Oscar Bianchi


Winner of the 2005 Gaudeamus prize, New York based composer Oscar Bianchi is quickly becoming recognized by critics, fellow musicians, and audiences as one of the most idiomatic and dynamic composers of his generation. His music, which is characterized by dense textures, vivid imagination, and dramatic tension has already been played to critical acclaim by major ensembles such as Klangforum Wien; Ensemble Modern, ICTUS; Les Percussions de Strasbourg; Nieuw Ensemble; Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart; Ensemble l’Itineraire, ICE ensemble; Allarm Will Sound; in venues like Alice Tully Hall (Lincoln Center), Merkin Hall NY, Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, Venice Biennale, MUSICA Strasbourg, IRCAM Centre-Pompidou, Abbaye du Royaumont, Eclat-Stuttgart, ArsMusica Brussels, Tages Fur Neue Musik Zürich, Tchaikowsky conservatory Moscow. His works have been widely broadcasted in European national radio stations.
Latest works include MATRA, a concert-length cantata premiered by ICTUS ensemble with Neuevocalsolisten Stuttgart (a CD will be released in 2010) as well as a large ensemble piece Anahata Concerto for Klangforum Wien. Further projects will feature works for New York Philarmonic, French Philarmonic Radio Orchestra, a new Chamber Opera with Joel Pommerat to be premiered at Aix en Provence Festival (in collaboration with T&M, Venice Biennale, Musik der Jahrhunderte Stuttgart and Musica de Hoy Madrid), works for Neuevocalsolisten Stuttgart, Diotima quartet, David Grimal.
Recipient of a fellowship from the ICTUS Ensemble (2005-2007), Mr. Bianchi is presently Faculty Fellow at Columbia University of New York, where he is working towards a DMA in music composition. Upcoming fellowships will include the DAAD Artist in Residence program in Berlin. During his studies of composition, choral music, conducting, and electronic music at the G. Verdi Conservatory in his native Milan, he performed regularly in several music groups also experiencing a wide variety of music productions. He subsequently moved to Paris to participate in the yearlong composition course organized by IRCAM. Mr. Bianchi has had additional opportunities to work with many of the foremost figures in contemporary composition at master classes and residencies organized by: Abbaye du Royaumont, Darmstadt Ferienkurse, Stuttgart Eötvös course, Città di Castello, Stockholm International Composition Course and the Atlantic Center for the Arts.
Oscar Bianchi’s music is pubblished by Editions Musicales Durand (Universal Music Publishing Group).

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MATRA (2007)
for Vocal Ensemble, Instrumental Ensemble, Trio Concertante

-Neuevocalsolisten Stuttgart, ICTUS ensemble, Susanne Froehlich, Rico
Gubler, Michael Shmidt, Georges-Elie Octors Conductor

Ma rencontre avec le Vijnana-Bhairava Tantra, l’un des sommets de la philosophie religieuse indienne, remonte à des années. Je me suis alors promis qu’un jour je traduirais en musique une partie de son message. Cette transposition commence avec Matra, une œuvre d’environ cinquante minutes qui entend incarner et véhiculer ce type d’expérience : une compréhension des questions existentielles fondamentales fondée sur l’expérience individuelle. Dans les textes du Vijnana-Bhairava Tantra, Devi pose à Shiva une série de questions fondamentales.