artistic direction

artistic director

The artistic direction of FLORENCE SUONA CONTEMPORANEA is entrusted to the Italian-American composer and visual artist Andrea Cavallari, who after studying piano and composition at Italian music conservatories, specialized in London with Franco Donatoni. Andrea Cavallari has twenty years of experience in the field of art and contemporary music, and has developed projects and managed festivals throughout Europe and America, particularly in Italy, France and England.


(photo © Luciano Morini, 1996)


Born in the United States of America, he lived in Italy and England, where he studied piano and composition, graduating from the G. Frescobaldi Conservatory of Ferrara. He attended specialization courses with Ennio Morricone and Franco Donatoni. He started very early to write music for events such as the '900 Festival of Trento, School of Educational Experimentation, Teatro delle Moline, Interensemble, Nuove Sincronie, A.Gi.Mus, GAMO, Amici della Musica, etc. His compositions have been performed in major cities in Italy, Germany, Poland, France, Switzerland, England and the United States. Since 1997 Cavallari's music has been performed in important exhibitions such as the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Documenta Kassel, Festival Ninety-seven in Cincinnati (Ohio), Jornadas de Musica del Siglo XX ”in Segovia, at the Royal Festival Hall in London. In autumn 1999, some of his works are presented at the N.E.W.S. in Poland. In January 1999 and June 2000 he was invited to lectures and concerts at New York University and the University of Massachusetts. Since 1997 Andrea Cavallari is composer in residence at the Kammeroper of Frankfurt, for which he has written 3 works. He has recorded CDs with Rivoalto and Capstone (New York). Since 1996 Andrea Cavallari is artistic director of ASF Ltd (London); in 1999 and 2000 he was artistic director of the Festival Fiesolana Estate. From 2002 to 2013 he was artistic director of the Festival Orchestre Giovanili. From 2003 to 2011 he was artistic director of the Week of Sacred World Music Festival in Florence. In 2008 he founded the ensemble FLAME | Florence Art Music Ensemble with which it realizes an annual review entirely devoted to contemporary music at the National Museum of Bargello in Florence. Since 2013 he has been artistic director of the London Contemporary Music Festival LEF - London Ear Festival. As part of festival management, Andrea Cavallari has twenty years of experience in the sector: he founded and / or co-founded the following festivals, associations and exhibitions: Week of SACRED MUSIC from the World (2003-2011), FLAMEnsemble (from 2008 to today), Scholarships S. Gazzelloni, MUSE Music Events (1994), Accademia San Felice (1993), DIR / M Teatro delle Molite (1993> 1999), ASF London (from 1996 to present GB), Provence Festival ( from 2002 to present, France); has collaborated with Fez Festival (Morocco) Edinburgh Festival, Fringe Festival, Armunia Festival, Versiliana Festival, Fiesolana Summer, etc .; has carried out cross-over projects between figurative art and contemporary music, collaborating with Kunst Academie Köln, Documenta Kassel, Baltic Art Festival (Poland); he managed the Teatro Campana in Osimo for two seasons; has collaborated with Massachusetts University and currently works actively with New York University; he has been a member for 3 years of the board of directors of EAYO (European Association of Youth Orchestras - Amsterdam), WAFO (World Federation of Amateur Orchestras - Tokyo). Since 2013 he is a permanent member of the jury for the LEF composition contest in London. He was a member of the jury in 2016 at the London RAM and the Weimar Spring Festival.

He is also very active in the field of contemporary visual arts with important collaborations with William Kentridge, Alfredo Pirri, Jannis Kounellis, Erwin Wurm, Vanessa Beecroft etc. for which he has curated events at the Bargello Museum, the Novecento Museum, the Uffizi, Palazzo Strozzi, the Berengo Foundation as well as productions abroad (NYC, London, Frankfurt, Tokyo). He has curated group exhibitions in London (Cello Factory Gallery [from 2013 to 2016], The Other Art Fair [2015 and 2016]), Singapore [January 2015] and in Paris [July 2016]. He currently lives and works in Florence, London and Tokyo. Cavallari's music is published by Verlag Neue Musik (Berlin).