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Sandro Gorli
Sandro Gorli - Biography
Como, 1948

La stanza segreta
for 6 instruments
© Ricordi - Fonit Cetra

Instrument: Conductor

Sandro Gorli studied composition with Franco Donatoni and Bruno Maderna, at the same pursuing a university course in architecture; he eventually acheived his degree in piano.
After undertaking research at the RAI's Studio of Phonology in Milan, he studied orchestral conducting first in Milan and then in Vienna with Hans Swarowsky.

In 1977 Gorli became the founding conductor of the Divertimento Ensemble, which he still conducts today, undertaking an intense performance schedule with the aim of spreading contemporary music throughout the world. Since 1990 he has also been the principal conductor of the Elision Ensemble of Melburne. With these two groups he has recorded 16 CDs. Conducting the "Orchestra Verdi" of Milan he recently recorded two CDs with  Maderna's music.
Among his most noteable compositions, which are performed regularly in Italy and abroad, are: "Me-Ti", commissioned by Bruno Maderna for the RAI Orchestra of Milan; "Chimera la luce" for vocal sextet, piano, chorus, and orchestra, which was first performed at the 1976 Royan Festival under the direction of Giuseppe Sinopoli; "On a Delphic Reed" for oboe, and seventeen players; "Il bambino perduto" for orchestra; "Quartetto" for strings; "Le due sorgenti" for chamber orchestra; "Super flumina" for oboe, viola and orchestra, written for the 1987 Babylon Festival; and "Requiem" for mixed unaccompanied chorus, written for La Chapelle Royale in 1990.

Ensembles that have commissioned his works: RAI of Milan (1973), I Solisti Veneti (1975), the Gulbenkian Foundation for the Festival of Royan (1976), the French Cultural Ministry (1979, 1983, 1984, 1989, 1994), the Italian Foreign Ministry (1987), Radio France (1981 and 1988), the Orchestra Regionale Toscana (1990), the Elision Ensemble of Melbourne (1990 and 1994), the Geneva Summer Festival (1991), L'Atelier du Rhin (1993), Japanese Winter Theater Festival (1997) and Agon (1997), the Curia Arcivescovile of Milano (1999).

In 1985 Gorli received the European Prize for Musical Theater for his opera "Solo". His second opera, "Le mal de lune", debuted March 12, 1994 in Colmar and Strasburg. Currently, he teaches composition at the Conservatorio "Giuseppe Verdi" in Milan.

Updated to 12/2009