updated 5 November 2021
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Francesco Filidei

Italian composer and organist born in Pisa in 1973.

Francesco Filidei was born in Italy in 1973. He graduated with highest honors from a unanimous jury in organ and composition from the Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini in Florence. He then continued his studies with Salvatore Sciarrino, Sylvano Bussotti, Giacomo Manzoni, and Jean Guillou in Zurich. From 1999 to 2005, he studied composition at the Conservatoire national supérieur de Paris with Marco Stroppa and Frédéric Durieux and analysis with Michaël Lévinas. In parallel, he participated in Cursus (IRCAM’s composition and computer music course) from 2001-2002, where he studied with Philippe Leroux – as well as participating in the “Voix nouvelles” composition session at Royaumont in 2004.

He has performed as a soloist at the Berlin Philharmonic, the Festival d’Automne in Paris, the Festival Archipel in Geneva, the Venice Biennale, Milano Musica (La Scala’s 2008-2009 season), the IRCAM, the Vienna Theaterhaus, and the Forum Neues Musiktheater of Stuttgart, and elsewhere.

His compositions, published by Rai Trade, have been performed by many formations including Ensemble L’Itinéraire; the Alter Ego, Cairn, and L’Instant donné ensembles; the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Atelier XX, Court-Circuit, the Ensemble Intercontemporain, the Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, the Béla Quartet, the Quartetto Prometeo, Klangforum Wien, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, the Recherche and Remix ensembles, 2e2m, MusikFabrik, Les Cris de Paris, the Linea ensemble, and the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI.

He was the Salzburg Music Förderpreisträger in 2006, and won the Takefu International Music Festival Prize in 2007, the Siemens Förderpreis in 2009, and UNESCO’s International Rostrom of Composers Picasso/Miro Medal in 2011.

Francesco Filidei was a composer-in-residence at the Schloss Solitude Academy in Stuttgart in 2006 and at the Casa de Velázquez in Madrid in 2007, for a period of two years. In 2010, he was appointed professor of compostition at Voix Nouvelles (Royaumont), and was a guest professor at the University of Iowa and the Takefu Academy in 2011. He held a residency at the Villa Medicis in Rome in 2012 and 2013 and was composer-in-residence with the 2e2m ensemble in 2015. In 2016, he was named Chevalier des Arts et Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture.

Francesco Filidei joined the Foundation of the Theatres of the Emilia Region in Italy as a musical consultant in 2018 and the Villa Medici in Rome as artistic director of the contemporary music festival Controtempo.

In 2019, he composed the opera L’inondation in collaboration with Joël Pommerat, a commission of the Opéra comique. In 2021, he adapted The Mask of the Red Death on commission from Ircam, for the 100th anniversary of the Donaueschinger Musiktage.

His works are published by Rai Trade and, since 2018, by Ricordi.

© Ircam-Centre Pompidou, 2017


Site de Francesco Filidei.


  • Francesco FILIDEI, Bastien GALLET, « Giordano Bruno, la chair et les cendres : entretien », dans Accents, le webmag de l’Ensemble intercontemporain, 2016, à lire ici (lien vérifié en novembre 2021).
  • Antoine GINDT (dir.), Giordano Bruno, (contient l’argument, le livret et un entretien avec Francesco Filidei), La Revue T&M-Paris, 2016. Document consultable en ligne (lien vérifié en novembre 2021).
  • Michelle Agnes MAGALHAES, « Francesco Filidei : gestualité instrumentale, gestualité musicale », texte de l’intervention présentée lors de la rencontre organisée par le Cdmc Francesco Filidei. Bellezza (e più se affinità), le 8 janvier 2015. Consultable en ligne : https://geste.hypotheses.org/231 (lien vérifié en novembre 2021).
  • Pierre ROULLIER (dir.), Francesco Filidei, Dans la peau du son, collection « À la ligne », éditions 2e2m, 2015.


  • Francesco FILIDEI, Move 03 ; Sull’essere angeli ; Hondar, dans « Srnka/Filidei/Lazkano », 1 CD Collection Printemps des Arts de Monaco, 2017, PRI 023.
  • Francesco FILIDEI, « L’Opera (Forse) ; Concertino d’Autunno ; Puccini alla caccia », Ensemble 2e2m, dir. Pierre Roullier, dans Forse, 1 cd L’Empreinte Digitale, 2016, ED13247.

Liens Internet

(liens vérifiés en novembre 2021).