- Paola Damiani
(b Rovigo, Oct 6, 1935). Italian composer and organist. She was educated in Venice, Padua and Milan, studying the piano, the organ and composition; among her composition teachers were Giorgio Federico Ghedini and Bruno Bettinelli. In 1969 she was appointed to teach harmony and counterpoint at Bologna Conservatory. Among several important awards she has received are prizes from the GEDOK competition in Mannheim (1985), the Henryk Wieniawski competition in Poland and, for Levia, first prize at the first international competition of the Verein zur Förderung von Berufsmusikerinnen (1987) of Zurich. Furgeri’s vast output includes orchestral works, chamber and choral music and collections of educational pieces. Her musical style, with its mainly atonal language and use of serial procedures, refers back to the music of the early 20th century, a period to which she feels closest. There are also in her works brief tonal and lyrical moments, always an indication of nostalgia for the recent musical past....