Andrea Di Paolo is a pianist and composer of modern classical, contemporary, postminimalism, ambient music. He graduated in Piano and Composition (Bachelor and Master degree) and he studied in Rome (Italy) at the National Academy of Santa Cecilia and in Strasbourg (France) at the CRR, Cité de la Musique et de la Danse. Fundamental in his human and artistic development has been the meeting with Arvo Pärt, Salvatore Sciarrino, Valentin Silvestrov, Luciano Berio, Bernardo De Angelis and his long travels in Iceland, Israel, Palestine, Armenia, Morocco, Scotland and among the populations of Eastern Russia and Balkan countries. His music has been performed in Europe, America and Russia, broadcast by Radio France and Radio RAI and, as a pianist, he played in Italian and foreigns theaters including Portugal, Serbia, France, England, Norway, Bosnia, Ukraine, Spain, Armenia, Russia, Germany, Romania, Hungary. In 2015 it was published his first album Das Universum for String Quartet and in 2021 his Piano Solo album titled Planetarium (Preludes for piano, book 1). Since 2008 he teaches Composition, Harmony and Analysis at the Music Universities and Conservatories. In addition to his musical activity he is interested in analog and digital photography based on the technique of black and white. In 2017 it was published his first photobook named Iceland, not all those who wander are lost and in 2019 was published his second photobook named Lost in the Highlands.

Andrea Di Paolo's music is influenced by the natural world, the neo-mythology and ritualism. His road and backpacking trips (Northern Europe, Iceland, the Balkans, Anatolia, Russia, Africa and more) have shaped his music with a strong sense of place and a resonance of landscapes that also reverberates in his b&w photographs. His works come from ruins, from churches, from altarpieces, from forgotten villages. He observe the lonely and silence places, the folds of the colors at dusk, the blinding white of journeys that take you in other directions. His music lives in a minimal resonance that stretches in the muscles and gestures of the musicians, focus on the precariousness of the music materials with a contemplative landscape drawn by liquid harmonies and dust sounds, built on fragments of melodies and musical gestures often extracted from ancient musics or liturgical rituals. << My music is in the places I've never been, in the silences that I have still not listen. My music is a form of prayer: it must once again become simple and speechless, like growing wheat or the falling rain. My music just has "to be” >> (quote: Andrea Di Paolo).

His music is published and distributed by the Universal Edition in Vienna.

\ Music for Piano \


Preludes for piano - Book 1

Often looking at the night sky from a deeply blue ocean, lost in the immenseness African deserts or in the breezy air on the top of snow-capped mountains I was amazed by unexpected sound trajectories and a pure musical silence paths. "Planetarium" is the poetic and musical journey of these nocturnal experiences collected in years of traveling on the road and into the Music, to come back on my piano, to play my Music with my hands.

1. Mechanica Caelestis (6:38)
2. Almost Blue (6:18)
3. Electric Cosmic Waves (4:46)
4. In Limbo (6:03) 
5. Tender is the Night (5:34)
6. Delenda Carthago (6:40)
7. Lullaby to the Moon (5:24)
8. Alpha Centaury (6:58)
9. About the Universe (5:49)
10. Planetarium (7:00)

Music composed and performed by Andrea Di Paolo.
Recorded at Griffa Studio | Milano on July 15th, 2021.
Steinway & Sons Concert Grand Piano, Model D (609862)
Sound Engineer and Mastering: Paolo Guerini.
Published by: ClassicaDalVivo label.
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\ Music for String Quartet \


In Luce Universi

Das Universum is a reflection on time, eternity, our human life, a musical landscape on the deep and dark light of the universe. The sound of the String Quartet recalls ancient beauties, almost transfigured, but always fascinating. Das Universum contains the following works: Das Universum (for String Quartet), Nur, in memoriam Béla Bartok (for String Trio), Cello Sonata (for Violoncello solo), Rudere (for Harp and String Quartet)

1. Das Universum: I. Interstellar Space (5:18)
2. Das Universum: II. Cosmic Waves (5:22)
3. Das Universum: III. In Luce Universi (5:33)
4. Nur (in memoriam Béla Bartok): I. Hypnotic (5:56)
5. Nur (in memoriam Béla Bartok): II. Adagio, molto sostenuto (5:53)
6. Nur (in memoriam Béla Bartok): III. Nocturnal elegy (4:37)
7. Cello Sonata: I. Largo. Praeludium. Largo (5:16)
8. Cello Sonata: II. Hymn. Antiphonae. Hymn (4:50)
9. Cello Sonata: III. Graduale (1:16)
10. Rudere: I. Suspendend. In a whisper (4:53)
11. Rudere: II. Lunar (6:23)
12. Rudere: III. Away. No wind (5:20)

Music composed by Andrea Di Paolo.
Recorded at St Lazar’s Church | Lviv, Ukraine on January, 2013.
Musicians: Liliya Gratyla (Violin), Adrian Bodnar (Violin), Roman Zharkovsky (Viola), Dima Nikolaev (Cello), Ivanna Mytrogan (Harp).
Sound Engineer and Mastering: Ivan “Pegas".
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Universal Edition

Andrea Di Paolo's music scores are published and distributed by the Universal Edition in Vienna. You can view the personal UE page to buy original scores, separate part, view sample pages and more. 

