The Italian composer Enrica Sciandrone’s application to the Moving Classics Scheme demonstrated how the creation and development of a clearly defined work would benefit from the interaction and support of Psappha Ensemble’s musicians. The residency with Psappha will give Enrica the opportunity to explore and challenge the divide between ‘high art’ contemporary music and composition for media/film. She is passionate about both. Through the ensemble’s vast repertoire, (ranging from Ades to Zappa) and its command of many different styles of music, Enrica will be able to broaden her musical pallet which will support her development as a composer.
Building on our working relationship with Psappha Ensemble we will host a series of residencies for Enrica developing new musical work and visual installation collaborations. Sciandrone’s work will be premiered in Manchester as part of a new concert series beginning in December – aiming to introduce new audiences to contemporary classical music by delivering a high quality experience using innovative performance formats. Inspired by author Philip Pullman’s new translations of the literature of Brothers Grimm Enrica will engage in experimental collaboration with an illustrator and a media technician creating an accompanying projection artwork to the performance.
Former pianist, Enrica studied traditional and contemporary composition in Italy, gradually bringing her mastery and experience to screen composition since 2005. She has rapidly achieved outstanding recognitions such as the First Prize at the Premio Petrassi International Composition Competition (2009, Latina, Italy; head of jury: Ennio Morricone), followed by a number of awards (notably, 2012 Peer Raben award at Soundtrack Cologne; 2012 Jerry Goldsmith Award in advert music at Ubeda, Spain; RMA–‐LA grant at the 2012 ASCAP workshop in Los Angeles and the 2014 Crystal Pine Award at Samobor Film Festival, headed by John Corigliano). In 2010 she gained her MMus in Composition for Screen at the Royal College of Music of London supported by Leverhulme Trust, Henry Wood Scholarship, Fabrica Dei Talenti Scholarship and J. Horoviz award in composition for screen. In 2012 she has been one of the three composers selected for the Score Competition at Berlinale Talent Campus, scoring J.P.Zaramella Luminaris (recorded at Babelsberg Studios by Babelsberg Orchestra, Potsdam, Germany). Same year she was selected as a participant of the prestigious ASCAP TV and film scoring workshop with Richard Bellis, recording with the Hollywood Studio Orchestra at Fox studios, Los Angeles.
Listen to Enrica’s past work:
Photography: @Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2012