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Berio, Luciano

Born: 1925 AD
Died: 2003 AD
Nationality: Italian
Categories: Composers

1925 – Born on the 24th of October in Oneglia, Italia.

Studied at the Milan Conservatory under Giulio Cesare Paribeni and Giorgio Federico Ghedini.

1947 – His first public performance of one of his works, a suite for piano.

Berio met American mezzo-soprano Cathy Berberian, whom he married.

1951 – Berio went to the United States to study with Luigi Dallapiccola at Tanglewood.

Attended the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik at Darmstadt.

1955 – He became interested in electronic music in the Studio di Fonologia, an electronic music studio in Milan.

Produced an electronic music periodical, Incontri Musicali.

1958 – He produced Thema (Omaggio a Joyce) based on Cathy Berberian reading from James Joyce’s Ulysses.

1960 – Berio returned to Tanglewood as Composer.

1961 – Produced "Visage".

1962 – Darius Milhaud offered him a teaching post at Mills College in Oakland, California.

1965 – He began to teach at the Juilliard School, and there he founded the Juilliard Ensemble.

1966 – Won the Italian Prize for Laborintus II.

1968 – Premiered of Sinfonia that paved his reputation.

1972 – Returned to Italy.

1974-1980 – Acted as director of the electro-acoustic division of IRCAM in Paris.

1977 – He married for the third time with musicologist Talia Pecker.

1987 – Opened Tempo Reale in Florence, a centre similar in intent to IRCAM.

1994-2000 – Became Distinguished Composer in Residence at Harvard University.

2000 – Presidente and Sovrintendente at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome.

2003 – Luciano Berio died on 27th of May in a hospital in Rome.