Luciano Berio

Luciano Berio

 

Luciano Berio, the Nestor of Italy´s modern composers, who died in 2003 in Rome, was born in 1925 in Oneglia near Genoa in Upper Italy. Following his musical studies at the Milan Conservatory, he initially worked at RAI, where he founded the "Studio di Fonologia" along with an eponymous concert series. His extensive teaching activity took him, among other places, to Harvard University in Massachusetts, the Juilliard School of Music in New York and the Royal Academy of Music in London. Until 1980 Berio headed the electro-acoustical division of the IRCAM in Paris. In 1981 he founded the "Tempo Reale", a modern music institute in Florence. He also made a name for himself as an organizer of innovative concert series´ in 1955 he founded the "Incontri musicali" in Milan. In 1967 he was significantly involved in the establishment and direction of the Juilliard Ensemble in New York. In 1975 he assumed the position of director of the Israel Chamber Orchestra, and in 1984 he became director of the "Maggio Musicale Fiorentino". In his compositions, Berio espoused the point of view of "open artworks", in which he assembled his material in ever novel combinations drawing from the treasure house of musical tradition independent of current fads and form æsthetics. Berio´s quest ranged from Monteverdi to Schubert and all the way to Puccini and took him from cleverly employed collage techniques to an art of permanent relationships.

 

born on October 24, 1925 in Oneglia