G I U S E P P E D I B I A N C O
B i o g r a p h y
GIUSEPPE DI BIANCO (Naples, Italy) has emerged as one of the most compelling Italian choral composers of his generation. He holds degrees in Piano, Composition, Choral Conducting, and Music Didactics from the Conservatories of Salerno and "S. Pietro a Majella” of Naples, graduating summa cum laude with distinction in Foreign Languages and Modern Literature with a post-Lauream Degree at Rome University. His training includes piano studies with Pietro D'Amico, György Sándor, and Alexander Hintchev; composition studies under Enrico Buondonno, a pupil of Licinio Refice; advanced courses and workshops at Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena and Scuola di Musica of Fiesole (Florence) with Giacomo Manzoni, Louis Andriessen, Peter Maxwell Davies, Luis de Pablo; analysis seminars with Jean - Jacques Nattiez, Janet Schmalfeldt (Tufts University, MA).
Active as a pianist, teacher, and composer, with a particular interest in choral composition, Giuseppe Di Bianco has gained international recognition winning first prizes in many composition competitions: 1st prize at the 13th International Trophy of Choral Composition Competition “Seghizzi,” Italy, 2016; V International “Choir Laboratory, XXI Century” Competition of St. Petersburg (RU), 2012; VIII International “Amadeus" Choral Composition Competition (Badajoz, Spain, 2014); XI “A.C.P.” National Choral Composition Competition, ACP Piemonte (IT), 2012; “A.R.C.C. Award” La canzone Napoletana in polifonia (IT), 2009; International Choral Award “José Ribeiro de Sousa (Alqueidão da Sierra, Portugal), 2008; XI International Composition Award by Federcoritrentino (Trento), 2001, etc. In 2008, in Naples, he was awarded the “Franco Caracciolo” National Prize for the best choral sacred composition based on a Lutheran text.
His music has been performed in Italy and abroad (the Vatican City, France, Germany, Spain, Denmark, Latvia, Netherlands, Slovenia, Poland, Philippines, Russia, and the United States) and included in the most important music festivals and choral competitions: National and International “Guido d’Arezzo” Choral Competition (I), International Choral Competition “J. Gallus” - Maribor (SL); Rainbow St. Petersburg International Choir Festival (RU), International Krakow Choir Festival “Cracovia Cantans” (P), "F. Corti" International Choral Conductors Competition (Turin, IT), “Vittorio Veneto” Choral Competition, "MITO Settembre Musica", Milan International EXPO 2016, etc.
His works have been commissioned and included in the repertoire of Italian and foreign choral ensembles: Coro di Voci Bianche of "Accademia di S. Cecilia”, Rome, Zürcher Sing-Akademie" (CH), Coro Giovanile Italiano" and Coro da Camera di Torino" (IT), “Academic choir of Aarhus” (DK), "E STuudio Noortekoor" (Tarfu, EST), UPSA “University of the Philippines Singing Ambassadors” (Quezon City, Philippines), Academic Mixed Choir “Vasilyeva” (Академический смешанный), Velikij Novgorod RU; “San Josè State University Choraliers” (San Josè, CA, USA), “Quire of Voyces”, Santa Barbara, CA, USA, etc.
His works "In laude" and "In pace" have been chosen as compulsory pieces at the International Composition Award “C. A. Seghizzi” (2004 and 2016, Gorizia, Italy) and at "Fosco Corti" International Choral Conductors Competition in Turin (2021).
In addition to composing, Giuseppe has been the guest artist for numerous conferences and workshops, including the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill Campus, NC, USA) and at the Fine Arts and Music University of Aichi (Japan), where some choral works of his have been premiered.
In 2013 Di Bianco was chosen for the “Invisible Cities Project,” an international composition project inspired by Italo Calvino’s book Le città invisibili, along with other composers' works (Carlo Domeniconi, Victor Kioulaphides, Alexey Larin, etc.) and by FENIARCO for the Italian National Choral Project "Officina Corale del Futuro" (2018).
Giuseppe Di Bianco has often lectured on musicologic, choral music, ethnomusicology and music education topics (“Musica poetica by Joachim Burmeister” at Fondazione Menna of Salerno, 1998; Linguaggi, invention, percorsi critici tra tradizione e contemporaneità, at 36th European Conference on Musical Education and Choral music in Gorizia (2005) and at the University of Salerno (The new research of Melopoiesis, 2007) and at the Historical Convention of "Capodanno Bizantino" with Roberto De Simone, promoted by “Centro di Cultura e Storia Amalfitana" of Amalfi (InCanti di Sirene: topografia musicale di un mito, dal Mediterraneo ai Mari del Nord, 2015). His choral compositions are published by Federcoritrentino and FENIARCO Ed. in Italy; by Композитор Publishing House, St. Petersburg, and self-published through SMP Press; recorded by "Coro da Camera di Torino" in their CDs: "Made in Italy" (2015) and "Passio Domini Nostri Jesu Christi" (2018).
Since 2020 he is a member of the National Artistic Commission of FENIARCO (Italian National Federation of Regional Choral Associations.
He currently lives and works in the enchanting Coast of Amalfi (IT), where he is the Artistic Director of the National Music Competition "Franco Di Franco" /"Wilhelm Kempff" Prize of Positano.