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Franco Venturini graduated in Italy in Piano, Composition and Electronic Music at the Conservatory of Bologna. Afterwards he got the diploma at the Accademia Santa Cecilia in Rome with I. Fedele and a Master's Degree in composition, theory and research in Paris 8 University. He attended Composition Master Classes in various international contexts, as the Centre Acanthes in Metz, the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt and in the university domain in Paris, meeting internationally recognized composers as M. Jarrell, M. Stroppa, T. Murail, B. Furrer, W. Rihm, P. Hurel, U. Chin, J. M. López López. As a pianist, he improved his competences in performance, attending Piano Master Classes by N. Starkman, S. Perticaroli, O. Yablonskaja and, mostly, with M. Campanella and the Trio di Trieste, getting the Diploma of Merit in piano and chamber music courses at Accademia Chigiana in Siena and at the International Chamber Music High School of Trio di Trieste.
He dedicates himself to the composition of instrumental works and also with use of electronics. He has been performed in various international contexts, as: Biennale Musica in Venice, Milano Musica Festival, Festival MITO in Milan, Festival Traiettorie in Parma, Parco della Musica in Rome, Radio Suisse Romande in Genève, Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt, Pharos Arts Foundation International Contemporary Music Festival in Cyprus, Festival musikprotokoll in Graz, Leibniz Tempel - Georgengarten in Hannover, Altes Rathaus der Stadt in Leipzig, Festival Mixtur in Barcelona, Musica para el tercer milenio in Madrid, Festivals Suona Italiano and Suona francese in Paris and Strasbourg, Lee Foundation Theater of the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore, College of Music Seoul National University, Central Conservatory in Beijing. He was involved in the PRIME project (Paetzold Recorder Investigation for Music with Electronics), promoted by the conservatory of Lausanne. Among the interpreters of his music are internationally recognized musicians as Quartetto Prometeo, Trío Arbós, the ensembles Klangforum Wien, Proxima Centauri, Das Neue Ensemble, Divertimento, l'Imaginaire, FontanaMIX, Icarus, the Orchestre National de Lorraine, the conductors J. Deroyer et J.-M. Lavoie. Some of his works and performances were broadcast on radios (Radio France Musique, Radio Österreich 1, RaiRadio3). He gave lectures-concerts on the contemporary music and pianistic language, with particular attention to the “extended techniques”, in Italian and French conservatories and universities (Università di Roma Tre, Université de Bourgogne, etc.). He received commissions by the Biennale Musica of Venice, the foundation Arena di Verona, the Universal Exposition 2015 of Milan and the Festival Traiettorie of Parma. He obtained also an artistic residence in the Italian Culture Institute in Paris, for the project “Les promesses de l'art”.
As a pianist he has active collaborations with the French ensemble Soundinitiative and Italian FontanaMIX and he collaborated also with Accroche Note and Icarus, mainly devoting himself to the interpretation of contemporary repertory, collaborating with composers. He also collaborated with several internationally recognized musicians like M. Pintscher, S. Gervasoni, N. Isherwood, G. Knox, N. De Paz, L. Pfaff, G. Zagnoni, the choreographer L. Veggetti. He played in concert for various societies and festivals in different countries: Italy (Ravello Concert Society; Accademia Filarmonica in Bologna: Bologna Festival; Biennale Musica in Venice; REC/APERTO Festival in Reggio Emilia; Nuova Consonanza in Rome; Trieste Prima; Villa Romana in Florence; Festival Nuove Musiche in Palermo; Filarmonica di Rovereto in MART (museum of modern and contemporary art); theaters: Comunale in Bologna, G. Verdi in Pisa, Politeama and Massimo in Palermo), France (Paris – Salle Cortot; Manifeste IRCAM; Théâtre Adyar; Centre Pompidou; Orléans - Matinées du piano; Strasbourg – L'imaginaire; Festival international de Wissembourg; OCI (Orléans Concours International in FRAC centre; Annecy - Festival Sons d'Automne; Italian Culture Institutes of Paris and Strasbourg), Spain (Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Festival Mixtur), Austria (Schönberg Center in Wien, Bludenzer Tage zeitgemasser Musik), Croatia (Biennale Musica of Zagreb), Slovenia (Festival Slowind in Ljubljana), Sweden (Connect Festival – Malmö), Australia (Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music, Brisbane Festival), Singapore (Yong Siew Toh Conservatory).
Among the prizes in composition, piano and chamber music competitions he won, are the PRIX Mention Spéciale A. ROUSSEL and the PRIX SACEM in the 8ème Concours International de piano d’Orléans (member of the Fédération Mondiale des Concours Internationaux de Musique), The modern recorder project – International Composition Competition 2008 of Musikinstitut Darmstadt, the Leibniz' Harmonien – Internationaler Kompositionswettbewerb in Hannover, the 9ème Forum de la Jeune Création Musicale organized by S.I.M.C. (International Society for Contemporary Music) in Paris, the Premio Trio di Trieste – Coral International composition award, the Sofia Soloists Prize in Bulgaria, the Premio Farnesina sonora for composers by the Federazione CEMAT in Rome (for whom he obtained the “Honor mention”). He was finalist for the Prize of arts San Fedele – Section Music, an international triennial competition for young composers that promoted the publication of three DVDs with some works by the selected composers.
He was pianistic collaborator in theaters, for the “A. Toscanini” Foundation and teacher in the “Scuola dell’Opera Italiana” of the “Teatro comunale di Bologna”. He taught piano, musical theory and analysis in some schools of music and in the Conservatory of Bologna, where he teached the piano contemporary repertory. At the same time he is supervising various workshops on improvisation and electronic music in some conservatories in the Parisian region. He actually lives in Paris.
Chamber Group ( 2 - 4 instruments )
Mélodie imaginaire for flute and saxophone (2019)
Natura viva con glissandi I Piece for violin and piano (2014)
Pensées sur la mort Piece for C/Bass flute, Soprano/Baritone Saxophone, Piano (2011)
Natura viva con glissandi IV Piece for solo piano (2018)
Chamber Ensemble (5 - 9 instruments)
Q.E.D. Piece for seven players (2016)