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Born in Spoleto, Italy, DAVIDE ZANNONI began his career as a jazz drummer, subsequently joining the Percussion Section of the Maggio Fiorentino Orchestra in Florence, Italy, under the direction of Zubin Mehta. After studying composition and piano privately in Italy and receiving a Ph. D. in Humanities from the University of Bologna, he accepted a scholarship from New York's Queens College, where he received his Masters’ Degree.
Mr. Zannoni has written several orchestral, chamber, vocal and solo works and has received numerous commissions from performers and organizations, among them the New York Festival of Song, The Jade String Trio, The Downtown Chamber Players, The Manhattan Choral Ensemble, The Darkwood Consort, The Risorgimento Project, St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Hoboken, Tonal Center Trio, pianists Joanne Chang and Adam Marks, violinist Stefan Milenkovich, flutist Joanna Goldstein, sopranos Leesa Levy and Lynne Hayden Findlay, percussionists James Preiss, Greg Giannascoli and Brian Fronzaglia in the U.S., and Tetraktis Percussione, Trio Albatros Ensemble, trumpeter Ivano Ascari, flutist Nicola Mazzanti, cellist Matteo Zurletti, percussionists Federico Poli and Gionata Faralli, as well as pianist Carlo Levi Minzi in Italy.
Mr. Zannoni has received grants and awards from The American Music Center, Meet the Composer, and NYSCA. Recordings of his works by Nicola Mazzanti, Greg Giannascoli, Federico Poli, Guido Arbonelli, Tetraktis and Ivano Ascari are available on various labels.
His music has been choreographed in Italy and the U.S. by such groups as The Ailey School of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and he wrote the music for the award-winning documentary "Where Did Forever Go."