Girolamo Deraco was born in Cittanova (RC), Italy, in 1976. In 2008 he graduated in composition with the highest grade (10/10), cum laude, special mention, and a scholarship from the Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali “L. Boccherini” of Lucca with Maestro Rigacci.
He has attended courses and seminars with international Maestroes, including: Andriessen, Corghi, Bonifacio, Solbiati, De Pablo, Bacalov, Fedele, Liberto, Scannavini, and Gooch (Truman State University, Missouri, USA – International Exchange Student). He has recived scholarships in composition with Maestro Corghi, Chigiana Academy of Siena, Italy, in 2008, 2009 and 2010 with certificate of merit. He has selected as partecipants: Operiamo Oggi (Gallarate, Milan – Italy), TIMUR (Firenze – Italy).
He has been a finalist and winner of several composition competitions, including: Windstream (an integral part of the European Capital of Culture Programme, dedicated to J. S. Bach – RIGA, Latvia), Bartokplusz Miskolci Operafesztivál (where he won the Guinness world record for the shortest opera ever written – 8 seconds – and the record for the most played opera in one night – 17 times, Miskolc – Hungary), Boston Microtonal Society (Boston – USA), APNM – Composition Competition of New York (New York – USA), Project: in 4 (Sydney – Australia), Corciano in Banda (Perugia – Italy), G.E.R.M.I. (Rome – Italy), Giovambattista Martini (Bologna – Italy), Anima Mundi (Pisa – Italy), Musica e Arte (Rome – Italy), O.C.C. (Reggio Calabria – Italy), Rosolino Toscano (Pescara – Italy), Concorso di Composizione per Strumento Solo – EURITMIA (Udine – Italy).
He has collaborated with renowned international artists, including: Kuhn, Kesselyák, Alessandrini, Kovatchev, Ozoliņš, Meloni, Neubauer, Krams, Brand, Alberti, Cabassi, Sicoli, Ostuni, Caiello, Paul, Romanazzi. And with renowned international orchestras, including: Orchestra Haydn, Pomeriggi Musicali, Orchestra regionale Toscana, Orchestra sinfonica Sanremo, Miskolci Szimfonikus, MÁV Szimfonikus Zenekar Budapest, Orchestra Francesco Cilea, Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina, Riga Professional Symphonic Band, Orchestra di Fiati di Delianuova, Amarida Ensemble, Quartetto Ascanio.
His music has been performed in important festivals. He has been a Jury Member in international composition competitions, and a Teacher for international masterclasses.
Since October 2009 he has been the Composer in Residence at the Montegral Academy of Lucca – Italy, of Maestro Kuhn.
His music is published by Edizioni Sconfinarte.