Italy is known for its great old maestros in classical music like Giuseppe Verdi or Claudio Monteverdi, but for years it is also one of the most exciting places for fresh talented composers of contemporary classical music.
Of course, one of the most known artists is the Turino-based Ludovico Einaudi, but alongside him there are many more that you have to know in your musical canon – for instance the violin virtuoso Luca D’Alberto or the fantastic Luca Longobardi and my highly talented spotlight artist: Matteo De Grandis Matteo, who was born in 1989 in Massa, is like all the other mentioned artists known as a composer for film, games and commercial music. Alongside those things, he started also a solo piano project that is mainly influenced by a wide range of artists - from the neoclassical composers Max Richter, Nils Frahm to British alternative musicians like Thom Yorke or Steven Wilson.
His self-described mixture of "minimalistic, contemporary and ambient" music is mirrored also in "Veil", which gave us just a little glimpse of the musical work of the 28-year old Italian composer. It is a very short evocative piece that stands out with its powerful piano motive and a wonderful emotional density and immediacy. Every repetition feels different through the little varies and different musical shapes that Matteo created with his compositions.
Last but not least a little another fact about Matteo - Besides his work as a neo-classical composer he is also a really good photographer, who works mainly with Nikon and is known for his fantastic usage of the bokeh effect. You can follow his photo projects on Instagram and Flickr, where you can get a deeper view on his second creative venture. So enjoy!