I am truly happy and honored that Fondazione Lirico Sinfonica Petruzzelli e Teatri di Bari has asked me to write a new piece for mixed choir (46 elements) and 7
It will be played in June by instrumentalists of the Orchestra and Choir of the Teatro Petruzzelli. The choir master will be Fabrizio Cassi.
Mit wechselndem Schlüssel has been performed at at the CBSO Centre in Birmingham by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.
Thanks to the artistic director and the musicians for making the concert possible. It was a wonderful experience at this difficult time for live music.
I am delighted to collaborate again with Ars Nova Ensemble. I have to compose a new piece for clarinet, saxophone, violin and cello.
It will be played in May at Kings Place in London.
Ars Nova Ensemble has asked me to write a miniature for double bass in the framework of project "Mosaïque".
It will be played by Tanguy Menez.
Mit wechselndem Schlüssel has been selected by the jury of the O/Modernt Composition Award 2020 to be performed next november in Birmingham, at the CBSO Centre.
The première of Il varco che tu ti apristi in Bibracte by Ars Nova Ensemble has been postponed due to Covid-19.
Thanks to Francesca Vatteroni for her review of my piece:
"Venerdì 14 luglio, si apre la serata con la composizione di Caterina di Cecca - À rebours - che è stata una grande rivalutazione del personaggio femminile dell'opera pucciniana, uno zoom sulla figura di Tosca. L'opera è stata un flusso di coscienza che ha ripercorso a ritroso la giornata appena trascorsa dopo il trauma vissuto dalla donna: la morte del suo amato. La musica ha saputo descrivere quel momento bloccato, quell'istante in cui ci si rende conto di aver perso qualcosa, una fissità ghiacciata che si spezza dentro di noi e da cui non vi è più ritorno. Parole e pochi suoni hanno colto nel cuore e hanno dato intensità emotiva."
Such a pleasure to work with the famous actress Stefania Sandrelli on the character of Tosca and to write a piece especially for her, with the piano accompaniment. Thanks
to Puccini Festival for this challenging commission!
My last work for orchestra, Le voci della terra, has won the First Prize at the I International
Composer Competition – Musikverein The New Symphony.
In cerchi concentrici has been broadcast during the radio program Il Cartellone – Rai Radio 3 in the Orchestra della Toscana’s version (soloist: Donato De Sena; conductor: Daniele Rustioni) recorded during the concert of 25.10.2019 in Florence.
I am happy and honored that the 66th Puccini Festival has asked me to write a new piece about Tosca.
It will be played in July in Italy and the narrator will be Stefania Sandrelli.
The 6 performances of Le voci della terra in 6 cities of Italy by Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese have been postponed due to Covid-19.
The performance of Il passo alla danza in Moscow by Reheard Ensemble has been cancelled due to Covid-19.
La verità ricurva has been performed at the Italian Academy of the Columbia Universty in New York by
I am really grateful for this amazing acknowledgment.
La via isoscele della sera has been performed at the Teatro Piccinni in Bari by Solisti Aquilani.
La via isoscele della sera has been performed at the Aula Magna of the Università La Sapienza in Rome
by Solisti Aquilani.
Finally I can be there to thank the musicians of their work on my piece.
La via isoscele della sera has been performed at the Auditorio Ex-Gil in Campobasso by Solisti Aquilani.
La via isoscele della sera has been performed at the Teatro Circus in Pescara by Solisti Aquilani.
La via isoscele della sera has been performed at the Teatro Ebe Stignani in Imola by Solisti Aquilani.
La via isoscele della sera has been performed at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova by Solisti Aquilani.
Unfortunately I could not be there.
Today I begin to teach Orchestration at the Master in Film scoring at the Digital Records (in collaboration with the Conservatorio Santa Cecilia).
I am truly happy that Ars Nova Ensemble – with the economic support of the SACEM – has asked me to write a
It will be played in August in France.
