Famous Italian Musicians

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Italy has a rich legacy of music that ranges across a broad spectrum of opera and instrumental classical music and spans a diverse array of regional styles, instruments and dances. Composers like Ottorino Respighi, Ferruccio Busoni, Alfredo Casella, and Gian Francesco Malipiero have been instrumental in popularizing Italian music throughout Europe. Italy retained a Romantic operatic musical tradition in the early 20th century though it eventually declined before interest in the genre was revived during the later part of the century by the likes of Aldo Clementi, Marco Tutino and Lorenzo Ferrero. Instrumental music also holds an important position in the nation’s musical legacy with instrumentalists like Andrea Gabrieli, Giovanni Gabrieli, Tomaso Albinoni, Arcangelo Corelli, Antonio Vivaldi, and Luigi Boccherini contributing immensely to the development of this genre. Italian folk music too has a deep and complex history, and the late 20th century saw the rise of social and political popular music led by Gianni Bosio. Modern pop is one of the most popular genres in the contemporary world which was popularized by the singers and musicians like Domenico Modugno, Mina, Patty Pravo, Mia Martini, and Adriano Celentano. This section provides you information about the life and works of famous Italian Musicians.
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Ennio Morricone
(One of the Greatest Film Composers of All Time)
Ennio Morricone
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Birthdate: November 10, 1928
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: July 6, 2020

Regarded as one of the world’s greatest film composers, Ennio Morricone was an Italian composer, orchestrator and conductor who scored music for over 500 films in his career spanning seven decades. Morricone covered a wide range of music styles and is best known for scores in the Dollar Trilogy and Once Upon a Time in the West.

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Antonio Lucio Vivaldi
(Baroque Composer & Virtuoso Violinist Known for His Violin Concertos 'The Four Seasons')
Antonio Lucio Vivaldi
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Birthdate: March 4, 1678
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: July 28, 1741

Italian Baroque composer, virtuoso violinist, and teacher, Antonio Lucio Vivaldi, is regarded as one of the greatest Baroque composers. He was extremely popular during his lifetime and composed many instrumental concertos and operas. He was also a Roman Catholic priest and worked at a home for abandoned children. Even though he died in 1741, his music continues to be popular.

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Andrea Bocelli
(Italian Operatic Tenor Noted for His Unique Blend of Opera & Pop Music)
Andrea Bocelli
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Birthdate: September 22, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lajatico, Italy

Widely regarded as an opera singer with the most beautiful voice, Andrea Bocelli is an Italian record producer and singer-songwriter. He serves as an inspiration to many as he went on to become one of the most popular Italian singers of all time, despite losing his vision at age 12. He has sold more than 90 million records worldwide.

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Giuseppe Verdi
(One of the Greatest Opera Composers of the 19th Century)
Giuseppe Verdi
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Birthdate: October 10, 1813
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Le Roncole, Italy
Died: January 27, 1901

Legendary Italian opera composer Giuseppe Verdi is best remembered for his masterpieces such as Requiem, Rigoletto, Falstaff, and Otello. He was also briefly associated with the Risorgimento movement meant to unify Italy and thus composed many choruses reflecting the spirit. He was inspired by composers such as Bellini and Donizetti.

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Niccolo Paganini
(Italian Violinist and Composer Best Known for His Work '24 Caprices for Solo Violin Op. 1')
Niccolo Paganini
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Birthdate: October 27, 1782
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Genoa
Died: May 27, 1840
Italian multi-instrumentalist and composer Niccolò Paganini established himself as one of the key figures of modern violin technique. Son of a trader-turned-street musician, he started his stint with music by learning to play the mandolin. Some of his most celebrated compositions were the 24 Caprices for Solo Violin Op. 1.
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Giacomo Puccini
(Italian Composer Known for His Works ‘La Bohème’, ‘Tosca’ and ‘Madama Butterfly’)
Giacomo Puccini
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Birthdate: December 22, 1858
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lucca, Italy
Died: November 29, 1924

Born into a musical dynasty, composer Giacomo Puccini lost his father at age 5. Some of his best opera pieces include Madama Butterfly and La Bohème. The suicide of his maid, who was wrongly accused by his wife of being in an affair with him, affected his later career adversely.

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Gioachino Rossini
(Italian composer Best Known for His Operas: ‘The Barber of Seville’, ‘La Cenerentola’ and ‘Semiramide’)
Gioachino Rossini
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Birthdate: February 29, 1792
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pesaro, Italy
Died: November 13, 1868

Gioachino Rossini was an Italian composer best remembered for composing 39 operas before retiring at the peak of his popularity when he was still in his 30s. Such is his influence on modern-day virtuosi that many of them have created piano fantasies or transcriptions based on Gioachino Rossini's melodies.  

