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Daniela Terranova

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Daniela Terranova is an Italian composer working in the area of concert music, opera and extended sonic environments. Her recent work revolves around the sound substance conceived as ‘sonic dramaturgy’, strongly linked to an exploration of the matter the instruments are made of.


She studied composition in Italy with Azio Corghi and attended academies and masterclasses throughout Europe. Among the most relevant, a postgraduate course in Composition with Beat Furrer at Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Graz and a postgraduate course in electroacoustic composition at the mdw - Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Wien.


Her work has won several national and international competitions, including: 'SIAE – Classici di Oggi' (a new commission project in partnership with Orchestra della Toscana); I prize at the international competition 'Gianni Bergamo Classic Music Award' (Swiss-Lugano); Special Mention for the Italian Music: 'Premio SIAE' (International Composition Contest 'Valentino Bucchi Prize', Rome);  the prize 'Nuova Musica alla Fenice' (Gran Teatro La Fenice, Venice); I prize at the International Composition Contest 'Vieri Tosatti' (Rome); the prize 'Monte dei Paschi di Siena' (Accademia Chigiana, Siena); the prize 'Franco Donatoni International Meeting for Young Composers' (Divertimento Ensemble, Milan); 'Kinderszenen Prize' (CIDIM, Rome); the prize ICOMS (Turin); the National Prize of Arts.


Her music has been performed at many festivals and concert seasons: IRCAM's Concert Season; London Sinfonietta's Concert Season; Wiener Konzerthaus; Wien Modern Music Festival; Bludenzer tage zeitgemäßer musik, Bludenz; Open Music, Graz; Gare du Nord Basel; Ultraschall Berlin - Festival für Neue Musik; Biennale Musica 2019, Venice; Musikpodium, Zürich; Multiphonics Festival, Koln; Only Connect, Oslo; Foundaciòn BBVA, Madrid; Festival Mixtur and Festival Barcelona Modern; Teatros del Canal, Madrid; Teatro Central, Seville; Budapest Music Center; Time of Music Festival, Vitasaari ; Musikaliska Concert Hall, Stockholm; Italian Academy of the Columbia University, New York; Festival Vértice, Mexico City; Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff; Festival Styria Cantat VI, Graz-Helmut List Halle; Universität Mozarteum, Salzburg; International Week of New Music-SIMN, Bucharest; Son[UT]opìas project, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela; Tallin Chamber Music Festival; Fidelio Trio Season, Dublin; Festival Traiettorie, Parma; Festival Nuova Consonanza, Rome; Accademia Filarmonica di Bologna; Gran Teatro La Fenice; Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome; Teatro Dal Verme, Milan; OPV (Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto) Concert Season, Padua; La Verdi Symphony Season, Milan; Divertimento Ensemble's Concert Season, Milan; festival 'Play it!', Florence; Festival Internazionale della Valle d'Itria; International Concerts Season of Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana; Festival of Cadiz.

She graduated with honors in Classical Languages and Literature at the University of Trieste, and in 2015 completed her international PhD program in Audiovisual Studies at the University of Udine (in collaboration with Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3), with a dissertation entitled 'Myth and Music in the Contemporary Musical Production for Theatre'.


Her music - broadcast by several radios such as BBC Radio 3 (in the contemporary music programs ‘Hear and Now’ and 'The New Music Show'), Radio3 Suite, RSI, ORF, Rbb Kultur, Deutschlandfunk Kultur - is published by Suvini Zerboni/Sugarmusic and, starting from 2024, by Casa Ricordi/Universal Music Publishing Classics&Screen. 

She teaches Composition at the Conservatory of Trieste.

BIOGRAPHY © Daniela Terranova


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