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Ciro Longobardi

For more than fifteen years the pianist Ciro Longobardi has dedicated himself to studying and disseminating modern and contemporary music with its specific languages. Filled with an insatiable curiosity for making music in all its forms, he pursues a career as soloist and chamber music performer, as well as in multimedial projects, music theatre and improvisation.

He studied the piano with Carlo Alessandro Lapegna, going on to win a European Community scholarship to attend the APM School in Saluzzo, where he studied piano with Alexander Lonquich and chamber music with Franco Gulli, Maurice Bourgue and Franco Rossi. At the same time he completed his studies at Liceo classico and attended the Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia at the Università Federico II di Napoli, pursuing his studies of musical analysis by himself. From 1994 to 1996 he attended masterclasses held by Bernhard Wambach at Darmstadt and Parma.

Since September 2005 Longobardi has embarked on a fruitful collaboration with Ensemble Algoritmo Rome, conducted by Marco Angius, in concerts given in Amsterdam, Modena, Krakow, Parma, Rome, Venice, Tallinn, Macerata. This ensemble specialises in performances of works, whether past or recent, of exceptional complexity and virtuosity. Its repertoire includes compositions by Berio, Boulez, Clementi, Fedele, Lombardi, Mosca, de Pablo, Razzi, Sani, Sciarrino, Stockhausen.He has always taken an interest not only in the mainstream repertoire but also in new or unjustly neglected composers, giving the first Italian performances of works by Iannis Xenakis (Synaphai for piano and orchestra, RAI Turin, 2012), Charles E. Ives (Emerson Concerto, Milano, Sala Verdi, 2000), Galina Ustvolskaja (complete works for piano, CIMS Palermo, 1996) and Gyorgy Kurtag (Jatekok VI, Roma 1995). He has collaborated, among others, with the composers Giorgio Battistelli, Agostino Di Scipio, Luca Lombardi, Claudio Lugo, Giacomo Manzoni, Alessandro Melchiorre, Luca Mosca, Fausto Razzi, Marco Stroppa, Nicola Sani, Martino Traversa. Also Interested in the promotion of young composers, he performed, among others, solo works by Alessandra Bellino, Agostino Di Scipio, Luigi Esposito, Filippo Perocco, Claudio Rastelli, Alessandra Ravera, Giancarlo Turaccio, Paolo Marchettini, Marco Momi, Stefano Bulfon, Luciano Chessa, Osvaldo Coluccino, Mike La Croix.

In  January 2001, in the Foyer of the Teatro di San Carlo, Napoli, he performed the Formant 2 from Pierre Boulez’s 3rd Sonata for piano in front of the composer.

As already written, he has made recordings for Stradivarius, Limenmusic, and for Mode, RAI Trade, Tactus, Neos, VDM. He has also had performances recorded and broadcast by RAI-Radiotre, Dutch Radio, Hessischer Rundfunk, Saarlandischer Rundfunk, Croatian Radio, Austrian Radio.

His performances have been presented or reviewed in Amadeus, La Repubblica, Il Manifesto, Alias/Il Manifesto, Lo Specchio della Stampa, L'Unità, Le Monde de la Musique, La Gazzetta di Parma, Suonare News, The Classic Voice, Fanfare Magazine, Musicweb International, International Piano, Bayerischer Rundfunk online, Musical Pointers, Il Giornale della Musica, Il Mattino and Roma.

Between 1991 and 1994 he was successful in three public competitions for tenure posts teaching piano in Italian conservatories. He currently teaches at the Conservatorio G. Martucci, Salerno.

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