BIS Records Artist 2018
Having been writing music from an early age, Vito was awarded a place at the prestigious Accademia Chigiana in Siena to study composition. Following this, he undertook a postgraduate degree at the Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome studying with the acclaimed composer Azio Corghi and graduating with Honours. Vito also attained a special scholarship which was awarded personally by Luciano Berio. In 2005 he was awarded the renowned ‘G. Petrassi’ prize (established by the President of the Italian Republic in the Quirinale, Rome) for his work in composition.
A winner of several national and international composition contests, Vito has received commissions and performances worldwide from institutions and ensembles such as: the London Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic Quartet, Helsingborgs Symfoniorkester, the Gävle Symfoniorkester, the RAI Symphony Orchestra, the Oradea State Philharmony, the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini, Academie de France, ‘Parco della Musica’, the Contemporary Music Festival Parade in Beijing, the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, the ‘M. Botin’ Foundation -City of Santander, Foundation Enescu, ‘Future 99’ - Crest, Montpellier International Festival, Barockmuseum Salzburg, the Minnesota 2010 Marimba Festival and Conference, Fondazione Lirico-sinfonica Teatro Petruzzelli.
He collaborated with great soloists like Dan Laurin, Francesco D'Orazio, Anna Paradiso Laurin, Mats Olofsson, Ivan Donchev, Nicola Mazzanti, Nicola Fiorino, Giampaolo Nuti, Michele Marelli, Ivan Mancinelli, Christina Schorn, Michele Lomuto, Francesco Pepicelli, Tony Capula, Luis Aracama, Francesco Palazzo, Giulia Peri, Mario Caroli, Sante Tursi. Conductors like Lee Reynolds, Jaime Martin, Stefano Trasimeni, Magnus Fryklund, Marco Angius, Marcello Fera. Ensembles like El Cimarrón Ensemble, Norrbotten NEO, AuditivVokal Dresden, Ensemble Conductus, Algoritmo Ensemble, Freon Ensemble, NYKY Trio, Laborintus Trio, Ensemble Suono Giallo, Ianus Piano Duo, Dèdalo Ensemble, Stenhammar Quartet, Fiarì Ensemble, Camerata Musicale Mistà, Collegium Musicum.
His output in music theatre is consolidated by a collaboration with the singer-actress Sonia Bergamasco, in ten years.
His works have been broadcast by several major broadcasters including RAI Radiotre, Channel V Music RAI, Rai Tre, Arté France, Sky Classical, Radio France and Radio Wien. He is published by Suvini Zerboni - Milan, Edizioni Musicali Rai Trade, Rome.
He has published several CD’s with the Rai Trade label, which including his works: ‘Recitarsonando’; ‘Quadro sinfonico Concertante’ for piano and orchestra; ‘Italian news’; ‘Sur le tombeau of Hayden’, ‘Schumannesque’ and ‘Ulysses’ amongst others.
His output in recent years has focused on large symphonic works for full orchestra. Vito's Recorder Concerto was commissioned by Gävle Symfoniorkester and Dan Laurin, for a monographic CD devoted entirely to him, including the Concerto for Recorder ‘Eagle’, the Concerto for Cello and Orchestra with the soloist Mats Olofsson and ‘Concerto Barocco’ with the soloist Anna Paradiso Laurin (harpsichord) for the label BIS Records of Sweden.
On 17 September 2016 he recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Abbey Road Studios (Studio 1) his Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (Musikverlag Ries & Erler, Berlin) with Francesco D'Orazio, soloist and Lee Reynolds, conductor. The CD will be released by a major label, together with the new Clarinet Concerto.
Vito is currently published by Ries & Erler Musikerverlag, based in Berlin.
1972 Born in Conversano (Ba), Italy
1985 - 2001 Studies piano, composition and electroacoustic music at the Conservatory in Bari (Italy)
2001 First prize at the Intarnational competition "F. Evangelisti" in Rome, with "Quintetto" for ensemble
2001 - 2003 Studies of composition at the Academy of Santa Cecilia with Azio Corghi and Luciano Berio and attained a special personal scholarship by Luciano Berio before his death, as best graduate. Studies of composition at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena with Azio Corghi, with Diploma of Honor.
2001 Second Prize at the 24th edition Composition Competition 2001 "Valentino Bucchi Award" with the work "Le machine des sons" for actress-singer and ensemble
2003 Second prize at the V International Pianistic Composition Competition "Manuel Valcàrcel", Santander, Spain with the work "Ab-Sense"; starting to publish with Rai Com Editions, Rome
2004 Honorable mention at the S. Cecilia International Award, chaired by L. Berio with the work "Leaves" for large orchestra
2005 ‘G. Petrassi’ Composition Prize (established by the President of the Italian Republic in the Quirinale, Rome)
2006 Commission and world première of "Sinforosa", opera-melologue for singer-actress and orchestra by RAI Symphony Orchestra
2007 Commission and world première of "Comuni-Canti", chamber opera for bass and ensemble by El Cimarrón Ensemble, Wien
2013 Commission and world première of "Recorder Concerto" by the Gävle Symfoniorkester and Dan Laurin
2016 Recording of the "Violin Concerto" by the London Symphony Orchestra in the Abbey Road Studios with the soloist Francesco D'Orazio
2018 Monographic CD release "Three Concertos" by BIS Records Label - Sweden