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Vigani, Andrea (b. March 13, 1970, Milan). Italian composer of mostly chamber, vocal and electroacoustic works that have been performed across Europe very successfully; he is also a violinist.

Mr. Vigani graduated in 1992 from the G. Verdi Conservatorio di Milan, with his major being the violin (he was taught by S. Minella). He was also trained in composition and electroacoustic music; his teachers in these fields were Gianni Possio, G. Giuliano and Riccardo Sinigaglia. From 1989-91, he specialized in string quartet, chamber music and composition, guided by Piero Farulli, Milan Skampa and Franco Donatoni at the Fiesole School of Music and the Accademia Chigiana in Siena.

In 1989, he played in the Fiesole Chamber Orchestra, and in 1990, he participated in the Ars Musica 90 - New Gesture and Virtuosity Festivals in Brussels, as both violinist and composer. In 1994, his various works were performed in Italian cities by Ensemble Mosaico, the G. Cantelli Chamber Orchestra and the Piccola Sinfonica di Milano Chamber Orchestra.

In 1996, his work Graffiti I-IV was selected by the Gaudeamus Foundation for the international festival Composers' Arena, and in 1999, his Fondamenta Nuove was performed during the Gaudeamus Music Week (conducted by Peter Eötvös). Also in 1999, he was invited to the Biennale dei giovani artisti dell'Europa e del Mediterraneo in Rome, both as composer and violinist (with the Laboratorio Novamusica Ensemble, Venice).

He has received numerous awards, including the Jury Prize at the Città di Pavia Competition (1990), First Prize at the Edvard Grieg Competition for Young Composers in Oslo (1995), the Jury Prize at the Castello di Belveglio Competition (1996), and the Città di Udine Prize (1998). He has also received First Prize at the Pomeriggi musicali International Competition for Young Composers (2000).

He has received commissions from the Piccola Sinfonica di Milano, l'Orchestra dell'Università Cattolica di Milano, the G. Verdi Conservatorio di Milan, the Milano Classica Chamber Orchestra, the Arena di Verona Foundation, and IRCAM.

His compositions have been performed in many Italian cities (Milan, Montepulciano, Perugia, Rome, Savona, Turin, and Venice), as well as foreign cities (Amsterdam, Brasília, Brussels, Frankfurt, London, Oslo, Paris, and others). In addition, the BBC, NPS (Holland), NRK (Norway), RAI (Italy), and Swiss Television have recorded them.

IRCAM has commissioned a work from him for the 2003-04 season.


E-mail address: anvig@libero.it

Street address: Mr. Andrea Vigani, Via degli Aceri 34/B, 20030 Seveso (MI), Italy

Telephone/fax: + 39 362 524 584 (he wishes to be called before he is faxed)

Cellular phone: + 39 033 9348 1161


STAGE: Special Guest: Federico and Giulietta (ballet, choreography by Lindsay Kemp), 1996

ORCHESTRAL: Fondamenta Nuove, cello, 12 strings, 1997; Preludio a suoni rituali, small orchestra (piano, percussion, violin, string quartet, strings), 1998; Traduzioni Temporali, 1999

CHAMBER MUSIC: Flowers for Algernon, clarinet, 1990; Graffiti I-IV, string quartet, 1995; L'insipienza a cantare la notte, flute, piano, 1996; Interludi Teatrali, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, 1996; Intensi frammenti di parlato idiomatico, bass clarinet, 1996 (also arranged for tenor saxophone, 1997); Primitiva sonora, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 French horns, 1997; Cinque post-scripta, bass clarinet (+ pedal bass drum), 2 metronomes, 1999; Porcellane, oboe, violin, viola, cello, 1999; Buona giornata anche a voi - Morning, B-flat clarinet (+ bass clarinet, E-flat clarinet), trumpet, violin, viola, cello, piano, synthesizer, percussion, 2000; Buona giornata anche a voi - Evening, flute (+ piccolo, alto flute), B-flat clarinet (+ bass clarinet, E-flat clarinet), guitar, violin, viola, cello, piano, percussion, 2000; Tutte le ombre parlano del sole, sottovoce, piccolo (+ alto flute), oboe, bass clarinet (+ B-flat clarinet), trumpet, trombone, violin, viola, cello, piano, percussion, 2000; Studio su I giocattoli di Parpignol, flutes, saxophones, guitar, piano, 2001; Muser d'hiver, viola, 2001 (also arranged for viola, live electronics, 2002); focalise (première étude), flute, clarinet, harp, string quartet, piano, harpsichord, percussion, 2002; evidence room, string quartet, 2002

VOCAL: Muta d'accento e di pensier, female voice, B-flat clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, harp, electric guitar, violin, double bass, keyboard, percussion, 2000; Shakespeare, che cos'è? - Fragmente, female voice, violin, button accordion, 2000; ahh, lamour, female voice, piccolo, bass clarinet, violin, cello, piano, 2002

PIANO: Tre Prospettive, 1995

ELECTROACOUSTIC: Frame for a Rose, ensemble (13 players), tape, 1992; Frame II, orchestra, tape, 1993; Passaggi Veneziani, flute (+ piccolo, alto flute), B-flat clarinet (+ bass clarinet), viola, piano, percussion, live electronics, 1999; Muser d'hiver, viola, live electronics, 2002 (arrangement of work for viola)

MULTIMEDIA: le vetrate di Aligi, speaker, clarinet, harp, violin, tape, film, 2002


Graffiti I-IV. Interensemble String Quartet (TauKay)

Tre Prospettive. (NRK)

(Last updated on March 24, 2003)