Alessandro Paganelli is a composer and guitarist based in Berlin.
Born from a musical family, Paganelli studied in different conservatories throughout Europe while subsequently working as solo guitarist. Additionally, with his ensemble consisting of strings, piano and classical guitar, he recorded the EP Drifting, shortly followed by the EP Nebula, and a solo Album SUM. He also created music for various commissions (including Ameritz Music-Great Britain, Ostereo -Great Britain, Movement Head Quarters Ballet Company -USA, Choreographer Shannon Maynor -Berlin, Believe Music-France).
His music explores the individual’s internal search of self: “When I compose, I always search for a key to access the place wherein a bridge between the sound and the listener is created, allowing communication between the composer, the performer and the audience: a conversation that goes beyond words and enables us to feel a reflection of ourselves through sound.”
- ITALY -
Being exposed to music early on, (his dad was the guitarist of Milva in the 70’s) Alessandro Paganelli started guitar lessons when he was 7 and then entered the Conservatory of his town at the age of 11.
Since then he embarked on a journey of self discovery that still influences his music.
- THE NETHERLANDS-
After graduating in Italy, he moved to the Netherlands (Conservatorium Maastricht) where he focused his studies on Baroque music (Bach in particular), writing a thesis on how this music could be interpreted on the guitar. During this time he also gained performing experience touring with a chamber music group and participating in guitar competitions.
- GERMANY -
He then relocated to Berlin, Germany and started working as solo performer for numerous opera productions (Theater Vorpommern in Greifswald and Stralsund; Bode Museum in Berlin; Trentino Music Festival) and various ensemble projects. With a strong desire to find his own way of expressing himself through music and guided by his interest in a wide range of musical genres, he started experimenting with different ways of composing music: this period of research led to the creation of his Ensemble which released two EPs, Drifting (2017) and Nebula (2018) and the full length Album "Sum", a collection of nine compositions about self introspection, released on March 2020.
In 2020 he was commissioned from the New York based Ballet Company Movement Head Quarters a score based on Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker, which was performed in 2021 in Brooklyn (USA).
Five Movements, his last project in collaboration with the dancer and choreographer Shannon Maynor (USA), features five compositions written for neoclassical dance (distributed by Believe, France).