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Fausto Tuscano, Mag.art.

Lecturer in Italian

  • Mirabellplatz 1
  • 5020 Salzburg

Fausto Tuscano was born in Foligno, Italy, in 1968. In Assisi he began studying music as a boy singer in the chapel of the Basilica of S. Francesco d’Assisi. He continued his studies at the F. Morlacchi Perugia and L. Cherubini Firenze conservatories, where he completed his concert diploma in flute and composition. In the meantime, he also completed his studies in literature and music history. From 1997 to 2005 he studied composition and music theory at the Mozarteum University Salzburg with Reinhard Febel. Over the years conversations with Salvatore Sciarrino, Gilbert Amy, Boghuslav Schaeffer and Beat Furrer enriched his artistic work.  

He has won prizes in national and international competitions, including the Franco Evangelisti Prize by Nuova Consonanza (1999) and the 3rd Johann-Joseph-Fux Opera Competition (2003). In 2007 he was nominated for the Busoni Prize from the Berlin Academy of the Arts. From 1988 to 1997 he worked on the list of music manuscripts in the archive of the Basilica in Assisi. As a lecturer, he participated in various symposia and held seminars on his compositions and music courses at various universities. He is a co-founder of Klang21 and was artistic director of the Salzburg Pocket Opera Festival from 2005 to 2010.  

He has been a teacher since 1997, a board member since 2001 and a co-editor of the cultural program at Società Dante Alighieri Salzburg since 2011. In 2011 he received the state grant for composition from the Austrian Federal Ministry of Art and Culture and the state grant for composition from the Salzburg state government. He has been teaching the Italian course at the Mozarteum Summer Academy since 2015. The main areas of his research and teaching activities are the evolution of the human voice, the musical content of the poetic language, the rhythm and meter of Italian music poetry as well as music and singing in language teaching.