Lorenzo Romano (Firenze, 1985) is an Italian composer based in Hamburg.

After obtaining a bachelor in contemporary history and a diploma in music composition in Florence, he studied instrumental and electronic composition at the Universität der Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz with Beat Furrer and Marko Ciciliani.  

The encounters with composers such as Salvatore Sciarrino, Helmut Lachenmann, Pierluigi Billone, Brian Ferneyhough, Francesco Filidei, Dmitriy Kurlandskiy, Stefano Gervasoni had a big impact for defining his personal musical style.  

His compositions have been supported by institutions such as Ernst von Siemens Musik Stiftung, Bundeskanzleramt Österreich, the European program “Youth in Action” and they have been awarded in international competitions such as Premio Valentino Bucchi, Concorso Internazionale Franco Evangelisti. His works have been performed in international festivals in France (Royaumont), Germany (Darmstadt Ferienkurse), Austria (Oper Graz, impuls, Klangspuren, Wien Modern), Italy (Biennale di Venezia, Nuova Consonanza), Estonia, Croatia by performers such as Neue Vocalsolisten, Ensemble Recherche, Quartetto Prometeo, Schallfeld Ensemble, Donatienne Michel-Dansac and Antonio Politano. His music has been broadcast on national radios such as Radio3 (Italy), SRF2 (Switzerland) SWR,  (Germany), ORF (Austria).

The concepts of transcription and elaboration connected with new technologies are at the core of his music.  He works regularly with dancers and choreographers and in 2013 he is among the founder members of Schallfeld Ensemble, new music group based in Graz, Austria.

In 2018 he received the Kompositions- und Promotionsstipendium of Claussen Simon Stiftung in cooperation with the Hamburg State Opera and the Institut für kulturelle Innovationsforschung der Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg. His opera La Luna will be premiered in June 2022 at the Hamburg State Opera.

Awards and scholarships (Selection)
  • 2018 PhD and Composition Scholarship, Claussen Simon Stiftung
  • 2018 Working grant, Bundeskanzleramt, Austria
  • 2018 Artistiv Residence, Cocoondance Bonn (New Composition for Dance)
  • 2014 Scholarship for Voix Nouvelles - Royaumont
  • 2011 Winner of the contest OPER DER ZUKUNFT, Opera Graz 

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My Music

At the core of my idea of musical composition there is the concept of Transcription. I’m convinced that the creative process passes trough an assimilation of listening experiences, which are transformed by the personal way of listening of the composer and merged in a musical structure. For me the way in which a composer listens is a creative act in itself. Through the years, I developed a musical style, which directly derives from this concept.
In my music the creative process and the musical invention are the result of an encounter between the sonic world around me and my personal way to listen to it. Transformations of sound objects taken by the acoustic environment in which I live and pre-existing music material represent the starting point of most of my compositions.
Elaboration, Transcription, Deconstruction, Deformation, Delocalization are the best terms to describe my current production. My music moves in an ambiguous area in which different familiar sounds are imitated, deformed and elaborated in a continuous process – very close to an inexorable mechanism – creating a complex net of relations among themselves and producing new meanings. In this way rough noises can transform into pure sounds in a series of intermediate passages that define the formal structure.

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