Breaths of Balkan Dances has won the Third Prize at the International Composers Competition "Pancho
Vladigerov 2019" – Section: Chamber Ensemble.
Many thanks to Enrico Esposito for his review of my piece:
"Traendo il proprio titolo da una poesia omonima di Rainer Maria Rilke, la composizione (“In cerchi concentrici” – Concerto per Tromba e Orchestra) si è presentata dinamica e profonda, sviluppandosi in un costante incontro tra la voce solista della tromba e la pluralità cromatica espressa dall'orchestra che inscenano la dialettica uno /tutti nelle sue molteplici sfumature. Il singolo che compie un suo percorso esplorativo, un viaggio personale intervallato con il dialogo con altre individualità e i loro mondi. Un percorso incalzante e polifonico che trasmette sogni esemplari ma anche riflessioni amare, speranze rigorose. De Sena regala una performance estrosa come da tradizione esaltando l'orchestra e la direzione di Rustioni."
It was such a privilege that my piece for trumpet and orchestra In cerchi concentrici has been chosen
to open the 2019/2020 season of the Orchestra della Toscana at
the Teatro Verdi in Florence.
I was really impressed by the warm reaction of the public and it was a wonderful experience with an amazing group of musicians. A special thank to Donato De Sena for his solo performance and to Daniele Rustioni for his conducting.
In cerchi concentrici has been performed at the Teatro Verdi in Pisa by Orchestra della Toscana (soloist: Donato De Sena; conductor: Daniele Rustioni).
I am very happy that Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese has asked me to write a new piece.
It will be played several times the next spring in Italy.
Oscuro Pintado has won the Third Prize at the I International Competition of Composers "New Music
Generation 2019" – Section: Chamber Music.
It is a pleasure to participate in the Bucharest Triennale 2019 as a member of the "Jury for Critical
La verità ricurva has been selected to be performed next March in New York by Ensemble Échappé.
Il passo alla danza has been selected to be performed next spring in Moscow by Reheard Ensemble.
Mono no aware has been performed at Tenuta dello Scompiglio in Lucca by Blow Up Percussion.
I am in Lucca with the Blow Up Percussion to prepare together the première of my new piece for 4 percussionists,
Mono no aware.
Ad sidera vultus has been performed at Snape Maltings, Britten Studio in Aldeburgh by Ulysses Ensemble.
Such a wonderful news at the end of this year: I have won the contest “SIAE – Classici di Oggi”, so I have to
write a piece for trumpet and orchestra that will be
premiered on 25 October 2019 in Florence by Orchestra della Toscana, conducted by Daniele Rustioni. The
trumpet soloist will be Donato de Sena.
I am truly happy and honored that the jury of the IV Concorso Nazionale di Composizione “Francesco Agnello”
and his president, Ennio Morricone,
has decided unanimously to give the First Prize to my new piece for string orchestra La via isoscele della
It will be played several times in 2020 by Solisti Aquilani.
Il dubbio della marionetta has received an honourable mention at the Noosa ISAM Pierrot Ensemble
The applications were 100 from all over the world.
The Aldeburgh Festival has kindly asked me to write a piece for 14 instruments that will be premiered on 14 June 2019 in Aldeburgh by Ulysses Ensemble, conducted by Geoffrey Paterson.
Senza ristoro d’ombra has been performed at La Cárcel_Segovia Centro de Creación in Segovia for the Final
Round of the I International Composition Competition “María de Pablos”.
I am delighted that it has won the first prize.
Oscuro Pintado has been performed by Studio for New Music at the Rachmaninov Hall of the Moscow
Tchaikovsky State Conservatory for the Gala Concert
of the International Competition of the Moscow Conservatory for Young Composers “New Classics”.
Oscuro Pintado has been performed in Moscow by Studio for New Music at the Arkhipovsky Salon for the
Final Round of the International Competition
of the Moscow Conservatory for Young Composers “New Classics”.
