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PUNZO PASQUALE

Born in Italy (Naples, 1987), he studied piano and composition at the Conservatories of Naples and Salerno with Antonio Traverso and Giancarlo Turaccio. His training continued by studying with Marco Stroppa and at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome with Ivan Fedele (composition) and Michelangelo Lupone (electronic music).

Important in these formative years were the meetings with the composers Helmut Lachenmann, Franck Bedrossian, Francesco Filidei, Mark Andre, Stefano Gervasoni, Salvatore Sciarrino, Tristan Murail and Pierluigi Billone.

His works have been performed by the Deutsche Radio Philarmonie, KLK string orchestra, Divertimento Ensemble, FontanaMix Ensemble, Syntax Ensemble, AchRome Ensemble, MotoContrario Ensemble, G. G. Arrigoni string orchestra, Kandinsky Ensemble and by the Felix Quartet.

Numerous awards in international competitions including the 1st prize at the KomponisteWerkstatt 2023 in Saarbrücken (Germany) with the orchestra piece Teleri (2022) with a new commission for the Deutsche Radio Philarmonie, the honorable mention at the 2nd Karol Szymanovski International Composition Competition with the piece for solo violin Attraverso tutte le corde (2022) and the first overall prize at the IV International Composition Competition “A. Schnittke" by Lvyv (Ukraine) in 2019 with the piece for string orchestra Ere di lontananza (2019).

In 2021 he is the recipient of the scholarship awarded by the Ensemble Dissonanzen for the piece for string trio Tra le petraie d'un greto (2021) commissioned for the Bagliori 2021 festival.

In 2022, with the Aulicus Classics label, he published his first monographic album "Solo and Chamber Music" containing songs from the solo instrument to the ensemble written between 2020 and 2021.

The works from 2020 to 2023 are published by TEM – Taukay musical editions and by Stradivarius musical editions (Milan). From 2023 by Edizioni Suvini Zerboni – SugarMusic S.p.A.

He is currently a teacher in Italian music conservatories.

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