Rendezvous: Philippe Hurel 2, June 20
Francesca Verunelli studied composition with Rosario Mirigliano and piano with Stefano Fiuzzi at the conservatory of Florence, from where she received her two diplomas with honors. Verunelli completed her training in Azio Corghi’s class at the Sainte Cecile National Academy in Rome. She then went on to follow the Cursus Program in Composition and Computer Music at IRCAM. Her work at the institute ended with the premiere of Interno rosso con figure for accordion and electronics performed by Anthony Millet and of Play for ensemble and electronics performed by the Ensemble Intercontemporain under the baton of Susanna Mälkki in October 2010 at the Centre Pompidou. The same year, Francesca Verunelli was awarded the Silver Lion at the Venice Biennial.
She has received commissions from eminent institutions and music festivals including IRCAM, the NeueVocalsolisten Stuttgart, La Biennale di Venezia, the Orchestre Philarmonique de Radio France, Milano Musica, Accentus, the Orchestre Symphonique de Lucerne, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra, the Court-Circuit ensemble, the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, GMEM de Marseille, the CIRM de Nice, the French government, and the FACE foundation. Today, she is a composer in residence at the GMEM in Marseille.
Verunelli’s forthcoming projects include the world premiere, in New York, of a new work for flute and electronics written specifically for Claire Chase and two works for ensemble; one entitled Canzoniere elettrico — a commission from International Contemporary Ensemble of New York and GMEM—that will premiere in March 2016 at the Miller Theatre in New York—and antoher, Déshabillage impossible, commissioned by the ensemble 2E2M, that will premiere this work in February 2016 during Radio France’s Présences festival. The program ECHO – Rising Star has also commissioned a new string quartet (Secondo Quartetto) for the Quatuor Zaïde. Their tour, which will begin in November 2015, will feature the work as they travel through Cologne, Luxembourg, Baden Baden, Barcelona, Paris, Budapest, Vienne, Hamburg, Brussels, Amsterdam, Birmingham, London, Lisbon, Stockholm, and Porto.