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Claudio Ambrosini
Claudio Ambrosini - Biography
Venezia, 1948

Lascia che unga il tuo corpo (Donna di Betania) from Passione secondo Marco
for six voices, reciter and eleven instruments
© CIRS - Venezia

Claudio Ambrosini, born in Venice in 1948, studied Electronic Music (with A. Vidolin) and Ancient Instruments at the Venice Conservatory, then proceded to take a degree in History of Music at the Venice University and a degree in Foreign Languages and Literature at the Milan University. Important to his development were his meetings with Bruno Maderna and Luigi Nono.
Ambrosini has composed vocal, instrumental, electronic works, operas and ballets, all characterized by his extensive studies in instrumental research and by his personal style. He has also had many experiences in multimedia (video, photography, installations) in museums and in art galleries.

Ambrosini has received various prizes and has taken part in international festivals such as the Venice Biennale, Strasbourg, La Rochelle, Brussels, Helsinki, Huddersfield, Stockholm, Vancouver, Montreal, Avignon, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Sidney, Ludwigsburg; as well as series of concerts at the IRCAM in Paris, at La Scala in Milan, at the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon and the Gaudeamus in Amsterdam, at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Akademie der Kunste in Berlin, the Musical Autumn in Warsaw, the Maggio Musicale in Florence, the season of the Munich Philharmonlc and Radio France's series "Perspectives du XX siècle", etc.
Ambrosini has received several commissions from the Venice Biennale, the Italian Radio (RAI), the West German Radio (WDR), the French Ministry of Culture, the Festival of Nations, Milano Musica and from several other theatres and institutions.
His music has been conducted by Riccardo Muti, Lev Markiz, D. Masson, P. Mefano, G. Nowak, Robert HP Platz, Y. Prin, S. A. Reck, Ed Spanjaard, M. Tabachnik, among others.

In 1976 Ambrosini began to take an interest in computer music at the Padua Center for Computational Sonology (CSC).
Since 1979 Ambrosini has led the Ex Novo Ensemble and since 1983 also the CIRS, International Center for Instrumental Research, both of which he founded in Venice.
In 1985 Ambrosini was the first non-French composer to receive the Prix de Rome from France and to reside at the Villa Medici, the French Academy in Rome. In the same year he was chosen to represent Italy for the European Year of Music. In 1986 he was chosen to represent Italy at the UNESCO Paris Rostrum.
Ambrosini composed and recorded a Passion for the Rome Jubilee year.

Updated to 02/2002