Born in Busto Arsizio, near Milan, Alessandro Solbiati graduated from the Conservatoire of Milan with degrees in piano (under Eli Perrotta) and composition (Sandro Gorli), after studying physics for two years at the University of Milan. At the same time, he attended Franco Donatoni’s advanced composition courses at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena for four years (1977-1980). In addition to several national competitions, Solbiati also won the 1980 International Competition of Turin with Quartetto d’archi and the 1982 RAI-Paganini Competition in Rome with Di luce, for violin and orchestra.
Solbiati has received many commissions from various organizations including the Teatro alla Scala, the Teatro Regio di Torino, the Teatro Verdi di Trieste, the Italian National Radio (RAI), the French Ministry of Culture, Radio France, the University of Paris, the Mozarteum, the South Bank of London, the Gulbenkian Foundation of Lisbon, the Venice Biennale, the Festival MilanoMusica, the Teatro Comunale of Bologna, the San Petronio Basilica of Bologna for the 7th Centenary of its founding, the Symphonic Orchestra ‘G. Verdi’ of Milan. Many of his works have been recorded, many have been broadcast, and many performed in major international festivals, including in Lille, Avignon, Huddersfield, Présences ’92, ’94 and ’97, Pontino, Wien Modern, Sydney, Metz, Strasbourg, Venice Biennale ’81, ’85, ’95, 2002 and 2008, Montepulciano, Holland Festival, Zagreb, Lisbon, Stockholm, IRCAM, Santa Cecilia in Rome, Maastricht, Moscow, Boston, Mexico City, RAI (Rome, Milan, Turin and Neaples), Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Florence), MilanoMusica, Settembre Musica, Unione Musicale, etc.)
His works are published by the Edizioni Suvini Zerboni in Milano.