Emanuela Ballio

Composer
Italian, 1968-
Emanuela Ballio was born in Milan (Italy) in1968. She started studying the piano at a very early age and classical dance at the “La Scala” theatre in Milan. At the age of 22 she graduated in composition with top marks from “G.Verdi” Conservatory in Milan under the guidance of U.Rotondi. She studied electronic music with A.Vidolin and film music with E.Morricone and was awarded an advanced diploma in composition with F.Donatoni at the “Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia” in Rome, after which she soon became a teacher of Composition. She is currently on the teaching staff at the Conservatory “Luca Marenzio” of Brescia.

Emanuela Ballio’s approach to composing is characterised by an intellectual curiosity and versatility that has led her to write not only for orchestra, choir and solo instruments, but also for unusual chamber groups, such as accordion quartet and recorder ensemble.

She has obtained many honours both in national and international competitions, like “INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION VIOTTI, VALSESIA” (Vercelli 1986), “3rd INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION FANNY MENDELSSOHN” (Unna, Germany 1991), “GUIDO D’AREZZO” (Arezzo 1991), “GRAND PRIX DE COMPOSITION DE VILLE D’AVRAY” (Paris 1992), “GEDOK: 10th INTERNATIONAL COMPOSERS COMPETITION FOR SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA” (Mannheim 1994), “INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION JEWISH CONCEPTS OF ECOLOGY” (Los Angeles 1994), “INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION FOR COMPOSERS OF CHAMBER MUSIC” (Winterthur 1996), “PREMIO VALENTINO BUCCHI” (Rome 1997 and 1999), “INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION PAOLO BARSACCHI” (Viareggio 1997), “IBLA GRAND PRIZE 2000” (New York 2000), “MANUEL VALCARCEL” (Santander 2001), “PROGETTO GIOVANI COMPOSITORI” (Milan 2001), “INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION POESIE IN MUSICA” (Cesenatico 2001), “SEPTIMA EDICION DE LOS PREMIOS A LA COMPOSICION Y EXPRESION CORAL” (Canary Islands 2001), “3rd BIBF COMPOSITION COMPETITION” (Great Britain 2003). Her compositions have been played in concerts and festival of many important cities like KIEV, MELBOURNE, LOS ANGELES, SANTANDER, LAS PALMAS, PARIS, LONDON, YORK, MUNICH, MALTA, BUCHAREST, TIMISOARA, CLUJ-NAPOCA, HEIDELBERG, KARLSRUHE, MILAN, ROME, VENICE, SIENA, TRIESTE, COMO, BOLOGNA, PERUGIA, BARI, FIUGGI, FORLI’, CESENATICO. She has been a jury’s member of some International Competitions of Compositions and Chamber Music. She’s the Artistic Director of the National Composers and Performers Competition “Giuliana Albisetti”. Her works are published by Curci, Edipan, Berben and Fonè.

Selected works by Emanuela Ballio:
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