The prize-winning Italian avant-garde contemporary composer Salvatore Sciarrino was born in Palermo on 4 April 1947. Although attracted to the visual arts when young, he began making experiments with music from the age of twelve. Primarily self-taught, he took Franco Evangelisti's electronic music course at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome.
His music is known for its unique style combining unusual sound materials, isolated sounds, silences and quotations from previous music into richly detailed scores.
Further information: salvatoresciarrino.eu
A selection of M&V articles about Salvatore Sciarrino
Ensemble. Old and New - Giuseppe Pennisi reports from Siena's Chigiana International Festival
Ensemble. A Modern Tragedy - Salvatore Sciarrino's 'Luci mie traditrici', one of the most performed contemporary operas, finally reaches a major Italian opera house, by Giuseppe Pennisi
Ensemble. Dramatic Temperament - 'Euridice' according to Salvatore Sciarrino, heard by Giuseppe Pennisi
Ensemble. Youthful Compoaers - Giuseppe Pennisi listens to contemporary music at two Italian festivals
Ensemble. Jaw-droppingly Compelling - A Sciarrino and Maxwell Davies double bill from Music Theatre Wales, by Mike Wheeler
DVD Spotlight. Chamber Opera - Works by Sciarrino and Messiaen, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi. '... quite eclectic ...'
Ensemble. Illuminating the Spectrum - Contemporary music at Salzburg, heard by Giuseppe Pennisi
Ensemble. Painfully Accurate - For Sciarrino, a modern mad scene: non-Kafka lovers, attend at your own risk, by Gregory Moomjy