About Oscar Bianchi

"From a very refined harmonic ear, Bianchi has the very modern ability to dramatise musical forms through mastery of texture, in its thousand details. "(Jean-Luc Plouvier, ICTUS ensemble).

A vocal quality, even in his instrumental work, can strike us as a prominent feature of his music. Exuberant and intelligent, this vocal dimension plays with a refined art of accentuations in all its intermediate degrees. At its core, Bianchi's music continues to be guided by the challenge of dramaturgical and formal issues. The unexpected contrasts between voluble virtuosity and contemplative stasis are the driving force of his flair for dramatic gesture. His music is joyfully violent in breath and in song but may suddenly come to rest in prayer, via a specific harmony, as though struck by the noonday light.

His first opera, Thanks to My Eyes, commissioned by the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence with libretto and staging by Joel Pommerat received critical acclaim by audiences and critics alike ("A masterly portrait of Melancholy", Le Monde, July 7, 2011). His music is performed by prestigious ensembles and orchestras such as the Gewandhaus Leipzig, Orchestre Philarmonique de Radio France, Deutsche Symphonie Orchester, Ensemble Modern, Klangforum, Ictus, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, ICE, Remix, Ensemble Contrechamps, JACK, Diotima. After studying at Milan Conservatory, he fostered his education at IRCAM in Paris and at Columbia University in New York. He's been artist in residence at the DAAD Kunstlerprogramm Berlin and Pro-Helvetia Warsaw and Johannesburg.

Upcoming projects include new works for the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Ensemble Modern, London Symphonietta, Asko-Schonberg, Remix, JACK, Collegium Novum Zürich. Oscar Bianchi has been awarded numerous prizes, such as the Gaudeamus first Prize, the Grand Prix de la SACEM, the International Rostrum of composer's prize and the German Record Critics' Award.

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Born n Milan, holding dual Italian-Swiss citizenships, Oscar Bianchi completed degrees in composition, choir conducting and electronic music at the Giuseppe Verdi conservatory of Milan. He pursued studies in composition taking part in master programs such as at IRCAM - Centre Pompidou and with a doctoral degree at Columbia University in New York.

Vitality, pulsing rhythms, and virtuosity are the hallmarks of the music created by Bianchi, who reveals a sensible interest in new phrasings and new ornamentations, something to be expected from someone whose ears are finely attuned to the music from all corners of the globe. A vocal quality, even in his instrumental work, can strike us as a prominent feature of his music. Exuberant and intelligent, this vocal dimension plays with a refined art of accentuations in all its intermediate degrees. We know him now increasingly interested in cantata and opera: at its core, Bianchi's music continues to be guided by the challenge of dramaturgical and formal issues. The unexpected contrasts between voluble virtuosity and contemplative stasis are the driving force of his flair for dramatic gesture. His music is joyfully violent in breath and in song but may suddenly come to rest in prayer, via a specific harmony, as though struck by the noonday light.

Commissioned by the Aix-en-Provence Festival and Théâtre & Musique, his first opera, Thanks to My Eyes, libretto and direction by Joël Pommerat, received critical acclaim by audiences and critics alike (A masterly portrait of Melancholy, Le Monde, July 7, 2011). His music has been performed by outstanding ensembles and orchestras such as Gewandhaus Leipzig, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Deutsche Symphonie Orchester, Ensemble Modern, Klangforum Wien, JACK quartet, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, Ictus, Quatuor Diotima, Ensemble Remix, Nieuw Ensemble, Ensemble l’Itineraire, Ensemble Contrechamps, International Contemporary Ensemble, Alarm Will Sound, David Grimal, Kammerensemble für neue Musik Berlin, Phoenix Ensemble, Collegium Novum Zürich, Drumming Grupo de Percussão from Porto, Ensemble Laboratorium, Osterreichiches Ensemble für neue Musik, Sound’arte.

Upcoming projects include new works for the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Ensemble Modern, Jack, Remix ensemble, London Symphonietta, Asko-Schoenberg and Collegium Novum Zürich. Oscar Bianchi was a guest of the DAAD Kunstlerprogramm Berlin, Pro-Helvetia in Warsaw and Johannesburg and the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida. He has been awarded numerous prizes, such as the Gaudeamus first Prize, the Grand Prix de la SACEM, the Dussurget Prize, the Asm-Stv Prize, the Aargauer Kuratorium fellowship and the Ictus fellowship. «Partendo», for countertenor and ensemble, has been awarded with the 2016 IMC International Rostrum of composer's prize. His CD Portrait won in 2013 the German Record Critics' Award.

The works of Oscar Bianchi have been performed throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas in prestigious venues such as Philarmonie Berlin, Alice Tully Hall (Lincoln Center, New York); Luzern Festival; Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, La Monnaie, Moscow Philharmonic, Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam; Herkules Saal Munich, Venice Biennale; Musica Festival Strasbourg; Autumn Festival Warsaw; Casa da Musica Porto, Cairo Opera, Ultrashall Berlin; Eclat Stuttgart; Gasteig Munich; Ars Musica, Bozar, Brussels; Archipel, Geneva; Tages für Neue Musik, Zürich; IRCAM Centre-Pompidou, Paris; Abbaye du Royaumont; DRS; RSR; RSI; RAI; France Culture; RFI; TFI; France Inter; RTBF; ORT; SWR; Deutschland Kultur, RBB, Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Moscow; the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg; Kulturhuset, Stockholm; Sonora Festival, Cologne; OggiMusica, Lugano; Musica è Realtà, Milan; Nuove sincronie, Milan; Milan Conservatory; Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Nuova Consonanza, Rome; CEMAT, Rome.

Jean-Luc Plouvier

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