Marianna Filippi graduated with a Masters of Music Degree from the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, Denmark, Class of 2022. There, she studied with Professors Niels Rosing-Schow, Jeppe Just Christensen, and Rune Glerup.
She received her Bachelors of Music Honors Degree in music composition from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, Wales. Over her six years of academic study, she developed her musical language, primarily inspired by the music of Maurice Ravel, Takahashi Yoshimatsu, Leoš Janáček, Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmsgreen, Kaija Saariaho, David Lang, and Japanese film composer Joe Hisaishi.
As a composer, the core of her musical style and what she strives to convey in her pieces revolves around subtle yet lush sonorities, and a sense of evolving from a simple, meditative idea into a complex form. Each of her pieces has a narrative, usually inspired by an anomalous concept; for instance, her string quartet “Jeweled Wings” was the image of light flickering on the glistening green wings of a jewel beetle. She prefers to compose intuitively, and uses improvisation to form her initial melodic and harmonic material, and she lets the pieces evolve from there.
Recent premiers include:
“Through the Eyes of an Octopus” (Premiered in Denmark and Maine, U.S.A, 2022), commissioned by Copenhagen-based trio, KIMI Ensemble ( https://www.kimi-ensemble.com/ )
“Abyssal Beings” (2022) for accordion trio, performed by Ditte Lykke Hansen, Romena Lengvinaitė, and Amalie Ravnsbæk.
“The Trees Speak Without Words” (2021) for Coluratura Soprano and accordion quartet.