Federico Biscione was born in Tivoli in 1965. He graduates the Tivoli Humanities High School in 1983, and obtains shortly after, at the "A. Casella" Academy of Music in L'Aquila, diplomas in Piano, Composition and Orchestral Conducting. Alongside this, he teaches Piano and Harmony.
His first composition is performed in 1985 (Sonatina giocattolo for trumpet and piano) and later published on CD by the Beat Records Company. Under the guidance of Vieri Tosatti, he acquires the fundamental skills of composing, and some of his compositions begin to be performed in Italy and broadcast on the radio. These works include Jabberwocky for soprano and nine instruments, Dell'intimità (On Intimacy) for clarinet, cello and harp, Tredicesimo canto for vocalist and classic/rock ensemble and the chamber opera Mamma Laser, commissioned by the Fondazione Arena in Verona, as well as the radio programmes for RAI 1 "Contemporary Composers" and RAI 3 "Sonic Alphabets", which air Biscione’s performances of a selection of his piano pieces.
From 1997 to 1999, he focuses particularly on studying and practicing orchestral conduction. He performs well in the specialization courses held by Gianluigi Gelmetti at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena and the Pomeriggi Muiscali in Milan. He occasionally teaches Composition and Harmony at the Academy of Music and, in 1999, wins the national competition for professorship in Italian music Academies, in the field of Fugue and Composition.
From 2001 to 2005, he lives in Milan, where he composes music performed at the Teatro Regio in Turin (the ballet The Pied Piper, which is conducted by the composer), and the Parco della Musica in Rome (Passacaglia and Symphony with Sarcasm for strings). He works with the Pomeriggi Musicali Orchestra of Milan (Dalla Soffitta for orchestra, a piece which won first prize at the national competition Mozart Today 2005), the Milano Classica chamber orchestra (Tropic of Scorpio for marimba and strings, Ego Alter for strings, conducted by Massimiliano Caldi), the Milan State University Orchestra (Hanno for piano and strings performed by Davide Cabassi and conducted by Christopher Franklin, Aus Rilkes Bildern for soprano and strings) as well as Forse Lontano and B-612 for orchestra performed in Romania and conducted by Federico Longo. He has also transcribed and adapted several pieces by other composers, including a reduction for seven instruments of Mozart’s The Magic Flute (performed at the Teatro Regio of Turin in 2006) and a version for string orchestra of Dvorák’s Lieder (Four Popular Songs op. 73) for the Pomeriggi Musicali (2005). During this period, alongside composition, Biscione works as a professional music copyist for the Casa Musicale Sonzogno, the main publisher of his work.
Between 2005 and 2007, Biscione lives in Leipzig, where he composes various pieces which are performed there (Myricae for three voices and five instruments; Verkündigung for soprano and trio performed in the Thomaskirche; Mozart eine Biographie, Windmühlen – these last two in Chemnitz, commissioned by the Robert-Schumann-Philharmonie, with the first marking the celebrations for the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth). The German public radio station Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR) devotes an hour-long programme to Biscione, with an interviwew and many excerpts from his music. In this period, he attends two semesters of specialisation in Composition at the "Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy" Hochschule.
Available on CD, besides the aforementioned Sonatina Giocattolo, are the Serenata breve for woodwind quartet (also on Beat Records) and the cadences for the six Preußischen Sonaten, the six Württenbergische Sonaten and the concertos for piano and orchestra in A minor and D minor by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, performed by pianist Ana-Marija Markovina and recorded by the Leipzig-based label, Genuin Classics.
In April 2007, he becomes Head of Musical Services of the Fondazione Teatro Comunale in Bologna. In this capacity, within the artistic direction of the theatre, he is personally responsible for the coordination of the orchestral and choral masses.
At the end of 2009, Biscione moves to Milan and becomes tenured teacher of Composition at the "Niccolò Piccinni" Academy of Music in Bari.
Some of his most recent work includes: Britten Diversions for small orchestra, performed in Bari, Evocations and Songs for string orchestra (first performed in Mikkeli, Finland), Divertimento on Popular Christmas Themes for piano and string orchestra (commissioned by the "Silesian Chamber Orchestra" in Katowice, Poland).
In art music, contemporary creativity seems far removed from clear, unequivocal and universally accepted methods: the spectre ranges from the most superficial neotonalism to the most elite form of sophistication.
Biscione draws inspiration from the twentieth century composers who have been able to avoid the confusion of an over-exploited late romanticism and the dryness of a hyper-intellectualized constructionism, like Bartók, Stravinsky, Šostakovic, Prokof’ev, Britten. They mapped out a kind of central “master path” that is probably the only one that has a chance of reaching the future (the historical lack of interest by the public in the avant-garde gives us an indication of this).
Biscione’s music tends in the direction of a high expressive level (described as “excellent” by Claudio Listanti in voceditalia.it), and reveals “a relevant consistency from a formal point of view and an excellent knowledge of the orchestral timbre” (Cesare Guzzardella, corrierebit.com). It demonstrates an “extremely balanced architecture” and an “absolute enjoyment to listen to without for this reason descending into pedantic neoclassicism” (L’Adige). It is music that “never loses the listener’s interest” (Chiara Zocca, L’Arena).
The relationship with one’s time is a central point for every artist, and this aspect has to be investigated without prejudice, as Riccardo Giagni does (Rai Radio 3) when he states that Biscione is “distant from all fashion, from every school, he writes contemporary music out of his time”, whilst the Arena and the Neue Presse of Chemnitz have written that music like this is in perfect keeping with the times.