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 Venezia, Milano Musica festival, 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 Nazionale RAI, Gaudeamus Music week, North/South Consonance New York, Steirische Ebst, Ex novo Musica, Bang On a Can Marathon New York, Società del Quartetto Milano, Festival Aperto, Mantova Chamber Music Festival, Filarmonica Romana, Festival Liederiadi, Orchestra Regionale Toscana, Real Filharmonia de Galicia, I Virtuosi Italiani, Xenia ensemble, Orchestra Pomeriggi Musicali, Netherland flute orchestra, Ex Novo ensemble, Ensemble Suono Giallo, Festival Playit!, 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 cellist Mario Brunello performed the premiere of the Foresta di Fiori for cello and orchestra and the Foundation I Teatri Reggio Emilia commissioned Corpi eretici opera dedicated to the personality of the poet Pier Paolo Pasolini and in the 2017 the opera Haye le parole la notte with libretto by Alessandro Leogrande. In February 2017 his composition Voce tra le voci was included in a new Sentieri Selvaggi CD for the label Deutsche Gramophone. In the 2018 for to anniversary First world war the Festival Liederiadi, Teatro dell’Arte, Sacred Music Festival Pordenone commissioned the large vocal work Still Requies. In May 2019 his Concerto for clarinet and percussion was premiered in Teatro alla Scala.
Mauro Montalbetti was been composer in residence for I Teatri Foundation of Reggio Emilia for the years 2015, 2016, 2017. In September 2018 was be composer in Residence at Visby Composer Centre (Sweden). Next projects for 2020 season include: a sax Quartet, a new chamber opera and a Cantata for solists, choir and orchestra. Starting from 2007 his works are published by RaiCom (Rome). His catalogue includes pieces for orchestra, for ensemble and five operas.