Lamberto Coccioli is Head of Music Technology at Birmingham Conservatoire, a post he has held since 2000. Born in Geneva in 1963, he read architecture and art history in Rome before studying music composition with Azio Corghi at Milan’s Conservatoire. He attended master classes with Pierre Boulez, Elliott Carter and George Benjamin, and the yearly Advanced Training Course for Young Composers of the Toscanini Academy in Parma, directed by Corghi. Of lasting influence were a series of journeys to remote areas of Colombia to record music and sounds of traditional Indian and mestizo communities.
In 1994 he began an extended collaboration with Luciano Berio, and two years later he joined Tempo Reale, the research centre for new technologies applied to music founded by Berio in Florence. He worked there as a composer, teacher, performer and artistic coordinator.
Since arriving in Birmingham Lamberto has been developing a wide range of activities and resources to integrate new technologies with composition and performance. In 2003 he created the Conservatoire’s Centre for Composition and Performance with Technology, collaborating on performance and research projects with Jonathan Harvey, Julian Anderson and Luca Francesconi among others. In 2004 he supervised the renovation of the Conservatoire’s Recital Hall, a unique space for the performance of multimedia and live electronics works.
His music has been performed in Italy and abroad. In 1998 CIDIM (Italian National Music Committee) commissioned Magma, an opera on a text by Sebastian Schloessingk for actors, singers, orchestra and live electronics. More recent works include Flectar, for trombone and live electronics, written for David Purser, and Alúna, for viola, ensemble and live electronics, written for Rivka Golani. Lamberto has also written music for plays and films.