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Federico Albanese

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Classical, Post Classical

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Federico Albanese is a composer born in Milan, Italy in 1982. His musical versatility is a natural gift that pushes him to explore music in all its facets. Albanese’s compositions are airy and cinematic, blending classical music, pop and psychedelia.

He started studying piano and clarinet as a child before becoming fascinated by rock music performing in several bands. Influenced by black music, folk, electronic, modern and contemporary classical music his skills as a composer soon emerged. He worked for 5 years as prop man in several film sets. This experience made him understand the power of the connection between music and images and helped him to develop his personal musical path.

In 2007 he met singer and songwriter Jessica Einaudi and together they founded the avant-garde duo “La Blanche Alchimie”. Composing songs with Jessica, he rediscovered his love for the piano, which from that moment on, became his main instrument. They released 2 albums and gained national and international critical attention, performing around Europe, Russia and USA. Their sound has been described as melancholic and haunting, intermingling mellow acoustics and rock-infused dreamscapes.

Their first album was released in Italy in 2009 on Ponderosa/Edel. The second album “Galactic Boredom” was released in Italy in 2011 on Ponderosa/Universal and in Germany in 2012 on Q-rious/Edel. In September 2012 the band was nominated by “Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik” in the category of best independent album.

In 2010 he scored the soundtrack of the short film “Pick up” by Manyhands - a collective of young italian directors - broadcasted by one the most important italian television channels (SKY). In 2012 he composed the music of full length film Shadows In The Distance by spanish director Orlando Bosh which was premiered at Shanghai Film Festival. 

Over the years Federico composed or licensed music for several films and projects, including debut short film by Bahar Ebrahim Alles im grünen Bereich, the documentary Cinema Perverso by Oliver Schwehm produced by the german TV channel ARTE, the BBC TV Series Our Girl.

Released in February 2014, his highly acclaimed debut solo album “The Houseboat and the Moon” has been described as 'pure gold' and 'one of the most beautiful modern classical albums in recent years'. He also produced and arranged J Moon's (aka Jessica Eianudi) first solo album Melt. In August 2014 he released a reworked version of The Houseboat and the Moon featuring remixes by Cassegrain, John Lemke, Franz Kirmann and Saffronkeira.

Albanese’s second full length album entitled The Blue Hour saw the light of the day on January 15, 2016 and it has been released by the historical record label BERLIN CLASSICS in their new series of contemporary classical music called Neue Meister.

The Blue Hour has been described as 'One of the most hauntingly beautiful records you’ll ever hear' by Drowned in Sound and 'a magical record' by Clash.

In February 2016 Albanese composed and arranged the work 'Shadowland Suite', an orchestrated version of Shadow Land pt.1 and 2. He performed the piece in Berlin together with the Deutches Kammerorchester Berlin. Following the release of “The Blue Hour”, Albanese performed numerous concerts across Europe including Womad Festival (UK), Montreux Jazz Festival (CH) and SXSW in Austin,Texas.

Albanese’s third full-length album "By The Deep Sea" will be released via Neue Meister on February 23rd, 2018. Albanese has said of the new record “By The Deep Sea is a state of mind in which I find myself quite often. It’s a sort of meditation state, when I try to detach myself from the daily life. In this inner world there is space to get closer to our deepest thoughts, ideas, doubts, close enough to see them clearly, from the right distance, and being able to process them, exorcise them, translate them into something else”- The album features 12 original tracks composed, produced and arranged by Albanese and mixed in August 2017 by Francesco Donadello at Vox-Ton Studio in Berlin. The release of "By The Deep Sea" has been followed by a large tour with a number of sold out shows at venues including the notorious Elbphilarmonie in Hamburg.


Federico is currently working on the score of "The Twelve". A documentary that follows twelve masters from around the globe, each carrying an important and long forgotten piece of understanding about our connection to nature and each other.

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