Pierangelo Valtinoni studied Organ and Organ Composition, Choral Music and Choir Conducting, Composition and Orchestra Conducting. As an organist he has attended numerous interpretation courses with important musicians and has carried out intensive concert work. He is currently dedicated to composing and conducting, with a particular focus on the twentieth century and contemporary music.
He was the founder and conductor of the Paralleli Ensemble of Vicenza and has for some years conducted the Icarus Ensemble of Reggio Emilia, performing concerts in Italy (Venice: Festival Galuppi; Milan: Nuove Sincronie, Scuola Civica; Turin: Società Casella; Palermo: Musica su più dimensioni; Reggio Emilia: Di Nuovo Musica, etc.), Europe (Munich: Hochschule für Musik; Gasteig; Amsterdam: Gaudeamus Week 1998) and Mexico (Guanajuato: Festival Cervantino; Mexico City: Festival Donatoni). He has conducted several orchestras, including the Orchestra di Roma, with which he recorded the soundtrack of a film broadcast by the Italian television channel RAI 1, the Shoumen State Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra del Teatro Olimpico Città di Vicenza.
His compositions have been played in Italy, in Europe, in Asia and America, have been recorded for the Ariston-Ricordi, Tactus, Discantica, Internationales Forum Junge Chormusik, Osnabrücker Jugendchor and Song & Music Production labels and have been broadcast by Deutschland Radio, Radio Berlin rbb and the Italian Radio 3. He has published by Boosey & Hawkes, Sonzogno, Carrara, Carus-Verlag, Feniarco and Cipriani.
In 1995 he wrote the musical tale “Il ragazzo col violino” with the libretto written by Roberto Piumini, published by Sonzogno.
In 1996 he wrote “Capriccio italiano”, the soundtrack for the short film of the same name and presented at the Metropolitan in New York.
Also in 1996, the Internationales Forum Junge Chormusik of Rotenburg-Wümme (Germany) commissioned him, as sole representative of Italy together with important European composers, to write a composition for a cappella choir entitled “Ad honorem regis summi” which, after a preview in Rotenburg and Lescar and a recording on CD, was played in Santiago de Compostela as part of the European El Canto project.
In 1998 he composed the “Sinfonia per organo italiano”, a compulsory piece in the Gaetano Callido international organ competition in Borca di Cadore, 1999. The piece is published by Carrara and is recorded on a CD promoted by the Provincia di Vicenza and on new CD published by Fugatto. In 2001 composed “Pinocchio” on the verses written by Paolo Madron commissioned by the Orchestra del Teatro Olimpico Città di Vicenza, presented at the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza and now published by Boosey & Hawkes.
In 2006 the Komische Oper Berlin produced a new two-act version in German of the opera Pinocchio which was performed 13 times during the 2006-2007 season, 9 times during the 2007-2008 season and 6 times during the 2008-2009 season. A new staging was developed by the Staatsoper in Hamburg in 2008 which was performed 12 times and another new production by the Società del Quartetto di Vicenza was performed 3 times at the Teatro Comunale Città di Vicenza in November 2008. Pinocchio was performed at Pala Bassano the 4th and 5th of December 2010 by Opera Estate Festival Veneto and at the Teatro Regio di Torino the 12th and the 13th of May 2011. Pinocchio will be performed at the Teatro Regio di Torino also during the 2011/2012 season.
In 2002 he had commissions from the Festival Organistico Internazionale M.E. Bossi of Salò and from the KlavierTheater 2002 Festival of Treviso, for which he wrote the music for the show “Il pianista invisibile”.
He wrote music for film and for theater. He won the prize for the Best Musical Score at the 60th Festival Nazionale di Arte Drammatica di Pesaro with the music for the theatre piece “Un teatro per Jules - L’ultima rotta di Verne” by A. Marcolini.
On October 24, 2010, at the Komische Oper Berlin, was performed the new opera “Die Schneekönigin” (The Snow Queen - La Regina delle nevi) with the libretto written by Paolo Madron and the German translation of Frank Harders-Wuthenow and Werner Hintze that has been commissioned him after Pinocchio’s great success. After 13 performances at the Komische Oper Berlin, another new production of the opera, developed by the Hamburgische Staatsoper, was performed 13 times in Hamburg at Kampnagel in 2011. This opera was performed in the original italian version at the Teatro Comunale di Vicenza the 30th of April and the 1st of May 2011 by the Società del Quartetto di Vicenza. It is published by Boosey & Hawkes and will be performed 8 times at the Komische Oper Berlin during the 2011/2012 season.
He gave lessons on his own compositions to the “IV Franco Donatoni Composition Course” in Mexico City, to the “Kinderchor Opern Neue Musik” Symposium in Berlin and on choral composition to the “European Seminary for Young Composers” organized in Aosta (Italy) by Feniarco. He will give lessons on choral composition in Aosta also in 2012.
Recently, commissioned by Boosey & Hawkes, he has completed the orchestration of the last part of the Opera buffa “Koukourgi” by L. Cherubini which had the world premiere on September 16, 2010 at the Stadt Theater in Klagenfurt (Germany).
In 2005 he participated in the reconstruction of the opera “Malombra” by M.E. Bossi which enjoyed its world premiere on September 16, 2005 at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna. He was a member of the jury for the first intermediate music schools and workshops music presentation organized by the Veneto I.R.R.E. and of the International piano composition competition - 23rd G.F. Malipiero Prize of Treviso.
He has won three national competitions for music conservatory teaching posts and currently teaches at the Vicenza Conservatory where he was the Vice-director from 2004 to 2009.