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Franco Donatoni was born in 1927 in Verona. He studied composition under Piero Bottagisio, Ettore Desderi, Lino Liviabelli and Ildebrando Pizzetti in Verona, Milan, Bologna and Rome. Donatoni participated four times in the Darmstädter Ferienkurse für Neue Musik. Equally important to him was the fact that he became acquainted with Bruno Maderna and critic M. Bortolotto.

Besides being a composer Donatoni was regarded as a highly influential teacher. He lectured at the Music Conservatories of Milano and Torino and at the University of Bologna; he held seminars in many European and American cities. Since 1970 he had been conducting the summer course in composition in Siena and was a professor at the Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome. Donatoni died in August of 2000 in Milan.

[from program for March 17, 2003 concert]