Giorgio Federico Ghedini

Italian composer, conductor and teacher Giorgio Federico Ghedini was born in Cuneo on 11 July 1892. He studied in Turin and then composition with Marco Enrico Bossi at the Conservatory in Bologna.

He worked as a conductor and then as a teacher. He held teaching positions in Turin, Parma and Milan. His students included Claudio Abbado, Luciano Berio and Guido Cantelli.

His many compositions are often inflenced by Renaissance and Baroque music, and he transcribed many works by early composers including Frescobaldi, Monteverdi, Andrea Gabrieli and Giovanni Gabrieli. His best known work is the Albatross Concerto for instrumental soloists, narrator and orchestra, which quotes from Melville's Moby-Dick. He also wrote a Concerto for orchestra in memory of Guido Cantelli, nine operas (including a one-act opera based on Melville's Billy Budd), and scores for three films.

Giorgio Federico Ghedini died at Nervi, near Genoa on 25 March 1965, aged seventy-two.


A selection of articles about Giorgio Federico Ghedini

CD Spotlight. Fresh and Interesting - Music by Ghedini and Hindemith, wholeheartedly recommended by Geoff Pearce. '... there are some truly lovely moments ...'

Ensemble. Beethoven String Quartets - Giuseppe Pennisi attends two concerts marking this year's Beethoven anniversary

Successful and Fulfilling - On the rediscovery of the Italian symphonic tradition, by Giuseppe Pennisi