LANDINI Carlo Alessandro

(Milan, 1954)


 Carlo Alessandro Landini (Milan, 1954) began his music studies at a very young age. As a student at the “Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory” in his native town, in 1978 and 1979 he graduated with honours in Composition (with Bruno Bettinelli) and in Piano (with Piero Rattalino). In Paris, where he studied with Ivo Malec and Olivier Messiaen, he was awarded, in 1981, a second diploma in Composition (unanimously winning the Prémier Prix “à l’unanimité du jury”) at the renowned Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique. After attending numerous Masterclasses (in Siena at the “Accademia Musicale Chigiana” with Franco Donatoni, in Aix-en-Provence with György Ligeti and Iannis Xenakis, in Groznjan with Witold Lutosławski, in Darmstadt, where he now is regularly invited), in 1981 he was granted the prestigious Fulbright award from the US Department of Education. After that, he spent two years (1981-1983) in the United States, studying and teaching at the University of California in San Diego. A winner of numerous international competitions – including the “Valentino Bucchi” competition in Rome and the “Ennio Porrino” competition in Cagliari – , Mr. Landini is the only composer to have won two consecutive editions of the “W. Serocki” Competition in 2002 and in 2004. Three monograph CDs have been issued featuring all his outstanding Piano Sonatas  (the Third Sonata is currently in the repertoire of Massimiliano Damerini, to whom it was dedicated). His works have been played at famous locations including Centre Pompidou (Paris), Salle Gaveau (Paris), Carnegie Hall (New York), NHK Concert Hall (Tokyo). His works are widely broadcast: among others, by RAI, BBC, Radio Koper, Radio Warszawa, KPN, Radio France, WDR, NDR and NBS (Japan). In 2003 Mr. Landini was appointed Fellow of the Italian Academy in New York and Research Scientist at the Music Department of Columbia University in New York. He has held seminars at the University of California, at the Department of Graduate Studies of Columbia, at the “Eastman School of Music” in Rochester, at the State University of New York in Buffalo. Mr. Landini has also been invited to lecture at the renowned California Institute for the Arts (Valencia, Los Angeles) and the John Donald Robb Musical Trust Composers’ Symposium (UNM, Albuquerque, April 2008), where three works of his were premiered. Mr. Landini, who presently holds the chair in Composition at the “G. Nicolini” Conservatory in Piacenza, is the first Italian ever to be awarded the First Prize in the prestigious “W. Lutosławski” Competition (Warsaw, Poland, Dec. 2007).