- Paola Damiani
(b Riccò del Golfo, La Spezia, Nov 3, 1944). Italian composer. She began to study music at the age of 16 and graduated as a pianist from the Istituto Musicale, Lucca, in 1970. Before devoting herself to composition, she took courses in Renaissance music and music education; she was a member of a polyphonic choir for two years and taught in schools. From 1974 to 1977 she studied harmony and counterpoint at the conservatory in Genoa, then attended Franco Donatoni’s courses at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, where she was awarded a diploma of merit (1982) for composition. She also studied with Brian Ferneyhough, Francesco Pennisi and Fabio Vacchi. She is active as performer, organizer and teacher, and works on magazines and newspapers. She won the ‘Athena’ prize for music in 1988. Cecchi has progressed from her earlier studies and rigorous compositional experiments towards a freer, more pliant style of writing; her works are nevertheless always complex in structure, sometimes to the point where they are linked by a tight network of references: fragments of pre-existing compositions are used to generate new works, as in the case of ...