Roberto Laneri studied philosophy at the Rome University and clarinet at the S. Cecilia Conservatory (Diploma, 1972). From '68 to '75 studied music in the U.S. (B.A. and M.A. in performance and composition from the State University of New York at Buffalo; Ph.D. in composition from the U.C., San
Diego). Among his teachers, Lejaren Hiller, William O. Smith, Charles Mingus and John Silber. Currently Professor of clarinet at the Florence Conservatory of Music. Member of the Center for the Creative & Performing Arts and of Petr Kotick's SEM Ensemble in Buffalo, in 1972 began working with extended vocal techniques (EVT, at the Center for Music Experiment, San Diego), and in 1973 founded the vocal improvisation group PRIMA MATERIA.
Roberto Laneri has appeared, as vocalist, composer and performer, in a great variety of musical situations throughout the world: Evenings on the Roof (Los Angeles); Evenings for New Music (New York); Metamusik-Festival (Berlin); Pro Musica Nova (Bremen); Musik der Zeit (Köln); the Zagreb Biennale; Festival d'Automne (Paris); Autunno Musicale (Como); Nuova Consonanza, Musica Verticale, Opening Concerts, Teatro Musica, Progetto Musica (Rome); Holland Festival; BRT (Bruxelles); Venice Biennale; East-West Music Encounter, Jazz Yatra (India); Time Zones (Bari); Milano Estate; Rumori Mediterranei (Roccella Jonica); Spoleto Festival; Ambient Music (Bologna).