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Emilio Galante
Emilio Galante - Biography



Instrument: Flute

Emilio Galante was born in Bologna, Italy. He studied composition and flute at the Bologna Musical Academy and in 1979 received his Conservatory Diploma in flute-playing. Galante also studied at the University of Bologna where he took a degree in Philosophy, delivering a dissertation on Musical Aesthetics. In 1982 he was awarded the Masterclass Diploma at the Musical Academy in Munich, Germany.
Galante has played (in various groups) (with various chamber groups and orchestras) all over Europe as well as in the USA, Russia and Turkey. He has also performed as a soloist in La Scala (Milano), La Fenice (Venice), and Salzburger Residenz.

He now mostly performs contemporary music, including his own compositions, and collaborates with both classical and jazz musicians. In fact, in 1998 he founded Sonata Islands, a chamber ensemble devoted to new music, and in 1999 recorded "Sciare di Fuoco" for BMG-Ricordi, a work for eight musicians, inspired by the landscapes of the southern islands. Sonata Islands has its own festival, "Jazz and Notation", which takes place in Milan and Trento and which showcases compositions that try to mix together jazz and new music.

Galante has recorded for various labels and national radio broadcasters: he recorded "Linea d'Ombra" (Shadow Line), a cd of his own compositions for solo flute and live electronics in 1993 for the Italian label Scatola Sonora and "Doppio Sogno" (Double Dream) in 1996, a work in duo with nine different musicians from both classical and jazz backgrounds. For Velut Luna he recorded "Campioni", a multimedia project inspired by a number of Italian sports champions, premiered in 2000, with Giovanni Sollima and Andrea Dulbecco.

His most recent recordings are "Larjines", for flute, live electronics and mixed choir, and "Amer volesse", for soprano, flute, guitar and live electronics with texts in Ladino, a language originating directly from Latin and spoken in only a few alpine valleys,.

His music has been played in various festivals, in New York, Tokyo, Paris and Milan and several of his pieces have been published by Falls House Press and Sonzogno.
In August 1997 he was invited to play his own music at the Chicago NFA Convention.

Emilio Galante also performs in a woodwind quintet, the Kamera Quintet, with which he recorded a CD of self-transcribed progressive rock masterpieces (Genesis, King Crimson, Gentle Giant, Yes). He also teaches at the Music Conservatory in Trento.

He is a co-author along with Gianni Lazzari of the book "The Flute", published by EDT in 2003 and reviewed by many international flute magazines.

Updated to 2014