FAUSTO TUSCANO was born in 1968 in Foligno (province of Perugia, Italy) and grew up in Assisi. He began his musical training as a young cantor in the choir of the Cappella musicale della Basilica di S. Francesco. He continued his studies at the conservatories 'F. Morlacchi' of Perugia and 'L. Cherubini' of Florence, earning diplomas in flute (Florence) and subsequently in composition (Perugia). During his years at the conservatory he attended the Universita' degli Studi di Perugia, earning a degree in Music Masterworks. From 1997 to 2005 he studied at the University for Music and Visual Arts 'Mozarteum' in Salzburg, where he earned a degree in Composition and Music Theory.
In 1998 he attended summer courses at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana where he studied with Franco Donatoni. Through private lessons and seminars with composers such as Salvatore Sciarrino (Città di Castello), Gilbert Amy (Gubbio-Festival 1998), Boghuslav Schaeffer (Salzburg) and Beat Furrer (Salzburg, Graz and Frankfurt) Tuscano has enriched his musical landscape both as composer and improviser (flute).
He has received prizes in national and international competitions, as “Franco Evangelisti” of Nuova Consonanza (1999, Finalist, with Le noir de la nuit for orchestra); 3rd Competition for lyric opera “Johann- Joseph-Fux Opernwettbewerb”, Graz (2003, 2nd Place with cash prize for the opera Incontro); „Recherche“ Competition (2007, 3rd place with Canto che il vento apre la luna, with its world debut performance by the Ensemble Recherche Freiburg at the international “Klangspuren” festival, Schwaz, Austria, September 2007). In 2007 he was selected as candidate for the Busoni Prize by the Academy of the Arts Berlin. In 2011 he has received two prizes from the Government in Salzburg and the Ministry of Culture in Austria (Landesstipendium und Jahresstipendium für Komposition).
Fausto Tuscano has been invited to lecture and courses at many universities (Perugia, Lucca, Salzburg, Seville). He was founder and president (2005-2009) of the association Klang21 – Verein zur Förderung zeitgenössischer und darstellender Kunst (Association for the promotion of contemporary music and representative arts), based in Salzburg, and founder and artistic director (2005-2009) of the biannual “Taschenopern Festival” (Pocket Opera Festival) in Salzburg.
Since 1997 he has taught Italian with emphasis on musical culture at the Società Dante Alighieri di Salisburgo (since 2001 he is member of the board of directors and director of musical activities).
His main areas of research are: the human voice from an evolutionary and proto-linguistic perspective; the musical content of speech and poetical language; rhythm and meter of the Italian poetry for music; music and singing in language teaching.
The additional course Italian is strongly recommended for all singers.
We recommend this offer of individual lessons to students wishing to bring to perfection their pronunciation of the Italian opera literature. In this Italian course students through the correct pronunciation can learn the idiomatic diction and may reach the appropriate phrasing on the basis of a detailed analysis of the text. What brings me an Italian course for my career? I will understand every shade in my text, my performance is as idiomatic as possible with the correct pronunciation and phrasing, and on stage I may focus on all other challenging tasks.