A native of Rome, Italy, composer and clarinetist Paolo Marchettini has a wide catalogue of works, including orchestral, choral, vocal, and chamber music. His music has been commissioned and performed by an array of international festivals, including the Biennale di Venezia (Venice), PlayIt! Festival (Florence), Festival Berio (Rome), Villecroze (France), and Baki Contempo Festivali (Azerbaijan).
Paolo Marchettini’s piece Mercy for orchestra was awarded the prize for best symphonic piece of the year at the 2012 PlayIt! Festival. In 2005, he was a prizewinner for his Violin Concerto in the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition.
His music has been performed by such orchestras and ensembles as the Orchestra Regionale Toscane, the Orchestra di Santa Cecilia, the Sofia Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Manhattan School of Music Symphony, Algoritmo Ensemble, and Freon Ensemble, and broadcasted by Vatican Radio, Rai Radiotre, and Swiss Radio.
An active and accomplished clarinetist, he has performed as soloist with orchestras in both Europe and the United States and has collaborated with distinguished composers such as Goffredo Petrassi, Luciano Berio, Salvatore Sciarrino, Ennio Morricone, and Sylvano Bussotti.
Marchettini holds a doctorate in composition from Manhattan School of Music. He studied composition, choral music, choral conducting, and clarinet at the Conservatorio and Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in his native Rome and graduated with honors from Tor Vergata University in Rome. His teachers included Ivan Vandor, Azio Corghi, Richard Danielpour, and Claudio Dall’Albero.
He teaches music theory at Manhattan School of Music and is Assistant Professor of Composition at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.