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The composer and music researcher Marco Stroppa, who also works as a sound engineer, was born in 1959 in Verona, studied in Italy and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and was initially involved with the Centro di Sonologia Computazionale at the University of Padua. He was invited by Pierre Boulez to move to Paris in 1982 to work and teach at IRCAM; he directed the Department for Musical Research there from 1987 to 1990. Since 1999, Stroppa has additionally taught composition at the Stuttgart Academy for Music and Performing Arts. In 1996 he won the Salzburg Easter Festival composition prize and was presented as part of the Next Generation series at the Salzburg Festival. His opera Re Orso was premiered at the Opéra Comique in Paris in 2012, and in October 2018 his new orchestral work Come Play with Me will receive its world premiere at the Donaueschingen Music Festival.