On December 9th 2014 at the Campidoglio in Rome,
Alberto Caruso has been awarded with the Prize
Premio Personalità Europea 2014.
Alberto Caruso has composed a lyric opera based on the novel The Master by Colm Tóibín who also wrote the libretto for this opera. Alberto began the composition in Ireland in 2012, during a residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig. He then worked with Tóibín in Spain during a residency at the Center of Art and Nature of Farrera.
In June 2014 the University of Colorado in Boulder invited Alberto Caruso, Colm Tóibín and the director Ron Daniels for a production of a workshop of the entire opera The Master.
In 2008, Alberto Caruso conducted the Tokyo Chamber Opera Theatre in the premiere of his chamber opera in two acts The Little Prince - il Piccolo Principe - 星の王子さま, based on the book Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
In 2000 Alberto Caruso started scoring films having as a mentor the composer Franco Mannino, known as the composer and conductor of Luchino Visconti's films L'Innocente, Death in Venice, Ludwig, Gruppo di Famiglia in un Interno - Conversation Piece… Franco Mannino had composed a piano concerto specifically for Alberto Caruso, the premiere of which was at Fordham University, NYC, in 1998.
He subsequently spent three years (2001-2003) in the Los Angeles studio of Hans Zimmer, as an assistant of the composer Henning Lohner. Alberto's film work includes: Sunday Lunch - il Pranzo della Domenica, Madhouse, Cardiofitness, Call it Democracy, …
As a pianist Alberto performs both the classical repertoire and his own compositions in concerts around the world: Spoleto Festival in Italy; Festival Cervantes in Mexico; National Opera Theatre in Split, Croatia; Kioi Hall in Tokyo; Ishihara Hall in Osaka; Yao Philharmonic Orchestra, Japan…
Alberto Caruso studied piano under Sergio Perticaroli and graduated summa cum laude from the Conservatorio Santa Cecilia in Rome in 1989 and, with a three-year master degree, from the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in 1992. He studied composition with Daniele Zanettovich and conducting with Carlo Maria Giulini. He also has degrees from the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Turin where he studied composition with Giuseppe Elos and orchestra conducting with Mario Lamberto.
Other mentors include the composer Fabio Nieder at the Conservatorio Jacopo Tomadini in Udine; Alexander Mullenbach at the Hochschule Mozarteum in Salzburg; Ryosuke Hatanaka, Teizo Matsumura, Sukeyasu Shiba and Koichi Uzaki in Tokyo.
In 1993 he received from the Japanese Government a scholarship to study contemporary and traditional Japanese music at the Kunitachi College of Music. He studied also Japanese language at Osaka University and is fluent in both writing and speaking.
Alberto Caruso was born in Trento, Italy, in 1968.