Marta Gentilucci studied Vocal Arts as a soprano at Conservatory “F. Morlacchi” in Perugia. There she also obtained cum laude her Master of Arts in English and German Literature. She completed her Master Degree in composition and in composition/computer music at the University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart (DE) under the guidance of Marco Stroppa. She was selected for the two years program in computer music at IRCAM (Cursus 1 and Cursus 2). She holds a Ph.D. in composition from Harvard University, mentored by Chaya Czernowin and Hans Tutschku.
She was in residence at the Experimentalstudio des SWR Freiburg, at the electronic studio of the Akademie der Künste in Berlin (DE) and at IRCAM. In 2017, she was selected for the Artistic Research Residency at IRCAM with a project on voice and extended vocal techniques. Her electronic music was selected for SICMF (Seoul International Computer Music Festival), nycemf (New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, 2013, 2015, 2019), and several editions of the ICMC (International Computer Music Conference) where she has been awarded “Best Paper” (2018) and “Best Piece – Regional, Europe” (2019). In 2018-19, she was Harvard Radcliffe Institute Fellow (US).
She is resident at the French Academy – Villa Medici in Rome (2021-22).
Her music has been internationally performed by ensembles as the Wind-Soloist of the Orchestra Nazionale RAI, Ensemble Surplus, Ensemble Ascolta, cros.art ensemble, soloists of Ensemble Intercontemporain, Les Cris de Paris, Jack Quartet, Chiara Quartet, L’Arsenale Ensemble, Hand Werk Ensemble, Nikel Ensemble, Elision Ensemble, Promenade Sauvage, Dal Niente, Contrechamps, Ensemble The Chatter, Orchestra and Choir of the National Theater Darmstadt, Ensemble Interface, Ensemble Vertixe Sonora and Neue Vocalsolisten.
Among her most recent activities, in 2020 she was commissioned by IRCAM and Neue Vocalsolisten two new pieces for voice and Live-electronics, both premiered during the MANIFESTE Festival (Paris, 2020) and performed at the ECLAT Festival 2021. In Spring 2021, the collaborative project Voi[e,x,s] Chapelle Charbon will be premiered with a final public performance at the Paris Park Chapelle Charbon. Among the next projects in 2021-22, the premier of a new piece in collaboration with the Experimentalstudio des SWR Freiburg (DE), an electroacoustic piece for the dancer Netta Weiser. In Summer 2022 a sound-video installation created with the photographer Susan Meiselas will open at the Les Rencontre de la Photographie in Arles.
Her formal training as an opera singer influenced and formed her being a composer, as well as her attraction to the inner structure of sound, its way of resonating in space and oscillating within a timespan, its metamorphosis in color and ‘shape’. She is particularly interested in vocal music and technology, and the different possibilities of building acoustic and virtual spaces. Her deep artistic necessity is to create a musical space where music and sounds are perceived not only as an intellectual construct, but also as a physical sensation.