Short Bio

Paolo Tortiglione is an Italian composer, professor of Armony-Counterpoint-Fugue and Composition ad Film Music at Milano’s Conservatory of Music,  whose works have been performed in the most important contemporary music festival such as: Athens (Olympia International Festival), Seattle (Esoterics Spectra Festival) Boston ALEA III Contemporary Music Festival, Sacramento (Contemporary Brass Festival), Grenoble Institute, Naples Contemporary Music Festival, Assisi Festival, British Music Information Center, Milan’s Pomeriggi Musicali, Stockholm & Uttersberg (X° Electroacustic Music Festival), Athens National Gallery, Milan theatre Elfo Porta Romana and San Lorenzo alle Colonne, Rome Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music, Edinburgh University Contemporary Music Festival, Miami University, Iowa State University, Musica Duemila, Sweden Vaxjo Media Artes Festival, Rome Ensemble Musica Oggi, Gorizia Festival, Sofia Musica Nova, Rome Festival Nuova Consonanza, Milano Triennale, NED Ensemble, Italian Cultural institute of Tokyo, Latina Forme del Suono, Cemat Foundation, Bogotà University of Music, Eisenstadt Conservatory of Music etc. These have been broadcast by the Second Channel of Swedish Radio, first Channel of Greek Radio, italian RAI Radio3, Radio Seattle, Swiss Radio Second Channel, TV satellite.
His works, several times awarded worldwide with many first prizes in several national and international composition prizes (such as Athens III Olympia Composition prize, Boston Alea III, Prague Jihlava International, Trieste II Organ Composition Prize, etc.),  include pieces for solo instruments, Video Art, solo Organ, Orchestra, Oratorio, Ballet, Theatre, Film, advertising, Chamber music for various ensembles and Electronic Music. He has also worked for a long time as film and theatre music composer and taught dozen of music technology master classes in Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Olso, Stockholm, Geneva, Losanne, Zurich, Abu Dhabi, New Delhi, Dubai, New York, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Wien, Brno, Prague, Budapest, Manchester, London, Leeds, Birmingham, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Poznan, Bogotà, etc.

Paolo graduated with 4 degrees in Composition, Organ, Electronic Music, and Choral Conducting and Composition with PhD in Composition at Rome’s Accademia Santa Cecilia. He studied Composition, Organ, Piano, Choir and Band conducting, Sacred Polifony  and Electronic starting at Naples Conservatory of Music and then in Milan. During the years he moved in Rome to complete the degree in Musical Paleography and Semiography also being for 25 years church organist. The experience with Azio Corghi has been the most important for his creativity: the very long time of the relationship with him started early in 1987 and finished in 1996 with the Santa Cecilia Master Degree in Composition (Rome).
Since he was deeply interested in the artistic implication of modern scientific theories he also studied Computer Sciences and for a very long time he was a freelance teacher and a worldwide consultant of large internet computer-networks and multimedia broadcast low level systems for distributing music via Internet. Starting from 1996 he is working for IBM as senior trainer achieving, as SME, 15 IBM certifications

As theorist and journalist he has published more than 120 articles about computer music programming, mathematics, music theory, film music, music notations, music analysis etc.

He has published also several books and articles for Ricordi, DeAgostini, Berben, Rugginenti, Volontè, Curci, Davinci-Edition. His book, Semiography and Semiology of Contemporary Music (ISBN: 9788876656163) can be obtained via Amazon.

Currently he is a full tenure track professor of Composition, Film Music and  Music Analysis at Milan’s Conservatory of Music.