Luciano Berio

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Luciano Berio


Luciano Berio (24 October 1925, Oneglia, Italy – 27 May 2003, Rome) was an Italian composer.

As a young boy, Berio took organ lessons from his father and grandfather and then studied piano and composition. At age 19, an accident to his hand ended his keyboard career. He then studied composition and the classics, and after World War II, he moved to Milan and studied law for a short period. In 1950, he received a diploma in composition from the Milan Conservatory.

In 1955, Berio was director of the Studio di Fonologia in Milan, where Hermann Scherchen, John Cage, and Pierre Boulez were his pupils. In 1963, he moved to Oakland, California, where he taught composition at Mills College. Concurrently, he taught at Harvard University and the Juilliard School of Music. Berio returned to Italy in 1972 and continued to compose and do music research.

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