Professor of Music and Technology, Associate Principal, Director of the Integra Lab
Coccioli is originally from Italy, where he studied composition with Edgar Alandia and then Azio Corghi at Conservatorio G. Verdi in Milan. Of lasting formative influence were also his journeys to remote areas of Colombia to record music and sounds of indigenous and mestizo communities.
In a career spanning over 30 years Coccioli has lectured and performed all over the world in his different roles as composer, researcher and electronic performer. From 1995 to 1999 he was Luciano Berio’s assistant and in 1998 his opera Magma was premiered to wide critical acclaim.
In 2000 Coccioli became Head of Music Technology at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (RBC) where he directed the €3.1m EU-funded Integra – Fusing Music and Technology project to support and promote composition and performance of music with live electronics (2005-2012), including the development of the Integra Live software. As a spin-off of the project in 2009 Coccioli co-founded with Jamie Bullock Integra Lab, the music interaction design research centre based at RBC.
In 2012 he became Professor of Music and Technology and two years later Associate Principal, playing a key role in the development of RBC’s international strategy and the design and construction of the new Conservatoire building with its innovative digital infrastructure.
Coccioli is currently the PI on the £485,000 AHRC-funded project Augmented Vocality: Recomposing the Sounds of Early Irish and Old Norse. His most recent journal article, “From nature to culture and back. A personal journey through the soundscapes of Colombia”, has been published by the Journal of Sonic Studies.