Silvia Lanzalone earned a Diploma of Flute at Giuseppe Martucci Conservatoire of Salerno, the Diploma of Composition and the Diploma of Electronic Music at the Alfredo Casella Conservatoire of Music of L'Aquila and at Santa Cecilia Conservatoire of Rome. Since 1997, Lanzalone works at the Centro Ricerche Musicali (CRM) in Rome, as a composer, researcher and musical assistant. She has been Head of the Department of New Technologies and New Languages and professor of Electronic Composition at the G. Martucci Conservatoire of Salerno since 2009. Lanzalone focuses her work on experimentation and research into new expressive and linguistic solutions, primarily using computer technology to process sound in real time. Her current interest is in creating improvisational pieces with gestural components. In these works, Lanzalone integrates the computer with the creation of interactive instruments to produce creative sound installations. Rather than artificially imposing algorithms on natural sound, Lanzalone melds technology with the entire physical-acoustic structure to create a new ‘instrument’, conceived and designed in parallel with the music to give life to a specific and independent artwork, which is both plastic and sonorous. The focus on the visual element is based on the aesthetical idea that the work of art is an intermedial experience where several perceptual items converge.
Silvia Lanzalone’s most recent works were produced with the collaboration of instrumentalists, dancers, film directors, actors and visual art performers. In 2000, Lanzalone won the “Quarant’anni nel 2000” International Prize of Composition, organized by Federazione Centri Musicali Attrezzati (CEMAT), for the creation of a musical theatre work for children called, Junofirst (KHJay e Neuroboy contro i pirati del Web). It was produced by Società Aquilana dei Concerti “B. Barattelli” and by the Centro Ricerche Musicali (CRM) in Rome. In 2006, she won the “Franco Evangelisti International Prize of Composition” with the work, Il suono Incausato, improvise-action for suspended clarinet, clarinetist and electronics (2005). In 2009, thanks to a grant from the C. M. Lerici Foundation, Lanzalone produced a research project on female voice in contemporary music at the Royal Institute of Technology of Stockholm (KTH) Department of Speech, Music and Hearing. In 2013, her work for digital medium, Alba d’oro, was chosen to be produced as a CD of electronic works by the Federazione CEMAT 6° CD Call “Punti di Ascolto”. In 2015, she created the music for Teresa d'Avila, Esclamazioni dell'anima a Dio, a two-hour drama based on the complete text of Santa Teresa D’Avila. Silvia Schiavoni translated and performed the work. Schiavoni’s voice was enhanced and transfigured by computer, together with the sounds of Gianni Trovalusci’s flute and other electronic sounds. This work was commissioned and broadcast by Radio Vaticana, introduced by Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi and Monsignor Melchor Sánchez de Toca, and produced by Marco Di Battista. Silvia Lanzalone has been published in books and magazines such as Organized Sound International Journal of Music and Technology, Syrinx, Music@, Equipeco, Le arti del suono, UTET Università.
Lanzalone’s compositions were performed both in national festivals such as the Accademia Filarmonica Romana, Arte Scienza, Distanze, Catania, EmuFest, Festival di Musica Verticale, Festival di Nuova Consonanza, Festival Scelsi, and Musica Scienza, Spazi aperti 5; at Corpi del Suono and Stagione Concertistica della Società Aquilana dei Concerti B. Barattelli in L’Aquila. Internationally, her compositions were performed at the Novecentomusica, Synthèse2005 Futura, and Crest, Les Journées Grame, and Lione in France, Jornadas Internacionales de Música Electroacústica in Argentina, “Music out of time, A discovery Series. Electroacustic Music: The Continuing Tradition” and New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, in the United States and the Warsaw Autumn in Poland. Her works are published by Neuma Publications in addition to Ars Publica, Taukay and Suvini Zerboni.
She has conducted lectures and masterclasses on electronic music and new technologies, as well as presentations during several international conventions, including the Colloquium on Musical Informatics, Electroacoustic Winds, New Interfaces for Musical Expression, and Understanding and Creating Music.