An Italian composer and organist born May 5, 1973 in Pise.
Francesco Filidei studied the organ and composition at the Florence Conservatory before taking advanced classes in Zurich with Salvatore Sciarrino, Sylvano Bussotti and Jean Guillou. At the Paris Conservatory (1999-2005) he was a pupil of Marco Stroppa, Frédéric Durieux and Michaël Levinas. He completed his training at Ircam (composition course) and at Royaumont (Voix Nouvelles).
Francesco Filidei composes short works, for reduced formations (Gagliarda for cello, 2006; Corde vuoto for violin, cello and piano, 2010; Ballata no 3 for piano and ensemble, 2013) exploiting limited material that he often transcribes through drawings and gestures (Texture, 1995). Preoccupied by silence, sound and its genesis, he exploits the noises of instrumental mechanics, the sculpting and segmenting of time. He often uses playful instruments (animal calls, saucepans in L’Opera(forse), 2009) and presents a poetic, colourful sound world that has been performed by ensembles such as L’Instant donné, Court-Circuit, Klangforum Wien, 2e2m, etc.
An artiste in residence at the Casa of Velázquez (2007) and the Villa Medici (2012), he has also been guest teacher at Iowa University (USA) and the Takefu International Summer Academy (Japan). As an organist he has appeared notably at the Philharmonie of Berlin, the Festival d’Automne, the festival Archipel, and the Venice Biennial.