GIUSEPPE DI BIANCO (Italia)
GIUSEPPE DI BIANCO (Naples, Italy) has emerged in recent years as one of the most compelling and interesting Italian choral composers of his generation. He holds degrees in Piano, Composition, Choral conducting and Music Didactics from the Conservatories of Salerno and “S. Pietro a Majella” of Naples, graduating Summa cum Laude and Honorable Mention in Foreign Languages and Modern Literatures, with a post Lauream Master at Rome University.
His training includes piano studies with György Sándor, Alexander Hintchev; composition studies under Enrico Buondonno (pupil of Licinio Refice) and masterclasses at “Scuola di Musica di Fiesole” (Florence) and at Accademia Chigiana of Siena with Giacomo Manzoni, Louis Andriessen, Peter Maxwell Davies, Luis de Pablo; analysis seminars with Jean – Jacques Nattiez, Janet Schmalfeldt(Tufts University, MA).
Active as a pianist, teacher and composer, with a particular interest in choral composition, Giuseppe Di Bianco has gained international recognition winning first prizes in many composition competitions:
13th International TROPHY OF CHORAL COMPOSITION “Seghizzi” of Gorizia, Italy (2016); VIII International “Amadeus” Choral Composition Competition (Badajoz, Spain, 2014); V International “Choir Laboratory, XXI Century” Competition, (St. Petersburg, RUS, 2012); XI “A.C.P.” National Choral Composition Competition, Regione Piemonte (IT), 2012; “A.R.C.C. Award” “La canzone napoletana in polifonia” (IT), 2009; International Choral Award “José Ribeiro de Sousa (Alqueidão da Sierra, Portugal), 2008; XI International Composition Award by Federcoritrentino (Trento), 2001, etc.
In 2005 and 2015 his works “In Laude” and “In pace” were chosen at the International Composition Award “C. A. Seghizzi” (Gorizia, Italy) to be compulsory pieces for choirs in the “contemporary section” of the International Choral Singing Competition.
In 2008, in Naples, he was awarded the “Franco Caracciolo” National Prize for the best choral sacred composition based on a luteran text. On the same year he was invited by Dr. Sue T. Klausmeyer (University of North Carolina, NC, USA) as composer-in-residence at Chapel Hill Campus (NC, USA).
In 2014 Giuseppe Di Bianco was awarded the FENIARCO prize (Italian National Choral Federation) for his original choral score “Madonna de lu Carmene”, on Neapolitan language text.
His choral music has been commissioned and included in the repertoire of Italian and foreign choral ensembles: Coro di Voci Bianche of “Accademia di S. Cecilia”, Rome, “Coro da Camera di Torino” (IT), “Academic choir of Aarhus” (DK), “E STuudio Noortekoor” of Tarfu (EST), UPSA “University of the Philippines Singing Ambassadors” (Quezon city, Philippines), The Bob Cole Conservatory Chamber Choir of Long Beach, CA/USA “San Josè State University Choraliers” (San Josè, CA, USA), “Cantari” vocal ensemble, Chapel Hill, NC, USA; “Quire of Voyces”, Santa Barbara, CA, USA; “NYME, New York Miniaturist Ensemble, etc.
Among the various collaborations and premières entrusted to international solists and conductors: Charlene Archibeque, Mario Caroli, Eric Carlson, R. Paul Crabb, Roberto Maggio, T. J. Harper, Sue T. Klausmeyer, Nathan Kreitzer, Ed Manguiat, Uffe Most, Terry Rhodes, Alessandro Ruo Rui, Mattia Sanguineti, Mauro Squillante, Dario Tabbia, Sante Tursi, Jonathan Talberg, Ciro Visco).
His choral music has been performed in Italy and abroad (the Vatican City, France, Denmark, Latvia, Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Philippines, URSS and United States) including important premières (the mottetto Angele Dei had its italian première in Rome at St. Peter’s Church, Vatican City, 2010) and included in International Festival (“MITO Settembre Musica” in Turin) and choral Competitions (44th International Competition “C. A. Seghizzi” of Gorizia; 60th International “Guido D’ Arezzo” Choral Festival”, Arezzo; 50th Vittorio Veneto National Choral Contest, St. Petersburg International Choral Festival).
He is also active as a pianist, with particular regard to the chamber music repertoire, performing in important festivals and venues organized by accredited musical associations: Ravello Concert Society, Concerti dell’Università di Roma 3, Roma; Concerts at “Chiostro del Paradiso” of Amalfi; “Santa Sofia” Music Festival of Benevento; I Giovedì musicali di S. Rosa, Conca dei Marini; Estate musicale sorrentina, Sorrento, Concerti a Villa Guariglia, Vietri sul Mare; Teatro “G. Verdi”, Salerno; Teatro Tasso, Sorrento; Teatro Pavone, Perugia; Teatro Flavio Vespasiano, Rieti; Teatro Comunale of Carpi (Mo), Auditorium “Oscar Niemeyer” of Ravello, Festival Teatro de’ Barbuti, Salerno, etc).
In 2009 he founded the “Limen” chamber trio (piano, flute and voice), aimed at enhancing and spreading rare repertoires and specific monographs.
In 2013 Giuseppe Di Bianco was chosen for the “Invisible Cities Project“, an international composition project, freely inspired to Italo Calvino’s book. His compostion “Kublai” was premiered, along with other composers’ works (Carlo Domeniconi, Victor Kioulaphides, Alexey Larin, etc.)
His choral compositions are published in Italy by Federcoritrentino and Feniarco Ed. (choral anthology “Melos 3” and “Voci & Tradizione”- Piemonte) and by “Kompozitor Publishing House” (St. Petersburg, RU), and recorded by “Coro da Camera di Torino” in their CD “Made in Italy” (2015).
In 2015 a monographic masterclass on his choral music has been held by Dr. R. Paul Crabb (University of Missouri’s Director of Choral Activities).
On November 2016 he has been invited as guest composer at “Fine Arts and Music University” (愛知県立芸術大学) of Aichi, Japan, where two choral works of his have been premiered.
Giuseppe Di Bianco has often lectured on musicologic topics (“Musica poetica by Joachim Burmeister” at Fondazione Menna of Salerno, 1998; Linguaggi, invention, percorsi critici tra tradizione e contemporaneità, at 36th European Conference on Musical Education and Choral music in Gorizia (2005) and at the University of Salerno (The new research of Melopoiesis, 2007) and at the Historical Convention of “Capodanno Bizantino” with Roberto De Simone, promoted by “Centro di Cultura e Storia Amalfitana” of Amalfi (InCanti di Sirene: topografia musicale di un mito, dal Mediterraneo ai Mari del Nord, 2015); “Per un’analisi dello stile compositivo di Nobuya Monta”, 2016)
He currently lives and works in the enchanting Coast of Amalfi (IT), collaborating into several projects including music, literature and theatre.