Vito Palumbo is an award winning composer hailing from Puglia, Italy.
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 including the Prokofiev Competition, Vito has received commissions and performances worldwide from institutions and ensembles such as: the London Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic Quartet, Academie de France, ‘Parco della Musica’, the Contemporary Music Festival Parade in Beijing, the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, the ‘M. Botin’ Foundation, The City of Santander, Foundation Enescu, ‘Future 99’, Crest, Montpellier International Festival, Barockmuseum Salzburg, the Minnesota 2010 Marimba Festival and Conference, the RAI Symphony Orchestra, Teatro Petruzzelli, Neo Norrbotten with the soloist Anna Paradiso Laurin, and so on.
In addition to the above, Vito has notably completed two commissions from the Athenäum-Quartett of the Berliner Philharmoniker. 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. It will be published for a major label, together with the new Clarinet Concerto.
Vito is currently published by Ries & Erler Musikerverlag, based in Berlin.