• Andrea Di Paolo’s music could broadly be classified as neo-classical, or contemporary, or ambient, or electro-acoustic chamber music, but you could also say that his music is appearance, essence, nature in being; it’s an amplified sound box in a contrast with the pure, bare, naked sound of the single instruments’ lines. These words give you an idea of sound, but they don’t tell you what the music feels like. Di Paolo’s music rises from stones, hermitages, ruins, altarpieces, expanses of tundra and silence that shine uncontaminated in the vital circle of the man of nowadays. He captures a specific atmosphere and mood, a pure feeling and – if you’ve ever cared about his music – he will make you feel something, close to yourself and to the life.

    — Contemporary Music Review —
  • Your music is really wonderful! Planetarium – for piano – sounds very exciting! I’m very pleased to present your music!

    — Max Rigdway - NewMusic XX —
  • Performing “In Quiete for Morton F.” requires a fragile balance between abandon and demanding control.  Among echoes and resonance, the most intricate depth stands out  and it becomes magical when both performers and audience give in to it. This piece should not be heard but only felt.

    — Luce Zurita - Flutist —
  • Tundra – for amplified ensemble – is full and empty! Very expressive, rich, and imaginative. Love it!

    — Mark MacGay —
  • Inside the photos and the images of Andrea Di Paolo there’s all the immensity of nature and all the loneliness of the contemporary man that looking into himself. His black and white works trace the outlines deepest human soul. They are human figures hung on the horizon, like a modern Giacometti’s statues, sometimes empty in the light universe that surrounds them. There is sweetness, pain, nostalgia, memory, passion, smell, rain, silence and all the life that flows around. A heartbeat, our heart that stop itself for a few seconds to listen our life through these extraordinary photographs.

    — Try to be a man - Photo Gallery —
  • De verdad este movimiento es simplemente hermoso (String Quartet No.1)

    — Fa Hernández —
  • Falls es ist über das Universum… bin ich erleichtert.. so positiv und schön..!! (“Interstellar Space” extract from “Das Universum”)

    — Thorbjörn Sjögren —
  • C’è qualcosa che non attende, invade, permea senza trovare opposizione in ciò che diviene, frammento permeabile, un tutto permeato. Dall’ultima goccia all’estrema estensione, la stringa di questa immobile sequenza sonora di diluvio impregna. Giunge una marea senza cicli, un sorgere senza mattino, un incupirsi che dirada aperture di buio. Siamo scorti senza estasi alcuna, immischiati in un fenomeno percettivo che si rivela a noi come uno scorcio pre-percettivo e pre-fenomenico, un soffio trapelato di puro evento. Sovvertito l’ordine, tutto è noumeno. Stiamo ascoltando di Andrea di Paolo, NUR (In memoriam Béla Bartòk).

    — Narcoticum Chaccone —
  • Planetarium – for piano – is a “stunning impression”, just like the Di Paolo’s music puts in his own mood and in his soul; clear vision and nostalgic observation of the spaces and the nature power; the pantheistic spirit who creates us and belongs to us, as a solo piano, which like very slow drops, slide images and life.

    — Planetarium / Part 1 HYMN - Review —

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”DAS UNIVERSUM„
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Das Universum, published in 2015, was recorded by Ivan Pegas in St. Lazar’s Church in the ancient city of Lviv (Ukraine). The musicians who played on this record are: Liliya Gratyla (Violin), Adrian Bodnar (Violin), Roman Zharkovsky (Viola), Dima Nikolaev (Cello), Ivanna Mytrogan (Harp). The disc contains the following works: NUR (In Memoriam Béla Bartok) for String Trio | DAS UNIVERSUM for String Quartet | CELLO SONATA for Violoncello Solo | RUDERE for Harp and String Quartet.

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”TUNDRA„
Live Album !

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Tundra, published in 2014, was recorded during the concerts and festivals where the music of Andrea Di Paolo was played. The disc contains the following works: TUNDRA for Ensemble | ARCAICA for Four Percussionists | IN QUIETE FOR MORTON F. for Flute and Harp | FIVE SPACES OF STONE for Ensemble | TEMPLE OF HERA for Violin solo and String Orchestra.

Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.

