Calogero Giallanza was born in Naso (Messina – Italy).
He is a graduate of the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia in Rome, Italy. Mr. Giallanza is very active as a performing flautist and composer in Italy and abroad, his repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary music both as solist and in chamber ensembles (Todi Festival 95, Teatro Vittorio Emanuele in Noto 99/2000, Teatro & TD Zagabria [Croazia] 99/2001, Palermo di Scena Festival 97/ 2000, Italian Embassy in Abu-Dhabi [United Arab Emirates] 2001, “Lisinski”Auditorium, Zagabria[Croazia] 2003, Italian Cultural Institute, Los Angeles [U.S.A.] 2003, Arizona State University, Scottsdale Phoenix [U.S.A.] 2003, Ortigia Festival 2003, Italian State Recording Archives 2006, Opere Festival 2006/07, Melbourne Italian Festival 2007[Australia], IV Rioharp Festival 2009/2010 Rio de Janeiro [ Brazil ], 46° Festival Nuova Consonanza ’09, Auditorium M.A.S.P. Sao Paulo 2010 [Brazil], “Genus Musicae” Myth Circuit 2011, Italian Cultural Institute Malta 2012, Taormina Arte 2013 ( Ancient Theater), N.D.U. University Louaize Beirut 2015 (Lebanon), El Mouggar Concert Hall Algeri and Festival Costantine 2015 (Algeria), NarniaFestival 2016.
His cd recording credits include: Mediterranea(1999) produced and distributed by Ed.Mus. Cantoberon with guitarist and composer Luca Mereu with whom he founded the Duo Nesos, Thalassa (2001) in which he is both solo flautist and composer. Highly appreciated by Ennio Morricone, the cd was produced by “ Ostinati Music Workshop” and sponsored by private and public institutions. “Due fauni, arco e pizzicato” ( 2005) with the Ensemble Colosseum in which he plays as first solo flautist. In 2007, he recorded the CD“Al muhda ilayy”(pieces for solo flute and flute and harp by various composers dedicated to Calogero Giallanza), produced by “Ostinati Music Workshop” with the contribution of IMAIE. In 2011, he recorded his CD “Shulùq”-Sounds and Rhythms from the Mediterranean(pieces for flute, harp and drums ),produced by ENPALSunder the patronage of National and International Universities, Embassies and Organizations. He recorded original compositions of A. Murzi for an Aurelio Grimaldi video for “ LisbonExpo 1998”. He has recorded for Domani Musica label as well.
He has made recordings for RAI 2 Television, Vatican Radio, Libanese Television and Algerian Television. His performances are regularly aired on Radio – RAI Filodiffusione, and Rai International. In his capacity as a performer and a composer, he has appeared as guest on the prestigious radio programme “Notturno Italiano” produced by Radio Rai Italia. He is the Artistic Director of the ‘Ostinati’ Music Workshop which carries out research and experiments on the relationship between music and word. In 2009 the show “Nzula”, by Francesco Randazzo, with original compositions, performed live, by M.° Giallanza won the First Prize as best show of the 2nd National Festival “Schegge d’Autore” from the National Union of Dramatic Authors and the Audience Award for the show of Magna Graecia Institution- Battipaglia Prize.
In 2004, he played the main character in the documentary film “Favola del Vento e del Mare” directed by Pierpaolo Gandini, for which he also composed and perfomed the soundtrack. This documentary, which was produced by SD cinematografica for Italian and International Television, has been aired on RAI 3 Italian TV in the programme “ Geo & amp; Geo” and on Swiss Television – RTSI.
In 2009, he won First Prize of the 3rd edition of the IMAIE competition, contemporary classical music section, with the CD “Al muhda ilayy”. In 2010 he was aawarded the VI edition of the “Antonello da Messina”National Prize .
In 2012 he was presented a Medal by the President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano for his work as Artistic Director of the Nebroideo Organ Festival “Annibale Lo Bianco”
On December 27th 2013 he was appointed Knight of the Italian Republic for Merit, again by the President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano, after a nomination from the Prime Minister.