Cristian Carrara (Pordenone, 1977) is considered one of the most original composers of his generation. He writes mainly symphonic and chamber music, but also works for the musical theater and television. The criticism acknowledges its productions as “highly focused and balanced, and full of gently harmonic texture,” but “big in the creative intent for which the whole context is manifested very solid and clear,” able to reveal, beyond the curtain of a music apparently ‘simple’, the terrible question on adverse outcomes of what is proclaimed well, that is what the war, any war, entails” (Claudio Strinati). “His music is close to the heart, it is clear but not simple, is straightforward but speak a language full of mystery: that of poetry.” (Elena Formica)
His music is performed in prestigious halls, the Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Berliner Hall, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino up to the Auditorium Binyanei Hauma of Jerusalem.
“It’s an author who has a great ease of writing” (Giorgio Battistelli). His happy relationship with the public is well described by the American critic Rob Haskins: “I know it’s the music I want to share and listen to over and over again”. “Unlike so much today music, his crypticism is not in writing, but in the difficulty to organize and to make the most possible clear his compositional thought, as happens in the Verdi’s music, that has a minimum semiotic charge, but an extremely violent semantic charge”. (Flavio Emilio Scogna).
He join works with important Italian and international artists, including: Flavio Emilio Scogna, Omer Meir Wellber, Paolo Olmi, Nicola Paszkowski, Michalis Economou, Jan Latham Koenig, Lior Shambadal, Alda Caiello, Roberto Abbondanza, Roberto Prosseda, Floraleda Sacchi, Francesco D’Orazio, Francesca Dego, et al., and his music are performed by renowned ensembles and orchestras, including: the Filarmonica Toscanini di Parma, Orchestra Regionale della Toscana, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, L’Orchestra del Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Qatar Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Symphoniker, the Ra’anana Symphonet, etc.
Among his plays are the works: La piccola vedetta lombarda [The small lookout Lombard], Oliver Twist, Alto sui pedali [High on the pedals] and Il giocatore. Canzone dei luoghi comuni [The player. Song of the commons]. In the catalog symphonic: Magnificat, Meditation for pedal piano and orchestra (commissioned by Emilia Romagna Festival), Destinazione del sangue [Destination of blood], Liber Mundi, Tales from the underground, Ondanomala (commission Teatro Lirico di Trieste), Vivaldi In memoriam (commission Maggio Musicale Fiorentino). As for the chamber music among the most frequently performed work must be reported: Luce [Light], Pater, Bianco [White], Ludus and the collection of piano pieces A piano diary.
In the rich discography, published in monographic CDs with labels like Tactus, Amadeus Art, Arts/Tosca, Incipit, New Stradivarius, Curci, he reflects the focus on a compositional inspiration fueled by multiple levels of cultural investigation, able to explore both the great themes of man’s path (Liber Mundi, 2012) as the miniature of self-gift (A piano diary, 2011) how much the commingling o genres (Ludus, 2013).
Author and presenter of television broadcasts of divulging music, he is founder and artistic director of the series of recordings of “Arts Solidarity” promoted by Curci, Feltrinelli / Ricordi Media Store and by the ACLI National.
Cristian Carrara graduated from the Conservatory of Udine. Already artistic consultant to the superintendent at Teatro Lirico di Trieste, is Chairman of the Culture Committee of the Regione Lazio.