Considered among the most significant musicians to emerge from the Abruzzi in recent years, composer and cellist Enrico Melozzi was born in Teramo in 1977.
Whilst completing his conservatoire degree in cello, Melozzi studied composition in Italy under the influence of Franco Piersanti, Luis Bacalov (at the Scuola Nazionale di Cinema) and Ennio Morricone, simultaneously deepening his knowledge of contemporary music in Germany under Michael Riessler, for whom he has worked as assistant since 1999. These experiences ensured that Melozzi gained experience in a broad spectrum of musical genres.
In 2005 his multimedia opera Oliver Twist was performed at the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, making Melozzi the first ever composer from the Abruzzi region of Italy to have directed his own composition in the prestigious concert venue.
In 2003 Melozzi and Stefano De Angelis founded the electronic music ensemble LISMAPROJECT, which made its European debut in February 2007 at the 57th edition of the Berlin Film Festival, with a live performance at the Volksbühne theatre of a new soundtrack for the showing of the restored film Hamlet (1921), starring Asta Nielsen.
Also in 2003 Melozzi founded the Rome-based record label CINIK RECORDS, under which he has produced around 30 albums, including “Cellosongs” with Sarah Jane Morris and a cello orchestra (with the participation of Danilo Rea and Dominic Miller) and “Esta Soy Yo” with singer Jenny B – a concept album dedicated to Cuban culture and spirituality.
As part of the celebrations for the reopening of the Duomo of Teramo after three years of restoration works, on October 25th2007 the entire city applauded Melozzi’s Sinfonia Concertante in C Minor, for organ, string orchestra and percussions. The work came to the attention of Giorgio Gaslini, who described it as “titanic, with a superior sense of form”, as well as by the established music publishing house Sonzogno (publishers for Puccini, Mascagni, Leoncavallo, Battiato), which has acquired the publishing rights for the work.
Melozzi is devoting his time increasingly to the composition of soundtracks for films.