(b. 1967, Trieste).
Italian composer of chamber, choral, vocal, and piano works that have been performed in the Americas, Asia and Europe; he is also active as a conductor.
Mr. Longo studied composition with Stefano Procaccioli and piano with Massimo Gon at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Tartini in Trieste, where he graduated with highest honours in 1990. He also studied conducting with Gianfranco Masini in Reggio Emilia.
Among his honours are First Prize in the memorial competition Edvard Grieg in Oslo (2003, for Monologo Secondo, 'Sphynxs-Vari[A]zioni'), two awards in the Renée B. Fisher Composer Awards in New Haven, Connecticut (honourable mention, 2004, for Monologo Secondo, 'Sphynxs-Vari[A]zioni'; First Prize, 2005, for Jeux et Berceuses), First Prize in the competition Ivan Spasov in Plovdiv, Bulgaria (2004, for Histoires de cendre), First Prize in the competition for chamber music Tōkyō (2005, for Albertson-Variations), Primo Premio in the competition Onde Musicali in Taranto (2006, for Oblò 2, 'ricor[di]scordanze'), Premier Prix in the competition of the Académie Internationale de Lutèce in Paris (2006, for Albertson-Variations), Primo Premio in the competition Città di Barcellona in Messina (2008, for E già sono deserto – 'quasi un notturno'), and First Prize in the competition Musica Domani in Rochester, New York (2012, for Monologo Secondo, 'Sphynxs-Vari[A]zioni'). His music has been performed in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, the UK, the USA, and Uzbekistan.
As a conductor, he has led ensembles and orchestras in Croatia, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Slovenia, and Uzbekistan. He co-founded with Stefano Procaccioli the Taukay Ensemble for contemporary music in Italy in 1996 and has served as its music director and principal conductor since 1996. He has also served as music director of the Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi in Trieste since 2007.
He is also active in other positions. He served as artistic supervisor of the Teatro Raffaello Sanzio in Urbino in 1997–98.
His primary publisher is Symétrie, but Bèrben and La Mà de Guido are the publishers of some of his music.
SELECT LIST OF WORKS (dates unavailable)
Le Songe d'un habitant du Mogol, 'Scènes modulaires sur des fables de Jean de La Fontaine' (text by Jean de La Fontaine), any 1 or more speakers, speaking children's chorus, clarinet (+ bass clarinet), soprano saxophone (+ baritone saxophone), viola, cello, harpsichord, percussion
Albertson-Variations, piccolo (+ alto flute), E-flat clarinet, bassoon, viola, cello
Corale, ricercare e ricordo dall'erba secca, clarinet, violin, viola, suspended cymbal (+ triangle, 2 bongos)
D'Autres Discordances, soprano saxophone (+ alto saxophone), piano
De fer de feu d'acier de sang, 8 percussion
Di canti soffocati, violin, cello, piano
Dialogues en discordance, trombone, piano
Dialogues en mode rouge, English horn, bass saxophone
Dialogues sur une boîte en ébène, cello, piano
E già sono deserto – 'quasi un notturno', viola, ensemble (alto flute, bassoon, double bass, piano, vibraphone)
Etchings I, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, glockenspiel (+ 2 woodblocks, suspended cymbal)
Etchings II, violin, piano
Etchings III, bass clarinet, cello
Etchings VI, flute (+ piccolo, any indigenous flute), oboe (+ slide whistle), piano
Gêgê – Choralis, piccolo, 2 French horns
Giants 'Quattro Incisioni', 4 saxophones
Haïkus épineux, flute (+ alto flute), violin, cello, piano
Histoires de cendre, 2 pianos, percussion
Lachrymæ, 'Laus et lamentatio', 2 soprano saxophones, 2 alto saxophones, 2 tenor saxophones, 2 baritone saxophones
Monologo Terzo, '...snips...', bass clarinet
Monologo Quarto, '...ébène...', marimba
Monologo Quinto, '...immortelle, mais petite...', oboe
Oblò 1, 'Greens', sopranino saxophone (+ soprano saxophone), alto saxophone (+ soprano saxophone), tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone (+ bass saxophone)
Oblò 2, 'ricor(di)scordanze', 4 percussion
4 – 20, piccolo, E-flat clarinet, bassoon, viola, cello, double bass, piano
Quid est..., trombone, double bass
ROUGE CLAIR-OBSCUR '...sans mémoire sans cur sans sève...', piccolo, E-flat clarinet, bass clarinet, bass trombone, cello, double bass
Schegge, 'Gesti sparsi su una sola nota', clarinet, bass clarinet, cello, double bass
Studi per una kermesse, bass clarinet, baritone saxophone (+ alto saxophone), piano
Lacrimosa, 'Quasi un lamento' (text from the word "lacrimosa"), 3 sopranos, 3 mezzo-sopranos, 3 altos
Quare fremuerunt gentes (text from the Bible), mixed chorus
Ammonizione (text by Umberto Saba), mezzo-soprano, viola, vibraphone
...Astrali nidi..., 'Quasi un madrigale' (text by Giuseppe Ungaretti), 3 sopranos, 3 mezzo-sopranos, 3 altos, bass clarinet, viola, piano
Il Cuore della sera (text by Dino Campana), mezzo-soprano
Libres de tous liens (text by Guillaume Apollinaire), soprano/tenor, piano
...my name... (text by the composer), soprano
Neiges, 'Quasi una scena' (text by Jean Cocteau), soprano, baritone, bass clarinet, B-flat trumpet, trombone, piano, 2 suspended cymbals (1 player)
Nell'Attesa, 'Quasi un delirio' (text by Rino Alessi), baritone, piccolo (+ alto flute), cello, piano
...oscuro...ridente...celato... (text by Giuseppe Ungaretti), baritone, 4 bassoons
12, place Vendôme
Etchings IV, 'Nove Paesaggi facili'
Etchings V, 2 pianos
Isola di memorie, toy piano
Jeux et Berceuses
Minima amoralia, 'Ceneri di storie in nove schizzi'
Monologo Primo, '...d'une sphère sans lumière...'
Monologo Secondo, 'Sphynxs-Vari(A)zioni'
Portrait à deux 'B. B.'
Giants 'Quattro Incisioni'. Zagreb Saxophone Quartet (Chromas, 2007)
Etchings IV, 'Nove Paesaggi facili'. Mariarosa Pozzi, piano (Numar Un: TS25-07, 2007)
Lachrymæ, 'Laus et lamentatio'. Angelo Di Giorgio/Sedean Sacs Group (Armonie, 2007)
Jeux et Berceuses. Antonietta Loffredo, piano (Phoenix Classics: PH 08137, 2008)