Filigrane Scarlatte has won the Third Prize at the “New Vision” Composition Competition.
The applications were 74 from all over the world.
I am happy and honored to be one of the finalists of the International Competition of the Moscow Conservatory
for Young Composers “New Classics”.
The applications were 823 from 35 countries of the world.
The Orchestra della Toscana has kindly asked me to participate in the contest of “SIAE – Classici di Oggi” to compose a new piece for them.
Die Brücken hinter uns has been performed at the Warehouse, Waterloo in London by Riot Ensemble.
It was a wonderful experience with an amazing group of musicians.
Tim Rutherford-Johnson, internal writer and member of the artistic council of the Riot Ensemble, has asked me
some questions in view of the Riot Ensemble’s concert at
the end of the month where my music will be played.
The jury of the I International Composition Competition “María de Pablos” has chosen my piece Senza ristoro d’ombra as
one of the three finalists.
I am invited to participate in the Final Round of the Competition, which will take place in Segovia on November, 24th.
Il passo alla danza has been performed at the REAKTOR in Wien by Ensemble Reconsil.
Und wie Früchte sind wir has been performed at the Students’ Cultural Center, Great Hall in Belgrade by Ensemble
Arhitext Design Foundation, the Architects Order of Romania and the University of Architecture and
Urbanism “Ion Mincu” has
kindly invited me to participate in the
Bucharest Triennale 2019 as a member of the "Jury for Critical Discourses".
I will be in Bucharest from 16 to 20 October 2019.
It is a pleasure to take part in the International Creation Camp “Memory and Imaginary” with a
lecture on Composition.
My paper, entitled Creativity of time, memory and imagination in music, will be published in the “5th Issue of Revista Arhitext”.
From Wonder into Wonder. Green Steps to the Sky has been performed at the Cultural Center of
the Philippines (CCP) in
Manila by Tofarm Festival Orchestra.
From Wonder into Wonder. Green Steps to the Sky has been premiered at the Entry Hall of Banaue
Hotel in Banaue by Tofarm Festival Orchestra.
From Wonder into Wonder. Green Steps to the Sky for symphony orchestra has been selected for
the 2018 BIMCC.
From 9 to 27 July I will be in the Philippines as one of the chosen Composer-Fellows.
The applications were 84 from all over the world.
Und wie Früchte sind wir has been selected to be performed the next October in Belgrade.
The applications were 400 from all over the world.
My project in collaboration with Blow Up Percussion, Mono no aware, has been selected to be
performed after a residency at the Tenuta dello Scompiglio the next year in Lucca.
The applications were 504.
The International Creation Camp "Memory and Imaginary" has kindly invited me to their Summer Camp to
deliver a lecture about Composition, between 31 July and 5 August 2018.
This project is being developed in partnership with Romanian Architects Order Arge? Territorial Branch, National University of Arts of Bucharest – UNARTE, National University of Music Bucharest – UNMB, Polytechnic University Timisoara – UPT, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca – UTCN, Technical University "Gheorghe Asachi" Iasi – UTI, National School of Political and Administrative Studies – SNSPA, Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism.
It is co-funded by the National Cultural Fund Administration – AFCN.
The Riot Ensemble has selected my music after a Call for Scores and has asked me to write a sextet
that will be premiered on 31 October 2018 in London.
The applications were 291, from 44 countries of the world.
Il passo alla danza has been selected to be performed the next October in Wien by Ensemble
The applications were over 200.
Rilettura Variazione 23 [dalle Variazione Diabelli di Ludwig van Beethoven] has been performed at the Teatro Cavallerizza in Reggio Emilia by Divertimento Ensemble.
La verità ricurva has been performed at the Grand Salle of the Arsonic in Mons by Musiques
Thanks again to the organization: it was a wonderful experience.
Il dubbio della marionetta has been performed at the Marigny Opera House in New Orleans by Versipel New Music.
