Piero Ostali – Chairman

331799_2079938218044_1394179975_oPiero Ostali was born on June 21, 1962 in Milan and in 1989 joined the historic company of family, CASA MUSICALE SONZOGNO* . Particularly attentive to new trends in music, theater and dance, publishes works of renowned composers, as Tutino and Battiato, and launched in Italy and worldwide young and innovative talents, including Sollima and Boccadoro.

In 1996 he creates the website for his company, the first in Europe and the third in absolute in the music publishing area.

In the Nineties is curator of books and exhibitions on the historical authors of the House and in 2001 is among the founders of the F.E.M. (Federation of Music Publishers), which gathers the major publishing groups, both multinational and independent .

In 2007 he inaugurates the audiovisual sector commissioning to the Norwegian filmmaker Lasse Gjertsen the clip Daydream, music by Giovanni Sollima, which is presented at the “Festival de Cannes” and at the “Torino Film Festival” and in a few months establishes a record in the non pop/rock area, with over one million and a half views on YouTube.

Since 2002 he is in charge of important duties at the S.I.A.E. (Italian Collecting Society of Authors and Publishers), which the Sonzogno Music Publishing House is a founding member (1882).

In 2012 he is among the creators of the Ensemble of the 100 Cellos in Rome.

* Casa Musicale Sonzogno was established in 1874 by EDOARDO SONZOGNO, an enlightened entrepreneur who popularised culture in Italy and who, in the mid of the XIX century, had transfomed the book publishing house established by his grandfather Giovanni Battista in 1804 into a publishing empire that included also several periodicals of many types, as well as the daily newspaper with the widest circulation in Italy, “Il Secolo” – of radical and republican ideas.IMG_1935

In 1874 he joins the music field and creates the Sonzogno Music Publishing House: he acquires the copyright for the Italian version of several French operas and achieves the first resounding international success with Carmen by Bizet, which wins acclaim worldwide with the Italian version published by Sonzogno, and only later in the original French version. Following a performance of Carmen in Nice in 1887, Friedrich Nietzsche writes to a friend: “Carmen by the prestigious Italian theatre: a most striking event in my opinion. As the four hours ticked away, I lived through an experience which afforded me to learn more than I would usually have in four weeks. I feel I must pay homage to Mr Sonzogno!”

In order to set up a an Italian repertoire of his own, Edoardo Sonzogno announces a series of competitions for new operas: the success of Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni marks the birth of a new genre, the Verism, with composers like Leoncavallo (Pagliacci), Giordano (Andrea Chenier, Fedora), and Cilea (L’Arlesiana, Adriana Lecouvreur). Edoardo is also rather enterprising as an impresario at the foremost theatres in Italy and abroad, launching operas he published and also young singers who would then become legendary, such as Enrico Caruso.

In 1909, Edoardo passes on the management to his nephews, Lorenzo and Riccardo Sonzogno, who extend the catalogue with new titles, including Fedra by Pizzetti, based on the libretto by D’Annunzio, and La rondine and Inno a Roma by Puccini. After the sudden disappearance of the last Sonzogno heirs, the book trade is sold. The music publishing house passes through a period of crisis until the industrial Piero Ostali Sr., also a musician and composer, takes over in 1923 and brings Sonzogno to its former glory, re-launching forgotten authors, like Cilea, and publishing new works by Giordano and Wolf- Ferrari.

abbado ostaliHis successors (the son Enzo, from 1945 to 1984, the daughter-in-law Nandi since 1971, and his nephew Piero jr., since 1989), continue to enrich the repertoire with the compositions of Chailly, Testi, Corghi, Battiato, Tutino, Sollima, Boccadoro, Betta, Melozzi, Curtoni, establishing collaborations with authors such as Robert Wilson, Peter Greenaway, Patti Smith, Jean-Claude Carrière, Carolyn Carlson, John Turturro, Alda Merini, Andrea Camilleri, Alessandro Baricco, Marco Tullio Giordana.

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