Italian composer and conductor, Paolo Longo (b. 1967 in Trieste) studied composition, piano, and conducting; he graduated from the Conservatorio G. Tartini in Trieste with highest honors in 1990. He has composed mainly works for solo instrument, chamber ensemble, vocal and piano works. His music has been performed throughout Italy, as well as in Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Israel, Italy, Latvia, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, and the USA, and broadcasted by RAI (Italy), Concertzender (The Netherlands), WGDR (USA), National Radio Uzbekistan, Radio Suisse Romande (Switzerland) and Concert FM (New Zealand). Symétrie (France) is the principal publisher of his works.
His honors include first prizes at the 7th International Edvard Grieg Memorial Competition for Composers, Oslo (Norway); 1st International Composition Competition of Chamber Music ADNm 2003, Tarragona (Spain); 3rd Prof. Ivan Spassov Composer’s Competition, Plovdiv (Bulgaria); 9th Tokyo International Competition for Chamber Music Composition (Japan); Renée B. Fisher Composer Awards 2005, New Haven (Connecticut, USA); Onde Musicali competition, Taranto (Italy); Médaille d’or at the competition of the Académie Internationale de Lutèce, Paris (France); the ISCM competition, Miami (USA); 10th National Competition Città di Barcellona, Messina (Italy) and numerous other recognitions.
Since 1986 he develops an artistic activity as a pianist and conductor. He has collaborated as an assistant conductor with the Teatro G.Verdi in Trieste, with the Opéra National de Lyon, Théatre du Châtelet and Théatre des Champs-Elysées in Paris. At present he is Stage Music Director of the Teatro G. Verdi in Trieste. As a conductor he has led opera and symphonic performances in Italy, Greece, France… He co-founded with Stefano Procaccioli the Taukay Ensemble in Italy in 1996, with which he has recorded four CDs and given about 100 premières, and has since served as its Music director and Principal conductor.
He premiered various works by composers such as Gilbert Amy, Bruno Bettinelli, Tan Dun, Pascal Dusapin, Hans Werner Henze, Ennio Morricone, etc.