Massimo Di Gesu

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Massimo Di Gesu (2010)

Massimo Di Gesu is an Italian composer, born in 1970.

Academic studies[edit]

In 1992 Di Gesu attained the Diploma in Piano studying with Anita Porrini, one of Cortot's and Benedetti Michelangeli's pupils.[1] In 1995 he obtained the Diploma in Composition at Milan Conservatory, after completing the relative Harmony-Counterpoint-Composition course under the guidance of M° Bettinelli's pupils S. Bianchera, D. Lorenzini and A. Corghi.[2][3] After further piano studies with Valerio Premuroso, he attended post-graduate composition courses at Petrassi Academy (Parma), at the University of Central England (Birmingham), and at the University of Leeds.[4]


His approach to composition (alien to fashionable currents,[2] and based on a distinctly atonal harmonic idiom[4]) focuses on the symbols hidden in the syntax of sounds,[3][5] being his language characterised by the search for a perceptible principle of attraction[6] linking the elements of the musical narrative.[1][2]

Partnerships and collaborations[edit]

Di Gesu's debut at La Scala Theatre took place in May 2013, when La Scala String Quartet premiered his "Verdigo",[7][8] [9] a work which the ensemble had commissioned on the occasion of the bicentennial of Giuseppe Verdi's birth. La Scala String Quartet had already played Di Gesu's works such as "Ansikte mot ansikte" (for Serate Musicali - Milano, and Ente Concerti Pesaro[10]) and "WOLFiliGrANG" (at the Rovereto Mozart Festival[11]).

In 2014 the Teatro La Fenice (Venice) commissioned from him "Luci d'estate" which was premiered by the Ex Novo Ensemble in July of the same year.[12][13]

Other artistic partners of Di Gesu's are

Further fields of interest[edit]

Musicology (essays on 19th-20th century music), teaching, poetry, and computer-based drawing, as seen on the cover of the CD “PianOLYPHONY”[14] recorded by Peter Bradley-Fulgoni (Foxglove Audio - FOX091) and in the score of “Geometria di un diletto” (edition db).[1][2][3][4]

Partial list of works[edit]

  • Verdigo (2013) for string quartet[7][18]
  • Im Tempo eines Walzers (2012) for wind quintet and string quintet[18]
  • Aristocanto (2012) for voice and piano[18]
  • Geometria di un diletto (2011) for flute, clarinet, cello[18]
  • Omaggio a Novaro (2011) for flute and piano[18]
  • Sonata in 'F.' (2009) for cello and piano[17][18]
  • An die Fernanda geliebte (2009) for voice and piano[18]
  • Music stamps (2006) for piano[18]
  • Through a glass... (2001) for piano[18]
  • Schegge (2001) for violin, cello, piano[2]
  • Trilogia dell'assenza (1999-2000) for piano[18]
  • Ansikte mot ansikte (1995-2000) for string quartet[18]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "CEMAT - composers - Di Gesu". CEMAT. Retrieved 2012-07-08.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "ARCTURUS - Di Gesu". Arcturus. Archived from the original on 2015-06-10. Retrieved 2012-07-10.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "CPSM - Di Gesu". CPSM. Archived from the original on 2012-02-19.
  4. ^ a b c d "edition db - Di Gesu". edition db.
  5. ^ Principe, Quirino -2 June 2013- "La Scala rinnovata dai giovani" Sole 24 ore
  6. ^ "Bradley-Fulgoni, Peter. The mystery of modern dissonance. "arq" volume 16 number 2 - 2012; Cambridge University Press" (PDF). Peter Bradley-Fulgoni.
  7. ^ a b "la Repubblica - Quartetto Scala 27/05/2013". la Repubblica.
  8. ^ "Archivio Corriere della Sera".
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-04-01. Retrieved 2013-06-02.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ - AdnKronos
  11. ^ a b "MozartFestivalRovereto". MFR. Archived from the original on 2013-01-01. Retrieved 2012-08-12.
  12. ^[bare URL PDF]
  14. ^ a b "PianOLYPHONY" (PDF). Peter Bradley-Fulgoni.
  15. ^[permanent dead link] - Proposte 2012
  16. ^[permanent dead link] - Proposte 2011
  17. ^ a b "Filarmonica di Trento". Trentino Cultura.
  18. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "IMSLP - Di Gesu". IMSLP.