The site of GIOVANNI GROSSKOPF, composer and pianist
Born in 1966. He graduated at the State Conservatory of Music "G.Verdi" in Milan, Italy: Piano (1988), Composition (1994), Computer Music (1997) with full marks.
He attended a three-years Piano masterclass at the "G.Marziali" Academy in Seveso, held by the pianist Bruno Canino.
He attended also a Composition masterclass with Franco Donatoni, at the Municipal Music School in Milan.
Among his teachers: Bruno Canino (piano), Niccolò Castiglioni (composition), Pippo Molino (composition), Alberto Barbero (composition), Guido Salvetti (music analysis), Luigi Zanardi (piano), Riccardo Sinigaglia (computer music).
He has also attended composition seminars with Niccolò Castiglioni, Franco Donatoni and György Ligeti.
He has a great activity as a composer and his compositions have been performed in international concert seasons abroad (Regentenkamer Theater at The Hague, Netherlands; Concerts of the S. Paulo University, Brazil; Omni Foundation in San Francisco, U.S.A; Masterclasses in Adelboden, Switzerland; 7.Internationale Musikfreizeit in Limburg, Germany; Concerts of the ArcoArtis Association in Amadora, Portugal; Dorset Guitar Society, England; Bar-Ilan University, Israel; Socrates Comenius 2006, Sweden; iBeam Music Studio in New York City, U.S.A., and others) and in Italy (Milano, Bolzano, L'Aquila, Cagliari, Massa, Brescia, Busto Arsizio, Amandola, Portogruaro, Mogliano Veneto, Monza, S.Giorgio del Sannio, Appiano Gentile, Montefiore, Brugherio, Arese, Cogorno, Rovereto, and so on…) and are part of the repertoire of many ensembles and soloists. He has worked or is working with musicians and artists such as Gruppo Kairòs and Insight Quartet in Bolzano/Bozen, the Compagnia della Luna Nuova in Milan, the Trompeten Ensemble in Linz (Austria), the Trio Subtilior in Madrid and the duo Cuypers-Lop in Tarragona (Spain), the "Duo46" (U.S.A.), the Grandi Quartet in Bologna, the Ensemble Webern in Adria, Giorgio Baggiani, Gemma Bertagnolli, Silvia Cesco, Gianandrea Noseda, Luciano Rossi, Daniele Scanziani, Emanuele Segre, Francesco Libetta, Luciano Chillemi, Luca Belloni, David Whitwell and many others. In January 1999 the Vatican Radio has dedicated to him a whole episode of a program on the contemporary composers, depicting him as one of the deepest young Italian composers, and his music has also been featured in similar programs on the national Italian radio RAI-RADIOTRE and on the National Radio of Argentina.
One of his major projects is now the composition "Ritus" (in twelve movements, based on music materials from various mainly European ethnic oral traditions).
Many compositions of his have been published by ABEditore and also by Edizioni Suvini Zerboni.
Being highly interested in ethnomusicological "field" recordings, and to their possible relationship to the classical and contemporary classical composition, he has published essays and lectured during conferences on this subject.
This interest is reflected also in his activity as a composer, through the collection and the study of countless examples of ethnic traditional music from all the World, and the personal development and reworking in his music of formal and structural models derived from them.
His musical production reflects also his other interests: Baroque music, Mediaeval music, the early 20th century music from France and from England and the U.S.A., the love for the mountains and Alpine life, for the nature, its sounds and its forms, the suggestions from the Nordic Countries and their culture, birds, religious anthropology, prehistoric art, folk rituals, the world of fairy tales, the importance of memories, and, moreover, the special care for harmony and for the tone colour in the chords.
He has also been active in musicological activities, with papers and lectures in Italy, France, Lithuania, regarding unique researches about the study of chords in atonal and late-tonal music, and the study of timbre affinities and timbre similarities among different chords, also within an international project. He is actually the author of a well-known original method of analysis and classification of the chords in atonal or late-tonal music (Interval Perception Analysis), and of the related theoretical model which is the base for its application. Starting from these researches, he has also investigated the history of the use of chords according to their timbre (which is typical of the 20th century composers) and the analysis of the different means, employed during the 20th century, to achieve a feeling of logical direction to the music (and to harmony, above all) also outside the tonality system.
He has been performing in concerts as a pianist since 1985, and he loves to perform Bach (also with monographic programs on this author, following an approach which he illustrated in the paper "Bach at the piano: a lucky error", Rassegna Musicale Curci, January 1996), 18th century music, monographic programs dealing with rarely performed music (some Mozart's concertos in the original chamber music version, Schumann's op.133, and a program about Grieg's relationship with the Norwegian folk music, including his op.66 and op. 72, in collaboration with the Norwegian Embassy in Italy), the 20th century music, and contemporary music (also premiering some works), both as a soloist and with other musicians. He plays in a duo formed with the clarinetist Alessandro Travaglini.
He has been teaching Harmony at the Conservatory in Milan and in Brescia, Composition (and Piano) at the Cultural Association "Liceo Musicale V.Appiani" in Monza, and Piano (and Guided Listening) at the Municipal School of Music in Brugherio, since 1988, for thirteen years, and then, for six years, General Music Culture and "Theory of Harmony and Music Analysis" at the State Conservatory of Music "G.P. da Palestrina" in Cagliari (Sardinia), where he has also been professor of "Structures and Form in Music" in the Ethnomusicology course.
He is now full professor of Harmony and Music Analysis at the State Conservatory of Music "G.Verdi" in Milan, Italy.
Activities: composer, pianist, musicologist.
Main areas of interest:
- harmony and use of chords in the 20th century and in contemporary music
- relationship between ethnic traditional music and "learned" composition, ethnomusicology- relationship between music analysis and performance, especially at the piano.