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Stefano Giannotti
Stefano Giannotti - Biography
Gattaiola, Lucca, 1963


E-mail: [email protected]

STEFANO GIANNOTTI was born in 1963 and is a composer, author, filmmaker, guitarist and performer. He studied composition with Pietro Rigacci and he was Alvin Curran's assistant in Crystal Psalms and Tufo Muto. Between 1983 and 1990 he performed in several European countries with the chamber music group "Trio Chitarristico Lucchese". In 1997 he began cooperating with the Italian choreographer Roberto Castello. Between 1998 and 1999 he lived in Berlin as guest of DAAD (German Academic Exchange Program). In 2000 he was guest of the Kuenstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf with a Stipend of the Ministerium of Brandeburg. In 2002 he was invited in Worpswede with a stipend of the Ministerium of the Niedersachsen and he won the Karl-Sczuka-Preis (SWR, Baden-Baden) with his work IL TEMPO CAMBIA. In 2004 IL TEMPO CAMBIA (Part 2) won the Honourable Mention in Prix Italia. In 2007 he won the Karl-Sczuka-Preis for the second time with his radio-piece GEOLOGICA.

His repertoire ranges from performance, radio-art, dance theatre to chamber music, orchestral scores and songs. Some of the main themes developed in Giannotti's works are landscape, memory, life cycles, voices of people and languages.

His compositions have been performed in: Festival Internazionale Teatro d'Arte (Narni 1989), G.A.M.O. (Florence 1989), Stichting Logos (Gent 1991 and 1999),"Macrophon '91 and '94" (Wroclaw), "Wings of Sound" (Helsinki 1993), "Sounding Islands" (Faroer Islands 1995), "Musica per le Stelle" (Costa degli Etruschi 1996, 1997, 1999 and 2000), "Strade Contemporanee" (Lucca 1997), "Neue Italienische Musikszene" (Berlin 1998), Ballhaus Naunynstrasse (Berlin 1999), Kuenstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf (Wiepersdorf 2000), Museum of Fine Arts (Philadelphia, 2000),  Children's Future (Yokohama, 2001), ISCM World Music Days (Hong Kong 2002), Donaueschinger Musiktage (2002 and 2008), Maerz Musik Festival (2003), Voix Nouvelles (2003), Teatro dell'Orologio (Roma 2004), Videominuto 2004 e 2006 (Prato), New York Film And Video Festival 2005, ISCM Festival (Stuttgart, 2006), Festival Archipel (Geneve 2007), Urban Nomads (Taipei 2007 and 2008), Cucalorus Film festival (Wilmington - North Carolina, 2007 and 2008), Globians Film Festival (Potsdam/Berlin, 2008), etc.

Since 2001 he has held training courses on the history of experimental music in our century, with a particular attention to the new languages of contamination between music, radio and theatre. Since 2003 he has started developing video-projects (video-art, short movies).

Productions and collaborations with: RAI Radio 1, RAI Radio 3, Polskie Radio, Magyar Radio, O.R.F., Radio France Culture, Danish Radio, WDR Koeln, SFB, Deutschland-Radio Berlin, Saarlaendicher Rundfunk, Suedwestdeutsch Rundfunk, Australian Broadcasting Company.
Other collaborations with: Peter Ablinger (D), Guido Arbonelli (I), Michael Augustin (D), Thomas Bloch (F), Roberto Castello (I), Enzo Fabiani String Quartet (SLO), Hugo Hamilton (IRL), Peter Machajdìk (SK), Andreas F. Mueller (D), Harmonia Ensemble (I), Alan Tschertschessow (RUS), Yuan Shun (China), Birgit Ramsauer, Wieslaw Saniewski, Fabrizio Desideri etc.

International  Awards and Grants:

  • 2008 - Katherine Knight Award for the film CHIAYI SYMPHONY, at the Earth Vision Film Festival, Santacruz (California)
  • 2007 - Karl-Sczuka-Preis for his composition GEOLOGICA
  • 2006 - "Artist-In-Residence" in the Chiayi County (Taiwan) for the Tropic Of Cancer 2006, Environmental Art Project
  • 2004 - Special mention of the jury in the PRIX ITALIA 2004 for IL TEMPO CAMBIA (Part II)
  • 2002 - Karl-Sczuka-Preis (SWR, Baden-Baden) for his composition IL TEMPO CAMBIA.
  • 2002 - Artist-In-Residence in Worpswede (Deutschland)
  • 2000 - 1st Prize in the International Glassharmonica Music Festival, and "Prix spécial de l'humor", Philadelphia (U.S.A.) won for the composition D.O.C. (1999), for glassharmonica and tape.
  • 2000 - Artist-In-Residence at Kuenstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf (Ministerium fuer Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kultur, Land Brandenburg)
  • 1998/99 - Artist-In-Residence in Berlin (DAAD Berliner Kuenstlerprogramm)
  • 1997 - 3rd Prize in the International Competition "Music and Play"- Robert Murray Shafer, Poznan, won for L'ISOLA CHE C'ERA (1996) for children's voices, bass tuba and live-electronics.
  • 1994/95 - Prix Ars Acustica International, WDR Koeln, won for VARIAZIONI SU VOLVER (1989/94), a soundscape on the voice of Carlos Gardel
  • 1991 - International Prize of Radio Art Macrophon'91, Polskie Radio, won for RITRATTO DI PAESE (1989/90), a sound documentary on the elders of a little Italian country village


  • FOUR STUDIES ON LOCATION AND PEOPLE (2005/2008 - 26'23")
  • SOPRA TUTTO E TUTTI (Music video 2008 - 8'30")
  • PICCOLI SEGRETI (2007), dur. 1 min.
  • CHIAYI SYMPHONY (2006/2007), dur. 63'20"
  • MATILDE E L'ORGANETTO (2004/2006), dur. 1'00"
  • CORRENTE (2006), dur. 3'20'
  • THE MAKING OF BOLLE (Documentary, 2005/2006), dur. 34'00"
  • BOLLE (2005) dur. 29'58'
  • VAGA ORCHESTRA -  Ritratto di  un¹esperienza musicale fra didattica e palcoscenico (Documentary, 2005) dur. 30'00'
  • PRIME ALI (2005), dur. 8'
  • CZARNA MADONNA (2004/2005), dur. 16'55"
  • BOLLE (2004), dur. 1'
  • IL CARNEVALE DI ANTONIO (2004), dur. 7'26"
Updated to 12/2008