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Claudio Pompili : Represented Artist

Random Audio Sample: The polymnia triptych : soprano with ensemble by Claudio Pompili, from the CD Canto

Photo of Claudio Pompili

Photo: Bridget Elliot

Claudio Pompili (1949, Gorizia Italy) is a freelance composer and currently engaged in a PhD program in Music Composition at the University of Queensland. Positions held have included: Executive Director of Nexus Multicultural Arts Centre Inc, Adelaide (2004); Associate Professor, at the University of Wollongong and Director of the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music Ltd (1998-2001). He has also worked as a member of the University of New England (UNE) Department of Music's academic staff and Head of Music Department (1995-97) and Senior Lecturer (1992-97).

His recent compositions include: music-theatre/hybrid works, Lontano Blu, Festival Internacional de Teatro Mercosur, Córdoba, Argentina (2005) and Adelaide Festival of Arts (2006); Touch Wood, Adelaide Festival Centre (2005) and Hobart (2002); The Last Child…flight of the swallows, Adelaide Festival of Arts (2000); and the electronic soundscape, Thuringowa-from the river to the sea, for the Thuringowa River Festival, Townsville (2002).

His musical background ranges from playing popular music to formal studies in classical guitar, electronic and computer music, and composition. From 1965-79, he had a successful early career as lead guitarist with various leading Adelaide bands including Coloured Rain, Brass Buckle and Gamble and released three singles on SUNSHINE and PEPPER labels.

In 1980, he began his studies in composition and electronic music with Richard Meale, Bozidar Kos and Tristram Cary at the University of Adelaide's Elder Conservatorium of Music (1980-4). In Italy 1984-87, he studied with the highly-acclaimed Italian composers Franco Donatoni and Salvatore Sciarrino.

In 1990 he was honoured with a prestigious New Music Series' Composer Portrait Concert held in Toronto ( Canada), at which his work for baroque flute and percussion, Lo spazio stellato si riflette in suoni…, and Lo specchio del fiore were premiered.

His compositions have received critical acclaim and awards including the 1989 International Composition Competition ( Miami, Florida) and 1990 Adolf Spivakovsky Scholarship for the Composition of Music.

He is a member of numerous music organisations including the Music Arrangers' Guild of Australia, Musicological Society of Australia, and Institute of Music Teachers.

His specialist interests are: music notation, computer-assisted composition, performance and music printing; music in film and theatre; video art; New Music in Italy and Australia in the Post-WWII period; and Electronic and Computer Musics. He is an external examiner/assessor for postgraduate theses (up to PhD), Australian Research Council (ARC) assessments, and Arts SA Emerging Artists Peer Assessment Panel.

Biography provided by the composer — current to September 2006

Studied with

Franco Donatoni (1984 - 1987)


Teacher/Influence on

Ruth Lee Martin (1991)

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
1990 Adolph Spivakovsky Scholarship for the Composition of Music Winner

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample The Last child : flight of the swallows (2000) Commissioned by doppio parallelo for the 2000 Telstra Adelaide Festival
Lo spazio stellato si riflette in suoni : for baroque flute and percussion (1990) Commissioned by Elissa Poole for the duo "Strange companions"
Lo spazio stellato si riflette in suoni : bass clarinet and percussion (1990) Commissioned by Elissa Poole for the duo "Strange companions"
Songs for Ophelia : soprano voice with piano (1989) Written for Meg Mumford
Digital sheet music sample Fanfara per organo : organ solo (1986) Commissioned by Sig. Bruno Innocenzi