Dr. Elia Andrea Corazza
Elia Andrea Corazza. Ph. © Emy Bernecoli

Dr. Elia Andrea Corazza (aka Elijax) is a conductor, composer, pianist and musicologist. He holds a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Bologna (Italy), and master’s degrees in pianoforte, conducting and composition. He studied conducting in Fiesole and Pescara (Italy), and at the Tanglewood Music Center (Lenox, MA, U.S.A.)

Elia has held scholarships at the Fondazione Cini, at Harvard University, the Library of Congress, the Paul Sacher Stiftung, at Yale University, at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana.

Elia has conducted orchestras which includes Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, Accademia Filarmonica di Bologna, Orchestra Giovanile Santa Cecilia, Coro e Orchestra I Musici Veneziani.

His repertoire ranges from Baroque to contemporary symphonic, operatic and balletic music. His compositions include a variety of genres, from Neoclassical to Electronic.

As a pianist Elia is specialized in the Italian operatic repertoire, and in the Italian 20th Century piano music.

His musicological research includes Neoclassical Music, Serial Music, 18th and 19th Century Opera, Ballet Music, Performing Practice, Music and Fascism.

Elia has discovered and edited the orchestration that Respighi made for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes of La Serva Padrona by Paisiello (Schott Music, 2014); he conducted the world premiere in Bologna, Respighi’s hometown, during the summer of 2014.

Sometimes under his pseudonym Elijax, Elia composed music for film, documentaries, short movies, advertising and dance halls. The short movie Moto perpetuo (directed by Camillo Valle) resulted prizewinner in several competitions: Premio Montano (Verona, 2015), Blackbird Film Festival (New York City, NY, U.S.A., 2015), Clorofilla Film Festival (Grosseto, 2015), and nominated at the David di Donatello short movies (2014). Elia’s “Super 8” and “Bruno Van Dyck” for Expo 2.0 resulted prizewinner at “Visioni Ambientali” Cineteca di Bologna (2017, third prize), and finalist at the Video Concorso Pasinetti in Venice (2017). In 2021 his electronic compositions Finalmente Alighieri!, Passacaglia Poetica, Beatrice Glitch, composed on Dante Alighieri’s words performed by Emy Bernecoli, resulted prizewinners at the international competition “De Institutione Musica” promoted by SIMC (Italian Society for Contemporary Music). Further information on Elijax electronic compositions is available on www.elijax.com

From 2015 to 2020 Elia taught Score reading and has been the principal conductor of the Symphonic, Chamber and Junior Orchestras at the Conservatory “Fausto Torrefranca” in Vibo Valentia, Italy. From January 2020 to October 2021 Elia taught Score reading at the Conservatory “Agostino Steffani” in Castelfranco Veneto, Italy. Since november 2021 Elia teaches Score reading at the Conservatory Giuseppe Verdi in Milano, Italy.

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