Mario Verandi is a composer and sound artist. He primarily works with new technologies as an aid to exploring and expanding the boundaries of sound, space, perception and meaning. A distinct characteristic of his work is the exploration of the poetic and evocative potential of concrete and environmental sounds and their incorporation in sound compositions, media installations, live performances and radio art pieces.
His works have received prizes and awards in the Prix Ars Electronica Awards (Linz), European Bell Days Composition Prize (ZKM, Karlsruhe), Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Competitione (France), Stockholm Electronic Art Awards (Sweden), Musica Nova Competition (Prague), CIEJ Electronic Music Awards (Barcelona) and SGAE Electroacoustic Music Competition (Spain).
His works have been performed, exhibited and broadcast worldwide in events such as Multiphonies GRM (Paris), Donaueschinger Musiktage (Germany), MaerzMusik (Berlin), Open House Contemporary Argentine Art Exhibition (London), International Poetry Festival (Berlin), Inventionen (Berlin), iscm World Music Days (Manchester), Interactive Futures (Canada), Festival Futura (France), Festival Musica (Strasbourg), State of the Nation (London), Rumours Concerts (Birmingham, UK), Logos Concerts (Belgium), and Stockholm Electronic Music Festival. He has collaborated among others with the Neuen Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Lautten Compagney (Berlin), German poet Monika Rinck, American visual artist Catherine Ferguson, German choreographer Helge Musial, Polish theater director Grazyna Kania, film-maker Harun Farocki, German visual artist Corinna Rosteck and visual artitst Lillevan. He was artist-in-residence at La Muse en Circuit (Paris), at Césaré studio de création musicale (Reims) at, TU-Electronic Music Studios Berlin, at ZKM (Karlsruhe) and the Cuenca Electroacoustic Music Studios (Spain). In addition, he was selected to participate in the 1998 International Course for Professional Composers and Choreographers at Bretton Hall University (UK), the 1999 Music Theater Workshop at the Theater Royal Stratford East (London) and in the 1996 “Exchange” for Professional Composers and Choreographers at the Royal Festival Hall (London).
Mario Verandi studied music at the Music School of the Rosario National University in Argentina. He played piano and keyboards in groups of different styles such as pop, folk, tango and experimental. In 1986 he moved to Barcelona and studied with Gabriel Brncic and Xavier Serra at the Phonos Electroacoustic Music Studios. In 1991 he moved to London and continued his studies with Jonty Harrison at the University of Birmingham (UK) where he completed a Master degree and a Doctorate in Electroacoustic music. In 2000 he moved to Berlin after being awarded a fellowship to take part in the artists-in-berlin residence programme of the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service).
He has given presentations and lectures in several institutions in Europe and the USA and in 2003-2004 was guest lecturer at the musicology department of the Berlin Free University. His work is included in the Essex Collection of Latin American Art.