Francesca Verunelli studied composition with Rosario Mirigliano at Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini in Florence where she obtained her diploma summa cum laude.
In 2005, she was admitted to the Master's Course in Compostion at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, where she studied with Azio Corghi and obtained her degree in 2007. The same year, her piece 4e48 (intavolature for Sarah Kane) was selected by the CEMAT to appear on a cd in its electroacoustic series. In November, the Freon ensemble premiered her work Luminal at the Rome Auditorium, while En mouvement (Espace Double) was performed, under the direction of Jacques Mercier, by the National Orchestra of Lorraine at the Metz Arsenal.
In 2008, she participated in the Ensemble Aleph's International Forum, which performed her work RSVP in Paris. The same year, she was accepted into the Cursus for composition and music technology at Ircam, where two new pieces were produced: Interno rosso con figure for accordion and electronics (2009, Anthony Millet, accordion) and Play for ensemble and electronics (2010, Ensemble Intercontemporain directed by Susanna Mälkki).
Her piece Neon (2008) was performed in Domaine Forget (Québec) by the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, under the direction of Lorraine Vaillancourt. She also received a French State Commission from the Nomos ensemble for whom she wrote Syllabaire (2009) and other commissioned ensemble works for the KDM and Accroche Note ensembles.
In 2010, her orchestra piece En mouvement (Espace Double) was played by the Mitteleuropa Orchestra under the direction of Andrea Pestalozza at the Venice Biennale, where she was awarded the "Leone d'Argento".
The same year she received: an Ircam commission for a string quartet Unfolding, which was premiered by the Arditti Quartet in March 2012 at the Biennale ‘Musiques en Scène’ in Lyon; a joint commission from the NeueVocalsolisten Stuttgart and the Venice Biennale for a chamber opera Serial Sevens performed in 2012 (July in Stuttgart- October at Venice Biennale); a commission from the Italian ensemble RepertorioZero for #3987 Magic Mauve (a work for percussion and electronic) premiered during Milano Musica 2012.
Other recent commissions include: The narrow corner, an orchestra piece for Radio France to be performed in 2014; Cinemaolio, an ensemble work, for Court-Circuit (Commande d’État 2011) and The dark day for cappella choir (commissioned by the French renowned choir Accentus) to be premiered in 2014.
Moreover, as winner of the Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne Award 2012, the Lucerne Orchestra will premiere in 2014 a piece commissioned for the occasion.
Full works list coming soon – in the meantime please check the Casa Ricordi website for details.