Italian composer and pianist born in 1975 in Bologna, Italy.
Andrea Agostini was born on 21 May 1975 in Bologna, Italy. He studied at the Conservatorio Giovanni Battista Martini, where he received a degree in composition in 2000 (studying under Alessandro Solbiati, Giovanni Verrando, and Paolo Aralla), in electronic music in 2001 (studying with Lelio Camilleri), and piano in 2004. Between 1999 and 2006, he also took masterclasses with Ivan Fedele, Brian Ferneyhough, Michael Jarrell, and François Paris. In 2008-2010, he completed his studies with the Cursus (IRCAM’s composition and computer music course). He was an IRCAM scholar-in-residence from 2011 to 2013.
Andrea Agostini composes instrumental and electroacoustic music, for which he has won numerous prizes and awards, including the Zucchelli Prize in 1999 and in 2000, and the Magone Award in 2001. In 2002, he was a finalist for the Prix international Noroit-Léonce Petitot. In 2003, he won the Concurso Internacional de Composição Electroacústica Música Viva. In 2005 he received third prize for composition in the Seoul International Music Competition and an honorable mention at the Gaudeamus Festival Composers Awards. In 2007 he was a finalist in the Franco Evangelisti International Composition, sponsored by Nuovo Consonanza, and received a Commande d’état (a commission from the French Ministry of Culture) for Musica per il chiostro di Royaumont. His music is performed in festivals across the world, including Festival Musica in Strasbourg, MiTo and Sincronie in Milan, REC in Emilia-Romagna, the IMEB Festival in Bourges, Festival MIA in Annecy, and Northern Spark in Minneapolis.
His curiosity for different musical languages led him to explore rock and improvisation, and to study non-Western musical practices. He plays bass with the rock band Frida X, for which he is also an arranger, progammer, and sound engineer. He also composes music for theater, cinema, and radio, and live electronics and motion capture for Project C, a group specialized in sound design for theater performances. He also designs sound environments for visual art installations.
With Daniele Ghisi, he created a digital platform for computer-aided composition titled “bach: automated composer’s helper”. In 2017, during his research residency at IRCAM, he developed a programming language for the Max environment, creating a set of tools based on the bach library.
As a musician, Andrea Agostini has collaborated with ensembles such as Icarus and the Orchestre national de la RAI in Turin, for concerts and recordings of works by Fausto Romitelli, Giovanni Verrando, and Oscar Bianchi. In addition, he has given masterclasses and workshops in the conservatories of Bologna, Genoa, and Strasbourg, and in several universities in the United States (Harvard, San Diego, and Stanford). He is currently professor of computer music (algorithmic and computer-aided composition) at the Conservatory of Turin.
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- Solo (excluding voice)
- Cinque pezzi for solo violin (2003, 1999), 10 mn, Inédit
- O-zone for cello (2003), 8 mn, Inédit
- elec Due Blues for electric and electronic guitar (2005), 8 mn, Inédit
- elec Soffio for bass clarinet and real-time electronics (2006), 8 mn, Inédit
- The speed at which things change for solo cymbalum (2006), 10 mn, Inédit
- elec ircam Ircam cursus Gli atomi che s’accendevano e radiavano for baritone saxophone and real-time electronics (2009), 7 mn, Inédit
- Moth for solo piano (2009), 7 mn 30 s, Inédit
- In Circles for a percussionist (2011)
- Three Electric Creatures for electric guitar (2014)
- Chamber music
- Spin for flute, clarinet, piano, violin, cello (2009, 2004), 12 mn, Inédit
- elec Elektroknabenmuzak for flute, clarinet and electronics (2007), 8 mn, Inédit
- elec Bad Times Lullabies for electric guitar, electric violin, sampler, percussion and live electronics (2008), 13 mn, Inédit
- elec ircam Legno sabbia vetro cenere for string quartet and electronics (2009-2010), 17 mn, Inédit [program note]
- Cose for viola and piano (2012)
- elec Start Making Sense for cello, piano, and lo-fi electronics (2013)
- festive (3-minute song #2) for ensemble (three players) (2019)
- Instrumental ensemble music
- elec Their Generation for ensemble and tape (2005), 8 mn, Inédit
- Strategie della tensione for ensemble (2006), 8 mn, Inédit
- Cinque Movimenti for four-instrument ensemble (2011)
- elec In forma di canzone d'amore for 9-instrument ensemble and live electronics (2015)
- elec Rome: a Tone Poem of Sorts for amplified jazz ensemble (2015)
- elec I mille fuochi dell’universo for ensemble and electronics (2017), 40 mn
- elec core / flow / surface / scatter for ensemble (seven players overall) and electronics (2018-2019)
- Concertant music
- Roleplaying for solo organ and ensemble (2006), 9 mn, Inédit
- Vocal music and instrument(s)
- Microscopes for soprano, clarinet, percussion, violin, cello (2001), 10 mn, Inédit
- Electronic music / fixed media / mechanical musical instruments
- elec Thurston Moore for electronics (2001), 8 mn, Inédit
- elec Funus for electronics (2005), 10 mn, Inédit
- elec Musica per il chiostro di Royaumont for electronics (2007), 25 mn 30 s, Inédit
- elec Shiny metal, shiny glass for electronics (2009), 2 mn, Inédit
- elec ircam Wunder der Schöpfung music for the film by Hanns Walter Kornblum (1925) (2011), 1 h 32 mn [program note]
- elec Eppur si muove interactive electronic installation (2013)
- elec ircam Were You There at the Beginning (/nu/thing x ExperiensS) electronic music (2022), 29 mn
- elec ircam Were You There at the Beginning (/nu/thing x ExperiensS) electronic music, 29 mn
- elec I mille fuochi dell’universo for ensemble and electronics, 40 mn
- Three Electric Creatures for electric guitar
- Cose for viola and piano
- elec Bad Times Lullabies for electric guitar, electric violin, sampler, percussion and live electronics, 13 mn, Inédit
- Spin for flute, clarinet, piano, violin, cello, 12 mn, Inédit
- O-zone for cello, 8 mn, Inédit
- Cinque pezzi for solo violin, 10 mn, Inédit
- Site d’Andrea Agostini : https://www.andreaagostini.eu/
- Site du projet bach: automated composer’s helper : www.bachproject.net
- Site de /nu/thing : http://www.nuthing.eu/
- Entretien avec Andrea Agostini, publiée le 28 avril 2020 sur le site de Cycling ‘74 : https://cycling74.com/articles/an-interview-with-andrea-agostini
(liens vérifiés en juin 2022)
- Andrea AGOSTINI, Legno sabbia vetro cenere, Quartetto Maurice, avec des œuvres de Fausto Romitelli, Mauro Lanza, Silvia Borzelli, dans 4+1, 1 Cd Stradivarius, 2018, STR37105.
- Andrea AGOSTINI, In Circles, Simone Beneventi, percussion, avec des œuvres de Stefano Trevisi, Fausto Romitelli, Raffaele Grimaldi, Hugues Dufourt, dans « Golfi d’ombra », 1 Cd Stradivarius, 2014, STR33998.