Mauro Colombis is an Italian classically trained
musician with international concert experience. He has two
masters in piano performance ( from Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory
in 1998 and Venice Conservatory in 2005) and a Bachelor of
Art, Music and Spectacle from the University of Bologna
Since 1993 he has been involved in music for silent movies.
His first piano accompaniment was for “Back to God's
Country”, (Nell Shipman) and “Il fuoco” (Giovanni
Pastrone) in Pordenone, Italy. Having developed his own improvisatory
and compositional style for silent movies during the 1990s
style, Mauro has played every year at the Pordenone Silent
Film Festival since 2002.
After returning to Italy from Moscow, where he lived from 1995
till early 2001, he developed his own improvisatory style and
started to compose and improvise for silent movies. He played
for the Bologna “Malombra” Association (Festival
dedicated to Italian silent movies, Buster Keaton and Louise
Brooks), for “Cinemazero” in Pordenone (Retrospective
of Carl Theodor Dreyer).
Since 2002 he has played every year in “The Pordenone
Silent Film Festival”. In 2002 he accompained “Thais” (Anton
Giulio Bragaglia). In 2003 he attended the School of Music
and Images run by the renowned silent movies pianist Neil Brand.
In 2004 he was commissioned to compose a special accompaniment
with piano, violin and voice for the Hungarian film “Vorrei
morir” ( Károly Lajthay), incorporating music
by Paolo Tosti. In 2005 he was asked to play the piano score
by Jurgen Simpson for Andrew Legge's new short “The unusual
invention of Henry Cavendish” . In 2006 he has composed
a piano accompaniment for “The story of the Kelly Gang”
He has lived in Sydney since 2005.
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