- Susanna Pasticci
(b Avezzano, July 26, 1947). Italian composer. She took diplomas in piano playing (1972) and composition (1974) and then took Petrassi's postgraduate composition course at the Accademia di S Cecilia in Rome (1975–6). She made her name in various international competitions (Gaudeamus 1982, ISCM, Budapest 1986 and Essen 1995), and was honoured ‘for cultural services’ by the Polish Ministry of Culture in 1988. In parallel with her compositional activities she has been adviser of the Venezia Biennale Festival (1993–7) and artistic director of various musical institutions: Nuovi Spazi Musicali, Rome (since 1979), the Goffredo Petrassi Chamber Orchestra, Rome (1986–8) and the opera house in Ascoli Piceno (1996–9). She was appointed to teach at the Rome Conservatory in 1978. Her music displays an experimental attitude towards timbre and sounds are often presented at the limit of perceptibility. The cornerstone of her expressive idiom is an ethereal soundworld in which the tiniest gestures emerge elegantly from silence while the musical texture is continually fragmented and recomposed. Her work is notable for structural unity and a stylistic security. In her chamber and orchestral pieces, she aims to create a counterpoint of diffused sounds that work against each other in extremely rapid rhythms to produce a kaleidoscopic, continually changing web of sound....