Ivan Vandor

Ivan Vandor (born 13 October 1932) is an Italian composer, musician and ethnomusicologist of Hungarian origin.

Born in Pécs, Vandor moved in Rome, Italy with his family in 1938.[1]

He began studying violin at 6 and piano at 8, and, from 1948 to 1954, was tenor sax in the group Roman New Orleans Jazz Band.[1] He was later also member of the avant-garde groups Musica Elettronica Viva and Gruppo di Improvvisazione di Nuova Consonanza.[2] In 1959 he graduated in Composition with Goffredo Petrassi at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory[3] and in 1962 he obtained Italian citizenship.[1]

Graduated in ethnomusicology at U.C.L.A., he is author of several books and essays. His compositions include several notable soundtracks, such as Mino Guerrini's Omicidio per appuntamento (1967), Giulio Questi's Django Kill (1967), Nelo Risi's Diary of a Schizophrenic Girl (1968) and Michelangelo Antonioni's The Passenger (1975).[4]


  1. Biennale di Venezia. Dopo l'avanguardia: prospettive musicali intorno agli anni '80. Biennale di Venezia, Settore musica, 1981. ISBN 8820802872.
  2. Domenico Guàccero. Un iter segnato. Ricordi, 2005. ISBN 8875927979.
  3. Discoteca, Vol.3, 1962, p.21
  4. Gianni Canova. Enciclopedia del cinema. Garzanti, 2002. ISBN 8811504988.
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