Lamberto Coccioli

Professor of Music and Technology, Associate Principal

Birmingham Conservatoire

Professor Lamberto Coccioli is Head of Music Technology at Birmingham Conservatoire, a post he has held since 2000. He studied architecture and art history at Rome’s University before completing his composition studies with Azio Corghi at the Milan Conservatoire. He has attended master classes with Pierre Boulez, Elliott Carter and George Benjamin, and the one-year Advanced Training Course for Young Composers held by the Toscanini Academy in Parma. Of lasting influence were a series of journeys to remote areas of Colombia to record the music and sounds of traditional Indian and mestizo communities.

From 1994 he began an extended collaboration with Luciano Berio, joining Tempo Reale, the research centre for new technologies applied to music founded by Berio in Florence, in 1996. He worked there as a composer, teacher, technologist and performer, and in 1998 became the centre’s artistic co-ordinator.

From 1997 to 1999 he was responsible for the production of Berio’s works using electronics, including Ofanim (Carnegie Hall, New York 1997 and Schleswig-Holstein Festival 1998), Outis (La Scala, Milan, and Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris) and Cronaca del Luogo (Salzburg 1999).

In 2000 he was invited by AGON, the Milan research and production centre, to work on musical (Intercos 2000) and educational (Suoni in Corso) projects. In the same year he was appointed at the Conservatoire, where he has been developing a wide range of activities and resources to integrate new technology with composition and performance.

From 2001 he has been coordinating the activities of the Thallein Ensemble, a group of advanced students devoted to new music, and has actively promoted the composition and performance of works with live electronics. In 2003 he founded the Conservatoire’s Centre for Composition and Performance with Technology.

Current Activity
  • Integra Live
  • Sustainability of live electronic music
  • Philosophy of Technology
Areas of Expertise
  • Composition
  • Composition and performance with live electronics
  • Interactive systems for performance
  • Diploma di Composizione
  • Conservatorio “G Verdi” Milan

Magma, or the See-through Wilderness, opera in one act for 4 singers, 2 actors, chamber orchestra and live electronics, commissioned by CIDIM (Italian National Music Committee), Toscanini Foundation in Parma and Rossini Theatre in Lugo di Ravenna, first performance Lugo, March 20 1998.

Concert music with and without electronics

Kamu-purrui (1992), for solo alto flute, written for Carlo Ipata

Il Divo Claudio (1994), Cinque Amori (1994), Three Sephardi Melodies (1994), Il Racconto delle nuvole (1995), for narrator, flute, clarinet, guitar and cello commissioned by the Toujours Ensemble, Turin

Antidotes: Red-earth, for natural trumpet and live electronics commissioned by Gabriele Cassone, Festival MilanoMusica, Milan 1997

Touch, for piano and live electronics, Birmingham 2001

River teach me, for mezzo-soprano and string quartet, SPNM shortlist 2003, Thallein Ensemble, Birmingham 2003

Flectar, for trombone and live electronics, written for David Purser, Birmingham 2005

Alúna, for viola, ensemble and live electronics, written for Rivka Golani, Thallein Ensemble, Birmingham 2005

Music for Films

Colombia Nuevo Mundo by Mauricio Garcia, (Colombia-Italy 1992)

Lifers by E. Colusso (Metafilm, Italy 1995)

No Risk No Champagne by E. Colusso (Fandango, Italy 2003)

Music for Radio

Novecento, electronic music for a series of sixty programmes on the 20 th century by RAI RadioTre, Italian National Radio (first broadcast in 1999)

Interactive installations

Intercos with AGON at Bologna’s COSMOPROF (2000)

Conference Papers

Bullock, Jamie and Coccioli, Lamberto and Dooley, James and Michailidis, Tychonas (2013) Live Electronics in Practice: Approaches to Training Professional Performers. Organised Sound, 18 (2). pp. 170-177. ISSN 1355-7718

Bullock, James and Coccioli, Lamberto (2010) Integra Live: A New Software Environment for the Composition and Performance of Live Electronic Music.

Bullock, James and Coccioli, Lamberto (2009) Towards a Humane Graphical User Interface for Live Electronic Music. In: 9th International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME), 4-6 June 2009, Pittsburgh, USA

Bullock, J. and Frisk, H.A. and Coccioli, L. (2008) Sustainability of 'live electronic' music in the Integra project. In: MELECON 2008 - 2008 IEEE Mediterranean Electrotechnical Conference, 5 May 2008 through 7 May 2008, Ajaccio, France

with Jamie Bullock, Modernising Live Electronics Technology in the Works of Jonathan Harvey, ICMC 2005, Barcelona

Television Documentary

Opera e No: l'altro Ulisse di Luciano Berio, selected by the 1998 Classique en Images Festival in Paris, 60', RAITre, Italy 1997 (co-authored with Piero Berengo Gardin)