Davide Anzaghi biography


Davide Anzaghi was born in Milan (Italy) on the 29th of November, 1936. His father Luigi Oreste, a musician, dedicated all his life to musical didactic and initiated his son Davide in the study of music from his early youth. Davide Anzaghi graduated in Composition, Conductorship, Choral Music and Chorus Direction, and Piano at the Conservatory G. Verdi in Milan. After the academic training he attended specialization courses for composers held by G. F. Ghedini and F. Donatoni. After an initial period of concertistic career, soon abandoned, he started  his didactic experience. He taught at the Istituto Musicale Donizetti in Bergamo and at the Conservatory of Brescia, and is long since professor of composition at the Conservatory of Milan. He lives in the capital of Lumbardy from birth, working as composer, teacher of composition and musical promoter.

His interest in composition – always present – became more lively in 1968. He then started his busy composition activity, gratified by the success obtained in national and international contests. With Segni and Ritografia Anzaghi won the Contest of Piano Composition of Treviso, in 1970 and 1971. The jury was composed by F. Donatoni, G. Gorini, G. Petrassi, N. Rota and chaired by Gianfrancesco Malipiero. In 1973 his composition for orchestra Limbale won the first prize at the 10th International Contest of Symphonic Composition Ferdinando Ballo, announced by the Pomeriggi Musicali of Milan and awarded to him by a jury composed by P. Rattalino, L. Rognoni, G. Petrassi, F. Siciliani, C. Togni and G. Turchi. In 1974 his composition for full orchestra, Ausa, is declared winner of the International Contest Olivier Messiaen. G. Ligeti, W. Lutoslawski, Ton de Leeuw and I. Xenakis were part of the jury. Messiaen himself was president. Still in 1974 the examining board of the G.F. Malipiero Prize awards the first prize to his composition for chamber orchestra titled Egophonie.


In the seventies his compositions are directed towards experimentation. Starting from the year 1984 the author prepares himself to renew his way of writing music from which, besides a considerable Pythagorean suggestion, his new poetic project emerges: the revaluation of the role of listening. To privilege this role, the compositional devising pursues both the greatest efficacy and the artisan quality. The propensity to obtain an effortless listening drives his esoteric numerical code of sounds towards simple and easy to catch musical architectures.

Many of his compositions were performed in the most important national and international concert halls. His biography and the catalogue of his works are mentioned in all worldwide encyclopedias. His works till 1995 are issued by the publishing house Suvini & Zerboni. The subsequent ones belong to the author.

In 1994 he founded and still presides Novurgìa (www.novurgia.it), an association for contemporary art which promotes important interdisciplinary meetings. Novurgia has already organized, at Palazzina Liberty, Litta Theatre and Spazio Oberdan, cultural events concerning music, poetry, painting and sculpture with some of the most important artists of the twentieth century. ,Novurgia introduced the Milanese public to artists as: T. Kemeny and E. Sanguineti (for poetry); A. Cavaliere, G. Pomodoro, M. Rossello (for sculpture); Hsiao Chin, F. De Filippi, L. Del Pezzo, F. Francese, U. Mariani, C. Olivieri, F. Squatriti, V. Vago, M. Staccioli e E. Tadini (for painting). Several works of the most important  living composers, played during the concert seasons, were first performances.

For six years, and until 2003, Davide Anzaghi sat on the Board of Directors of the Milan Conservatory. In spring 2004 he was elected in the first Academic Council of the same Institute, required by the reformation of the Conservatories.Since September 2003 he is president of SIMC, Italian Society of Contemporary Music (simc@fastwebnet.it). SIMC is the Italian section of ISCM (International Society of Contemporary Music), present in fifty Countries.

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