Alfio Fazio

(b. 1959, Genoa).

Italian composer of mostly orchestral and chamber works that have been performed in Europe and North America.

Mr. Fazio studied guitar privately with Anselmo Bersano in Genoa from 1975–83 and studied fine arts with Corrado Maltese and literature from Italy with Edoardo Sanguineti, among other subjects, at the Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia of the Università degli Studi di Genova from 1979–84. He then studied composition with Paolo Arcà at the Conservatorio Giacomo Puccini in La Spezia from 1984–87, where he earned a degree in 1988, and studied composition with him privately in Rome in 1986–87. He later studied composition privately with Niccolò Castiglioni in Milan from 1988–91 and earned a degree at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan in 1990.

Among his honours are an honourable mention in the competition Camillo Togni in Brescia (1992, for Wen), the Prix in the category Computer-Assisted Musical Composition in the competition for musical software of the Institut International de Musique Électroacoustique de Bourges (1999, for his environment PRIE) and First Prize in the competition of the Quey Percussion Duo in East Hartford, Connecticut (2006, for Sonata). His music has been performed in Canada, Italy and the USA.

Mr. Fazio is also active in other positions. He was a founding member of the Orchestra Filarmonica Giovanile in Genoa in 1988 and served as a member of its artistic committee from 1988–90. He later worked as a software developer from 1993–2000.


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Iperione, small orchestra (4 clarinets, 2 guitars, piano, celesta, 6 percussion, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass), 1989

Nero, large orchestra (3 flutes, 3 clarinets, 3 bassoons, 2 French horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, harp, piano, 4 percussion, 60 strings), 2000


L'Albero solitario, piano, 6 percussion, 1990

Drei Welten, guitar, 1991

Wen, flute, harp, guitar, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass, piano (+ upright piano [with total-mute pedal]), 2 percussion, 1992

Drei Welten, flute, guitar, 1992

In limine, viola, 1992

Air en écho, flute, clarinet, French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, harp, double bass, piano, percussion, 2001

Corale figurato, 2 guitars, 2002

This is the passing of all shining things, violin, cello, percussion, 2006

Sonata, vibraphone, marimba, 2006

Tre Contrappunti coreografici, guitar, piano, vibraphone, 2006


Rocciaviva, piano (+ upright piano [with total-mute pedal]), 1993