Enzo Amato

From a very early age Enzo Amato dedicated himself to writing musical compositions for theatre. As a result, he dealt continually with the analysis of the great musicians of the past, taking principally the work of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and Wagner as models. Among his teachers were: Stefano Aruta, Marialuisa Anido, Leo Brouwer, Argenzio Jorio and Franco Donatoni. At the same time, he conducted studies of Neapolitan music of the 1700s and, together with Albert Vitolo, revived numerous masterpieces of this school. In fact, he uncovered a profound plagiarism by Mozart of Pasquale Anfossi that was reported on the front pages of newspapers around the world. He has participated in many radio and television programs for RAI and other broadcasters.
He has a busy calendar in Italy and abroad, performing in the most important theatres in Naples and the rest of Italy, as well as at the Pompidou Center in Paris, the Palais du Congres in Strasburg, Palais du Culture in Marseilles, the Circus Royale in Brussels, and in the cities of: New York, Chicago, Bremen, Kaustinen, Sofia, Volos, Geneva, Dieppe, Rouen, Bischwiller, Basel and Carcassonne.
A prolific composer, one of his works Tudohr Suite for soprano and orchestra, written for the 40th anniversary of the publication of the Declaration of Human Rights and performed in the Teatro Mercadante in Naples was awarded the prize for ‘Instrument Music for Peace’ in Rome by the UNESCO Musique Esperance in the Sala dello Stenditoio at the Cultural Ministry. Around the V for orchestra of synthesizer and computer debuted for the first time ever in the “Futuro Remoto”, 1990 edition. Mare Nostrum Citreum for Contralto, Launeddas, Tammorra and “Orchestra” of ethnic instruments of Mediterranean Peoples (managed by computer) was first performed in the cycle “Futuro Remoto” 1991. Colors for guitar was written for Aniello Desiderio.
He was president of the International Institute for the Study of 16th Century Neapolitan Music, sponsored by the Italian Prime Minister, the European Parliament and the European Commission; Artistic Coordinator of the European Festival for Music for the City of Naples – sponsored by the Prime Minister, the French Cultural Minister and the City of Naples; Director of the Technical Committee for the Piano Prize “Citta di Napoli” – sponsored by the Prime Minister, the Campagna Region and the City of Naples; Music Consultant to the Music Laboratory of the City of Science of Naples; Permanent Director of the Chamber Orchestra of Naples with which he performed the world premiere of the Messa Solenne in D major for Soli, Chorus and Orchestra and the Requiem per Soli, Chorus and Orchestra by Niccolò Jommelli and numerous concertos and symphonies by Cimarosa, Anfossi, Fiorenza, Sacchini, Piccinni and Guglielmi. In teaching and research, he oversaw courses on semiotics in Music (choice of soundtrack a scene) at the Popular University of Theater of Naples directed by Pippo Baudo and Ernesto Calindri. He directed the Artistic Department of the Popular University of Caserta (CNUPI). He also directed a refresher course in Instrumental Didactics recognized by the Ministry of Public Instruction designed for teachers in Conservatories and Middle Schools with a specialty in Music. He worked with the faculty of informatics at the University of Salerno regarding research on sound proofing internal environments by using counter phase sound waves.
He has written articles such as: “Choosing production music”, “Contributions to the semiotic analysis of music”, “Music of the Sun, a trip through the incomparable Neapolitan Music of the 16th century”.
His compositions include Mare Nostrum Citreum, Around the V, Songs for Guitar, Tudhor Suite, and Mater Mediterranean.

Discography: ‘Sinfonie Napolitane’, ANTES, Milan 1998.- ‘Insieme’, Alta Sintonia, Brescia 2004, ‘Mater Mediterranea Alta Sintonia’, Brescia 2007, ‘Sinfonie Napolitane’, Concerto, Milan 2008.

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