Bio

Francesco Maria Paradiso was born in Catania and lives in Milano.

He obtained with full marks the Academic Degree of II level in Composition – Technological branch – at the Conservatory of Milano with Giuseppe Giuliano. He obtained the Degree in Composition ‘cum laude’ at the Conservatory of Novara with Franco Balliana. He took the Degree in Organ and organ composition at the Conservatory of Piacenza with Luigi Molfino.

He was an active composer at the master-courses for composers and conductors lead by Peter Eötvös, Hilversum (NL), and he attended courses of composition and musical analysis at the Academy of Music in Cracow lead by Marek Stachowski, Cracow (PL), courses of composition with electronics lead by Jonathan Harvey, Metz (F), of composition with electronic devices lead by Giovanni Cospito, Milano (I), compostion and electronic music courses at the Hochshule für Musik Freiburg (D).
Scholarships and composition in residences: Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology (ICST) (CH), Studio CCMIX – Centre de Crèation Musicale Iannis Xenakis (F), Herrenhaus Edenkoben (D), Government of the Polish Republic – Academy of Music in Cracow.

Composer of instrumental music as well electronic music, have written about him: ‘I have followed his work for about five years and have had the chance to know his personality […] his original music and aesthetic views. His work shows a strong personal signs with a clear technical skill’ (Peter Eötvös). ‘Francesco is a composer possessing an exceptional talent […]. His music shows the imprint of a strong personal voice and extraordinary technical skill’ (Marek Stachowski). ‘Artista che dimostra pieno possesso dei mezzi tecnici, originalità di pensiero nell’ambito musicale e segnatamente della musica contemporanea’ (Ettore Borri). ‘Musicista di talento e di solida preparazione, nonché ricercatore tenace ed intelligente’ (Alessandro Solbiati). ‘Francesco Paradiso is one of the most interesting composers of his generation. He has an extraordinary fitness with instrumental music as well electronic music. His sense of sound is always fascinating and always new’’ (Giuseppe Giuliano).

Among composition prizes: 1°er Prix Sacem – 3ème Concours International de Composition OFF (Orchestre de Flûtes Français), Parigi, International IMRO Composers’ Competition (Eire), ‘Egidio Carella’ International Composition Competition (I), ‘Rocco Rodio’, organ composition (I). Among musical performances: Ensemble Modern (D), Ensemble Instrumental de l’Orchestre Philarmonique du Luxembourg (L), Ensemble MW2 (PL), Ensemble Laboratorium (CH), Ensemble Aventure (D), Pierrot Lunaire Ensemble Wien (A). Among reviews and musical seasons: Weimarer Frühjahrstage für zeitgenössiche Musik, Weimar (D), Lucerne Festival (CH), Traiettorie, Parma (I), NDR Das Neue Werk, Hamburg (D), Internationale Gesellschaft für Neue Musik (IGNM), Basel (CH), Society for the Promotion of the New Music, London (UK), Feldkirch Festival (A), Festival Forfest, Kromeriz (CZ), Vespri d’organo, Milano (I). Among performers: Pierre Yves Artaud, Dagmar Becker, Fritz Schwinghammer, Alain Billard, Francesco Catena, Franz Comploi, Domenico Carlo Melchiorre, Lukas Vogelsang.

He lead seminars of musical analysis, composition, electroacoustic composition at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Stuttgart (D), at the Conservatory of Novara, at the Conservatory of Lugano (CH). He taught Harmony, software for musical production at New Technologies Department in Milano Conservatory.

He was research fellow at the Conservatory of Novara where he teaches Acoustic, Musical computer science, Multimedia system. His compositions are published by Edizioni Berben, Edizioni Carrara, Edizioni Eurarte, Edizioni Rugginenti, Edizioni Sinfonica.

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Have written about him:

“Francesco Paradiso was one of the best participant in my special-seminar of Stockhausen’s “Hymnen” in Hilversum, Netherland. Paradiso’s professional and musical contacts with the very difficult composition left a deep impression on me. His approach to music, to contemporary music, too, is extremely serious. I found his work in composition and in analyzes is very well based and high qualified.

Peter Eötvös, Hilversum, October 2000

“During is one year stay in Cracow as a recipient of a grant I have had the chance to get acquainted with is highly original music and aesthetic views. I strongly believe without any slightest doubt that Francesco is a composer possessing an exceptional talent which has developed into a strong and original voice. He is a musician with an impressive sense of purpose and seriousness, and with considerable stamina. His music shows the imprint of a strong personal voice and extraordinary technical skill.
Francesco Paradiso has been comfortable with a range of different media and stylistic approaches, seeking always new, fresh and unconventional solutions. A number of his pieces stand out particularly in my mind as demonstrating an exceptional compositional talent and craft. I have also enjoyed Francesco’s involvement in my advanced analysis courses of 20th century music.”

Marek Stachowski, Cracow June 2002

“I have followed his work for about five years and have had the chance to know his personality, his activity as composer, his original music and aesthetic views. His work shows a strong personal signs with a clear technical skill. Francesco Paradiso is highly intelligent and thoughtful musician, and his compositions show me his real talent.”

Peter Eötvös, Hiversum, September 2002

“Francesco Paradiso is one of the most interesting composers of his generation. He has an extraordinary fitness with instrumental music as well as electronic music. His sense of sound is always fascinating and always new. Recently he has demonstrated a great skill also as teacher at New Technologies Department in Milano Conservatory.

Giuseppe Giuliano, Milano, July 2007