Cinzia Nistico is a composer with special interests in interdisciplinary, new hybrid formats and multimedia. She creates special projects in which concept, narration and abstract form merge in unusual ways.
Cinzia Nistico was born in Milan (IT), graduated in composition in London (Trinity college of Music) and Milan (Conservatorio di Musica). She is currently based in Amsterdam were she studied with Fabio Nieder. She attended masterclasses among which with Louis Andriessen, Bernhard Lang and Salvatore Sciarrino, whom had an important imprinting on her for his “ecological” usage of sound.
When composing, she dedicate full attention to designing emotional sounds and narrative gestures. In her collaboration with instrumentalists, her main question is how to force the instrument out of its own nature, how to contradict the very identity of that instrument or sound. The friction between a “natural” sound and the artificial intervention on it is at the core of her inspiration. This reflects the question about how do we identify a sound. Indeed identity is a the centre of most of her works.
In her multimedia projects and collaborations, she likes to create hybrid formats. Since her first interdisciplinary work Halber Mensch and through her subsequent works The Generator and Adele Hugo, she made a series of projects centred on the search for identity and self affirmation of an individual as opposed to the multiplicity of the mob. How much can a single person do to change the behaviour of the group and how much the group (i.e. society) erodes the identity of the individual.
Her music has been programmed in Festivals such as Gaudeamus Vertolkers concours & week van de Kamermuziek, Uitmarkt Festival, Amsterdam Fringe Festival, Grachten festival, ADE festival, Open Monumentendag in Delft, Worm Rotterdam for the Back to the Future festival, Korzo, Cinetol, Plein Theater; Festival Milano Musica, in the Czech Republic (Ostrava Music Days), Bartok Festival (Hungary); Festival Open Days (Denmark), Inner Sound festival (Romania), Sync’d, Innersound (Bucharest), Rainy Days Festival, in Luxembourg, the Internationale Saxofoondag festival (Barneveld) and Festival del Sassofono Fermo (Italy). Among others my music was performed at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Amsterdam, Alte Schmiede in Vienna and Neue Musik in St. Ruprecht (Vienna)., Het Veem Werkgebouw for the Nederland-Ruslandjaar celebrations and again fro Toets des Tijds concert series. In Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ, Bimhuis Amsterdam, and in Reykjavik, several times in China, Uzbekistan, Russia
In 2018 she was awarder the Honorary Mention for Black Pencil Prize at the Prix Annelie De Man in Amsterdam
Her music and multimedia projects have been supported by fonds like Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Fonds Podiumkunsten, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst.
Since 2022 she is member of Filmwerkplaats in Worm Rotterdam