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Matteo Fargion IT

Matteo Fargion studied composition with Kevin Volans at the University of Natal, South Africa, and later with Howard Skempton in London. He has written music for many dance pieces collaborating, among others, with Siobhan Davies, Russell Maliphant and Jeremy James. He met Jonathan Burrows in 1988, and has since written music for most of his pieces, including ‘Dull Morning’, ‘Stoics’, ‘Very’, ‘Our’, ‘Hands’, ‘The Stop Quartet’ (with Kevin Volans) and ‘Things I Don't Know’, in which he also performed ‘Donna Che Beve’ for 3 amplified cardboard boxes. In 2000 they made Both Sitting Duet together, which has toured to 17 countries and won a Bessie Award in New York. In 2005 they premiered their next collaboration, The Quiet Dance, in Munich, which is currently touring. He and Jonathan are currently working on a third piece. Apart for concert music, Matteo has also written music for theatre including an oratorio (‘Das Kontingent’) commissioned by and performed at the Schaubühne Berlin and TAT Frankfurt, a chamber opera (‘Le Bellezze d’Hortensia’) at the Theaterhaus in Stuttgart, as well as incidental music for many productions at the Residenz Theater Munich and the Stuttgart Schauspielhaus. In 2004 he wrote music for Thomas Ostermeier’s prize winning production of Jon Fosse's new play ‘The Girl on the Sofa’ shown at the Edinburgh International Festival, and in 2005 he collaborated and performed in Canadian choreographer Lynda Gaudreau’s ‘Document 4’ in Gent, Belgium. His piece ‘Duets’, written in collaboration with Kevin Volans, is released on Black Box Records. He is currently collaborating with Siobhan Davies on a piece which will open in her new building in May this year, and incidental music for a new Botho Strauss play starring Bruno Ganz. Matteo also has taught 2nd year composition workshops at P.A.R.T.S. since 2000.