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Marco Stroppa
Marco Stroppa - Biography
Verona, 1959


Ninnananna, ondulante 1991
for piano
@ Stradivarius

Composer, researcher and professor, Marco Stroppa was born in Verona on December 8, 1959. He undertook a range of musical studies - piano, choral music and choir conducting, composition and electronic music – under Laura Palmieri, Guido Begal, Renato Dionisi, Azio Corghi and Alvise Vidolin at the Conservatories of Verona, Milan and Venice. He also studied computer music, cognitive psychology and artificial intelligence at the Media Laboratory of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on a Fulbright Scholarship in 1984-86.
Between 1980 and 1984 he worked at the computer music centre (CSC) of the University of Padua (Italy), where he produced his first large-scale piece, Traiettoria, for piano and computer, a work which immediately met with considerable success and which continues to be performed regularly.
In 1982 Pierre Boulez invited him to join IRCAM in Paris (Institute de Recherche and Coordination Acoustique/Musique, the largest institution of the world devoted to computer music), where he worked as a composer and researcher. He was appointed as head of the Music Research Department in 1987, but resigned in 1990 to fully concentrate on composition and research. M. Stroppa has also taught regularly at IRCAM since his arrival. His uninterrupted association with this institution has been crucial for his musical growth.

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Updated to 2014