— Lao Tzu —

Andrea Di Paolo was born in Italy in 1978. He graduated in Piano and in Composition (Bachelor and Master degree) and he has attended many Italian conservatoires like Milan, Rome and Pescara; he got a Master degree in New Musical Languages, with a thesis intitled “In the sounds and the signs; perspectives of contemporary art”. He studied History and Aesthetics of Music, Organ, Gregorian chant and Electronic Music; essential for his music formation has been studying piano with Maria Cristina Boccadamo.

In 2009 he got a diploma in Composition at the CRR Conservatoire of Strasbourg (France) with Mark André. He attended composition classes of Luciano Berio, Arvo Part, Gyorgy Kurtag, Salvatore Sciarrino, Beat Furrer. He got a second master degree in “Manager of musical communication” (G. D’Annunzio University).

Fundamental in his human and artistical development have been his meeting with Valentin Silvestrov and his long travels in Armenia, Palestine, Israel and among the populations of Eastern Russia.

His works, for solo instrument, ensemble and orchestra, were performed by important musical institutions, in Europe and Russia, broadcast by Radio France and Radio RAI. He has performed as a pianist in Italian and foreigns theaters, including Portugal, Serbia, France, England, Norway, Bosnia, Ukraine, Spain, Armenia, Russia, Germany, Romania, Hungary. In 2008 he won the International Competition for composers “From Romanticism to Contemporary”, sponsored by the European Commission with his work “L’AZUR” from a Mallarmé’s text (Bruxelles/Bucharest).

In 2010, he got a Diploma of high specialization in Composition at the National Academy of Santa Cecilia (Rome, Italy). In 2012 he won the 16th Edvard Grieg Competition for Composers in Oslo (Norway) with his “SONATA” for solo cello and was invited at the Akademia Muzyczna (faculty of Composition) of Poznan (Poland) during the International Contemporary Composer Forum. In 2012/2013 he was invited at the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv (faculty of Art and Culture) in Ukraine to give some lectures on the music of XX century and on his chamber works. In 2013 he won the International Composition Competition for Percussion Ensemble VP13 in Marmande/Bordeaux (France) with is work “ARCAICA” for four percussionists.

Andrea Di Paolo has collaborated with: Lviv Symphonic Orchestra, Valentin Silvestrov, Ensemble Algoritmo, Ensemble Accroche Note, Solisti Aquilani, Armand Angster, Mario Caroli, Liliya Gratyla, Luce Zurita, Valeria Kurbatova, Dima Nikolaev, Ensemble Ricochet, Olexandr Kozarenko, Francois Kubler, Marco Rogliano, Lamberg String Quartet, Ivanna Mytrogann, Alexander Zagorinski, Marco Angius, Modular Quartet, Dmytro Tavanets, Clement Fauconnet, Galician Camera Choir, Pauline Haas, Vasil Yazziniak, Igor Shcherbakov, Tonino Guerra, Aram Gharabekian, National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia and many other musicians, composers and artists.

Since 2009 he teaches Composition, Harmony and Analysis in Italian Conservatories (University of Music); he is actually teaching Harmony and Analysis at the “Niccolò Piccini ” Conservatory in Bari (Sud Italy). In 2013 he was artistic and executive director of the project “Orient / Occident” – Music Composers’ Forum – in Kiev (Ukraine) sponsored by the National Composers` Union of Ukraine, with more than 20 composers from all over the world.

In addition to his musical activity, Andrea Di Paolo is interested in analog and digital photography and especially worked and developed a thematic projects on the urban and suburban landscape; his works focus on the search of spirituality in the contemporary society, between the arcaic mood of the “desolation places” and the solitude of the contemporary human’s feel. His works are exclusively based on the technique of black and white.

Catalogue

Music written from 2008 to 2016

ORCHESTRA | STRING ORCHESTRA

Orchestra | String Orchestra

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ORCHESTRA | STRING ORCHESTRA

ENSEMBLE | VOCAL MUSIC

Ensemble | Vocal Music

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ENSEMBLE | VOCAL MUSIC

INSTRUMENTAL | CHAMBER MUSIC

Instrumental | Chamber Music

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INSTRUMENTAL | CHAMBER MUSIC

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Music is not what you hear, but what you imagine to hear.

— Andrea Di Paolo —

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.

— Albert Einstein —

 

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