Italian composer Giorgio Federico Ghedini was born in Cuneo on 11 July 1892. He studied in Turin and Bologna, and worked as a conductor before concentrating on teaching - in Turin, Parma and Milan. His students included Claudio Abbado, Luciano Berio and Guido Cantelli.
Many of his compositions are inspired by ancient music, and he transcribed many works by early composers including Frescobaldi, Monteverdi, Andrea Gabrieli and Giovanni Gabrieli. He is known for his Albatross Concerto and a one-act opera based on Melville's Billy Budd. He wrote orchestral music, piano music, several other operas and some film scores.
Ghedini died in Nervi on 25 March 1965, aged seventy-two.
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