Giovanni Piacentini is a composer whose body of work is as diverse as his cultural background. Born in Mexico City to an Italian doctor, an opera lover, and a Mexican figurative painter, he was exposed to a wide array of artistic expressions that helped shape his musical vision. After an immersive two years in school and in the New York City composition circle, Giovanni earned his M.A. in Composition from Manhattan School of Music, graduating with honors. He edited works for guitar commissioned by Sharon Isbin and David Starobin. He assisted his mentor, Dr. Danielpour, with premieres including a piano concerto with the Vienna Philharmonic and a large scale Oratorio with the Pacific Symphony. During this time, Giovanni wrote his first symphonic work, “Animus”, which was performed under the baton of Dr. David Gilbert. Performing with the school’s choir at Lincoln Center with the New York Philharmonic and at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C was a highlight of his time at MSM. Since then, Giovanni has been very active as a composer receiving commissions from a variety of ensembles including the harp duo, “Duo Scorpio” in NYC, the Irish violin and viola duet “Collailm Duo”, the concert series “Music of Reality” in Boston, MA, and the “Mexiam” festival at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, CA. He continues to explore ways of pushing the boundaries of both the classical guitar, by incorporating subtle electronic elements to the natural acoustic sound, and artistically by creating “modular pieces” which combine elements of information architecture to composition.