Maurizio Bignone was born in Palermo in 1968. He graduated in viola at the Conservatory of Music “V.Bellini” of Palermo under the guidance of M° Carini, subsequently he perfected himself with M° Mihai Spinei and M° Augusto Vismara. In 1992 he began his career as a composer. Initially his music combines classical writing with ethnic language and jazz (Maurizio Bignone is also multi-instrumentalist), then moving towards a more contemporary language. The Kronos Quartet (the most important string quartet of contemporary music) has asked to him to include in their repertoire one of his works entitled “Chador”. Now his musics has a contemporary cinematographic style. Infact he has composed numerous soundtracks for short films, films, theatrical performances, documentaries and advertising at international level, winning numerous first prizes. He has 7 CDs as composer. He composed about 200 works (including pieces for solo instrument, ensemble, orchestra and soundtracks). His music is requested and performed by musicians from all over the world such as the American violist concertist Brett Deubner, the Russian cellist concertist Maya Fridman, the Italian pianist Gilda Buttà, the Italian cellist soloist Luca Pincini, the American solo trumpeter Ralph Alessi, the first solo cello of the Gurzenich -Orchester of Cologne Ulrike Schafer, the concertist and principal viola of the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Dennis Krasnokutsky, the Serbian concert pianist Maja Rajkovich, the Italian jazz pianist Rita Marcotulli, the Tan’g Quartet of Singapore, the Trio Siciliano (with the soloists of the Teatro Massimo of Palermo), the Opera Theater of Astana, the Novosibirsk Philarmonic Chamber Orchestra etc. His music is included in many festivals like “Festival dei due mondi” in Spoleto, the Teatro Massimo of Palermo, the Friends of Music in Palermo, in Novara, in Milan, in Mazara del Vallo, in Trapani, University of Palermo, of Perugia, of Bari, of Aaron Copland School in NYC, Festival of Contemporary Music in Novosibirsk (Russia), Round Top festival (Texas), Festival of Gramado (Brazil), Gibellina Orestiadi (contemporary music festival), Womad, and they are performed in the concert halls of Italy, Germany, France, England, Belgium, USA, Japan, Australia, Brazil, Kazakhstan, Russia, Singapore, Netherland, China etc. In 2007 he created the label “U07 Records”, independent record label that deals mainly with contemporary classical music. He also publishes classical and contemporary classical music. He called as president and sworn in numerous national and international competitions. In 2019 started the new project “Night Dances” where Maurizio plays pianoforte and in trio with the amazing Ukranian flutist Elena Kushchii and the great italian cellist Giorgio Gasbarro. The italian tour will start officially in October 2018 and it will touch differents cities like Milano, Cremona, Palermo, Mazara del Vallo, Ribera and others. The cd “Night Dances” will be released in june 2019. Right now tours are being organized in Ukraine, Netherlands and Belgium.