Andrea Di Paolo - the composer's life and works | Universal Edition

Mechanica Caelestis

(extract from Planetarium, 10 preludes for Piano, book 1 © 2021 Universal Edition - Wien)

Tender is the Night

(extract from Planetarium, 10 preludes for Piano, book 1 © 2021 Universal Edition - Wien)

Electric Cosmic Waves

(extract from Planetarium, 10 preludes for Piano, book 1 © 2021 Universal Edition - Wien)

About the Universe

(extract from Planetarium, 10 preludes for Piano, book 1 © 2021 Universal Edition - Wien)

In Limbo

(extract from Planetarium, 10 preludes for Piano, book 1 © 2021 Universal Edition - Wien)

Almost Blue

for Piano

Das Universum

for String Quartet

Planetarium (live version)

for Piano

Nur, in memoriam Béla Bartok

for String Trio


for Soprano and Piano

Temple of Hera (soundcheck)

for Violin and fifteen Strings


for Ensemble

Cinque Spazi di Pietra

for Ensemble (Fl, Cl, Pf, Vln, Vlc)


for Harp and String Quartet

In Quiete for Morton F.

for Flute and Harp

Cello Sonata

for Violoncello solo


for Percussion Ensemble


Lost in the Highlands

In the spring of 2019 I traveled in the Scotland highlands between dust, rain, sun, snow, clouds, wind, hail, paths, cliffs, sweat, mud, music, whiskey, tears, sheep, waterfall, castles, ruins, the horizons that face the depth ocean. This collection of photographs is a small diary of an extraordinary and unforgettable journey. Gesualdo Bufalino wrote that there are those who travel to get lost and there are those who travel to find themselves. I travel to go somewhere, feel the freedom of swallows in the spring, because only those who have left can one day go home. 

Fine Art Photography Book
Size: Large Format Landscape, 13×11 in, 33×28 cm (88 Pages)
ISBN: Hardcover, ImageWrap: 9780368935237
Publish Date: Jun 11, 2019
Editor: Blurb Inc.




Not all those who wander are lost. In the heart of the wildest Iceland, a totally black and white photo book by Andrea Di Paolo.

Fine Art Photography Book
Size: Stndard Landscape, 10×8 in, 25×20 cm (128 Pages)
ISBN: Hardcover, ImageWrap: 9781389477157
Publish Date: OCt 24, 2017
Editor: Blurb Inc.





Andrea Di Paolo

Questo Manuale di Armonia nasce dalla necessità di organizzare un testo musicale con i fondamenti della Musica occidentale - il suono, la notazione, i sistemi di accordatura, il ritmo, gli intervalli musicali - connessi con gli elementi strutturali della Teoria dell'Armonia - le triadi, gli accordi di settima, le cadenze, le dominanti secondarie, gli accordi alterati, i ritardi, le progressioni, le modulazioni. Una terza parte individua l'organizzazione melodica e la costruzione di motivi, frasi e periodi. Numerosi esempi musicali e tabelle guidano lo studente ad una conoscenza progressiva dell'armonia attraverso l'apprendimento e l'esercitazione pratica dei rudimenti della composizione. Una forma musicale o esercizio di scuola è un'astrazione teorica spesso notevolmente diversa dalla realtà musicale. Per questa ragione lo studio dell’armonia necessita l’approfondimento dei capolavori musicali attraverso la disciplina dell’analisi musicale e il confronto costante con il proprio maestro/docente di riferimento. Questo Manuale di Armonia è un testo trasversale che può essere utilizzato, a seconda dei percorsi musicali e dell'organizzazione didattica, nei Conservatori di Musica, negli Istituti superiori, nei Licei musicali, nei Corsi universitari ad indirizzo musicale cercando di non imprigionare la musica in singole dottrine teoriche ma rievocando costantemente le parole di Arnold Schönberg che scriveva: "la teoria musicale non deve mai precedere la creazione e l’arte”.

Lingua: Italiano
Copertina flessibile: 323 pagine
ISBN-13: 979-8584427399
Peso Articolo: 962 g
Dimensioni: 21.01 x 1.85 x 29.69 cm

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Andrea Di Paolo

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Good music and good life. Andrea.