Salvatore Sciarinno (1947, Italy). He was a very precocious musician, and self-taught. He began composing at the age of twelve, under the guidance of Antonino Titone. Later he studied with Turi Belfiore and met Franco Evagelisti. The first public performance of one of his works took place in 1962 during the fourth edition of the international New Music week in Palermo. Sciarrino however considers the music written between 1959 and 1965 as belonging to an immature period of apprenticeship. On completing his classical studies, he moved to Rome, and then to Milan. He has been living now for a number of years in Città di Castello. He has won a lot of international composition awards. Between 1976 and 1996 he taught at the Conservatories of Milan, Perugia and Florence and held master classes. Between 1978 and 1980 he was artistic director of the Bologna Opera House. He composed works for Teatro alla Scala, RAI-Radiotelevisione Italiana, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Biennale of Venice, Teatro La Fenice, Genua Opera House, Arena di Verona, Festival delle Nazioni, for the Festivals of Schwetzingen, Witten, Salzburg, Wien Modern, Wiener Festwochen, Berliner Festspiele Musikbiennale, Holland Festival, Concertgebouw, London Symphony Orchestra and many others music institutions in Italy and abroad.