Daniele Venturi was born in Porretta Terme (Bologna – Italy) in 1971.
As composer and choir director he is among the most established of his generation. He studied choral conducting with Giorgio Vacchi, Fabio Lombardo, Bruno Zagni, Giorgio Kirschner and Pier Paolo Scattolin, vocal technique with Marika Rizzo, composition with Cesare Augusto Grandi, Gérard Grisey, Giacomo Manzoni, Fabio Vacchi and Ivan Fedele and orchestral conducting with Piero Bellugi.
He attended seminars on composition and musical analysis with Jean-Jacques Nattiez, Franco Donatoni, Adriano Guarnieri, Fausto Razzi and Luis de Pablo.
He is the founder and director of Coro Gaudium (1992) (Italian folk songs), Arsarmonica Ensemble (2006) and Voices 20/21 (2020).
Since 1987 he has done ethnomusicological research in the Bologna and Modena areas, finding interesting ideas for original compositions.
In 2000 he became the assistant director of Pier Paolo Scattolin’s Choir Voices of Europe, Bologna (European City of Culture).
He has to his credit numerous international composition prizes including: Gino Contilli, Messina 2003 (second prize ex-aequo, and honourable mention), IAMIC, Toronto 2009, (prize shared between the two Italian composers who participated), JSCM, Tokyo, 2010, (the only European finalist), ISCM, Belgium 2012, (only Italian composer selected), ISCM-WMD, Slovenia, 2015, (Italian selection SIMC), Soundscape, Maccagno, 2015, (composer in residence), ISCM-WMD, South Korea, 2016, (Italian selection SIMC), San Diego New Music, 2016, USA, (Italian composer selected), San Diego New Music, 2017, USA, (Italian composer selected),etc..
His works have been performed in Italy and abroad, and broadcast by several radio and television channels (Rai Radio Tre, Radio Cemat, Concertzender Radio, Radio Klara, Radio France, Vatican Radio, RAI Italian Television).
He has received commissions from major organizations and concert promoters and his music has been performed in prestigious concert halls such as: ITALY: Milan, Royal Palace, Teatro Dal Verme, Museum of the twentieth century, Aula Magna of the Università Bocconi, Palazzina Liberty, Tadini Space, Auditorium Amici del Loggione of Teatro alla Scala, Turin, Gam, Lingotto Auditorium, Genova, Tursi Palace, Padua, Auditorium Altinate/San Gaetano, Rome, Theater in Box, Pescara, Pescara Music Academy Auditorium, Messina, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.
Elsewhere: Slovakia: Church of St. Michael Archangel, Bratislava-Cunovo. France, Luc Ferrari Halle, Césaré Centre National de Création Musicale, Reims. Belgium: STUK Labozaal, Leuven. Japan: Bunka Kaikan Hall, Tokyo Opera City, Tokyo. China: Nie Er Concert Hall, Chengdu. Thailand: Chiang Mai Auditorium. Canada: Canadian Music Centre, Placebo Space, Toronto, McGill University, Tana Schulich Hall, Montreal. USA: Columbia University, Auditorium of the Italian Academy, New York, St Botolph Building, Room 01 – New England Conservatory, Boston, EDT Concert Hall at the Haven, Charlottesville, Virginia, Concert Hall, The Arts at UMBC, Baltimora, The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, San Diego. Estonia: Peetri Kogudus, Tartu. Argentina: Sala La Vidriera the Direcion General de Ensenanza Art, Buenos Aires, Institute Superior de Musica, Santa Fe, Argentina J.Alvarez Library, Rosario. Uruguay: Escuela Universitaria de Musica, Universidad de la Republica, Montevideo. Azerbaijan: Fund Zibal Az, Baku, etc.
He has collaborated with international artists, performers and ensembles such as: Fabiana Ciampi, Dacia Maraini, Germano Sartelli, Irvine Arditti, Garth Knox, Lisa Cella, Mark Menzies, Arne Deforce, Laurent Mariusse, Paola Perrucci, Pier Damiano Peretti, Luisa Sello, Alfonso Alberti, Orazio Sciortino, Stefano Ligoratti, Pascale Berthelot, Maurizio Barbetti, Francesco Cuoghi, Vincenzo De Filpo, Takashi Aoyama, Tadayuki Kawahara, Solomiya Moroz, Liu Kai, Elizabeth Farnum, Dan Lippel, William Anderson, Jeremy Bass, Carlos Aguilar, James Burch, Giusy Caruso, Ilaria Baldaccini, Pomus Ensemble from I Pomeriggi Musicali – Milan, Eclectica choir – Bologna, UT Vocal Ensemble, Dissonance Duo, Interensemble – Padova, Cygnus Ensemble – New York, Noise Ensemble – San Diego, New Made Ensemble – Milan, Le Centre Henri Pousseur – Brussels, Maria Felix Korporal – Amsterdam, Istvan Horkay – Budapest, etc..
In September 2009, he issued his first Compact-Disc by Bongiovanni (Bologna) entitled Quattro lembi di cielo (Four sky pieces) consisting of 12 chamber works, with a preface by the wellknown Italian composer and teacher Giacomo Manzoni, and programme notes by Sandro Cappelletto.
