Works performed by Earplay:

Eco di un tempo perduto

After years of concert activity as a pianist, Massimo Lauricella started composing as a pupil of his father Sergio Lauricella, and gained immediate international success. His first composition, Impressions of an American Sparrow, for two pianos, won the Valentino Bucchi prize of Rome in 1986. Two years later, he won the Forum prize of Cologne with Tremiti, a work for string quartet. This piece, played by the Quartetto Arditti and recorded by the German radio-tv station WDR, was subsequently also awarded the prize of the Kennedy Foundation of Washington. In the following years his works received much more recognition and began to be diffused throughout the whole world by internationally renowned soloists, ensembles and conductors. In 1992 Witold Lutoslawski, chairman of the International Contest of Warsaw, gave his work for orchestra Spectra the Interpreted by the Warsaw Philarmonic Orchestra prize. Spectra was a great success according to both the public and critics.

After two more prestigious international prizes (Jewish Culture Center of Los Angeles in 1994 and Tulane University of New Orleans in 1995), the B. Barattelli Society of Aquila, on the occasion of their fiftieth anniversary, appointed him to compose Imis, a piece for seven instruments, which, among many other interpretations, was also played by the Ensemble Pierrot Lunaire at the Vienna Musikverein. He composed two works for the Geonoese Youth Orchestra 'Giovine Orchestra Genovese' (GOG), the first in 1996 for the centennial of Eugenio Montale's birth, is E piove in petto una dolcezza inquieta for soprano and quintet with texts of the Ligurian poet and, in 1999, Fiabe, miti e magie for percussion instruments and piano.

In 1997, on the occasion of a work appointed by the Verdi Theatre of Pisa and dedicated to Arnold Schoenberg, he was both composer and conductor, performing his piece Eco di un tempo perduto for the first time. From then on, apart from his own works, he also conducted and recorded works of other contemporary composers who even entrusted him with the very first performances of their pieces. That same year the prize of the Japan International League of Artists of Tokyo, which he won for his setting to music of texts of the poet Montale, aroused the interest of the Genoa Opera Theatre which decided to perform his symphonic work E fu sera, e fu mattina dedicated to the Genesis. Among the listeners was Riccardo Chailly who arranged for another performance in Milan, in 1998, during the season of the Verdi Orchestra. He is also a teacher at the N. Paganini Conservatory in Genoa.

[from program for February 4, 2002 concert]