Enzo Restagno - Artistic Director

Enzo Restagno studied music and philosophy in Turin and Wien. He taught Music History for 37 years at the conservatoir "Giuseppe Verdi" in Turin. He has been musical critc for newspapers and magazines, such as "Stampa sera", "La Repubblica", "Le Monde de la Musique", "Die Zeit", "L'Espresso". He produced radio and television programs for RAI, Radio France, Westdeutsche Rundfunk, BBC. He held lectures and masterclasses for musical institutions and universities aroung Europe, USA and Asia.
As a scholar, he paid particular attention to modern and contemporary music, for which he is considered one of the internationally most eminent specialists. He wrote books about Luigi Nono, Luciano Berio, Hans Werner Henze, Elliott Carter, Ligeti, Xenakis, Petrassi, Donatoni, Sofia Gubaidulina, Alfred Schnittke, Steve Reich, Louis Andriessen, Peter Maxwell Davies, Arvo Paert, which have been translated in many languages. As aknowledgement of his competence, Milan Edizioni Ricordi wanted him as artistic consultant for its contemporary music editions.
Beyond being a teacher and a scholar, Enzo Restagno is also an organizer of musical events, activity he loves particularly because he considers it the most extraordinary way of social and cultural promotion of music. During the past 25 years he was artistic consultant and director of the Emilia Romagna Sinphonic Orchestra "Arturo Toscanini", of the Bergamo and Brescia international piano festival "Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli", of Turin RAI Orchestra, and starting from 1986 of the festival "Torino Settembre Musica", which he has in 20 years transformed in one of the biggest international reviews, which led in 2007 to the creation of "MiTo Settembre Musica". This festival considers the two cities of Turin and Milan, with their theaters, halls, musical traditions and audience, a kind of huge musical building inside of which, for three weeks, the most noble artist, the most promising young artists and musical cultures of every time and every place meet to stage a gorgeous review of cultural antropology, under the sign of music.
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