Rendezvous: Philippe Leroux II, June 19
As a child, Marco Momi dreamed of conducting an orchestra. A trained pianist, he first dedicated himself to chamber music before falling in love with composition in the composer Fabio Cifariello Ciardi’s class. By making Momi listen to Gérard Grisey’s Vortex Temporum or Salvatore Sciarrino’s Capricci, Ciardi suddenly opened the door to contemporary writing. Ciardi introduced Momi to computer music as he had to orchestration, introducing him to other composers such as Ivan Fedele and inviting him to travel.
While he is unquestionably Italian by birth, Marco Momi is, above all, a European from a musical thought point of view: his time at Darmstadt was critical, as were the years of study in The
Hague (Netherlands) or the Cursus program at IRCAM during which he studied with Yan Maresz. “My career-path is neither clear nor direct, be it my training or my aesthetic calling. I was lucky to meet and study with composers distant from my genetic characteristics with whom I sometimes had, sometime difficult, but always sincere, relationships. I never looked for a teacher with a sensibility similar to mine. This gave me the ability to be more free.”
In parallel to his career as a composer, Marco Momi studied conducting with Ennio Nicotra from 1998 to 2004 and in 2009 he obtained his PhD from the National Academy of Sainte Cécile in Rome under Ivan Fedele. In 2010, Marco Momi was a composer in residence at the Academy of Arts in Berlin. He teaches composition in a number of conservatories in Italy.