The George Enescu Festival organization kindly invited me to the George Enescu Festival 2017, after the winning of their competition last year. It was a real pleasure to take part to this great event.
Il dubbio della marionetta has been selected to be performed at the Marigny Opera House in New
Orleans, LA by Versipel New Music.
The applications were more than 200.
Here is the presentation of the concert:
"Versipel New Music kicks off its fourth season with an evening of stunning contemporary chamber music from around the world. These works touch on a number of complex musical grammars. From the delicate, almost brittle, textural introspections of Caterina Di Cecca’s quintet Il Dubbio Della Marionetta to the obsessively fragmented counterpoint of William Cole’s trio Bind Weave Spin, this collection of works reflects upon grammars of recent past as well as points towards new ways of instrumental gesture and interaction. Works featured on the program include the world premiere of Matt Wright’s septet entitled Abbey, Bernd Alois Zimmerman’s Sonata for solo viola, and pieces chosen from Versipel New Music’s Annual Call for Scores."
I am happy and honored to be the winner of the Seventh Edition of [‘tactus] Young Composers’ Forum – Chamber Music Session.
I will have a performance of a new piece for 9 instruments by Musiques Nouvelles in Mons.
You Can’t See The Forest For The Trees has been performed at the Sala Sinopoli of the Parco della Musica in Rome by selected students of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia - conductor Carlo Rizzari.
I am in the shortlist of semifinalists of the Lake George Music Festival Composition Competition.
The applications were 162.
The music magazine Amadeus has put online the Emanuele Lavizzari’s review of my piece performed by Neue Vocalsolisten and Divertimento Ensemble:
"Il programma si chiude con Another part of the heath. Storm still. di Caterina Di Cecca.
La composizione prende nome dall’indicazione di scena che precede il monologo contenuto nel III atto del King Lear di William Shakespeare.
Voci e strumenti intrecciano le proprie parti, talvolta si inseguono e in altri passaggi si amalgamano, fino a sfociare in un crescendo che culmina nel climax finale.
Un’esecuzione davvero intensa quella dei Neue Vocalsolisten e di Divertimento Ensemble, che ha saputo trasmettere in maniera efficace tutta la tensione sperimentatrice di questi giovani compositori."
Another part of the heath. Storm still. has been performed at the Teatro Litta in Milan by Neue Vocalsolisten and Divertimento Ensemble.
Filigrane Scarlatte has been performed at the Sala Caritro in Trento by Cosimo Colazzo.
La hora de los sentidos has been performed at the Salle Maene of Pianos Maene in Brussels by Bruno Ispiola (cello) and Fabio Schinazi (piano).
I am in the short list of finalists of the Riot Ensemble Call for Scores.
The applications were 279.
La hora de los sentidos has been performed at the Auditorium Foyer Européen in Grand Duchy of Luxembourg by Bruno Ispiola (cello) and Fabio Schinazi (piano).
Mistral has been performed at the Sala degli Affreschi of the Accademia Filarmonica Romana in Rome by Samuele Telari.
Rilettura Variazione 23 [dalle Variazioni Diabelli di Ludwig van Beethoven] has been performed at the Teatro Litta in Milan by Divertimento Ensemble in occasion of their 40th Anniversary.
La hora de los sentidos has been performed at Espace Toots in Brussels by Bruno Ispiola (cello) and Fabio Schinazi (piano).