Some of his publications: Cantando un mondo perduto… (M.A.P. Editions, Milano, 2012), New practical method of functional exercises for choir, (Isuku Verlag, Munich, 2015), New Practical Method for the making of the modern musician, (Isuku Verlag, Munich, 2016), Sacred Choral Works, (Isuku Verlag, Munich, 2016).
In 2010 he taught Choral Conducting and Choral Composition at the Francesco Venezze Conservatoire – Rovigo, Italy.
In March of 2013 he has been invited by the Electronic Music department of the SCCM Conservatory (Chengdu, China) to give a series of lectures on his music.
Since April 2020 he has been teaching Elements of Composition for Didactics of Music at the Conservatorio Antonio Vivaldi – Alessandria, Italy.
In July 2013 he was commissioned by the Roger Shapiro Fund for New Music of Washington and the ISCM Mid-Atlantic the composition Alla luna for soprano, mandolin and guitar on text by Giacomo Leopardi.
In the summer of 2013, the Association Musica/Realtà – Milan has commissioned the piece NOGI for three pianos, a tribute to Luigi Nono.
Between 2013 and 2019 Venturi has composed Achernar (2014) for piano and orchestra, written at the request of the Venezuelan pianist and composer Marianela Arocha former president of SVMC (Sociedad Venezolana de Música Contemporánea) dedicated to Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar (Venezuela), Aden (2015) for strings chamber orchestra, written for the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of Polish-Radio directed by Agnieszka Duczmal, and Nibiru (2015) for marimba and electronics, piece written at the request of the French percussionist Laurent Mariusse, played in March 2017 in Reims, France.
Among the main recent compositions: Circus sounds (2016) for solo flute, dedicated to American flutist Lisa Cella, Studio sulla lontananza (2011-2016) for piano, 11 Haiku (2016) for coloratura soprano and piano, dedicated to French pianist Pascale Berthelot, Geda (2017) for solo violin, dedicated to American violinist Mark Menzies, Lhasa bell (2017) for mezzosoprano an piano, dedicated to Greek mezzosoprano Angelica Cathariou, Dedica (2017) for bass clarinet, homage to Ennio Morricone, Four by Four (2018) for three bassoon and contrabasson, dedicated to Alessio Pisani and LowBb bassoon cluster, Mafr (2018) for viola and guitar, written at the request of Maurizio Barbetti and Francesco Cuoghi Duo, In monte oliveti (2018) for solo voices and mixed choir a cappella, Trilo (2018) for mixed choir a cappella, Dona Lux (2018-2019) for mixed choir a cappella for twelve voices, Voci (2019) for saxophone quartet, Nan (2019) for piano dedicated to Giusy Caruso, Metamorfosi 12 (2019) written at the request of New Made Ensemble and O Oriens(2019) for mixed choir a cappella for six voices.
In 2020 he wrote Admar (2020) for mezzo-soprano and guitar on a poetic text by Matsuo Bashō, a work commissioned by the Roger Shapiro Fund for New Music in Washington for the Bowers Fader Duo, Vento 19 (2020) for virtual a cappella mixed choir with eight voices on a poetic text by Attilio Bertolucci, Ara (2020) for soprano solo, on a poetic text by Matsuo Bashō, dedicated to Alda Caiello, Tempo 19 (2020), a piece of acousmatic music composed for the Special Project – Simc Italia, Studio 19 (2020) for viola solo, dedicated to Maurizio Barbetti, D22 (2020) for string quartet, dedicated to the Indaco String Quartet, written for the Project Dante 2021 – Sconfinarte and Mirrors (2020) for bass flute, dedicated to Carla Rees.
During the pandemic at Covid 19 he created a version for virtual choir, saxophone quartet and electronics of his youthful piece La Rosa Bianca, a project realized in collaboration with AERCO, which will premiere in December 2020, at the Church of San Martino in Bologna, with the conduction of the famous American choir director Tim Sharp.
From May 2016 to July 2018 Daniele Venturi it was Director responsible of Artistic Committee AERCO (Emiliano-Romagnola Choirs Association) which is part of Feniarco (National Federation of Italian Regional Choral Associations).
In november 2017 IFCM (International Federation For Choral Music) ICB (International Choral Bulletin) issued a positive review of his book New Practical
Method of functional Exercises for Choir (November 2017 n. 4) by American choral conductor and teacher Tobin Sparfeld.
From May 2016 to July 2018 Daniele Venturi it was Director responsible of Artistic Committee AERCO (Emiliano-Romagnola Choirs Association) which is part of Feniarco (National Federation of Italian Regional Choral Associations).
From January 2017 to January 2020 has been member of the Council of Italian Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM Italy).
His composition Mintaka (2015) for organ has been included in the CD Le Nuove Musiche (20th & 21st Century Organ Music), that the organist Luca Scandali has recorded on the organ Dell’Orto & Lanzini (2011) of Pinerolo (TO) for Brilliant Classics.
Since April 2017 Daniele Venturi is part of the Artistic Committee of the Feniarco (Italian Federation of Choral Regional Associations).
His compositions have been published by M.A.P., Rugginenti, Sconfinarte, Taukay, Isuku, Feniarco, Da Vinci Editions and Stradivarius Label.
His artistic activities they are managed by Brennecke-Art Management in Vienna (2013, Europe, Principal Manager), Alanna Maharajh Stone Management in New York (2016, USA and Canada Manager), and Francesco Leonardi (2018, Project Manager and Choral Music Promoter).
Photo by Riccardo Franchetti