Verandi Mario (bio ENG)
Mario Verandi is an Argentinean born composer and media artist. He studied music at the Music School of the Rosario National University in Argentina. He played piano and keyboards in groups of different styles such as pop, folk, tango and experimental. In 1986 he moved to Barcelona and studied at the Phonos Electroacoustic Music Studios. In 1991 he made London his home and in 2001 he completed a PhD in Electroacoustic music composition at the University of Birmingham (UK). In 2000 he moved to Berlin after having received a fellowship to take part in the prestigious artists-in-residence programme of the the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service).
Mario Verandi has primarily been working with new technologies as an aid to exploring and expanding the boundaries of sound, perception and meaning. A distinct characteristic of his work has been the exploration of the poetic and evocative potential of concrete and environmental sounds and their incorporation in musical compositions, audiovisual installations, live performances and radio art pieces.
He has a long-standing interest in interdisciplinary projects and as a result has created music and sound designs for art installations, dance, theatre, films and the radio. He has collaborated among others with the American visual artist Catherine Ferguson, German choreographer Helge Musial, Polish theater director Grazyna Kania, German film-maker Harun Farocki, German visual artist Corinna Rosteck, Berlin-based visual artitst Lillevan, English electronic composer Pelado and Russian visual artists Igor and Svetlana Kopystianski.
Mario Verandi was artist-in-residence at La Muse en Circuit (Paris), at the Césaré studio de création musicale (Reims), TU-Electronic Music Studios Berlin, ZKM (Karlsruhe) and the Cuenca Electroacoustic Music Studios (Spain). In addition, he was selected to participate in the 1998 International Course for Professional Composers and Choreographers at Bretton Hall University (UK), the 1999 Music Theater Workshop at the Theater Royal Stratford East (London) and in the 1996 "Exchange" for Professional Composers and Choreographers at the Royal Festival Hall (London).
Mario Verandi has received commissions by institutions such as the BBC (UK), Sonic Arts Network (UK), Arts Council of England, DAAD (Germany), Deutschland Radio Berlin, Sender Freies Berlin, WDR (West German Radio), SWR (Southwest German Radio), ZKM (Kalrsruhe), Initiative Neue Musik Berlin/Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Czech National Radio and Literatur Werkstatt Berlin.
His works have been performed, exhibited and broadcast worldwide in events such as Donaueschinger Musiktage (Germany), MaerzMusik Berlin, Contemporary Argentine Art Exhibition (London), Interactive Futures (Canada), Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival (USA), Inventionen (Berlin), ISCM World Music Days (Manchester), Futura (France), Festival Musica (Strasbourg), State of the Nation (London), Rumours Concerts (Birmingham, UK), Logos Concerts (Belgium), and Stockholm Electronic Music Festival.
He received a number of prizes and awards that include the Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Competition (France), Musica Nova Competition (Prague), CIEJ Electronic Music Awards (Barcelona), Prix Ars Electronica (Linz), Stockholm Electronic Art Awards (Sweden), SGAE Electroacoustic Music Competition (Spain) and the European Bell Days Composition Prize (ZKM, Karlsruhe).
Mario Verandi has given presentations and lectures in several institutions in Europe and the USA and in 2003-2004 was guest lecturer in the musicology department of the Berlin Free University.
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