Welcome to Secrets of Organ Playing Podcast #81!
Today's guest is Carlotta Ferrari (b. 1975) who is an Italian composer writing for organ and variety of other instruments. She served as chair of music composition at Hebei Normal University in Shijiazhuang, China, and is currently professor of music composition at the European School of Economics in Florence, Italy.
Educated at the Conservatory in Milan, she has composed in many genres, developing a personal language that is concerned with the blend of past and present. Her compositions have been performed frequently around the world. Her compositions have appeared on Waterwheel World Water Day Symposium and WPRB radio Princeton NJ, and have been performed in venues such as Harvard University, New York University, Steinway Haus in Hamburg and München, National Center for Performing Arts in Beijing, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, St. Gallen Cathedral, St.George’s Hanover Square in London, Manhattan Central Synagogue in NYC, Oliwa Cathedral in Gdansk, Basilica di Santa Croce in Firenze, and other relevant theaters and churches.
Carlotta Ferrari won the 2nd prize at 2013 edition of Sisì-Frezza competition for women composers held by IFBPW (International Federation of Business and Professional Women). She received the auspices of the President of Italy in 2008 for the premiere of her secular Cantata dedicated to the victims of terrorism.
Ferrari’s music appears on several CD recordings, including five all-Ferrari organ CDs: three recorded by Carson Cooman (2014 and 2016) and two by Peter Clark (2015 and 2016).
Carlotta Ferrari is a member of International Alliance for Women in Music, and Italian Society for Contemporary Music. Her current research interest lies mainly in contemporary modal music: she is working on RPS modal system, a new compositional grammar in cooperation with Harvard organist and composer Carson Cooman, who first developed it. Also she is currently cooperating with Marco Casazza, violinist and physicist, on the relationship between art and science.
She encourages the diffusion of her works worldwide (please visit her Imslp page).
In this conversation Carlotta talks about her love of counterpoint, modes, and being a woman composer in today's world.
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