Luigi Pizzaleo was born in Como (Italy) in 1971. After accomplishing piano studies in 1991, he studied compostion with Edgar Alandia and Alessandro Solbiati, then electronic music and composition with Michelangelo Lupone. At the beginning of Ninties he held many concerts as a soloist and in  duos, specially with celloists, playing Beethoven, Brahms, Fauré, Debussy, Boccherini. His most recent activities as a composer are focused on new interfaces and intermedial works, but with a plenty acousmatic and instrumental production as well. His main interest at the moment is the development of tools for composition training based on the languages of new music, in collaboration with the group NUME-Nuova Musica per l’Educazione which he founded with other musicians and engineers in 2011. Among the most noticeble results of his research there are the Glass-harp, an instrument for electronic real-time improvisation, the Metis Inerface (a TUI with a collection of application for musical education oriented to new musical languages) and OSQ, an Open Sound Control software interface/controller and recorder. After graduating in Literature, he edited the volumes dedicated to Thirteenth and Fourteenth Century Italian Prose, Treatises of Sixteenth Century and Francesco Petrarca published by Istituto Poligrafico-Zecca dello Stato. He is an Italian and History teacher in the high school. He taught Electroacoustic Composition at the Conservatory of L’Aquila and Software, Tools and Programming Languages for Multimedia at the Conservatory of Latina. He recently got a PHD in History of Electronic Music with a dissertation on electronic music in Rome in Sixties. He recently published a study on MEV-Musica Elettronica Viva, with the publisher LIM-Libreria Italiana di Musicologia. At the moment he holds a class of History of Electronic Music at the Conservatory “Santa Cecilia” in Rome.


Degrees in:

•Piano (Conservatory of Pescara, 1991)

•Composition (Conservatory of Pescara, 2000)

•Electronic music (Conservatory of L’Aquila, 2004) • Modern literature (University of Chieti, 1997)


•Music and technologies (Conservatory of L’Aquila, 2009)

Doctorate (PHD):

•Romance philology (University of Rome 1, 2006)

• History of Music (Storia dello Spettacolo, indirizzo Musica) (University of Florence, 2013)


•“Lucus” Contest, Potenza 1999 (second with a composition for 5 instruments)

•“Evangelisti” Contest, Roma 2009 (finalist, female voice and live electronics)

•“Listz” Contest for Pianists-Composers, Bellagio 2010 (finalist)

•“Bucchi” International Contest, Rome, 2011 (third prize)

•”H. Dutilleux” International Composition Competition, Tours 2012 (finlist, third prize)

•“Fedora” International Contest, Verbania 2013 (winner: commission for a ballet by Ismael Ivo, Director of Biennale Danza di Venezia)

Main performed works:

Commento. Anamorfosi sul Lamento di Didone, for violin, piano and digital support. Timisoara, University of West – Faculty of Music, October 28th, 2014

 • Captiva, for voice and live electronics, Rome, Goethe Institut, Tenth Anniversary of Federazione CEMAT, november 2006

Ismene, music of scene for the play by Ghiannis Ritsos, directed by G. Gentilucci,

• Orfeo innamorato, commissioned by the Society of Concerts of L’Aquila for the 400th anniversary of Orfeo by Monteverdi, for children’s choir, cello, soprano and live

electronics, actors, L’Aquila, Teatro San Filippo, November 2007

Canti orfici, for Glass- harp, Irish harp, live electronics with video scenographyPescara, Ex Aurum, June 2008

Spazio disponibile, ballet for flute, live electronics and four dancers, choreography by Diana Damiani, Rome, Teatro Greco, October 2008

Meditazione for two voices, percussion and electronics, Belgrade, Jugoslovensko Dramsko pozorste, July 2008 (with the percussionist Jean Geoffroy)

• La ballata dell’infinito universo, intermedial work for bass clarinet, flute, alto sax, violin, piano, video synthesis, video, live electronics. With the GRA/D Group. Rome, Goethe Institut, September 2009, Campobasso, Auditorium del Conservatorio, April 2010

• Mottetti, intermedial work for video, flute, bass tuba, female voice, piano and electronics. On Nicola Fidanza’s poems, with the Ensemble Café Lunaire, Teramo, Sala Polifunzionale della Provincia, March 2010

• Enumerazioni, for piano, live electronics, video and actor, Milano, Festival 5 giornate, Atelier Vivienda, March 2010

