Federico Gardella

Imola Academy of Composition, 21 July 2023 from 10:30 a.m.

Thinking about sound in a dramaturgical sense means imagining the possibility of communicating without words, it means believing that this matter without matter (sound, precisely) is capable of constructing a new way of being listeners and, at the same time, interpreters of the world we live in.
It means imagining ourselves sculptors of time, explorers of that labyrinth we call Music.


Federico Gardella was born in Milan in 1979. His music has been presented at major festivals and concert seasons in Tokyo (Tokyo Opera City), Milan (Milano Musica Festival), Royaumont (Voix Nouvelles), Florence (Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino), Erl (Tiroler Festspiele/Festspielhaus), Turin (Rai NuovaMusica), Guanajuato (Festival Internacional Cervantino), Venice (La Biennale di Venezia), Brussels (Flagey), Rome (Auditorium Parco della Musica) and Madrid (Auditorio Nacional de Música). In 2009 he was awarded the Takefu International Composition Award. In 2012 he received the First Prize at the Toru Takemitsu Composition Award in Tokyo and in 2014 he was awarded the Special Prize ‘Una Vita nella Musica – Giovani at the Teatro la Fenice in Venice. His compositions have been performed by orchestras such as the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice in Venice, the Orchestra del Teatro Comunale in Bologna, the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. He has also collaborated with chamber groups and ensembles dedicated to the contemporary repertoire, such as the Parma Trio, the Arditti Quartet, the Quatuor Diotima, Slowind, the Hilliard Ensemble, the Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, the Israel Contemporary Players and the Scharoun Ensemble of the Berliner Philharmoniker.
He studied piano at the Conservatory of Milan with Piero Rattalino and Riccardo Risaliti, graduating with honours. He later studied at the Universität der Künste in Berlin with Klaus Hellwig. He studied composition at the Milan Conservatory with Sonia Bo and furthered his studies with Azio Corghi at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. He continued his studies with Alessandro Solbiati at the Corsi di Perfezionamento in Sermoneta and at the Milan Conservatory, where he graduated with top marks and honours. Meetings with Brian Ferneyhough and Toshio Hosokawa were also particularly important for his education. He teaches composition at the Milan Conservatory and is a Faculty Member at the Takefu International Composition Workshop in Japan. His music is published by Edizioni Suvini Zerboni-SugarMusic S.p.A. in Milan.