Azio Corghi is a composer, musicologist and pedagogue. His works - which have been played and performed in the most prestigious international theatres and concert halls – include operas, ballets and pieces for instrumental (acoustical and electronic) and vocal groups. He has often availed himself of the collaboration of José Saramago for his opera texts.
As a musicologist he edited the critical revision of the Italiana in Algeri for the “Fondazione Rossini” in Pesaro and also those of the Arie da opere and Beatus vir by Antonio Vivaldi for Casa Ricordi.
He has been a teacher of composition and co-ordinator of the training courses at the “Fondazione Arturo Toscanini” in Parma and from 1971 he was a professor of composition at the Conservatory “G.Verdi” in Milan. Since 1995 ha has been teacher of the specialization course in composition at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome and from 2000 at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana.
List (work in progress) of performances and events of next few months
5 February 2017, Milan
Cadenze virtuose (2016) after Vivaldi’s operas for bassoon (WP) –Festival REBUS, Centro Musica Contemporanea, soloist Paolo Carlini
19 February 2017, Vasto
"à bord d'un petit train de plaisir" (2017) version for piano duo, string quartet and actor by Carla Rebora and Carla Magnan (WP) - Teatro Rossetti, Piano Duo: Soave /Baccolo, actress Cristiana Voglino, Jok Quartet: violins Daniele Richiedei and Alice Baccolo, viola Antonio Granata, cello Marco Pennacchio
22 February 2017, Turin - Concert for 80th anniversary
“sotto l’ombra che il bambino solleva” (1995) after José Saramago’s text- Teatro Regio, actress Chiara Muti, Orchestra del Teatro Regio, conductor Marco Angius
23 February 2017, Rome
Excerpts from Amorsacro/Amorprofano (1993) as incidental music for the play ‘Giuseppe Verdi a Napoli’ by Antonio Tarantino - Teatro Vascello
2 March 2017, Turin
"...di bravura" (2001) for 2 pianos - Villa Tesoriera, Duo Bordin/Cominassi
14 March 2017, Milan - Concert for 80th anniversary
Cruci-verba (2001) after José Saramago’s text for actor, chorus and orchestra - Auditorium di Milano, actor Sergio Leone, Chorus and Orchestra Verdi, conductor Pietro Borgonovo
5 May 2017, Parma - Homage to Azio Corghi for 80th anniversary
Round-table with his ex-students now teachers at Conservatorio di Musica "A.Boito", Auditorium del Carmine - performance of Tang’Jok for violin (WP) and “Un petit train de plaisir” for 2 pianos and 6 percussions, Music Contemporary Ensemble of Conservatory (LMC), conductor Danilo Grassi; on 6 May the composer will take a masterclass
11 May 2017, Milan - Homage to Azio Corghi for his 80th anniversary
Round-table with outstanding musicians and musicologists - Conservatorio di Musica “G.Verdi”, Sala Puccini - Performances of a few Corghi’s chamber works, Music Contemporary Ensemble of Conservatory (LMC), conductor Mauro Bonifacio
20 May 2017, Bari
Arie virtuose after Vivaldi’s operas for bassoon and strings (WP) - Orchestra del Teatro Petruzzelli, soloist Paolo Carlini, conductor Giampaolo Bisanti
17 October; 21 November; 12 December 2017 / 16 January 2018, Milan
Homage to Azio Corghi, Smartness and Irony
Exhibition, round-table - Performances of a few Corghi’s chamber works, Music Contemporary Ensemble of Conservatory (LMC), conductor Mauro Bonifacio - Museo del Novecento (Sala Arte Povera) and Studio Agon
[a NOMUS project]
31 October 2017, Bologna - Homage to Azio Corghi
Round-table and concerto for Bologna Modern, Oratorio San Filippo Neri
…Ite bellu ! “rondeau“ for soprano and strings - Filigrane bachiane for piano and strings - …fero dolore, for female voice, oboe d’amore, percussions, strings
Ensemble Zipangu, conductor Fabio Sperandio
Laura Catrani, soprano - Maurizio Baglini, piano - Paolo Grazia, oboe d’amore
3 November 2017, Cagliari
L’eco di un fantasma for recitant voice, chorus and orchestra (WP).
Sonia Bergamasco, recitant voice – Coro e Orchestra del Teatro Lirico, conductor Gérard Korsten
3 December 2017, Venice - A music-filled birthday bash for Azio Corghi, who turns 80!
Gran Teatro La Fenice, Sale Apollinee
“... promenade” for flute, clarinet, violin and cello - Tang’Jok-Her for viola - Tang’Jok-Jaloux for viola - Affekte for flute, clarinet, violin, viola and cello - Metamorfosi three lyrics for mezzo soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano (WP)
Ex Novo Ensemble - Monica Bacelli, mezzo soprano - Anna Serova, viola
Photo by Roberto Masotti/Casa Ricordi