Mauro Lanza

(b. 10 March 1975, Venice).

Italian composer, now resident in both France and Italy, of mostly chamber and vocal works that have been performed in Europe and North America.

Mr. Lanza studied composition and piano at the Conservatorio Benedetto Marcello in Venice and musicology at the Università Ca' Foscari in Venice. He also attended the Cursus Annuel de Composition et Informatique Musicale at IRCAM in Paris in 1998–99.

Among his honours are Primo Premio in the competition Valentino Bucchi in Rome (1996, for Gli Occhi urgenti di barbugno) and Primo Premio in the competition Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa in Potenza (1998, for Barocco). He later served residencies at Le Fresnoy in Tourcoing (2005–06, with the filmmaker Paolo Pachini), the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Umbertide (2006), the Villa Medici in Rome (2007–08), and the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart (2009–11). His music has been performed in Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, and Switzerland, including portrait concerts at IRCAM (2002) and the festival Archipel in Geneva (2004).

He has worked as a research composer and teacher at IRCAM since 1999 and has taught computer-assisted composition at the Conservatorio G. F. Ghedini in Cuneo since 2004. He also taught composition as a guest professor at McGill University in Montréal in 2004–05.

His primary publisher is Casa Ricordi.


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Le Songe de Médée (ballet music, choreography by Angelin Preljocaj), flute, clarinet, trombone, violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, 2 percussion, live electronics, 2004


Number Nine, small orchestra (18 players), 2009–10


La Coquille de l'escargot, flute, piano, 1996–97

L'Allegro chirurgo, tenor saxophone, 1997

Aschenblume, flute (+ piccolo), clarinet, violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, 2 percussion, 2001, revised 2002

Burger Time ou les tentations de St. Antoine, tuba, live electronics, 2001

The skin of the onion, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion, 2002

Chop Suey, cimbalom, 2005

Vesperbild, toy piano, toy instruments, ensemble, 2006–07

Sol, flute, clarinet, French horn, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass, piano, percussion, 2007

I Funerali dell'anarchico Acciarito, Futurist instruments (6 players), 2009

Vorspiel, trumpet, trombone, cello, 2 percussion, 2010

Herzstücke, string quartet, live electronics, 2010

Sculpture's Sound, 3 percussion, live electronics, 2011 (music for exhibition by Jean-Michel Othoniel)

La Bataille de Caresme et de Charnage, cello, live electronics, 2012

Der Kampf zwischen Karneval und Fasten, 4 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, 2012

Tutto ciò che è solido si dissolve nell'aria, flute, clarinet, viola, cello, piano, percussion, 2016

The 1987 Max Headroom Broadcast Incident, string quartet, live electronics, 2017


Et exultate ei cum tremore (text from Psalm 2 [translated by Olivier Cadiot]), 8 mixed voices, 2003–04

I Funerali dell'anarchico Passannante, mixed chorus, live electronics, 2005–06

Ludus de Morte Regis (texts from the Magnificat, a letter by Friedrich Nietzsche), 28 mixed voices, live electronics, 2013


Gli Occhi urgenti di barbugno (text by Penelope Bortoluzzi), soprano, flute (+ piccolo, alto flute), tenor saxophone (+ ocarina), bassoon, violin, viola, piano (+ harmonica), percussion, 1996

Erba nera che cresci segno nero tu vivi (text by Amelia Rosselli), soprano, live electronics, 1999–2001

Barocco (text by Amelia Rosselli), soprano, viola, toy instruments (6 players), 1998–2003

Mare (text by Amelia Rosselli), soprano, flute (+ piccolo, bass flute), clarinet, trombone, violin, cello, double bass, piano, percussion, toy instruments (6 players), live electronics, 2003–04

Le Nubi non scoppiano per il peso, coloratura soprano, flute, 2 clarinets, trombone, violin, viola, cello, piano, percussion, live electronics, computer-controlled dripping water, 2011


Predellino, 2005

Mess, 2008


Predella, 2003

Negativo, 2006


Cominciamento del diluvio, fixed media, film (by Paolo Pachini), 2006

Descrizione del diluvio (text by Leonardo da Vinci), 6 mixed voices, 6 percussion, fixed media, film (by Paolo Pachini), 2007–08


Häxan, la sorcellerie à travers les âges, fixed media, 2009 (for Häxan – The Witches by Benjamin Christensen)