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Born: 1968, Alessandria, Italy

Trained at the conservatories of Alessandria and Parma and the Santa Cecilia Academy in Rome, Alberto Colla has won many prizes for his compositions, which include two piano concertos, sonatas for piano and for guitar, and the opera Il processo, to his own libretto based on The Trial by Franz Kafka. Colla has received commissions from Juilliard and the Sonic Boom Festival in New York, the Salzburg Festival, the Bergen International Festival, and Bavarian Radio's Musica Viva. Luciano Berio recently commissioned a new work for chorus and orchestra from Colla to inaugurate a new theater designed by Roman architect Renzo Piano. Colla's eclectic style draws on music from many times and places. He has taught composition at the "G. Donizetti" Conservatory in Bergamo, Italy since 1998.