Silvia Colasanti



  • Shakespeare's Otello
    October 24 - November 13, 2016 - Teatro Elfo Puccini Milano
  • "Ahi, vista troppo dolce e troppo amara"
    January 15, 2017 Konzerthaus - Berlin
  • Concerto dela Memoria
    January 27, 2017 Teatro Diana Napoli
  • "Le imperdonabili. L'ultima lettera di Etty Hillesum"
    January 26, 27, 30, 2017 Ancona - Macerata - Pesaro
  • "Ciò che resta"
    June 17, 2017 Teatro La Fenice di Venezia
  • Requiem
    July 2, 2017 Festival dei 2Mondi di Spoleto


Silvia Colasanti (Rome, 1975) obtained a diploma in Piano and Composition at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome and later went on to do advanced studies under Fabio Vacchi, Wolfgang Rihm, Pascal Dusapin and Azio Corghi at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. She was awarded the prestigious Goffredo Petrassi Prize by the President of the Republic. In March 2013 she has been named Cavaliere (Chevalier) by Giorgio Napolitano, President of the Italian Republic.

She has won a large number of prizes in national and international music competitions, including the Zeitklang, the International composition competition of Musikfabrik NÖ (Vienna), and the Lopes Graça (Lisbon). In 2006 she has been selected for the Tactus Young Composers’ Forum (Brussels, Belgium).

Radio Rai selected Silvia Colasanti as Italian representative composer at the International Rostrum of Composers. In August 2007 she was artist in residence at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in New York. She was selected together with the Quartetto di Cremona for the Fondazione Spinola – Banna per l’Arte’s Progetto Musica 2007. In 2010 she was awarded the Nino Carloni Prize in the “young composer” category “for having shown in her already outstanding musical output that she is able to pursue a highly personal and distinctive course of artistic development, where, in the form of a finely articulated compositional approach, her keen awareness of the most recent contemporary musical achievement is blended with a desire to resolutely pay heed to the call of emotion”.

Her compositions have been performed by many prestigious orchestras in a range of famous concert halls and theatres and in the context of a number of festivals both in Italy and abroad. These include the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Rome), the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées (Paris), the Orchestre National de Belgique (Brussels), the Konzerthaus (Berlin), the Festival Pablo Casals (Prades), the Biennale Musica (Venice), Settembre Musica (Turin), Kuhmon Kamarimusiikki (Kuhmo, Finland), Milano Musica (Milan), the Orchestra Verdi (Milan), the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Florence), the White Crow Music Festival (Leiden), the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (Glasgow), the Orchestra Nazionale Rai (Turin), the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa (Lisbon), the Accademia Musicale Chigiana (Siena) and the Orchestra della Toscana (Florence).

The artists who have interpreted her works include the Reinbert de Leew, Daniel Kawka, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Massimo Quarta, David Geringas, Enrico Bronzi, Camerata Salzburg, the Quartetto di Cremona, Gyorgy Gyorgivanyi Rath , Lior Shambadal, Arturo Tamayo and Jacques Zoon. Her composition In the earth and air was chosen by Luciana Savignano for one of her dance theatre works.

Cidim, together with the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, commissioned her to write the children’s opera Il sole, di chi è? based on a text by Roberto Piumini. This was premiered in Italy in March 2009 at the Teatro Ponchielli in Cremona under the direction of Francesco Frongia and taken up in the course of the 2009-2010 season by a number of prestigious Italian institutions.

Her music theatre works Flebile queritur lyra (interpreted by Maddalena Crippa) and L’angelo del Liponard. Un delirio amoroso (interpreted by Sandro Lombardi), which were presented in Rome and Florence, have subsequently been revived in Germany.

During 2010, Sky Classica produced and broadcasted a Portrait of Silvia Colasanti, directed by Giancarlo Matcovich. Her first monographic CD, In-Canto, has been published during 2011, from Dynamics.

Her Faust. Tragedia soggettiva in musica, based on a text by Ferdinand Pessoa, has been committed by the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, and performed during the 68° Settimana Musicale Chigiana in 2011.

2012 has been a great year. She wrote a Concerto for Cello and Orchestra for David Geringas, and the world premiere of her first lyric operaLa Metamorfosi” (Die Verwandlung), based on the novel by Franz Kafka and committed by the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino was held at Maggio Musicale fiorentino’s festival, with a direction by Pier’Alli. In December, the premiere of Tuli tuhmaksi rupesi, for quartet and piano, commissioned by Kalevalaseura (Kalevala’s Society), was held at Helsinki’s Astoria Hall.

2013, as well, will be the year of many of her new works’ world premiere: Chicino e Cicotta, an opera for childhood based on a text by Roberto Piumini will be staged at Milano’s Auditorium Mahler by the Orchestra laVerdi conducted by Francesco Bossaglia (April 13th), and her first Trio for violin, cello and piano, written for the Trio di Parma, will be presented at Bad Kissingen’s Festival (June 30th). Moreover, the world premiere of Adagio, written for David Geringas after her Concerto for cello’s success, will be held at Passau’s Festival (July 5th) and that of Responsorium, a new work written for the Orchestra Giovanile Italiana conducted by Pascal Rophé, on August 7th at Berlin’s KonzertHaus and on August 9th at Aix-en-Provence’s European Meeting of National Young Orchestras.

Silvia Colasanti teaches at the Perugia Conservatory and many of her works are published by Casa Ricordi.