in composition with F.Donatoni at the “Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia” in Rome. She teaches Composition at the Conservatory “Luca Marenzio” of Brescia. Emanuela Ballio’s approach to composing is characterised by an intellectual curiosity and versatility that has led her to write not only for orchestra, choir and solo instruments, but also for unusual chamber groups, such as accordion quartet, recorder ensemble, mandolins orchestra and military band.. She has obtained many honours both in national and international competitions, like “INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION VIOTTI – VALSESIA” (Vercelli 1986), “NATIONAL COMPETITION K.CZERNY” (Torre Pellice 1989),“3° INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION FANNY MENDELSSOHN” (Unna, Germany 1991), “GUIDO D’AREZZO” (Arezzo 1991), “GRAND PRIX DE COMPOSITION DE VILLE D’AVRAY” (Paris 1992), “NATIONAL COMPETITION AGIMUS” (Varenna 1993), “NATIONAL COMPETITION A.BACCHELLI” (Livorno 1993), “GEDOK: 10° INTERNATIONAL COMPOSERS COMPETITION FOR SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA” (Mannheim 1994), “INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION JEWISH CONCEPTS OF ECOLOGY” (Los Angeles 1994), “INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION CONTEMPORANEA NEOPOIESIS “ (Palermo 1994), “NATIONAL COMPETITION CITTA’ DI SCICLI” (Ragusa 1994), “INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION FOR COMPOSERS OF CHAMBER MUSIC” (Winterthur 1996), “PREMIO VALENTINO BUCCHI” (Rome 1997 and 1999), “INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION PAOLO BARSACCHI” (Viareggio 1997), “NATIONAL COMPETITION PREMIO MANDANICI” (Barcellona P.G. 1997), “IBLA GRAND PRIZE 2000” (New York 2000), “MANUEL VALCARCEL” (Santander 2001), “PROGETTO GIOVANI COMPOSITORI” (Milan 2001), “INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION POESIE IN MUSICA” (Cesenatico 2001), “SEPTIMA EDICION DE LOS PREMIOS A LA COMPOSICION Y EXPRESION CORAL” (Canary Islands 2001), “3rd BIBF COMPOSITION COMPETITION” (Great Britain 2003), “3rd INTERNATIONAL COMPOSITION COMPETITION FOR ORGAN OF BARBERIA” (Cesena 2007), “LONGFELLOW CHORUS INTERNATIONAL COMPOSERS’ COMPETITION” (Portland, Maine, USA, 2007), “3 rd LE NOTE RITROVATE Composition Competition” (Avellino 2011), “INTERNATIONAL MUSIC PRIZE tm for Excellence in Composition” (Colorado 2011). Her compositions have been played in concerts and festival all over the world, in important cities like BOSTON, LOS ANGELES, NEW YORK, HARTFORD, BUENOS AIRES, ROSARIO, KIEV, ODESSA, TALLIN, MELBOURNE,TOKYO , MADRID, SANTANDER, LAS PALMAS DE GRAN CANARIA, CORFU’, MALTA, BASEL, PARIS, LONDON, YORK, LEICESTER, MUNICH, HEIDELBERG, KARLSRUHE, BUCHAREST, TIMISOARA, CLUJ-NAPOCA, BELGRADE, MILANO, ROMA, VENEZIA, TRIESTE, PADOVA, BRESCIA, BERGAMO, COMO, NOVARA, ALESSANDRIA, BOLOGNA, LIVORNO, SIENA, PERUGIA, BARI, FORLI’, TERAMO, NAPOLI, AVELLINO. Her works are published by Curci, Edipan, Sconfinarte, Casa Musicale Eco, Wicky, Berben, Fonè, Taukay, MAP, Gavino de Franchy Editores, Centro Musica Contemporanea , Edizioni per Caso sulla Piazzetta, Edizioni Progetti Sonori, MC Harmony, Aliamusica Records, QTR Productons, Acadia Recording. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you liked Gocce…
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