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Antonino Abate - Composer


Antonino is a young emerging Sicilian composer based in London. His music has been featured internationally in the UK (Wigmore Hall, Royal Academy of Music, Brighton Festival, Richmond Concert Society, The British Double Reed Society, St. James’s Sussex gardens), Barcelona (the Liceu Conservatoire), Italy (Dante Alighieri Theatre), Ukraine (KLK Symphony Orchestra), and the US (INMF Composition Faculty), among others.

Recent commissions include the Muriel Dawson Composition Prize (Richmond Concert Society, 2023), Londinium Consort with the help of The Craxton Memorial Trust (2023), Nick Daniel MBE (2022), Barcelona Modern (2022), the INMF Fellowship Programme (2021), among others. In 2021, his piece Libértas won 2nd place at the Orient/Occident Composition Prize with KLK Symphony Orchestra (Ukraine) and is published by Aldebaran Editions. Furthermore, his music has been highly commended in various competition such as the European Recording Orchestra, The Alan Bush Composition Competition, The Eric Coates Prize Competition and often has achieved recognition by some of the highest composers of the industry such as Peter Eötvös, Gregory Vajda, Magnus Lindberg, Gavin Higgins, Bennet Casablanca, Mark Andre.

During his studies, he has been supported by Talent Unlimited Foundation and just recently, he has become a Leverhulme Arts Scholar with the prestigious Leverhulme Trust. In 2022, he was invited to audition at masterclass in composition and conducting at the prestigious Peter Eötvös Contemporary Music Foundation (Budapest).

He is a graduate of the Conservatoire “Alessandro Scarlatti” (Palermo, ITA) and of the Royal Academy of Music (London). He completed the Bmus (hons) in Composition with first class and the highest undergraduate mark. Upon graduation he was awarded the Undergraduate Prize for best final portfolio and the Regency Award for all-round studentship and achievement. Furthermore, his latest piece for Academy Wind Brass and Ensemble was commissioned by Academy head of woodwind Fraser Gordon.

At the Academy, Antonino is now studying for MA in Composition, with the help of a generous scholarship. Antonino has studied Composition with Rubens Askenar, Phil Cashian, Gary Carpenter, and visiting professors including Fabio Panisello, Huw Watkins, Hans Abrahamsen, Eleanor Alberga, Gavin Higgins, Brett Dean.

updated August 2023