Bruno Zanolini was born in 1945 in Milan (Italy), where he graduated in piano, composition, and Modern Literature. For many years he taught composition at the Milan “G. Verdi” Conservatory, where he was Director from 2007 and 2010.
As a composer his symphonic, chamber and choral works have won him universal acclaim as well as prizes in several competitions.
He is also active in music research and has published essentially technical studies on L.Dallapiccola, G.Pierluigi da Palestrina, J.Brahms, on Romantic Melodrama (G.Rossini and especially G.Donizetti: a volume on Donizetti has been translated into Japanese) and on Postromantic Melodrama (R.Zandonai) and also on composers of the early 19th century.
In particular he has researched in some depth the uses of harmony and above all counterpoint techniques in the Renaissance and Baroque periods, to which he has dedicated two volumes (the first in collaboration with R.Dionisi) considered among the most important of recent decades.
He is a lecturer at many international conferences and frequently one of the judges at composition competitions, he is also professor for various courses in composition and analysis.


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