Oscar Bianchi


Dates of the masterclass

19th - 30th July


Application fee
CHF 250.00
Participation fee
CHF 575.00 (for active participants)
CHF 50.00 (for listeners)
Lodging (if desired)
Starting at CHF 250.-
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% Discount

You will receive a 15 percent discount on the participation fee if you apply before Tuesday 15 May 2018

Course description: Composition

Participants have the opportunity to present their own work to the teachers, and discuss with them any related detail (individual and group lessons).

Throughout the duration of the course, participants may work with one or two instrumentalists from the Ticino Musica masterclasses (see the list of courses here) on a series of miniatures (brief pieces for solo instrument or duo). All miniatures may be discussed during the composition lessons, and will be presented on a final concert that each year takes place in a new, exciting, and stimulating place.

Workshop: the conducting and composition class collaborate

Rehearsals and premier with the ensemble: the short compositions for ensemble (to be submitted in June 2017) written by the participants to the composition course, will be worked on during the composition lessons. The pieces that will be of particular interest will be performed by the Ticino Musica ensemble, conducted by the participants to the conducting course of Arturo Tamayo, in a concert.

Instruments available for composers are: flute (ev. piccolo), oboe, english horn, clarinet (excluded bass clarinet), bassoon, vibraphone (excluded all other percussion instruments), violin, cello, piano. Participants should submit their pieces by the end of June. The pieces will also be used for selection.


Teacher bio

Born in Milan, holding dual Italian-Swiss citizenships, Oscar Bianchi completed degrees in composition, choir conducting and electronic music at the Giuseppe Verdi conservatory of Milan. He pursued studies in composition taking part in master programs such as at IRCAM – Centre Pompidou and with a doctoral degree at Columbia University in New York.

Vitality, pulsing rhythms, and virtuosity are the hallmarks of the music created by Bianchi, who reveals a sensible interest in new phrasings and new ornamentations, something to be expected from someone whose ears are finely attuned to the music from all corners of the globe. A vocal quality, even in his instrumental work, can strike us as a prominent feature of his music. Exuberant and intelligent, this vocal dimension plays with a refined art of accentuations in all its intermediate degrees. We know him now increasingly interested in cantata and opera: at its core, Bianchi’s music continues to be guided by the challenge of dramaturgical and formal issues. The unexpected contrasts between voluble virtuosity and contemplative stasis are the driving force of his flair for dramatic gesture. His music is joyfully violent in breath and in song but may suddenly come to rest in prayer, via a specific harmony, as though struck by the noonday light.

Commissioned by the Aix-en-Provence Festival and Théâtre & Musique, his first opera, Thanks to My Eyes, libretto and direction by Joël Pommerat, received critical acclaim by audiences and critics alike (A masterly portrait of Melancholy, Le Monde, July 7, 2011). His music has been performed by outstanding ensembles and orchestras such as Gewandhaus Leipzig, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Deutsche Symphonie Orchester, Ensemble Modern, Klangforum Wien, JACK quartet, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, Ictus, Quatuor Diotima, Ensemble Remix, Nieuw Ensemble, Ensemble l’Itineraire, Ensemble Contrechamps, International Contemporary Ensemble, Alarm Will Sound, David Grimal, Kammerensemble für neue Musik Berlin, Phoenix Ensemble, Collegium Novum Zürich, Drumming Grupo de Percussão from Porto, Ensemble Laboratorium, Osterreichiches Ensemble für neue Musik, Sound’arte.

Upcoming projects include new works for the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Ensemble Modern, Jack, Remix ensemble, London Symphonietta, Asko-Schoenberg and Collegium Novum Zürich. Oscar Bianchi was a guest of the DAAD Kunstlerprogramm Berlin, Pro-Helvetia in Warsaw and Johannesburg and the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida. He has been awarded numerous prizes, such as the Gaudeamus first Prize, the Grand Prix de la SACEM, the Dussurget Prize, the Asm-Stv Prize, the Aargauer Kuratorium fellowship and the Ictus fellowship. «Partendo», for countertenor and ensemble, has been awarded with the 2016 IMC International Rostrum of composer’s prize. His CD Portrait won in 2013 the German Record Critics’ Award.

The works of Oscar Bianchi have been performed throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas in prestigious venues such as Philarmonie Berlin, Alice Tully Hall (Lincoln Center, New York); Luzern Festival; Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, La Monnaie, Moscow Philharmonic, Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam; Herkules Saal Munich, Venice Biennale; Musica Festival Strasbourg; Autumn Festival Warsaw; Casa da Musica Porto, Cairo Opera, Ultrashall Berlin; Eclat Stuttgart; Gasteig Munich; Ars Musica, Bozar, Brussels; Archipel, Geneva; Tages für Neue Musik, Zürich; IRCAM Centre-Pompidou, Paris; Abbaye du Royaumont; DRS; RSR; RSI; RAI; France Culture; RFI; TFI; France Inter; RTBF; ORT; SWR; Deutschland Kultur, RBB, Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Moscow; the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg; Kulturhuset, Stockholm; Sonora Festival, Cologne; OggiMusica, Lugano; Musica è Realtà, Milan; Nuove sincronie, Milan; Milan Conservatory; Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Nuova Consonanza, Rome; CEMAT, Rome.

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