Bio

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Michele Bianchini (1987) graduated with honors from the Conservatory of Perugia under the guidance of Roberto Todini, obtaining a scholarship as the best graduate of the year 2009. He also studied at the Sibelius Academy of Helsinki with Pekka Savijoki and followed master classes with internationally renowned saxophonists such as E. Rousseau, C. Delangle, JM Londeix, F. Mondelci and deepened the contemporary and electronic repertoire under the guidance of G. Antongirolami.
He carries out intense concert activity both as a soloist and in various chamber ensembles, proposing himself with a repertoire that includes both works from the 1900s and - in particular - contemporary works.
He has performed for important festivals and associations both in Italy - Milano Musica, Ravenna Festival, Nuova Consonanza, L'Aquila Contemporanea, Amici della Musica di Modena, Amici della Musica di Perugia, Seismic Area of Forlì, New Musical Spaces Contemporary music festival (Ascoli Piceno), Forlì Open Music, Germi Festival of contemporary music in Rome, Review of New Music in Macerata - and abroad - New York University, Symphony Space Hall (New York), Megaron in Athens, Eastman School of Music in Rochester (USA), Potdsam Musik Fabrik (D), Hartford University (USA), Colorado College (USA), Perm International Festival of Contemporary Music (RU), Moscow Philharmonic, Moscow Conservatory, Potdsam Intersonanzen Festival (D ), 17th and 18th World Saxophone Congress which were held in Strasbourg (2015) and Zagreb (2018).

Assiduous interpreter of the contemporary repertoire for saxophone, thanks also to continuous collaborations with Italian and international composers, he has performed numerous premiere of pieces often written specifically for him by authors such as S. Sciarrino, N. Tzortzis, R. Cendo, A. Khubeev, G. Colombo Taccani, I. Fedele, S. Scodanibbio, A. Gentile, T. Papatrechas, L. Gregoretti, F. De Rossi Re, Wei-Chieh Lin; he also collaborated with F. Bedrossian, M. Andre and S. Sciarrino.
In addition to dedicating himself with particular attention to solo activity (also with live electronics), he pays particular attention to the chamber repertoire, collaborating with various ensembles.
He is a member of the Suono Giallo Ensemble (flute, saxophone, double bass, piano and percussion). He is also the executive director of ilSUONO Contemporary Music Week, a week dedicated to contemporary music with masterclasses and concerts, born with the aim of enhancing the compositional and interpretative aspect: since 2016 composers of the caliber of F. Filidei, S Movio, N. Tzortzis, F. Bedrossian, Y. Maresz, G. Spiropoulos, C. Czernowin, R. Steiger.
He is a founding member of the Freem Saxophone Quartet (Iacopo Sammartano, Riccardo Guazzini and Fabio Lombrici), an active formation in the dissemination of the classical and minimalist repertoire for this formation. He founded also the Sidera Saxophone Quartet (Gianpaolo Antongirolami, Michele Selva and Daniele Berdini), a recently established group mainly dedicated to the contemporary and electroacoustic repertoire.
He has held seminars on extended techniques and contemporary repertoire for saxophone at the Ionian University of Corfu, the A. Buzzolla Conservatory of Adria, the G. Rossini Conservatory of Pesaro and the G.B. Pergolesi of Fermo. His recording activity is also significant. In 2019 his first solo work, Grido, was released for the Ars Publica label, including premiered works written specifically for this project by A. Khubeev, G. Santini, G. Spiropoulos, N. Tzortzis, I. Zapata , T. Papatrechas, Wei Chieh Lin, F. Volpi.
Also in 2019 a Minimal Sax was published by Brilliant Classics, a work dedicated to minimalist music for saxophone quartet with music by S. Reich, P. Glass, M. Nyman and M. Torke.
With the Nyky Trio he recorded for A Simple Lunch Record ... à bout de souffle ..., CD with music by contemporary Italian authors, many of which were written and dedicated to the trio. Also for A Simple Lunch he recorded with the Suono Giallo Ensemble a project dedicated to Alberto Burri on the occasion of his centenary with music for the first time.
His live performances have been included in various publications for MAP Editions (So far so good by Virginia Guastella sax solo and Nyky Trio), ICIA and NAVONA Record (In memoriam Dinu Ghezzo and the cycles of the moon with the Namaste Ensemble).