Born in 1975 in Milan with Italian-Swiss citizenships, Oscar Bianchi began studying music and piano at the age of 8. He completed degrees in composition and choir conducting at the Giuseppe Verdi conservatory of Milan and studying electronic music at the Milan and Bologna conservatory and at the Académie de Modène. He taking part in composition and electronic music master programs at IRCAM (2003-2004) and many master classes and international residencies. He hold aPh.D. in composition from Columbia University, New York.
His music is characterized by dense mu sical textures, remarkable imagination and great sense of musical dramaturgy.
He worked with Neue Vocalsolisten of Stuttgart, Quatuor Diotima, David Grimal (Semplice, premiered at the Scène Nationale du Havre on April 2010) and Paolo Vignaroli (premiere at Lucerne Festival on Septembre 2010).
During the Festival Musica of Strasbourg in 2010, Ajna, concerto for orchestra, was premiered by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France conducted by Pascal Rophé. The Remix Ensemble was performed Transparente II and Anahata Concerto (french premieres).
Many other premieres will come, including a concerto for violon and orchestra with the New York Philharmonic. Commissioned by the Aix-en-Provence Festival and Théâtre et Musique, his first opera, Thanks to My Eyes, libretto and direction by Joël Pommerat, received critical acclaim by audiences and critics alike.
In 2017 is premiered his second string quartet, Pathos of distance, by the JACK Quartet in Witten Festival.
Radio France’s Présences Festival presented the world premiere of Oscar Bianchi's third string quartet, Sintonía, by the talented Quatuor Diotima.
Still in February 2020, was pemiered at the Sochi Winter Art Festival (WIAFS),a concerto for electric guitar and orchestra, by the Belgian guitarist Nico Couck and the Novaya Rossiya orchestra conducted by Yuri Bashmet.
In 2021, he composed 6db, a concerto for six double basses and orchestra commissioned by Radio France, Festival Archipel. The work is performed for the first time in September 2021 by the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Marc Desmons.
His music has been performed by outstanding ensembles and orchestras such as Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Deutsche Symphonie Orchester, Ensemble Modern, Klangforum Wien, JACK quartet, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, Ictus, Quatuor Diotima, Ensemble Remix, Nieuw Ensemble, Ensemble l’Itineraire, Ensemble Contrechamps, International Contemporary Ensemble, Alarm Will Sound, David Grimal, Kammerensemble für neue Musik Berlin, Phoenix Ensemble, Collegium Novum Zürich, Drumming Grupo de Percussão from Porto, Ensemble Laboratorium, Osterreichiches Ensemble für neue Musik, Sound’arte.
A monographic CD was released in 2013 by Musiques Suisses and a recording of his cantata MATRA has been released under the label Cyprès.
His music is published by Durand / Universal Classical Music.
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