Giovanni Santini is Ph.D. candidate in Music Composition at Hong Kong Baptist University, where he is working on new forms of notation and new holographic musical interfaces in Virtual and Augmented Reality. Has been Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley. Has presented his research at Conferences and workshop at Universities and research institutions around the world (Harvard, McGill, UCBerkeley Universities and IRCAM – Paris, to cite a few).

Previously obtained degrees in Composition in Basel, Lugano and La Spezia.

His music has been performed mainly in the context of contemporary experimental music by ensembles like Talea, Phoenix, Laboratorium, Mdi, Multilatèrale, Vertixe Sonora, Prometeo quartet and soloists like J.F. Neuburger, D. Ciampolini, D. Gloger, M. Cesari, F. Dillon, M. Bianchini in many countries (Italy, Germany, Switzerland, France, UK, Croatia, Spain, Austria, Cyprus, USA and Argentina) and in contexts like Festival Musica Strasbourg, Harvard University, impuls Festival, Gare du Nord (Basel), Chigiana Academy, LAC Theater (Lugano), etc.

His compositions were broadcasted by Sky Classica Italia and RSI (Swiss Radio
and Television).

Has been awarded in several national and international competitions (MotoContrario Ensemble - Festival Contrasti 2017, LIVE! International call for scores 2017, IlSuono International Competition 2017, Movin’up).

Scores by him were published by Ars Publica. Recorded CDs for Suonare News, Ars Publica and Sheva Contemporary.

Took part to international master-classes with some of the most accomplished new music composers, as B. Furrer, P. Billone, F. Filidei, and many others.  Frequented also the courses of impuls Academy, Chigiana academy, Harvard Summer Composition Institute, Manoury Composition Academy and Electronic Music courses at Scuola Civica in Milan and Elektronisches Studio in Basel.

Obtained also a Diploma and a Master in Piano performance. Was awarded in several national competitions and is actively giving concerts in Italy and Europe both as soloist, in various chamber formations and with orchestra, with a repertoire spanning from early baroque to contemporary new music.