updated 2 March 2010

Luca Antignani

Italian composer born in 1976.

Born in Italy in 1976, Luca Antignani studied piano, composition, orchestral conducting, and electronic music, at the Scuola Civica de Milan, where he studied with Alessandro Solbiati) and then with Azio Corghi at the the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, from which he graduated in 2001. That same year, he took part in Cursus, IRCAM’s composition and computer music course.

In 2002, Antignani was chosen to represent Europe in the International Forum of Young Composers, co-sponsored by the University of Montreal and the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, which resulted in a commission from the Ensemble. He has also received commissions from Radio France, both for the Festival Présences and a series of pieces for the musical program “Alla Breve.” In 2003, the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra commissioned a piece for choir and orchetra to be performed on their European tour. In 2004, he collaborated with the Ensemble intercontemporain for the Festival Acanthes. In 2005, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and the Venice Biennale commissioned a work for large orchestra from him.

Antignani’s work has been performed around the world and at many different festivals including Settembre Musica, Milano Musica, the Dresden Music Festival, Nuova Musica, and the Festival Musica. Some of his pieces have been recorded and broadcast by RAI (Italy’s national public broadcasting company) and as well as by other radio broadcasting companies outside of Italy.

He is also a musicologist, and contributed articles on contemporary and electronic music to the 2003 edition of the De Agostini Encyclopedia.

From 2007 to 2009, Antignani was composer-in-residence at the Conservatoire d’Annecy, in co-production with the organization Musique Inventive d’Annecy (MIA) and the Conservatoire de Chambéry. In March 2010, a new piece for ensemble and electronics (a commande d’état, or commission, from the French Ministry of Culture) was premiered by the Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain in Lyon (electronics produced in the GRAME studios).

Antignani teaches orchestration at the CNSMD of Lyon (France) and contemporary music and orchestration at the HEM of Lausanne (Switzerland). His scores are edited by Edizioni Suvini Zerboni (Milan).

  • 1st prize, Fattoria Paradiso Composition Competition
  • Winner, Ente Concerti Castello Di Velveglio Composition Competition
  • 1st Prize, Città di Como Composition Competition
  • Alfredo Casella Composition Prize
  • ICOMS Composition Prize
  • 2nd Prize (1st Prize not awarded), Guido d’Arezzo Composition Awards (2002)
  • Barlow Prize (2005)
  • Third Place, Prix Quatuor Molinari Composition Competition (2005)
  • Winner, GRAME/EOC of Lyon Composition Competition (2008, Jury: Jean-Paul Dessy (Mons-Musiques), Brice Duval (EOC), Henry Fourès (CNSMD of Lyon), Pierre-Alain Jaffrennou (GRAME), Daniel Kawka (EOC), Sabine Malnoury-Gamet (ENM of Villeurbanne), Kaija Saariaho, composer)

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  • Luca ANTIGNANI, Il magnifico burattinaio, dans « 5th-6th International Forum for Young Composers, 2000/2002 » (avec également des œuvres de Dominik Karski, Brian Current, Luis Tinoco, Christopher Tonkin…), Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, direction : Lorraine Vaillancourt, CD ATMA Classique, 2003, n° ACD22328.
  • Luca ANTIGNANI, Il funerale del carnevale, dans « Concours Molinari 2005-2006 » (avec également des œuvres de José Luis Hurtado, Kazutomo Yamamoto, Stephen Yip), Quatuor Molinari, CD ATMA Classique, 2009, n° ACD22368.

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