Paolo Cavallone (b. 1975) is considered to be as “one of the most interesting talents in the contemporary music scene” (Rondo). His works, which Musikbox magazine called as “fascinating and complex“, and Italia Oggi as “authentic jewels of contemporary music“, have been featured internationally in venues such as: Los Angeles’ Zipper Concert Hall; New York’s Merkin Concert Hall; Wellington’s Ilott Theatre (New Zealand); Sacramento’s “New Music Festival” (USA); Schaeffler” Musica, Sorocaba (Brazil); Pittsburgh’s Bellefield Hall Auditorium; Samtida Musik Capitol (Stockholm, Sweden); Florence’s Teatro Verdi; L’Aquila’s “Società Barattelli” (Italy); Italian Institute of Culture of Los Angeles and Paris; American Academy of Rome; Rome’s Auditorium Parco della Musica; and many others.
His works have been performed by: Rohan De Saram, James Avery, Roberto Fabbriciani, Magnus Andersson, Pascal Gallois, Luca Sanzò, Orchestra della Toscana (ORT), Tonino Battista, Mitteleuropa Orchestra (MO), Marco Guidarini, Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne (OSB), Aurélien Azan Zielinski, Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain (EOC), Daniel Kawka, Quartetto Guadagnini, Stroma Ensemble, Hamish McKeich, Movses Pogossian, Lorna Windsor, Tony Arnold, Antonio D’Augello, etc.
His works, published by RAI Com (Italy), have been broadcast – together with interviews and/or programs dedicated to him – by RAI TV (the Italian broadcasting corporation), Radio RAI, Radio New Zealand Concert, Radio Capodistria, University Radio UFRGS (Brazil), and other radio stations. His music has been recorded on CDs released by Tactus, Albany Records, GuitArt, etc. He received numerous commissions: Siemens Foundation, Dilijan music series of Los Angeles, Nuova Consonanza, Società Barattelli (Italy), and many others.
As Visiting Professor of Composition and Orchestration he taught at the New Zealand School of Music (Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand). He also served as Research Collaborator at the State University of New York, and as Professor of Composition at the Conservatorio “Respighi” of Latina (Italy). As guest composer, Paolo Cavallone has lectured at the Manhattan School of Music, University of Pittsburgh, McMaster University in Hamilton (Canada), Conservatorio “Santa Cecilia” in Rome, and other institutes.
Cavallone took his first composition, improvisation, and piano lessons at early age. He graduated in Piano (Master), Composition (Master), and Instrumentation for Band (Master) at the Conservatorio “Alfredo Casella” of L’Aquila (Italy); and completed his high-specialization studies under Azio Corghi (Diploma di alto perfezionamento) in Composition at the Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome and at Siena’s Accademia Chigiana. He graduated in Literature (laurea magistrale) at the University of L’Aquila and holds a doctorate (PhD) from the State University of New York.