Paolo Pessina was born in Milan in 1969 and graduated in composition with Azio Corghi at the Milan Conservatory in 1995. He was awarded a scholarship to attend the composition master-classes held by the Accademia Petrassi, Fondazione Toscanini in Parma in 1996, and in 1997 obtained his master diploma in composition with honours at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, for which he was awarded the S.I.A.E. Prize. In 2000 he was awarded the Diploma of Merit in Azio Corghi's composition master-classes at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena. In 2001 and 2003 he attended master-classes in film music with Luis Bacalov at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana, where he was awarded the Emma Contestabile Prize. In 1997 Paolo Pessina received expressions of admiration and encouragement for his works by Jean Françaix. He studied orchestral conducting with Yuri Ahronovich and Ennio Nicotra, and has worked in Madrid, Palermo, Vienna, Graz and Zagreb as assistant to Alexander Rahbari. In 2001 he formed the Orchestra Sinfonica Adriatica comprising gifted Italian musicians, and in 2002 his first CD was presented in Rome, with Yuri Temirkanov. His compositions include stage and film scores, symphonic, vocal and chamber music. Some of his compositions have also been performed by Franco Gulli, Arturo Bonucci and Ruggiero Ricci, and are published by BMG Ricordi, Sonzogno, Berbèn, Pizzicato Verlag and recorded by the Italian Broadcasting Corporation RAI, Slovenia RTV and Universal GmbH.
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