Jacopo Baboni Schilingi

(b. 4 April 1971, Milan).

Italian composer, now resident in both France and Italy, of mostly chamber and piano works that have been performed in the Americas and Europe; he is also active as a music researcher.

Mr. Baboni Schilingi initially studied classics at the Istituto Gonzaga in Milan from 1985–90, then studied composition with Ivan Fedele and orchestral conducting with Vittorio Parisi at the Civica Scuola di Musica in Milan. He earned his diplomas at the Conservatorio Giovanni Battista Martini in Bologna in 1994. He has studied at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris and the Université Paris Sorbonne-Paris IV from 1997–2010, where he earned his PhD. He also attended the Cursus Annuel de Composition et Informatique Musicale at IRCAM in Paris in 1994–95.

Among his honours are Third Prize in the competition for algorithmic composition El Callejón del Ruido in Guanajuato (1995, for Profils), the Premio Ferrari as best student (1995) and a prize in the competition CEMAT Quarant'anni nel 2000 (1998, a commission to write Odyssée). His works have been performed throughout France and Italy, as well as in Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Mexico, the Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland, Ukraine, and the USA, including at the Internationale Gaudeamus Muziekweek in Amsterdam (2001). He has received commissions from the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, CICV in Belfort, the Centro Tempo Reale in Florence, the Federazione CEMAT, the government of France, IRCAM, the city of Milan, the Museo MARCO in Monterrey, Radio France, the festival Settembre Musica, SR, and other organisations.

As a music researcher, he developed the theory of composition by interactive models at IRCAM in 1994–95 and co-created with Mikhail Malt and Frédéric Voisin two programs, Morphologie and Profile, which remain in use. He regularly undertook research at IRCAM from 1996–2001, where he also created the CD-ROM Atelier Jeunes (1999), a new method of musical pedagogy for children between ages six–ten. He created the library of interactive software CMI (Composizione per Modelli Interattivi) at the Centro Tempo Reale.

Mr. Baboni Schilingi is also active in other positions. He co-founded with Anne-Gaëlle Balpe and Emanuele Quinz the interdisciplinary association for culture anomos in 1998. He founded the Dipartimento di Educazione at the Centro Tempo Reale in 1999 and he served as its director from 1999–2004. He co-founded with Giacomo Platini and other composers the group PRISMA (Pedagogia e Ricerca sui Sistemi Musicali Assistiti) in 2001, which works on computer-aided composition and musical research at the Centro Tempo Reale. He also contributed articles to the yearbook PRISMA-01 (2003, Euresis Edizioni and Centro Tempo Reale) and has written more than 20 articles for publications in France and Italy.

He has taught composition at the École Nationale de Musique du Pays de Montbéliard since 1999 and regularly gives courses in musicology at the Université Paris Sorbonne-Paris IV. He has lectured in Argentina, Belgium, Chile, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, and Portugal.

His publisher is Edizioni Suvini Zerboni.


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Quintetto, piano, string quartet, 1992

Shift-I, clarinet/tenor saxophone, computer ad libitum, 1992

Wide-I, flute, bass clarinet, piano, 1992

Crossfade, bass clarinet, marimba, 1992

Profils, oboe, clarinet, percussion, fixed media (2 tracks), 1995

Decode, percussion, computer, 1996

L'Instant relatif, 6 percussion, 1996

Il Colore del bianco, flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano, 1997

Il Colore del nero (requiem in forma di musica), flute, oboe, clarinet (+ bass clarinet), bassoon, string quartet, double bass, piano, percussion, 1998

Il Colore del blu, string quartet, 1999

Il Colore del rosso, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, string quartet, double bass, piano, percussion, 2000

L'Effet fantôme, violin, viola, cello, piano, 2001

Prima Nocte, flute, 2 clarinets, bassoon, computer, 2002

Trois Profils pour alto, viola, computer, 2002

Intermezzi, baritone saxophone, trombone, tuba, 2003

Wide-II, flute, bass clarinet, piano, computer, 2003

Shift-II, baritone saxophone, computer, 2003

...sténographie, tuba, computer, 2003

...monographie, trombone, computer, 2003


Alleluia, 8 mixed voices, mixed chorus (30 voices), fixed media (8 tracks), 2002


Sei Frammenti sparsi per una voce sola (text by the composer), soprano, 1996

Trois Mythologies et un poète aveugle (musica e poesia, text by Jean-Pierre Balpe), soprano, 3 speakers, 2 synthesizers (1 player), percussion, fixed media (6 tracks), computer, 1997

Frammenti sparsi per una voce accompagnata (text by the composer), soprano, 2 oboes, bassoon, 1998

Syntax Error! (text by Jean-Pierre Balpe), bass, small orchestra (27 players), computer, 2000

Odyssée (text by Jean-Pierre Balpe), bass, fixed media (8 tracks), computer, 2001

Le Château (text by Yannick Liron), bass, female chorus, computer, 2003

...pornographie (text by Jean-Pierre Balpe), bass, baritone saxophone, trombone, tuba, computer, 2003

...nographie (text by Jean-Pierre Balpe), bass, female speaker, male speaker, baritone saxophone, trombone, tuba, computer, 2003

Concubia nocte, in memoria di Luciano Berio (text from the Book of Ecclesiastes), soprano, computer, 2003

Notturni (text by Jean-Pierre Balpe), bass, computer, 2003


Frames, 1993

Réflexion pour piano, 1995

Deuxième Réflexion, piano, computer, 1996

Troisième Réflexion pour piano, 1997

Quatrième Réflexion, piano, computer, 1997

Cinquième Réflexion pour piano, 1998

Prima Sonata, piano (+ harpsichord), computer, 2002


Natura Morta, organ, fixed media (2 tracks), 2000


A. I. M. T. R. (interactive installation), live music-generator (camera sensors activated by audience), architecture (by Pier Luigi Copat), 1996

Daphné, text generator (by Anne-Gaëlle Balpe), fixed media (4 tracks), spatial conception (by Emanuele Quinz), 1997

Venus à gonds (interactive installation, text by Tita Reut), fixed media (4 tracks), live music-generator (sensors activated by audience), sculpture (by Arman), 2000

Metàpolis (interactive installation), live text-generator (by Jean-Pierre Balpe; sensors activated by audience), live amplified music-generator (sensors activated by audience), live image-generator (by Miguel Chevalier; sensors activated by audience), 2001


Böcklin, 2001 (Olivier Mille)

Le Roi Rodin, 2002 (Alain Feischer)

L'ExiléVictor Hugo, 2002 (Henry Colomer)