Mauro Montalbetti was born in Brescia (Italy) in 1969. He began studying composition in 1987 with Antonio Giacometti. He attended the “Giuseppe Verdi” Conservatory in Milan, where he studied with Irlando Danieli, Paolo Rimoldi. His meeting with Gerard Grisey, Marco Stroppa, Franco Donatoni, Magnus Lindberg and Luca Francesconi have been crucial in developing his vocation and talent. The composer’s career was established after the finalist session of Valentino Bucchi prize 1988 with his first composition for violin and cello “Fahrt ins staublose”. Montalbetti’s early recognition as one of the most promising Italian composers, subsequently won others awards including finalist at the Gaudeamus Prize 1999 and the First prize at the 2006 Johan Fux Opera Composition Prize Graz, with the Opera “Lies and sorrow”. Montalbetti has regularly been commissioned pieces by the Filarmonica della Scala, Biennale Musica Venice, Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Roma Europa Festival, Fondazione Teatro Grande Brescia, Sentieri Selvaggi ensemble, Fondazione I Teatri Reggio Emilia, Cantiere di Montepulciano, Stadttheater Klagenfurt, Sasha Waltz and Guest, Orchestra ICO Lecce, Filarmonica Romana, Orchestra Regionale Toscana, Orchestra Nazionale RAI, Real Filharmonia de Galicia, I Virtuosi Italiani, Xenia ensemble, Orchestra Pomeriggi Musicali, Netherland flute orchestra, Ex Novo ensemble, Ensemble Suono Giallo, Festival Playit!, Festival Aperto, International piano Festival Brescia-Bergamo, Teatro Due, Balletto Civile.

His opera “Il sogno di una cosa” has received great acclaimed after the nine performance in the theaters of Brescia, Reggio Emilia, Milan and is the first italian contemporary opera transmitted several times by the italian national television RAI 5.

His orchestral work Another’s hell has been commissioned and played by Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala in January 2014 conducted by Daniel Harding. In the year 2015 The great cellist Mario Brunello performed the première of the Adagio for Cello and Orchestra Foresta di Fiori and the Foundation I Teatri Reggio Emilia commissioned Corpi eretici opera dedicated to the personality of the poet Pier Paolo Pasolini. Starting from 2007 his works are published by RaiTrade (Rome). His catalogue includes pieces for orchestra, for ensemble and four operas. In February 2017 his composition Voce tra le voci was included in a new Sentieri Selvaggi CD for the label Deutsche Grammophon.

Mauro Montalbetti was been composer in residence for  I Teatri Foundation Reggio Emilia for the years 2015, 2016, 2017. Future projects for the 2018  include: a new Requiem, a cello piece for the soloist Enrico Dindo, a flute concerto for AltreVoci ensemble.

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