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Maximiliano Amici

Assistant Professor of Music and Composition at Duke Kunshan University
DKU Faculty


Maximiliano Amici, disciple of Luciano Pelosi and Stephen Jaffe, earned his master’s in music composition at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome. He also holds diplomas in electronic music and conducting from the same Conservatory, as well as a diploma in piano performance from the S. Pietro a Majella Conservatory in Naples. He joined the doctoral program in composition at Duke University after a period of specialization in avantgarde music at the Hochschule für Musik in Basel, with Prof. Erik Oña. He earned his Ph.D. in music composition at Duke in September 2021. His dissertation is a dramatic cantata for baritone, large chamber ensemble, male choir and electronics based on The Pit and the Pendulum, by Edgar Allan Poe, for which he also authored the libretto. His music has been played and recorded by several prominent chamber groups (Parco della Musica Contemporanea Ensemble, Ensemble Phoenix Basel, Deviant Septet, JACK Quartet, amongst others). The Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale RAI recorded his orchestral piece Flowing under the baton of Yoichi Sugiyama. He is also active as an electronic musician; the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University and the Zeiträume Festival Basel have hosted his installations. 


  • 2021 PhD Music Composition (Duke University, Durham)
  • 2015 Certificate of Advanced Studies (Hochschule für Musik, Basel)
  • 2012 Diploma in Electronic Music (S. Cecilia Conservatory, Rome)
  • 2011 Diploma in Piano (San Pietro a Majella Conservatory, Naples)
  • 2009 Diploma in Conducting (S. Cecilia Conservatory, Rome)
  • 2009 Master in Composition (S. Cecilia Conservatory, Rome)
  • 2007 Bachelor in Composition (S. Cecilia Conservatory, Rome)

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Assistant Professor of Music and Composition at Duke Kunshan University · 2023 - Present DKU Faculty

Education, Training & Certifications

Duke University · 2018 M.A.