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, his first piano teacher 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 in Tokyo. He studied also Japanese language at Osaka University and is fluent in both writing and speaking.
COMPOSITIONS AND CONCERTS
- The Church of the Name of Jesus in Rome, the mother church of the Society of Jesus, commissioned him to compose a MASS for soloists, mixed choir and orchestra.
- For the canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, he composed TRE CANTI su testi di Santa Teresa di Calcutta: I Thirst; Come, Be My Light; You Did It To Me for soprano, mixed choir and piano, premiered by the Movimento per la Vita in Rome and Bibione (Venice).
- Composed and performed LAUDATO SI' for mixed choir and piano, on words by Pope Francis from the Encyclical Laudato Si' on care for our common home: prayer for our earth and Christian prayer in union with creation. With the choir of the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome, conducted by don Santiago Gassín.
- Fellowship from the Bogliasco Foundation of New York for his opera THE MASTER, libretto by Colm Tóibín, based on his novel of the same name.
- On June 15th, he conducted at the Teatro Carignano in Turin, the European premiere of his opera IL PICCOLO PRINCIPE in the Italian version (published by Sugarmusic - Suvini Zerboni), of which he is also the author of the libretto, based on Le Petit Prince, The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
- For the AdP, Apostolato della Preghiera, he composed TU, CENTRO DELLA STORIA, Hymn to the Sacred Heart for mixed choir and orchestra, on words by Father Ottavio de Bertolis, S.I.
- In June, the University of Colorado in Boulder invited Alberto Caruso and Colm Tóibín to the production of a workshop of the entire opera THE MASTER directed by Ron Daniels.
- In Rome, at the Capitol Hill, he has been awarded the prize Premio Personalità Europea.
- In March, the director Thomas de Mallet Burgess, artistic director of the Joondalup Festival in Western Australia, commissioned Alberto Caruso and the poet Vivienne Glance, to create a work for choir and orchestra, BANURU SONGS, premiered under the baton of Chris van Tuinen. [Video]
- Score for the documentary ROMA-GERUSALEMME, le città gemelle di Costantino (ROME-JERUSALEM, the twin cities of Constantine), directed by Luca Archibugi, produced by Alex Ponti for RaiCinema.
- Publication of his article The conversion journey of some great composers, in Logos et Musica, Peter Lang Publisher (Frankfurt, Oxford, New York).
- Score for the documentary ABUNA MICHELE, Storia di una Vita in Terra Santa, (ABUNA MICHELE, the story of a life in the Holy Land), directed by Luca Archibugi, produced by Alex Ponti for RaiCinema.
- Score for the documentary celebrating 150 years of NYPSI, The New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, directed by Charlie Sadoff, produced by Found Object, New York.
- Premio Ostia Award for the music.
- Score for the documentary SENZA SCRITTORI (WITHOUT WRITERS), directed by Luca Archibugi, produced by Alex Ponti for RaiCinema.
- Score for the documentary of the doctors of the GNYHA, the Greater New York Hospital Association, sending relief to the victims of the earthquake in Haiti, directed by Brian David Cange, produced by Anthos Media with the GNYHA.
- Publication of his article Chopin's Variations in Fryderyc Chopin - Sein und Werk, Peter Lang Publisher (Frankfurt, Oxford, New York).
- Composition and performance of the incidental music for GLI OCCHIALI D'ORO (THE GOLD-RIMMED SPECTACLES), theatrical adaptation by Tullio Kezich from Antonio Bassani, with Massimo De Francovich, directed by Piero Maccarinelli. Sala Estense, Ferrara, Teatri Parenti and Dal Verme, Milan, Teatro Eliseo in Rome.
- On April 3rd and 4th he conducted the Tokyo Chamber Opera Theatre in the world premiere of his opera, in Japanese language, IL PICCOLO PRINCIPE - 星の王子さま (THE LITTLE PRINCE), of which he is also the author of the libretto, based on Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. [Video].
- Film score for CARDIOFITNESS, directed by Fabio Tagliavia, produced by Palomar for RaiCinema.
