LUIGI ZANINELLI was born in New
Jersey in 1932. Following
high school, he was brought to the Curtis Institute of Music by Gian-Carlo
Menotti. At age 19, he was sent to Italy by the Curtis Institute to
study composition with the legendary Rosario Scalero (the teacher of
Samuel Barber and Menotti).
Upon graduation, Dr. Zaninelli was
appointed to the faculty of the Curtis Institute. In 1958, he began
his long relationship with Shawnee Press as composer/arranger/
pianist/conductor. In 1964, he returned to Rome, Italy, to compose
film music for RCA Italiana. During that period, Zaninelli became
conductor/arranger for Metropolitan Opera soprano Anna Moffo.
Dr. Zaninelli has served as
composer-in-residence at the University of Calgary and the Banff
School of Fine Arts. Since 1973, he has been composer-in-residence at
the University of Southern Mississippi.
Among his numerous honors are a Steinway
Prize and Outstanding Achievement Award, Province of Alberta. In 1991,
he became the first three-time winner of the Mississippi Institute of
Arts and Letters Music Award. With more than 300 published works to
his credit, Mr. Zaninelli has been commissioned to compose for all
mediums, including opera, ballet, chamber music, orchestra, band,
chorus, and solo songs. He also has composed several movie and
television scores for PBS.
Among the organizations who have
commissioned his new works are the Seattle Symphony, New Orleans
Symphony, Metropolitan Opera Ballet, and Kennedy Center.