P. Alessandro Polito is an Italian composer, pianist, choir director, philosopher, author of musicological essays, comic artist and game designer.
Born in Palermo in 1971, I took my diplomas of piano, choir direction and composition (with Marco Betta) at the Palermo Conservatory “V. Bellini”, was weaned by Salvatore Sciarrino during the summer courses in Città di Castello (Perugia) and grown up by Azio Corghi at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome where I completed my training.
I hold a Ph.D in Uomo e Ambiente by the University of Palermo and I am the author of Pedagogia per la nuova musica (2003), Breve corso di storia della musica in 6 ore e 30 (2003), Comporre canoni (2008) and Etologia Musicale. Animali camuffati e gesti predatori (2009).
I write and draw Herr Kompositor ®, the first method of musical composition (based on my original musical ethology) in the form of a comic book (awarded by UNESCO in 2004), published by Edizioni Curci and currently consisting of two graphic novels – Scrivi una canzone! (2013) and Il segreto dei compositori (2015) – and the card game Comporre è un gioco (2016).
I was professor of Didattica della Composizione and Psicologia Musicale in Reggio Emilia (ISSM “A. Peri”) and professor in charge of Armonia e Contrappunto in Palermo (Conservatory “V. Bellini”). Today I live in Florence where I am a philosophy teacher.