- Composition and performance of the incidental music for MUSSOLINI, L'ULTIMA NOTTE (MUSSOLINI, THE LAST NIGHT), by Gianni Clerici, with Paolo Bonacelli, Giuliana Lojodice, Alvia Reale, Anna Valle, directed by Piero Maccarinelli. Teatro Valle, Roma.
- Composer and pianist in CANTO LE ARMI, LE DONNE E GLI EROI (I SING OF ARMS, WOMEN AND HEROES), with Margherita Buy, Lucrezia Lante della Rovere, Massimo Popolizio and Gaia Aprea, directed by Piero Maccarinelli. Palazzo Braschi, Roma.
- Film score for MA CHE CI FACCIO QUI! (WHAT THE HELL AM I DOING HERE!) directed by Francesco Amato, produced by Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia for RaiCinema.
- For the Biennale di Venezia, artistic director Maurizio Scaparro, composition and performance of the incidental music for CARA CINA (DEAR CHINA) di Goffredo Parise, con Pino Micol, regia di Piero Maccarinelli.
- Score for the documentary CALL IT DEMOCRACY, directed by Matt Kohn, produced by Seventh Art Releasing, New York.
- Film score for MADHOUSE, directed by William Butler, produced by Lakeshore Entertainment, Los Angeles.
- Score for the short 8 FEBBRAIO (FEBRUARY 8TH), directed by Sarah Revoltella, produced by Società Dante Alighieri and Comune di Padova.
- Film score for IL PRANZO DELLA DOMENICA (SUNDAY LUNCH) directed by Carlo Vanzina, written by Enrico Vanzina, produced by International Video 80 Productions for RaiCinema.
- He spent three years in Los Angeles, as an assistant of the composer Henning Lohner, at the studios Media Ventures of Hans Zimmer.
- At the Festival dei due mondi di Spoleto played musica by Bach/Busoni, Teatro Caio Melisso.
- Started composing music for films, having as a mentor the composer Franco Mannino, composer and conductor of films by Luchino Visconti such as The Innocent, Death in Venice, Ludwig, Conversation Piece.
- With soprano Miwako Matsumoto, tenor Kanichi Suzuki, he takes part as the pianist for the first complete Japanese recording of the Arie in stile Antico (Arias in Antique Style) by Stefano Donaudy (CD Fontec), for the critical edition of the artistic director of the New National Tokyo Opera Theatre, Ryosuke Hatanaka.
- LA FLAMENQUISIMA Y ENDUENDADA SANTA TERESA, Trio for piano, violin and cello, form the original composed for voice and ensemble, based on the Federico Garcia Lorca's Teoria y juego del duende. Premiered at the Italian Culture Institute in Madrid, violin: Marco Casazza, cello: Alessandro Peiretti, piano: Alberto Caruso.
- MADRIGALE MACCHERONICO ALLE SARDE for mixed choir a cappella, on words by Pellegrino Artusi for La Scienza in Cucina e l'Arte di Mangiar Bene. Mention at the competition Pellegrino Artusi, Gorizia.
- DIALOGO DI FEDERICO RUYSCH E DELLE SUE MUMMIE for mixed choir, on words by Giacomo Leopardi.
- At the Stony Brook University, New York, he performed at the piano the world premiere of the Concerto per piano and orchestra op. 561 composed for Alberto by Franco Mannino.
- For the Fordham University, New York, he composed and premiered, performing as the soloist, his FANTASIA FOR PIANO AND ORCHESTRA, touring it successively in Mexico, at the Teatro Principal of Puebla, in Leon Guanajuato and in Manuel Doblado for the IV Festival Cervantes.
- Pianist in the Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin for the New Year Concert of the Opera Theatre in Split, Croatia, conducted by Christoph Campestrini.
- Premio Marcello D'Olivo Award, Lignano Sabbiadoro, Udine.
- Winner of the National Competition in Italy for a position of piano teacher in Conservatory, he taught for two years at the Conservatories of Palermo and Sassari.
- He obtained a two-year scholarship from the Japanese Government Monbusho, for researches about contemporary and traditional Japanese music at the Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo. He also studied Japanese language and culture at the National University in Osaka.
- Second Prize at the Bartók Competition of the Hungarian Academy in Rome.