|Mario Verandi is an argentinean-born composer, performer and sound artist living in Berlin. 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 Competition (France), Stockholm Electronic Art Awards (Sweden), Musica Nova Competition (Prague), CIEJ Electronic Music Awards (Barcelona) and SGAE Electroacoustic Music Competition (Spain). His work is included in the Essex Collection of Latin American Art.
His works have been performed, exhibited and broadcast worldwide in events such as Multiphonies GRM (Paris), Donaueschinger Musiktage (Germany), Kontakte Berlin, 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), Ciclo de Música Contémporanea Teatro San Martín (Buenos Aires), State of the Nation (London), Rumours Concerts (Birmingham, UK), Logos Concerts (Belgium), Música Viva Festival (Portugal) and Stockholm Electronic Music Festival.
He was composer-in-residence at the Studio for Electroacoustic Music at the Academy of the Arts in Berlin, at La Muse en Circuit (Paris), at Césaré studio de création musicale (Reims) at, TU-Electronic Music Studios Berlin, at the ZKM (Center for Art and Media Technology, Karlsruhe) and the Gabinete de música electroacústica de Cuenca GME (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).
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, visual artist Lillevan as well as with a number of musicians: Theo Nabicht, Andrea Neumann,Nora Thiele, Sidney Corbett, John Eckhard, Jefrrey Bossin, Seth Josel, Jonas Kocher …
Mario Verandi studied music at the Music School of the Rosario National University in Argentina. His main teachers were Dante Grela (composition), Aldo Antognazzi (piano), Marta Varela (ear training) and Carlos Castro (argentinean folklore music). At the same time 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 and a Doctor degree in Electroacoustic music. He carried out additional studies in master classes and workshops with Luc Ferrari, Kevin Volans and Trevor Wishart. In 2000 he moved to Berlin after being awarded a fellowship to take part in the prestigious artists-in-berlin residence programme of the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). He has given courses and lectures in music institutions in Europe, USA and LatinAmerica and in 2003-2004 was guest lecturer at the musicology department of the Berlin Free University.