Davide Boario

Davide Boario

Curriculum Vitae

Davide Boario, Composer and Music Publisher

Profile: Davide Boario is a distinguished composer and music publisher who has significantly contributed to the landscape of band music in Italy. In 1995, he revitalized the M. Boario Publishing House, originally founded in 1923 by his grandfather Massimo Boario, a highly regarded composer of band music. Today, the publishing house stands as one of Italy's premier publishers of band music. Under Davide’s leadership, it received the prestigious gold medal from the President of SIAE in 1997 and the "Award for Loyalty to Work and Economic Progress" from the President of the Turin Chamber of Commerce in 2007.

Publishing Achievements:

  • In 1995, Davide Boario took over and rejuvenated the M. Boario Publishing House, building on its historic foundation.
  • In 2006, he organized the first post-war competition in Italy for the composition of a band march, dedicated to his grandfather Massimo Boario. This unique competition was the only one of its kind to receive the SIAE award.
  • The publishing house collaborates with prominent composers and transcribers of band music in Italy and has partnerships with prestigious orchestras, such as the Fanfare of the Brigata Alpina Taurinense. Together, they produced notable CDs like "Legend," which was also distributed by the newspaper La Stampa under the title "Fieri Alpini," and "Volo d'Aquila," created to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy. This CD featured artistic contributions from Ricky Tognazzi and Cecilia Gasdia and received official commendation from the President of the Republic, Giorgio Napolitano.

Educational Background:

  • Davide Boario graduated with full marks in Disciplines of Art, Music, and Entertainment from the DAMS (Discipline delle Arti, della Musica e dello Spettacolo) in Bologna. His thesis focused on the Semiotics of Music, underlining his deep understanding and analytical approach to music.

Recognition and Contributions:

  • Davide Boario is recognized as a composer of band music in the latest edition of the "Anesa Dictionary" of Italian music for bands and wind groups, published by ABBM editions.
  • He is mentioned in Giacomo Lazzeri’s book "The Composers for Band - The Italian Portrait," published by Musical Editions Eufonia.
  • Some of his band compositions have been analyzed by Stefano Ragni in the text dedicated to percussion, "The Battery," published by Edizioni "Masso delle Fate" in collaboration with Anbima.
  • His compositions are performed internationally, notably in France, Yugoslavia, Switzerland, and the United States.

International Performances and Awards:

  • In October 2011, he was invited to Toulon, France, to receive a prize awarded by the "H. Berliotz" Wind Orchestra for his opera "1861 The Sons of Liberty," performed during a concert dedicated to Italian music.
  • Davide Boario's compositions for saxophone are featured in the online encyclopedia of the Italian Saxophone, including his piece "Canto alla Luna," described by Marco Ciccone as "delicate, communicative, evoking a moonlit countryside landscape."

Key Compositions and Events:

  • In 2016, he was honored by the Councilor for Culture of Castellamonte (To) during a band event dedicated to Piedmontese composers.
  • He has participated as a composer in various prestigious events, including the "Bacchetta d'Oro" in Fiuggi from 2007 to 2015, and the MITO International Review in 2011 and 2014, commemorating significant historical anniversaries.
  • His composition "Rinascita" for Symphonic Band with Harp and Flute concertanti was performed in Lucca in September 2020 by the Luporini Philharmonic, directed by Giampaolo Lazzeri. The performance received high praise in the Gazzetta di Lucca, highlighting the magical moments created by the flute and harp.
  • "Quadri Metafisici" for wind orchestra was performed at the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino by the G. Rossini Philharmonic in July 2021, achieving critical and audience acclaim. The composition, inspired by the paintings of De Chirico, featured the soprano saxophone prominently.
  • In December 2019, his hymn "Solemnity" was premiered at the Lingotto, Auditorium "Giovanni Agnelli," by the Wind Orchestra of the Fire Brigade, receiving prolonged applause from an audience of over 1500 people.
  • His piece "Oltre l'Apocalisse" was performed by the Fanfare of the Taurinense Alpine Brigade during the MITO International Concert Review in 2014, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Great War.
  • "1861 The Sons of Liberty," featuring a narrative part interpreted by Ricky Tognazzi, was performed by the Fanfare of the Alpine Taurinense Brigade during the MITO International Review in 2011, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy. It was the only composition chosen for the prestigious National Competition for this occasion.
  • Co-author of the song "Eagle Feathers," included in the CD "Volo d’Aquila," sung by the internationally renowned soprano Cecilia Gasdia.
  • The march "Allegra" was the only ensemble march chosen for the band gathering in Turin's Piazza Castello in July 2015, organized by the Anbima Nazionale to commemorate the Great War, featuring over 700 musicians from 18 bands.
  • On November 19, 2022, the ballet "L'Era dell'Acquario," for which Davide Boario wrote the music and story, premiered at the San Giuseppe Theater in Turin to great success. It was the first ballet in Europe where the music was originally written for a Symphonic Band, performed live by the Taurinense Alpine Brigade Symphonic Band.
  • On February 24, 2023, his composition "The Mystery of Malta's Co-Cathedral" for symphonic band was performed in Malta, during a concert at the Co-Cathedral of San Giovanni Battista, in the presence of the President of the Republic, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Malta Bands Club Association.
  • On February 4, 2024, his "Adagio in G minor" was premiered in a version for Clarinet and String Orchestra during a concert dedicated to Mozart at the Auditorium of the "Giuseppe Verdi" Conservatory in Turin, receiving widespread acclaim.

Studies and Film Contributions:

  • Davide Boario studied under Maestro Mario Nascimbene, one of the greatest Italian composers of film music, in Rome in 1990.
  • He has created original music for cinema, theater, and television, earning several important awards:
    • Nomination for music at the 15th Edition of "Cartoons on the Bay" for the animated series "Mystery After Mystery." Maurizio Ossani praised his soundtrack for providing cohesion to the series' frequent space-time jumps and events occurring across different eras and continents.
    • Golden Globe nomination for the soundtrack of the film "Cous Cous" (Frankie's theme) featuring Philippe Leroy and Toni Bertorelli, directed by Umberto Spinazzola in 1996.
    • Composed the original music for the play "Salgari Corso Casale 205," presented at the international review in Porto Venere, and for the documentary "Caro Antonioni," directed by Gianni Massironi in 1995, featuring Alain Cuny, Monica Vitti, and Sam Shepard, broadcast by Rai Uno in prime time on the occasion of Michelangelo Antonioni's Lifetime Achievement Oscar.
    • Produced original music for the film "300 tra due Binari" by M. Gasquet and for the short film "Ramo Secco" by Tonino Debernardi, which is preserved in the National Cinema Museum in Turin.

Exhibitions and Recognitions:

  • Since 2022, his video-musical work "Fili di Luce," along with the handwritten music on fabric, has been permanently exhibited at the International Museum "RESTART!" in Chieri.
  • He is mentioned in the official biography of internationally renowned painter-sculptor Ezio Gribaudo for his contribution to the ballet "The Age of Aquarius."

Piano Works and Critical Acclaim:

  • Stefano Ragni, a notable Italian musicologist, pianist, and critic, praised Davide Boario's piano compositions for their imaginative and captivating qualities. Ragni commended Boario's clear and vibrant writing, which blends complexity with a veneer of cordiality, likening it to the literary magic realism of Bontempelli.

           Stefano Ragni. Perugia April 26, 2022