(Tivoli, 1965)


 Federico Biscione was born in Tivoli (near Rome) in 1965. After having completed his classics studies in high school, he pursued diplomas in Pianoforte, Composition, and Orchestral Conducting from the Conservatory in L’Aquila (Abruzzo). His composition teachers were Alessandro Cusatelli and Vieri Tosatti, and his conducting teachers were Nicola Samale and Gianluigi Gelmetti (he studied privately with Maestro Gelmetti in masterclasses at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, and with the Orchestra “Pomeriggi Musicali” in Milano).

         After significant encounters with influential italian composers Sergio Rendine (artistic director of the Teatro Marrucino in Chieti, where Biscione’s Te Deum laudamus for chorus and large orchestra won a prize), and Marco Tutino, Federico Biscione was invited to write several works for the new music forum “Primaverona”: Jabberwocky for soprano and 10 instruments, Dell’intimità for clarinet, violoncello and harp (which was subsequently performed by the “Piccolo Teatro” in the Palazzo Reale of Milano), Tredicesimo canto for vocalist and ensemble classical-rock (based on a text by Dante Alighieri).

The Festival of Musical Theatre for children under the direction of Marco Tutino and the Fondazione Arena of Verona, commisioned Federico Biscione to write the chamber opera Mamma Laser for the Teatro Nuovo of Verona in December of 2000.

Hanno for pianoforte and string orchestra (commissioned by the Orchestra of the University of Milano) was premiered on April 8 2003, and in May of the same year, his ballet Il pifferaio magico (which was recorded under his musical direction), received numerous performances at the Teatro Regio di Torino, which had also commissioned the work.

In June of 2002, his Bosco Sacro — Concerto for guitar and string orchestra (inspired by “Garden of Monsters” in Bomarzo), which had been commissioned by the Guitar Association of L’Aquila, was given its first performance at the “Barattelli” Concert Society. Serenata breve for woodwind quartet and Sonatina giocattolo for trumpet and piano appear in two compact discs from the Roman company “Pentaflowers”. Other compositions include: L’Albatro, Forse Lontano, B-612 for orchestra (the last two with recent performances in Moldova and Romania), Elegia for pianoforte and orchestra, Quartetto for pianoforte and strings, Fino all’alba for string quartet, song cycles and single songs for voice and pianoforte (Arpa eolia, Vier Lieder, Trois esquisses lyriques, ecc.), music for pianoforte solo (Sonata, Sonatina).

Recent works include two commisions: one is for the orchestra “Milano Classica” (Tropico dello Scorpione for marimba and string orchestra) and the other for the orchestra “Solisti Aquilani” (Fantasia super Ut Queant Laxis for accordion and string orchestra). The Passacaglia for strings was premiered on May 2004 at Auditorium “Parco della musica” in Rome by the orchestra Sächsische Kammerphilharmonie (of Chemnitz).

Lately, Federico Biscione has also taken a marked interest in music for film, collaborating and conducting works for My Father a recent release by Egidio Eronico (with Charlton Heston, Thomas Kretschmann and Murray Abraham).

Federico Biscione has been awarded a post in the Italian National Conservatories of Music system to teach Fugue and Composition.