President of the Jury: Zygmunt Krauze
Artistic Director: Vladimir Jurowski
Honorary President: Zubin Mehta
The music magazine Amadeus has put online Letizia Michielon’s review of my first chamber opera performed at the
Biennale di Venezia:
"La problematica esistenziale legata a distorte dinamiche familiari caratterizza anche Funeral Play, parossistica messa in scena di una storia vera, avvenuta in Cina nel 2013: il desiderio di non perdere la festa del proprio funerale aveva spinto infatti la ventitreenne Zeng Jia all’assurda decisione di organizzare la propria cerimonia funebre e di prendervi contemporaneamente parte. Nel libretto di Sara Cavosi, però, le motivazioni della protagonista Aika, interpretata dall’abile e smaliziata Kurumi Yanagi, risiedono in un lutto non superato suscitato dalla perdita della madre e dal desiderio di attirare le attenzioni di un padre anaffettivo, impersonato dal basso Xiao Shengtao. Il monumento funebre troneggia al centro della scena, circondato da un sipario bianco su cui vengono proiettate scritte pubblicitarie di imprese funerarie specializzate in cerimonie di commiato. Aika invita i propri follower al suo funerale e la bara si trasforma in uno spazio neutro che grazie alle luci può assumere anche le sembianze di un iPhone dallo schermo luminoso. La partitura di Caterina Di Cecca staglia fissità ghiacciate e rievoca l’annichilente assenza che caratterizza la morte. La messa in scena della morte, pur essendo una finzione, genera però verità sorprendenti e drammatiche. Se da una parte infatti ricongiunge Aika al padre, dall’altra origina morte autentica perché la ragazza, ossessionata dal documentare con un selfie la propria fine, rimane chiusa dentro la bara. La lapide non si solleva più e il funeral planner, una volta incassato il denaro, la lascia dentro senza riaprire la bara per salvarla. Anche il cellulare si scarica e il desiderio di immortalare un momento irripetibile come quello del (finto) trapasso, si tramuta grottescamente in morte autentica. Questo istante tragico rappresenta l’unico momento di verità inoppugna bile nella nostra esistenza, la sola esperienza su cui all’uomo non è dato scherzare e che è vietato documentare. Un silenzio truce ingoia l’ansia spasmodica di pronunciare misteri insondabili: scacco matto alla cultura del Grande Fratello che tutto vorrebbe condividere e banalmente appiattire."
I will not forget such a good reaction from the audience! Thanks to everybody for taking part to Funeral Play!
Music: Caterina Di Cecca; Libretto: Sara Cavosi; Director, Set Design, Costumes: Valentina Rosati; Video: Francesco Mori
Aika – soprano: Kurumi Yanagi; Tadashi – tenor; Kim Hun; Kiku – mezzosoprano: Alicia Paredes; Iwao – bass: Xiao Shengtao
Conductor: Alessandro Cadario; Ensemble selected by the Biennale College Music – 2015
Du, der ichs nicht sage has been performed at the National Bank of Serbia Hall in Belgrade by Ana Radovanović (voice), Neda Hofma (piano),Ivan Marjanović and Srđan Palačković (percussion).
In Venice, working hard to stage Funeral Play, my first chamber opera commissioned by Biennale Musica – 2016 after the selection of the 3rd edition of The Biennale College – Music project.
The George Enescu International Competition 2016 has announced the winners of the Composition section: I am happy and honored to receive the first prize of the George Enescu International Competition – Composition section – Chamber music.
In occasion of the Gaudeamus Muziekweek Academy, Il dubbio della marionetta has been performed during a Reading session of the Ensemble Oerknal! (cond. Gregory Charette) in Muziekhuis Utrecht.
I am in the short list of finalists of the Verdant Vibes Call for Scores. The pieces submitted were 896.
I am one of the six selected composers from all over the world that will have the opportunity to work with Oerknal!, ensemble-in-residence during the Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2016 in early September.
Filigrane Scarlatte has been performed at the Auditorium Blas Galindo (CENART) in Mexico City by Ignacio Torner.
La hora de los sentidos has been selected to be performed on 2 December 2016 in Brussels and on 18 March 2017 in Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
Du, der ichs nicht sage has been selected to be performed on 10 October 2016 in Belgrade. The applications were 500.
Dédalo y Sensación has been performed at the Parco della Musica in Rome by Federica Severini (violin), Gianluca Pirisi (cello) and Ben Cruchley (piano).
