Having been writing music from an early age, Vito Palumbo was offered a place at the prestigious Accademia Chigiana in Siena to study composition. Following this, he undertook a postgraduate degree at the Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome studying with Azio Corghi and graduating with honours. The recipient of a special scholarship which was presented to him personally by Luciano Berio, Palumbo was awarded the renowned Goffredo Petrassi Prize for his work in composition in 2005. He is the winner of several national and international composition contests and has received commissions and performances from institutions and ensembles worldwide such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the RAI National Symphony Orchestra, the Athenäum-Quartett of the Berliner Philharmoniker, l’Académie de France, Auditorium Parco della Musica, the Beijing Contemporary Music Festival, the City of Santander, Salzburger Barockmuseum, the Minnesota 2010 Marimba Festival and Conference and the Swedish ensemble Norrbotten NEO.
Vito Palumbo’s music has been broadcast by several major broadcasters including RAI Radio 3, Channel V Music RAI, Rai Tre, Arte France, Sky Classical, Radio France and Radio Wien. A number of his works have also been released on CD. In recent years Palumbo’s output has focused on large symphonic works for full orchestra. He is currently published by Musikverlag Ries & Erler.