Fabio Cifariello Ciardi (1960) is a composer using sound and technology to mine real-word phenomena. His most recent interests are in sonification and instrumental transcription of speaking-voice rhythms and inflections.
He studied composition, electronic music and musicology at Rome Conservatory of Music and Bologna University. He also studied with Tristan Murail, Philippe Manoury (IRCAM) and Franco Donatoni (Accademia S.Cecilia). In 1991 he won the selection for the “Cursus de Informatique Musicale at IRCAM”. In 1995 he has been invited at EMS (Stockholm) as composer in residence.
His compositions have been awarded prizes at various international competitions: "Ennio Porrino 1989" (Cagliari), "L. Russolo 1992" (Varese), "MusicaNova 1993" (Praha - Czech), "ICMC Cd selection 1993" (Tokyo - Japan), "Olympia 1993" (Athens - Greek), "Spectri Sonori93" (Tulane - USA), XXV Concours Int. de Musique Electroacoustique 1998 (Bourges - France), Valentino Bucchi 1999 (Roma - Italy), Premio Nuova Musica - 39° Concorso Internazionale di Canto Corale C.A.Seghizzi (Gorizia - Italy), "VideoEvento d'Arte 2000" (Torino - Italy), HK.5 Rimusicazioni Film Festival 2003 (Bolzano - Italy), AITS “Best sound in Italian motion pictures 2011” (Rome, Italy).

His music is published and recorded by Raitrade, Curci, ICMA, CNI-LaFrontiera, Unesco CIME-Cultures Electroniques (Bourges, France), Mudima - Cramps Records, SiltaClassic, Edipan.

His works have been commissioned by Biennale di Venezia, Fondazione ITeatri di Reggio Emilia, Ravena Festival, Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi Firenze, Agon-Centro Armando Gentilicci, Fondazione S.Cecilia di Portogruaro, Comune di Trento, Orchestra Haydn di Trento e Bolzano, Orchestra Sinfonica di Sanremo, Orchestra MilanoClassica, Orchestra di Roma e del Lazio, Instituts für Neue Musik di Friburgo, Singapore University, Stockholm Electronic Music Studio, IMEB Bourges, Halle 14 Leipzig & ACC Gallery Weimar, Exnovo Ensemble.

He has developed software algorithms for dissonance calculation, sound spatialization, financial data sonification, speaking-voice musical transcription and other computer-aided composition tools. Cifariello Ciardi collaborated with the Department of Psychology and Architecture of “La Sapienza” University in Rome, the Research Institute for Music Theatre (Rome), the Italian radio RAI-Radio3 publishing several works dedicated to the analysis, the psychology and the policy of music.

Cifariello Ciardi teaches composition at Trento Conservatory ( and he is one of the founding members of Edison Studio (

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Fabio Cifariello Ciardi