Sinopia, a sketch for violin and cello, has been performed during a Reading session of BCN216 in Barcelona.
Oscuro Pintado, my winning composition of the Franco Donatoni International Meeting for Young Composers – IV edition, has been performed by Divertimento Ensemble (cond. Michele Gamba) within the Rondò 2016 concert season in Milan.
Filigrane Scarlatte has been performed at the Ukrainian Academy of Arts in Kyiv by Vitaliy Kyianytsia.
"Останнім прозвучав твір учасниці з Італії – Катеріни ді Чекки. Драматургія її твору настільки яскраво передала фабулу літературного першоджерела
(роману «Похвальне слово мачусі» Маріо Варгаса Льйоси), що мені самій захотілося його прочитати. Це були не просто музичні діалоги між фортепіано, віолончеллю та скрипкою
– це справжній «любовний трикутник» (батько, син, нова дружина батька), втілений через голоси інструментів. Можливо, це був би гарний сюжет для опери. Але чи потрібно
писати оперу, якщо молодій композиторці вдалося так правдиво передати ситуацію без зайвих слів та сценічної дії?"
Traduzione in italiano:
"L'ultima ad essere presentata è stata un’opera di una partecipante italiana – Caterina di Cecca. La drammaturgia del suo lavoro ha trasmesso così vividamente la trama della fonte letteraria (il romanzo "Elogio della matrigna" di Mario Vargas Llosa) che io stesso volevo leggerlo. Non si trattava solo di dialoghi musicali tra pianoforte, violoncello e violino, ma di un vero e proprio "triangolo amoroso" (padre, figlio, nuova moglie del padre) incarnato attraverso le voci degli strumenti. Forse sarebbe una buona trama d’opera. Ma è necessario scrivere un'opera se la giovane compositrice è riuscita a trasmettere la situazione in modo così veritiero senza parole inutili e azioni sceniche?"
Filigrane Scarlatte has been selected to be performed on 18 April 2016 in Kyiv for The Solo Piano Project of the IMYF.
Il passo alla danza has been selected too, but for some logistic reasons it will be played in the course of next year.
Dédalo y Sensación has been performed at Goethe-Institut in Ukraine by Ensemble Nostri Temporis.
During the IMCNM course of Lviv, I have finished to write the first part of my new piano trio, Dédalo y Sensación, that has been
performed by Ensemble Nostri Temporis. Thanks to this piece, I won two contests after the concert at the end of course and so I have
received two commissions for string orchestra, one for the Lviv Virtuosos String Orchestra and the other for the Collegium Music
Filigrane Scarlatte has been performed at the The Drawing Room in Brooklyn, New York, by Melinda Faylor.
I am happy and honored that Funeral Play, my first chamber opera (libretto: Sara Cavosi; director, set design and costumes: Valentina Rosati), is one of the four winning project of the Biennale College – Music 3rd edition. It will be staged in October 2016 during the 60th International Festival of Contemporary Music – Biennale Musica. [Tutors: the composers Luca Mosca and Salvatore Sciarrino, the dramaturges Sergio Casesi and Giuliano Corti, the directors Nicholas Hunt and Franco Ripa di Meana]
I am happy and honored to be among the three winners of the Franco Donatoni International Meeting for Young Composers – IV edition. I have been commissioned a new composition for instrumental and vocal ensemble to be performed during the Rondò 2017 concert season by Divertimento Ensemble and Neue Vocalsolisten.
Filigrane Scarlatte has been selected to be performed on 20 February 2016 in New York.
Il passo alla danza has been selected too, but for some logistic reasons it will be played the next year.
Oscuro Pintado has been broadcast during the radio program Il Cartellone – Rai Radio 3 in the Ensemble Mosaik’s version, recorded during the concert of 16 May 2015 in Poirino (Banna, Turin).