Composer, researcher and teacher, Marco Stroppa (Verona, 1959) studied music in Italy (piano, choral music and direction, composition and electronic music) and pursued further studies at the MIT’s Media Laboratory (computer science, cognitive psychology and artificial intelligence). Between 1980 and 1984 he worked at the Centre for Computational Sonology in Padua, where he wrote Traiettoria, a work, which immediately met with considerable success and continues to be performed regularly.
In 1982 Pierre Boulez invited him by to join Ircam (Paris). His uninterrupted association with it has been crucial for his musical growth.
A highly respected educator, Stroppa founded the composition course at the Bartók Festival (Hungary), where he taught for 13 years. In 1999 he was appointed full professor of composition at the University of Music and the Performing Arts in Stuttgart. He also taught at the Parisian Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique.
Among his major works, one should mention: Traiettoria (1982-84) for piano and computer, Hiranyaloka (1993-4) and Ritratti senza volto (2007) for orchestra, Zwielicht (1998) for double bass, two percussion players and electronics, Perché non riusciamo a vederla? (2008) for 24-part choir and alto, the trios Hommage à Gy. K. and Osja, Seven Strophes for a literary drone, and as a series of concerti for instrument and spatialised orchestra or ensemble inspired by poems of W.B. Yeats (Upon a Blade of Grass, From Needle’s Eye, Let Me Sing into your Ear).
He currently working on Come play with me, a concerto for solo electronics and orchestra to be premiere at the Donaueschingen Festival 2018.
His first opera (Re Orso), based on a text by Arrigo Boito, was premiered with great success in May 2012 at the Opéra Comique (Paris).
(Photo by Roberto Masotti, © Casa Ricordi, Milano)