After graduating from the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome, Silvia Colasanti (March 8, 1975) went on to study with Fabio Vacchi, Wolfgang Rihm, Pascal Dusapin and Azio Corghi before attending the Chigiana Music Academy in Siena, and the Santa Cecilia National Academy in Rome. She was the recipient of the prestigious Goffredo Petrassi Award, presented to her by the President of the Republic of Italy.
Silvia Colasanti’s compositions have been performed at major music institutions in Italy and abroad, including the Santa Cecilia National Academy (Rome), Théâtre des Champs-Élysées (Paris), Konzerthaus (Berlin), Festival Pablo Casals (Prades), Biennale Musica (Venice), MITO SettembreMusica (Torino), Milano Musica (Milano), the Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra (Milano), Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Florence), the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (Glasgow), the Rai National Symphony Orchestra (Torino), Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa (Lisbon), Chigiana Music Academy (Siena), and the Center for New Music (San Francisco).
Leading musicians from around the world have played her pieces, including Salvatore Accardo, Laura Gorna, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Massimo Quarta, David Geringas, Quartetto Arditti, Quartetto di Cremona, The Moscow Soloist. Her composition In the Earth and Air was chosen by the ballerina Luciana Savignano for a dance theater performance.
Silvia Colasanti has written music for an array of different music formations, including works for musical theater. Some of her work there has been dedicated to children’s performances, like Il sole, di chi è?
(Who Does the Sun Belong To?) – a theatrical fable written by Roberto Piumini, commissioned by Cidim and Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. It was performed in 2009 at Teatro Ponchielli in Cremona, and since then has been performed at major music institutions in Italy. In 2011, she composed the opera The Metamorphosis (based on the Franz Kafka classic), which premiered under the direction of Pier Luigi Pier’Alli in 2012 at Teatro Goldoni in Florence, as part of the festival Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. It was performed again at the same venue in 2014.
In 2015 Orfeo. Flebile queritur lyra
was performed on tour in France by the Paris Mozart Orchestra, conducted by Claire Gibault, as part of an educational project that involved many schools in the Région Parisienne. The tour concluded at the Cité de la Musique in Paris.
In 2017 she wrote Requiem. Stringeranno nei pugni una cometa
, a work for soloists, choir and orchestra, which made its world premiere at the Festival dei due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy in July of that year. Performances at other venues followed. In 2018 Dynamic released the CD.
In 2019 she composed the opera Proserpine
, based on a verse drama by Mary Shelley, and adapted by René de Ceccatty, for the 62nd edition of the Festival dei Due Mondi.
She won prizes at numerous competitions in Italy and abroad, including the Musikfabrik NÖ’s Zeitklang International Composition Competition in Vienna and the Lopes-Graça Prize in Lisbon. In 2013 she joined the Viva Toscanini International Committee, became a member of the prestigious Kalevala Society, and received the European Composer’s Prize at the 2013 Young Euro Classic Festival. Also in 2013, she was named Knight of the Republic by the President of the Republic of Italy. In 2017 she received the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.
Silvia Colasanti teaches composition at the Nicola Sala Conservatory in Benevento.