Maximiliano Amici
Visiting Lecturer at Duke Kunshan University

I always enjoy composing, and I particularly like to explore diverse, multiple facets of music making, as mirrors of being and acting in the world. I was born in Rome in 1980 into a family of musicians. Apart from playing violin in my childhood, I started serious studies of music late in my life, after one year of studying philosophy at the university. Philosophy continues to be one of the great passions of my life, even though I did not pursue it as a career. I studied composition (MA), as well as electroacoustic music (MA), at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory under the supervision of Maestro Luciano Pelosi. I also earned Masters Degrees in piano performance and conducting. Subsequently, in 2013, I spent three years specializing in composition at the Hochschule für Musik in Basel, with Prof.s Erik Oña and Johannes Caspar Walter, before joining the Ph.D. program at Duke in 2016, where I was first advised by Prof. Scott Lindroth. Presently I'm honing my compositional abilities under the guidance of Prof. Stephen Jaffe. My music has been played and recorded by several prominent chamber groups (Parco della Musica Contemporanea Ensemble, Ensemble Phoenix Basel, Deviant Septet, JACK Quartet). Nonetheless, my most prominent musical collaborations have been with the OSN - RAI, for the recording of Flowing  under the baton of Yoichi Sugiyama, and with the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, which recently read my piece Cristalli di Tempo . Apart from music, I'm particularly interested in cinematography, especially in relation to sound and music. To relax, when time allows, I love cooking and walking to enjoy nature.

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

Current Appointments & Affiliations

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