Luciano Berio


Birthday October 24, 1925

Birth Sign Scorpio

Birthplace Italy

DEATH DATE May 27, 2003 (77)

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Italian composer known for his experimental work, such as "Sinfonia" from 1968. He was a pioneer in electronic music.

Before Fame

He injured his hand after failing to operate a gun correctly, thus ending his ambitions to be a professional piano player. He focused on composition from thereon out.


He taught Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead at Julliard.

Family Life

He was taught the piano by his father and grandfather who were both organists. He married musicologist Talia Peckar in 1977.

Associated With

He was a contemporary of fellow avant-garde composer John Cage.