Born in Brescia (1957), Antonio Giacometti graduated in composition at the Milan Conservatory, while pursuing an education in the humanities and pedagogy. His compositions have won prizes in many national and international competitions. As well as composing, he teaches composition, latterly as Director of the Modena Institute for High-Level Music Studies “Orazio Vecchi – Antonio Tonelli”.
Giacometti has a particular interest in musical analysis, especially the pedagogical implications of the discipline of musical composition. In 1989 he was one of the founding members of the “Società Italiana di Analisi Musicale” (SidAM). His translations of academic texts (Gardonyi: ‘Kontrapunkt’; Owens: Modal and Tonal Counterpoint from Josquin to Stravinsky) are published by Ricordi and Curci. His own texts ‘Linguaggi e forme per inventare’ (on first level composition didactics) and ‘Musica d'insieme. Anche senza il leggìo’ (on developing chamber and orchestral groups for young musicians) are published by Rugginenti.
Giacometti’s cross-over CD ‘Shakti, the Great Mother’ was released in 2013. In 2017, musicologist Carlo Bianchi interviewed him at length, and the resulting book ‘Crossing Music’ was published by Libere Edizioni. In 2018 the Da Vinci label released a CD of his complete works for solo guitar, played by Edoardo Dadone.
In December 2019, Giacometti’s Cantata Jungle Jazz: uma Sinfonia amazônica, concerning the theme of deforestation, premiered in the Teatro Amazonas, Manaus.
Giacometti’s compositions are published by Rugginenti, Ricordi, Suvini-Zerboni, Bérben, EDI-PAN, Editions Musicales Delatour, Agenda edizioni musicali, AlexanderStreet Press, RAI.com, and now by Bergmann Edition.