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Franceschini, Matteo

Born in Trento in 1979 into a family of musicians, Matteo Franceschini began his composition studies with his father later graduating from the "Giuseppe Verdi" Conservatoire in Milan under the guidance of Alessandro Solbiati. He studied at "Santa Cecilia" National Academy in Rome under the supervision of Azio Corghi and attended the Cursus offered by the Ircam in Paris.

He has been awarded several prizes, both in national and international competitions, including "Tactus" (Brussels), "Guido d'Arezzo", "Il Giornale della Musica - Rai”, “Concours Dutilleux”, among others.

He has received commissions from La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Wigmore Hall, Biennale of Venice, Ircam-Centre Pompidou, Festival Mito, Philharmonie de Paris, Orchestre national d’Île-de-France, National Orchestra of Belgium, Reims Opera, Saint-Etienne Opera, Rai, Arcal, Festival Milano Musica, Philharmonic Academy of Rome, Franch Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Environmental Conservation (Commande d’État), Divertimento Ensemble, As.Li.Co., Haydn Symphony Orchestra, “I Pomeriggi Musicali” Orchestra, Orchestra Regionale Toscana Foundation and, moreover, from important festivals and organizations.

His works, conducted among others by Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Mikko Frank, have been performed in various international festivals, for instance “La Scala Theatre”, “Biennale of Venice”, “Mito-Settembre Musica”, "Wigmore Hall Season", “Festival Archipel”, “Società del Quartetto”, “Milano Musica”, “Unione Musicale” of Turin, Festival “Rondò”, Festival “Traiettorie”, Ircam, “Cité de la Musique” of Paris, “Festival Agora”, “Salle Pleyel”, “Festival Radio France”, “Salle Gaveau”, “Rachmaninoff Concert Hall” of Moscow, “Münchner Opernfestspiele – Festspiele+”, “Nederlandse Muaziekdagen”, Symphonic Season of Orchestre National de Belgique, “Festival för ny musik”, “Prague Premieres”, “Lockenhaus Kammermusikfest”, “Operadhoy Festival” of Madrid, “Zukunftsmusik Festival” of Stuttgard, Harvard University. He has had broadcasts on several international radios.

He has realized operas, orchestral and choral works, chamber music, soundtracks for movies as well as multimedia installations. His interdisciplinary research brings together composing, staging, and multimedia perspectives to explore the theatricality of musical gestures, the strength of narrative contents, and the creation of a complex, formal and sound structure.

Since 2006, he is a member of Agon, one of the most important centers of Acoustic and Musical Informatics in Italy. Professor of Composition in several Conservatories in Italy, he has held lectures at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, at Ircam, at Iulm University of Milan, at Festival d'Aix-en-Provence and at Conservatories of Milan and Rome.

Il risultato dei singoli, his first monographic record, was realized in collaboration with Divertimento Ensemble of Milan for Stradivarius Record and published in April 2011.

He has been named composer in residence at “Arcal” of Paris, at the Orchestre national d’Île-de-France and at the Philharmonic Academy of Rome.

Silver Lion 2019 at La Biennale of Venice, “Fedora – Rolf Liebermann Prize for Opera 2014”, he has been awarded by the Banque Populaire Foundation and has received the “Italian Affiliated Fellowship in the Arts” from the American Academy in Rome.

In 2017, Franceschini adopted TOVEL as his stage name. As TOVEL, he relaunches the figure of the author/ interpreter. His direct, live involvement becomes therefore the expression of a creative act.

His music has been published by Suvini Zerboni - Sugarmusic until 2010. Since January 2011, his works are published by Casa Ricordi - Universal Music Publishing.

Photo: © V. Mari