Karl Fiorini was born on the 1st of December 1979. He graduated from the University of Malta (2002), specialising in Music composition. His main compositions during this period were Solitudni fil-Belt (2003) for Narrator, Mezzo Soprano, Clarinet/Bass Clarinet, Violin/Viola and Piano, commissioned by the NGO Inizjamed and performed at the Berlin Konzerthaus, the Leipzig Gewandhaus and the Kurhaus in Wiesbaden during the Europamusicale Festival (2004) and the Trio Lamina (2002) for Violin, Clarinet and Piano which co-won the 22nd edition of the Alea III International Composition Competition, Boston (2004).
In 2003 Karl won two scholarships from the Janatha Stubbs Trust and the Garfield Weston foundation to further his studies at the Guildhall school of Music and Drama, London, where he read for a Masters Degree with composer Diana Burrell. There he also won the Tracey Chadwell Memorial Prize for Composition with the work Aleamantes for Soprano and Piano. During that year Karl wrote the String Quartet Stimuli, also revised for String orchestra and Piano Trio which won a special mention in the Franz Schubert and the Music of Modern Times Competition, Graz, (2005) and which was selected to go on tour by the Pierrot Lunaire Ensemble Wien.
Amongst important orchestras which performed Karl’s music are the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the European Union Chamber Orchestra. His music has been performed in Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Spain, UK and USA and is scheduled for performance in Austria, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Malta, Spain, Sweden, UK and USA. In 2005 Karl was also commissioned to write Imagination at Work, a composition for symphony orchestra based on GE General Electric’s axiom of the same name.
Karl’s early music reflects his interest in Ballet and Folk music for children with compositions such as Noli and Shou. This interest was later reflected in his collaborations with dancers from the London Contemporary Dance School and other projects where the importance of movement and structured sound were predominant.
During the last two years Karl’s musical thinking was influenced by the theory of coexisting parallel universes and the duality of man’s nature. Karl uses this form of thought in his compositions by juxtaposing materials which are coexisting from the beginning of the work becoming more and more apparent and pronounced as the composition progresses. Un Bout de Ciel, au Loin for Piano and Orchestra (2006) and Concerto for Violin and Chamber Orchestra are an example of this kind of thought. Other influences are the elements of symbolism in art especially in the cubist period and metric systems in poetry.
Karl is currently on a Peter Moores Foundation scholarship, reading for a Doctoral degree in Music Composition at the Royal College of Music. He also is the artistic director of the International String Orchestra Festival. Karl lives and works in London.
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