Atlante, album for Cinik Records – Rome. With the Ensemble Café Lunaire

Quattro meditazioni for violin and live electronics, Freiburg, Experimentalstudio des SWR, for the Matrix 11 Academy, June 2011

• Suite for strings, Ensemble Benedetto Marcello, Prague, Salle de musique um Umelcu; L’viv, Festival International de Musique Contemporain ‘Contrastes’, Grand Salle de laPhilarmonique; Kiev, Music Kiev Fest’, September-October 2011

Butterfly Effect, ballet for electronics, percussion and bansuri flute. Verbania, Tones on the Stones Festival 2012

Meridiano, for saxophones and live electronics. Rieti, Festival “Strumenti e Musica del Presente”, 2012 (Guido de Flaviis, saxes)

11 pieces for soprano saxophone and piano, Rieti, Festival “Strumenti e Musica delPresente”, 2012. Isabella Fabbri, saxophone; Lorenzo Meo, piano.

• Eros and Tanatos, electronic music for the art-sound installation Il bosco di Eros, Rome, Giardini dell’Accademia Filarmonica Romana, June-July 2013

Illudio V, for piano and live electronics, Rieti, Festival “Rieti Elettroacustica”, Teatro Flavio Vespasiano, Rieti 2013. Lorenzo Meo, piano. Luigi Pizzaleo, live electronics

Illudio IV, for flute, bass clarinet and piano, , Ferrara, ridotto del Teatro Comunale, 2014. Ensemble “Bateau Lavoir” (Lorenzo Meo, piano; Federico Paci, bass clarinet; Giampio Mastrangelo, flute)

Other festivals and concerts with tape music and audiovisual works by LP

•L’Aquila, Festival “Corpi del suono”, December 2003

•L’Aquila, Rassegna “Grani”, Museo d’arte contemporanea, December 2004

• Rome, Festival “Arte Scienza”, Terme di Caracalla-Casina del Cardinal Bessarione, June 2006

•Celano, Rassegna “Spazio modulante”, Castello Orsini, August 2008

•L’Aquila, Perdonanza Celestiniana, August 2008

•Còrdoba (Argentina), IV Jornadas Argentinas de Mùsica Contemporànea, November 2008 • Milano, Festival 5 Giornate, March 2009

•Rome, Rassegna “La Piazza”, Piazza Re di Roma, for the European Music Feast, June 2009

•Rome, Festival “Arte Scienza”, October 2009

•Rome, Electroacoustic Music Festival 2010, November 2010

•Còrdoba (Argentina), VI Jornadas Argentinas de Mùsica Contemporànea, November 2010

•Salerno, Festival “Terra delle risonanze”, June 2011

Workshops, conferences and other educational activities:

• Teacher of “Computer application for music” at the Professional Training Courses of ENFAP- Abruzzo, L’Aquila, 2001

• Teacher at the Workshop of Analysis of Contemporary Music at the Conservatory of Perugia, Perugia 2001

• Ajna, paper at the International Conference “Un iter inverso”. Studies on Domenico Guaccero, L’Aquila, November 2004

•Teacher and coordinator of the Workshop of Composition for the collective opera La viltà del rifiuto, il coraggio della scelta, by the students of the Course of Electronic Music of Conservatory of L’Aquila, L’Aquila, Perdonanza Celestiniana, August 2008

Beyond the Mouse. An Approach to Interfaces and New Lutherie, paper at the II CIMTECO, Sevilla, November 2008

•Conference: the Glass-harp, Milano, Palazzo Reale-Mostra Gillo Dorfles, March 2010

•Teacher of History of Electroacoustic Music at the Conservatory of L’Aquila, 2010

•Genova, Festival della Scienza 2010 – Workshop “Orizzonti Sonori”, in collaboraton with the University of Trento. Audio software of the Metis TUI by Luigi Pizzaleo, November 2010

• Rome, Rai Radio 3, presentation of the Metis TUI Project in occasion of the Day of Research, February 2011

•Teacher of Audio Formats and MIDI Protocol at the Conservatory of Salerno, 2011

•Teacher of Electroacoustic Musical Composition at the Conservatory of L’Aquila.


• Serenata per un satellite. Educational software for the study and the composition of the Serenata per un satellite by Bruno Maderna. Flash/OSC/MaxMSP platform

•OSQ – Interface and OSC Message Sequencer, MacOSX/Cocoa platform

Groups and ensembles

•Ensemble Café Lunaire, member and founder

• NUME-Nuova Musica per l’Educazione, member and founder

Collettivo Bateau-Lavoir

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