Emanuele Casale studied double bass under Sebastiano Nicotra, composition under Eliodoro Sollima and electronic music under Alessandro Cipriani. He completed his musical studies at the Istituto Vincenzo Bellini in Catania. He went on to do advanced courses with Aldo Clementi, Salvatore Sciarrino (composition), Giorgio Nottoli and Barry Truax (electronic music). He also undertook advanced studies in electroacoustic composition obtaining an advanced diploma with first class honours at the Licinio Refice Conservatory. His thesis dealt with the relationship between traditional composition and electroacoustic composition.
He has won the following international competitions: first prize in the Irino Prize in Tokyo; first prize in the Reading Panel (Ircam/Ensemble Intercontemporain) in Paris; first prize in the Concours International de Musique Electroacustique in Bourges; first prize in the GRAME at the Centre National de Création Musicale in Lyon; first prize in the “juniores” section and first prize in the “senjores” section in the International Music Council/UNESCO IREM competition; first prize in the competition to represent Italy at the Frankfurt Opera House; and first prize in the Academy of Arts competition in Berlin. In Italy he has been awarded prizes by Cemat in Rome and the Fondazione Carloni in L’Aquila. He has also received the title of “Italian Fellow in the Arts” from the United States committee of the American Academy.
He has received commissions from a wide range of prestigious musical bodies including Teatro La Fenice in Venice (a composition to inaugurate the reopening of the restored theatre), the Frankfurt Opera House, the Venice Biennale, the Paris-based Ensemble Intercontemporain, the Centre National de Creation Musicale in Lyon, the Orchestra Haydn in Bolzano, the Oslo Sinfonietta, the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, the Festival Manca in Nice, the Istitute International de Musique Elettroacoustique in Bourges, the Quartetto Prometeo, the Luxembourg-based ensemble United Instruments of Lucilin and the Akademie der Künste in Berlin. He has acted as composer in residence at the American Academy and in electronic music studios in Berlin, Lyon and Bourges.
He wrote the “talk-opera” Conversations with Chomsky for the Fondazione I Teatri di Reggio Emilia and for the Parco della Musica in Rome. The text of this work was written under the supervision of the renowned linguist and political activist Noam Chomsky.
Casale’s compositions have been performed by interpreters, chamber groups and symphonic orchestras in concert series and festivals in Europe, the United States, South America and the Far East: the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra della Rai, the Venice Biennale, the Huddersfield Festival, the Royal College of Music in London, the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires and many others.
The works of Emanuele Casale are published by Casa Ricordi-Universal Music. He teaches electroacoustic composition and sound design at the Palermo Conservatory.