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Francesca Badalini

Born in Milan in 1973, she is a composer, pianist and guitarist. It ranges from classical to metal and specializes in soundtracks for silent films. He signed dozens of new soundtracks and performed hundreds of film concerts and  is today one of the greatest exponents of the genre.

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She graduated in piano in 1996 at the N.Paganini Conservatory of Genoa and in Ancient Literature in 1997 at the State University of Milan. She then specialized in piano with A.Arnò, in chamber music with V.Terekiev, in jazz piano with P.Birro. He has followed various masterclasses in chamber music (including masterclasses with M.Larrieu, with P.Badura Skoda and with A.Kontarsky), in composition for cinema and theater (including the masterclass with N.Piovani at the Chigiana in Siena, the "Course of Music for images" with S.Miceli, F.Piersanti, G.Venosta at the International Academy of Music), musical improvisation (including an internship with P.Jarchow, at the Scuola d' Dramatic Art Paolo Grassi in Milan and with C. Montandon – Jaques-Dalcroze method - at the Vicenza Conservatory).

She is graduating in composition with P.Coggiola and G. Verrando at the Civica Scuola di Musica in Milan. He studied conducting with Maestro Yoichi Sugiyama. He carries out an intense concert activity in piano duo with his sister Federica Badalini, together with whom he created the project "Cinema in notes", a rich program of film music reworked by them, premiered at the Manoel theater (Valletta, Malta) .

In 2001 the duo was entrusted by the Cineteca Italiana with the reworking for piano four hands of the original orchestral score of the soundtrack of "Metropolis" (Lang), on the occasion of the world premiere of the restored version. He carries out an intense didactic activity teaching piano, composition, improvisation and music for the image (at the University of Leisure in Melzo, at the Milan Polytechnic in collaboration with the Algomas cultural association, at the Dreamers cine-video school in Como ), carrying out soundtrack workshops for children and musical projects for schools.

He composes music for plays, audiobooks, cinema (including the film "Il Sogno di Federico" by P.Lipari, produced by Radiotelevisione Svizzera Italiana), commercials (including that of the Teatro Sociale di Como for Sky Classica), d' animation, documentaries. She has participated as a pianist and composer in numerous musical events, collaborating, among others, with the musicologist Quirino Principe, with the actor Marco Balbi, with the Teatro Franco

Parenti, with the Teatro Filodrammatici, with the Gallerie d'Italia and with the Austrian Cultural Forum in Milan. She has been a guest on Radio Rai 3 (Piazza Verdi) and Radio Popolare (Rotoclassica) and her music has been used in numerous RAI TV services.

Since 1999 she has been collaborating permanently with the Cineteca Italiana as a pianist accompanying silent films, both with an improvisational technique and with the composition of her own music. Since 2000 he has performed live with his own musical scores for silent films throughout Italy, Switzerland and France (including Milan, Spazio Oberdan; Milan, Teatro Dal Verme; Turin, Cinema Museum; Genoa, Teatro della Tosse ; Nice, Cinémathèque de Nice; Chiasso, Cinema Teatro; Mantua, Cinema del Carbone) and at important festivals (among which Locarno, “Locarno Film Festival”; Pordenone, “Silent Cinema Days”; Bologna, “Festival del Cinema rediscovered"; Aosta, "Strade del Cinema"; Procida, "The Wind of Cinema", edited by E. Ghezzi; Annecy, "Festival du Cinéma Italien"; Bellinzona, "Castellinaria").

Since 2007, in collaboration with the Italian Film Library and the Suzuki Musical Association, he has been carrying on the project "Play it again Sam", composing the soundtracks then performed live by the Suzuki orchestra (made up of children aged 6 to 14) during the screening of silent films by C.Chaplin, B.Keaton and many others.

He has composed the music for numerous DVDs of silent films including “I Mille”, “Oberdan”, “Cenere” (the only film interpretation by Eleonora Duse), “Ma l'amor mio non morte (with Lyda Borelli)”, “The family secret”, “Ferravilla”. In 2007 she was commissioned by the Cineteca Italiana to write a soundtrack for orchestra for the film "Dante and Beatrice", which was then presented in May 2008 at the Spazio Oberdan in Milan for the first time after the restoration, with the soundtrack performed live during the film screening.

Since 2009 he has been composing the music for Julia Gromskaya's animated films, winners of numerous awards at festivals around the world (including four awards for music). In 2010 he released his first CD, “Musiche in bianco e nero”. In the same year she won the Bianca D'Aponte award for best soundtrack composer.

In 2012 he composed the theme song of the Venice Film Festival, by Simone Massi, recent winner of the David di Donatello.

Since 2013 he has been collaborating as a musician for the Swiss dates with the international film club for children "La lanterna magic". In 2013 "Nuvole e mani" was released, a box set published by the Minimum Fax publishing house, dedicated to Simone Massi's animated films, seven of which she set to music.

Since 2014 he has hosted the classical music program "Apertura musicale" on Radio Popolare.

Since 2022, together with Paolo Cipriano, she has been the artistic director of the Rimusicazioni Film Festival.

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