Annachiara Gedda was born in Turin, Italy, in 1986. She studied composition at the Turin Conservatory first with Alessandro Ruo Rui and subsequently with Giorgio Colombo Taccani. In 2012 she graduated with top marks in composition and in 2015 she took a Master’s Degree in composition cum laude.
She attended masterclasses with Luis Bacalov, Mauro Bonifacio, Azio Corghi, Lorenzo Gorli, Bryan Johanson, Paola Livorsi and Tristan Murail.
In 2012 she was chosen to participate in the European Composers’ Professional Development Programme, and was commissioned to write a piece for the Ensemble 10/10 (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra) with the final concert at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2012. In 2013 she won the European Project Progetto ECO 2013-2015, and a further commission of a new work for ensemble, which was performed by Ensemble Télémaque in various concerts in Italy and France.
Winner or special mention in several national and international composition competitions (Musica e Spazi – Turin 2010, G.E.R.M.I. Prize – Rome 2012, European Composers’ Professional Development Programme – Huddersfield 2012, Premio AFAM – Milan 2013, Progetto ECO 2013-2015 – Marseille 2013, Musiche in Mostra – Turin 2013, International Composition Competiton Antonio Manoni – Senigallia 2013, International Composition Competiton for orchestra A. Rizzardi – Brescia 2014, International Composition Competiton Città di Udine – Udine 2014, International Composition Competition Egidio Carella – Val Tidone 2014, Risuonanze – Trieste 2015, Premio Veretti – Fiesole 2015, Premio Atzeni – Cagliari 2015, New Made Week – Milan 2015, Arte e Fantasia – Favria 2016, International Composition Competition Valentino Bucchi – Rome 2017, Toru Takemitsu Composition Award 2017 – Tokyo 2017), her works have been performed in Italy and abroad (United Kingdom, France, Germany, Switzerland and Japan), during various important music festivals and seasons such as the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK), Biennale di Venezia (IT), Gmem Festival les Musiques (FR), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Season (UK), Festival Suona Francese (IT), Rondò Concerti (IT), by musicians such as Ensemble 10/10 (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra), Divertimento Ensemble, Ensemble Télémaque, Ensemble TaG, NED Ensemble, Interensemble, Akiko Kozato, Valentino Corvino, Raphael Negri and Duo Del Noce – Pieri, to mention but a few.
Her piece The Witching Time of the Night, for solo violin, is published by Edizioni Musicali Bèrben, Un éclair…puis la nuit! , for solo guitar, is published by Zedde Editore, Ich rinne Ich bin, for soprano and ensemble is being published by Universal Edition while other works are published by Edizioni Sconfinarte.
Currently she is the winner of the following scholarship: Master dei Talenti Musicali, Fondazione CRT – Conservatorio Statale di Musica G. Verdi di Torino.
PRIZES AND SPECIAL MENTIONS
2017: finalist at the Toru Takemitsu Composition Award 2017, Tokyo
2017: first prize at the International Composition Competition “Valentino Bucchi”, 38th editon, Rome
2016: first prize at the International Guitar Composition Competition “Città di Favria” prize, Favria
2015: third prize at the “Atzeni” prize International Composition Competion, Cagliari
2015: selected for the “New Made Week”, Milan
2015: first prize at the “Veretti” prize Composition Competition, Fiesole
2015: third prize at the International Composition Competition “Antonio Manoni”, Senigallia
2015: selected for the Call for Scores “Risuonanze 2015”, Trieste
2014: first prize at the First International Composition Competition “Cav. Angelo Rizzardi”, Brescia
2014: winner of the FIDAPA prize as the best female composer at the International Composition Competition “Città di Udine” – 10th edition
2014: third prize and special mention at the International Compositin Competitin Egidio Carella, Val Tidone
2013: first prize at the International Composition Competition “Antonio Manoni”, Senigallia
2013: winner of the AFAM Composition Competiton launched by Divertimento Ensemble, Milan
2013: winner of the “Rive-Gauche Concerti” Composition Competition, Turin
2013: winner of the European project “Progetto ECO 2013-2015”, Marseille
2012: special mention at “G.E.R.M.I” Composition Competition, Rome
2012: selected for the European Composers’ Professional Development Programme, Huddersfield
2010: winner of the Composition Competition for orchestra “Spazi per la Musica” prize, Turin
1999: selected both as solo pianist and piano accompanist for the musical festival “Young Musical Talents”, Turin
1994: third prize at the European Musical Competition “Città di Moncalieri” prize, Moncalieri
1994: second prize at the Second Piano Competition “Vittoria Caffa Righetti” prize, Cortemilia
1993: third prize at the European Musical Competition “Città di Moncalieri” prize, Moncalieri
1993: third prize at the First Piano Competition “Città di Cortemilia” prize, Cortemilia