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Christian Cassinelli
Christian Cassinelli - Biography
Cagliari, 1979

Rosario (2004)
for orchestra

Instrument: Piano

He was born in 1979 in Cagliari, and studied the piano under Stefano Figliola and composition with Gianluigi Mattietti at the "Pierluigi da Palestrina" Conservatory of Music; he graduated with top marks cum laude. He furthered his studies in composition under Azio Corghi (Accademia Chigiana di Siena, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia) and Luca Francesconi (Accademia Musicale di Stresa, Malmö Music Academy in Sweden) and graduated from the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under the guidance of Ivan Fedele.
Very active as a chamber musician, he has been a member – since its inception – of the "Ensemble Palestrina", a group of musicians specialising in a 20th century and contemporary repertory, with a number of first performances.
In 2005 he won the first edition of the International Composition Competition "Il Giornale della Musica" with Rosario, performed in Turin by the RAI National Symphonic Orchestra with Roberto Abbado as a conductor. On commission from the 53rd International Music Biennial of Venice, he composed the stage music for The Bacchae by Euripides, performed at the Vicenza Teatro Olimpico, the Venice Teatro Goldoni and the Padua Teatro Verdi. In 2009 he won the third edition of the International Composition Competition of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia with Halak for orchestra.
His works have been performed by and he has received commissions from the Festival Spaziomusica, the C.U.M. (Choir of the Musical University Centre), the Festival of Antique Music and the Cagliari Opera House, the Venice Biennial Festival, the Stresa Festival “Settimane Musicali”, the MATA Festival of New York, the Florence PlayIT Festival, the orchestra “I Pomeriggi musicali”, the SpazioMusica ensemble, the Bibiena Quintet, the Divertimento ensemble, the Arsenale Ensemble, the SpazioMusica ensemble, and the Musica Vitae Chamber Orchestra of Växjö (Sweden).

Updated to 02/2012