Professor Fred Bianchi

Composer, Music Technology Innovator, Professor of Music, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Bianchi, a noted composer and music technology pioneer, has been a member of the WPI faculty since 1994. His music has been performed throughout the United States and Europe, and his orchestral works have premiered at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. His work has been recognized with numerous prizes and awards, including the ASCAP Composers Award, the Kennedy Center’s Friedheim Award in Orchestral Composition, and the United States Institute for Theatre Technology Award for Innovation.

In the mid-1980s, Bianchi began experimenting with real-time interactive music performance. That work resulted in the development of the Virtual Orchestra, a groundbreaking technology capable of simulating the sound and behavior of a live orchestra, in real time. Since the early 1990s, the patented technology has been used in more than 15,000 performances worldwide, including the National Broadway tours of Jekyll & Hyde, Oklahoma, Oliver, Phantom, Les Misérebles, Seussical, Ragtime, The Music Man, Miss Saigon, Titanic, and Porgy & Bess. A co-founder of Realtime Music in New York City, Bianchi has forged numerous creative and research collaborations with organizations ranging from Lucent Technologies to Cirque du Soleil. His University Lecture Series presentation will include performances of selected works with the Virtual Orchestra.


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