At the Piano
Davide Verotta Composer

Davide was born in a boring Italian town close to Milano and moved to San Francisco in his late twenties. He studied piano at the Milano and San Francisco Conservatory with Isabella Zielona and Bob Helps, respectively, and later, privately, with maestro Julian White who taught him much of what needs to be known about music. He studied composition at the San Francisco State University (MA) and University of California at Davis (Post MA Graduate). Although music has been main occupation for many years, his musical activities were intertwined with a parallel-track academic life in mathematics as a professor at UCSF doing research in mathematical applications to Biology. Although this might generate the familiar reaction (Ah! Musicians and Math!), he admits that the relationship of music and mathematics still eludes him. Although some simple mathematical relationships pop up (mostly hidden) in his compositions. A full time musician for many years, he is actively involved in the new music scene in the San Francisco Bay Area (as soloist, chamber player, board member of the SF Composers Chamber Orchestra, and NACUSA SF, co-organizer of the Festival of Contemporary Music in San Francisco, founder of the composers’ group Irregular Resolutions). He teaches piano and composition privately and at the Community Music Center in San Francisco. Recent compositions include works for orchestra with the Berkeley Symphony, chamber opera, piano and violin solo, two pianos, percussion, and a variety of chamber ensembles. His writing has been defined as alternating lyrical and dreaming landscapes with overwhelming musical motions; the idiom used in is compositions is a 21st century mix of neo-tonality, modern techniques, classical structures and experimentation. He is recipient of ASCAP Plus and Zellerbach foundation awards.