Welcome to the website of Raffaele Paglione (Composer) and Anna Hurkmans (Writer-Lyricist)






Raffaele Paglione


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He was born in Rome in 1964. After obtaining a diploma in pianoforte in 1987 he also studied composition. His interests include chamber music and choir conducting. He has accompanied many interpreters of classical music,  opera singers and modern singers. while continuing his studies in Vienna (1991-1993) he discovered a great passion for musicals. As well as writing music and songs for many events , he has worked as a composer in musical contests, school concerts and theatre performances.

With the collaboration of two Corean opera singers, Giuseppe e Kumi Kim, he recorded the CD “L’Amore in musica” (2001) with famous operatic arias and own compositions

 His song “Quatrains sans temps” was awarded the Prize “La canzone che non c’è”-(Genoa) and “Too much” the first prize at the International Songwriting Expo (Benelux).

 At present he teaches music at the “Scuola Media Don Bosco”, is engaged in theatre projects and is the conductor of the Choir “San Bonaventura” in Rome. He has written the music of many musicals: “Il Signore delle Ombre”, “Sabbie del tempo”, “Don Bosco” and “Maledetti architetti” (in Italian).

 He wrote the music for the musical “Vincent”  (about the life of van Gogh) from a libretto by Anna Hurkmans. The work was performed in Dutch theatres in 2005 by the “Nederlands Musical Ensemble” and published in Germany by “Whale Songs”. “Vincent” was a finalist in the competition “Stages 2007” of the Theatre Building Chicago” and in “TRU-Series 2007” New York. He has just finished his latest collaboration with Anna Hurkmans  “Don’t cry, Butterfly – Puccini’s Unwritten Opera” , a project they worked on during the Writers’ Residency in Belfast and  workshops with the Royal Academy of Music and the Central School of Speech and Drama” in London.

 He is a member of SIAE (Italian Association of Authors) and Mercury Musical Development in London.