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 composition with Gérard Grisey, Giacomo Manzoni, Fabio Vacchi, Ivan Fedele and Luis de Pablo, and orchestral conducting with Piero Bellugi.
He is the founder and director of Coro Gaudium (1992) (Italian folk songs) and Arsarmonica Ensemble (2006).
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, Aula Magna of the Università Bocconi, Turin, Gam, Lingotto Auditorium, Genova, Tursi Palace, Padua, Auditorium Altinate/San Gaetano, 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: Dacia Maraini, Germano Sartelli, Irvine Arditti, Garth Knox, Lisa Cella, Mark Menzies, Arne Deforce, Laurent Mariusse, Paola Perrucci, Pier Damiano Peretti, Luisa Sello, Takashi Aoyama, Tadayuki Kawahara, Solomiya Moroz, Liu Kai, Elizabeth Farnum, Dan Lippel, William Anderson, Jeremy Bass, Carlos Aguilar, Pomus Ensemble from I Pomeriggi Musicali – Milan, Eclectica choir – Bologna, Interensemble – Padova, Cygnus Ensemble – New York, Noise Ensemble – San Diego, 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.
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.
Among his most recent compositions are included 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), 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.
He has recently completed the compositions: Circus sounds (2016) for solo flute, dedicated to American flutist Lisa Cella, Studio sulla lontananza (2011-2016) for piano, and 11 Haiku (2016) for coloratura soprano and piano, dedicated to French pianist Pascale Berthelot.
In May 2016 Daniele Venturi he was appointed Director responsible of Artistic Committee AERCO (Associazione Emiliano-Romagnola Cori) which is part of Feniarco (National Federation of Italian Regional Choral Associations).
Since January 2017 is member of the Council of Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM Italy).
Since April, 24 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 and Da Vinci Editions.
His artistic activities they are managed by Brennecke-Art Management in Vienna (Europe) and Alanna Maharajh Stone Management in New York (USA and Canada).
Photo by Riccardo Franchetti