BRIAN R. EARL

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Brian Earl has followed a path all of his own to become a composer.

As a boy he played in the legendary brass bands of northern England, then studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, and at nineteen began playing bass tuba in the Hong Kong Symphony Orchestra, a job that more or less no one else seemed to want then.

In a short time, he ascended the symphonic world and found himself in the orchestra of La Scala in Milan, where he remained for half his life. Once settled in Italy, he continued his training, first studying conducting with George Hurst, then studying composition at the University of London. His first practical experiences of conducting followed, with the Accademia della Filarmonica della Scala (precursor of today’s Accademia del Teatro alla Scala) and there also followed the first performances of his compositions, while all the time he continued to play in the theatre orchestra.

In more recent times, in the last fifteen years, he has conducted his own colleagues of the Ottoni della Scala and alighted in various other countries with the most wide-ranging types of compositions, stretching from a concerto for classical guitar and orchestra to a symphony for solo winds, from the intimacy of a rhapsody for violin and harp to a full-blown two-act ballet.

There have also been musical excursions in cinema soundtrack and incidental music for the prose theatre in the most recent years. Nowadays he has left aside his career as a performer and dedicates himself solely to composition and dreaming.

In his personal life, shortly after arriving in Italy, he fell in love with, and was married for thirty years to Lorenza Cantini, a writer, and the resident stage director at Teatro alla Scala, until her premature death in 2021. Over their years together Lorenza Cantini wrote the librettos of two operas and a ballet for him, and shortly before her death gave him the librettos of a third opera and another ballet, the scores of which are currently ready to be published and performed.

“The music, by Brian Richard Earl, most enjoyable, echoing Stravinskij.. the music, fresh and brilliant.
But the outstanding feature is the vocal mode…A standing ovation for the performers.”

Federico Capitoni – Amadeus

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