Luciano Berio, Italian musician, whose success as theorist, conductor, composer, and teacher placed him among the leading representatives of the musical avant-garde. His style is notable for combining lyric and expressive musical qualities with the most advanced techniques of electronic and aleatory music. In all his work Berio’s logical and clear constructions are considered highly imaginative and poetic, drawing elements of style from such composers as Igor Stravinsky and Anton Weber. Berio associated with many of the leading American figures like John Cage. Berio was also involved in the legendary Sonic Arts Union with Robert Ashley, David Behrman and Gordon Mumma.