Iucolano_smallBorn: 1946
Country of origin: Italy

Nicolò Iucolano was born in Floridia (near Siracusa, Sicily) in 1946.  At the age of nine he started studying the piano, and at that time he also began to compose music.  He graduated in Theology at the “Pontificia Universitas Gregoriana” in Rome with a thesis on contemporary atheism and has since then continued to cultivate intercultural and interreligious dialogue.  He studied at La Sapienza University in Rome:  history of music with professor Nino Pirrotta and ethnomusicology and folk traditions with professor Diego Carpitella.  He also studied composition independently.  After receiving a diploma in piano performance, he specialized in the pianistic production of Liszt under the direction of Gloria Lanni.  At the Accademia Chigiana in Siena he attended an ethnomusicology workshop held by Luciano Berio, Sandor Veress and Carpitella.  He also attended specialization courses for conductors by Piero Bellugi (Siena), Carlo Zecchi (Venice), and Franco Ferrara (Rome). In order to promote 20th century masterworks, particularly those from Italy, Iucolano founded the Béla Bartók Association, which he directed from 1980 until 1998; the Bartók Ensemble; and the Béla Bartók Prize – Interpreters of Contemporary Music (1987-1991), for which he was the Artistic Director.  As a conductor, he directed the “Zoltán Kodály Chorus” of Rome for ten years and the chorus for La Traviata and Tosca, which toured in France and Spain.  He was also invited to conduct Tosca, Pagliacci, and La Bohème in Nagoya, Japan.  Currently he conducts the Children’s Chorus of the Latina Conservatory.  Working as a pianist, he has collaborated with the Vatican Radio and the RAI (Italian national television and radio) and with artists such as Veronika Kincses, Renato Bruson, Giuseppe Taddei, Rolando Panerai, and Albert Dohmen.  He has been the official pianist of the Giacomo Lauri Volpi international singing competition in Latina for more than fifteen years. He has performed concerts at the Italian Institutes of Culture in Prague, Ankara and Addis Ababa. Iucolano has composed works for chorus, orchestra, and chamber ensemble (often including the voice), some of which have been broadcast on RAI as premières. He has made recordings as a composer and as a pianist for the National Record Library (Rome). Additionally he composed the music for the CD-ROM Frederic II, dedicated to the famous Sicilian-German emperor.  Iucolano is the author of the libretto and the music for L’Aquila e i Girasoli (The Eagle and the Sunflowers), an opera with a prologue, three acts, and an epilogue, based on the diaries of the Korean admiral Yi Sunsin.  This opera was performed in South Korea seventeen times with the title The Admiral Yi Sunsin, broadcast by KBS, the most important Korean television channel.  His works contrast both with the sterile academism of a certain part of the avant-garde and with postmodern over-simplification and superficial contamination of styles.  He has published for Edipan, Bèrben, and Domani Musica only a small part of his production.  Giorgio Gaslini wrote about him:  “He creates with much intensity…In his works you feel the great Italian school of the Twentieth Century.” At the Ottorino Respighi Conservatory in Latina, Iucolano is Professor of Music Theory, Solfège,  Ear Training and Musical Semiography.


Title: Dances of the Mevlevi Dervishes, for english horn or sax soprano
Cat.No.: MA 0010035
Page: 16
Price: 14.90 Euro

Title: Odysséus, for piano 4 hands
Cat.No.: MA 0010043
Page: 24
Price: 16.90 Euro

Title: Pianto Antico, for choir, trio of winds, harp, vibraphone and string quartet
Cat.No.: MA 0010288
Page: 20
Price: 14.90 Euro