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September 27, 1932 in Rome – January 19, 2019 in Siena
composer, pianist, musical constructivist.

1951-61 classical and musical studies (composition with G. Petrassi and piano with R. Caporali) in Rome; electronic music in Utrecht (G.M. Koenig). From 1956 he performs widely as concert pianist in Europe, as a soloist with orchestra (with Bruno Maderna, Daniele Paris, Mario Rossi, Paul Hupperts, Roelof Krol and others) and in recitals. 1962 price Nicola d'Atri (S. Cecilia National Academy) for SEI PEZZI PER ORCHESTRA. 1964-68 first experiments with prepared instruments (QUODLIBET, CIFRE, TUNE, SCRATCH-A-MATIC). 1965 price of the Fondation europeènne de la Culture for QUODLIBET. 1965-73 member of the improvisation group »Nuova Consonanza« in Rome. 1967-73 Professor at the State Conservatory G. Rossini in Pesaro, Italy. Music Theater; theoretic and practical work on a functional interaction of sound and gestures (SPAZIO-TEMPO, ›Note per un teatro della realtà‹). 1968 EPITAFFIO: correspondence between the action of drawing and writing a text and its sonorous result. 1970 première (Venice, Biennale d'Arte) of SPAZIO-TEMPO. Construction of his first sound objects on the priciple of the Aeolian harp. 1970-72 president of contemporary music society Nuova Consonanza, Rome. 1974 invited to Berlin as »artist in residence« of the DAAD art program; realization of the first ambitious project of open air kinetic sound-sculptures (VELE, Berliner Festwochen). 1975-76 associate professorship at the McGill University, Montréal: realisation of an experimental composition course called ›Musical Design Course‹ (founder of the MUD group, later known as SONDE). From 1980 (to 1997) professorship at the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin. 1986 co-founded the theater group VIE with Matina Schaak and Roberto Capanna; german patent of an interactive system for the transformation of dance-gestures in optical and acoustic signals called ›Choreophon‹. 1992-93 development and german patent of the ›Stabdämpfer‹ (bar mute), a special device for the preparation of stringed instruments. Combined compositional work with performing activities as a pianist: works by Scarlatti, Schönberg, Stravinsky, Satie, Messiaen, Scelsi, John Cage, Terry Riley, Morton Feldman etc. and own arrangement: Earle Brown 4 SYSTEMS; Cage CARTRIDGE MUSIC. Concert/Lectures in Germany, Italy, Spain and other European countries, USA, Canada, Corea, Israel.
In 2004, he leaves Berlin and settles in Cetona, Italy, where he continues his musical activities and writings, finally publishing some of his 'Dialogues'. His musical ideas and constructions keep him busy until shortly before he falls ill and dies from an aggressive brain tumour in January 2019. Mario is buried in the small family chapel in the mountain village of Pianosinatico (PT) in the Appenino Tosco-Emiliano.

»Mario Bertoncini is one of the major revolutionaries in the history of contemporary music. ... He always searched for new methods of composition and different sounds. ... His ideas became the fundament of post-serial avantgarde - numerous composers adapted them to their own work. ... Listening to Bertoncini's music is different. One has to tune his ear to the magic drones and sounds. The drama of this music is three-dimensional: Space, density and combination. « Matthias Entreß, English Intro for Tongyeong International Music Festival 2002

[Gallery]Bertoncini_Napoli 2016

The written estate is to be found in the:
> akademie der künste, berlin: archiv bertoncini

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The sound objects, performance kits etc. are to be found in the:
> fondazione isabella scelsi, rome: fondo bertoncini
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