Antonella Barbarossa

(born and resident in Italy), composer and organist. She took her diplomas in pianoforte, organ and composition at the“Alfredo Casella”  Conservatory in Aquila and began a musical activity as performer and conductor in Italy and abroad. She also followed master classes at the University of Toronto and in Italy (for electronic music and orchestration) with Franco Evangelisti and Nicola Costarella. At the same time she took a degree in philosophy at the University of Salerno. She was professor of pianoforte at the Conservatory of Cosenza from 1976 until 1991, the year in which she became Director of the Conservatory of Vibo Valentia, a role that she still has together with that of Director of the Superior School of Music of the Polytechnic Internazionale Scientia et Ars di Vibo Valentia. She has received many honours and is also Artistic Director of the Concert Society of Cosenza and of the Cultural Association of Orte. In 2009 the Observatory of the European Parliament nominated her President of the Commission for the Rights of Men and Women within the of European Council. As a performer she has travelled throughout Europe presenting her own works and those of Bach, Franck, Liszt and Messiaen.
Selected works: She writes for chamber ensembles and for orchestra. “Fantasia sul tema San Francesco che cammina sulle onde” for youth orchestra – 2009, “Frequenze pianistiche – Il micio di seta” – 2004, “Fischiettando – Antologia pianistica” – 2002, “La musica del tramonto” – 1999, “Fantasia per orchestra” – 1998.