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Claudio Monteverdi
(Composer, String player and Choirmaster Who Was a Pioneer in the Development of Opera)
Claudio Monteverdi
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Birthdate: May 9, 1567
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cremona, Italy
Died: November 29, 1643

Claudio Monteverdi was an Italian string player, composer, choirmaster, and priest. His pioneering work in the development of opera and his letters, which gives an insight into the life of Italian musicians from the era, makes him a significant historical figure. He is also considered an important transitional figure between the two important periods of music history, Renaissance and Baroque. 

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Antonio Salieri
(Composer, Conductor)
Antonio Salieri
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Birthdate: August 18, 1750
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Legnago, Italy
Died: May 7, 1825

Antonio Salieri was an Italian classical composer, conductor, and teacher considered a key figure in the development of late 18th-century opera. He was a protégé of eminent composer Christoph Willibald Gluck. For several years, he served as the director of the Italian opera by the Habsburg court. His works were performed widely across Europe during his lifetime. 

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Ludovico Einaudi
(Italian Pianist and Composer Known for His Albums ‘I Giorni’, ‘Nightbook’ and ‘In a Time Lapse’)
Ludovico Einaudi
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Birthdate: November 23, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Turin, Italy

Ludovico Einaudi is an Italian composer and pianist. Although he started his career as a classical musician, Einaudi began incorporating other genres like rock, folk, and pop later in his career. Apart from composing studio and live albums, Ludovico Einaudi also composes the scores for films and TV series. His work in the filn Acquario earned him the prestigious Grolla d'oro award.

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Giorgio Moroder
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Birthdate: April 26, 1940
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Urtijëi, South Tyrol

Italian composer and record producer Giovanni Moroder, also known as the Father of Disco, produced Take My Breath Away, the Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning track by Berlin, which was part of the Top Gun soundtrack. His scores for Flashdance and Midnight Express, too, won Academy Awards.

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Roberto Benigni
(Actor who gained international recognition for writing, directing and starring in the Holocaust comedy-drama film Life Is Beautiful (1997))
Roberto Benigni
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Birthdate: October 27, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Manciano, Italy

Italian actor, comedian, screenwriter and director Roberto Benigni is noted for his comedic-work, which includes writing, directing and starring in the Italian comedy-drama film Life Is Beautiful, which won him an Academy Award for Best International Feature Film and Best Actor, the first for a non-English speaking male performance. Other notable films of Benigni include The Little Devil and Johnny Stecchino.

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Victoria De Angelis
(Bassist best known as a member of the Italian pop-rock band Måneskin)
Victoria De Angelis
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Birthdate: April 28, 2000
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
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Mahmood
(Singer-songwriter)
Mahmood
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Birthdate: September 12, 1992
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
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Laura Pausini
(Pop Singer Known for Her Single ‘La Solitudine')
Laura Pausini
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Birthdate: May 16, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Faenza, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Laura Pausini is an Italian television personality and singer-songwriter. Having sold over 70 million records, Pausini is the fourth best-selling female singer in Latin music. In 2006, Pausini became the first female Italian musician to receive a Grammy Award. In 2021, her song Io sì (Seen) became the first Italian-language song to win the Golden Globe for Best Original Song.

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Robert Miles
(Best Known for the Internationally Renowned #1 Hit “Children” )
Robert Miles
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Birthdate: November 3, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fleurier, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Died: May 9, 2017

Italian DJ Roberto Concina, better known as Robert Miles, redefined dream-house music. Born into a military family in Switzerland, he mastered the piano and started DJ-ing as a teen. His chartbusting track Children was inspired by a set of photos taken by his father in war-torn Yugoslavia.

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Arturo Toscanini
(Conductor)
Arturo Toscanini
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Birthdate: March 25, 1867
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Parma, Italy
Died: January 16, 1957
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Claudio Abbado
(Conductor Who Was One of the leading conductors of his Generation)
Claudio Abbado
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Birthdate: June 26, 1933
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: January 20, 2014
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Adriano Celentano
(Italian Musician, Singer, Composer, Actor, and Filmmaker)
Adriano Celentano
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Birthdate: January 6, 1938
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Greco, Milan, Italy

Hailed as one of the pillars of Italian music, Adriano Celentano is a celebrated singer-songwriter, whose numerous songs and albums have gained both commercial as well as critical success. Also credited with introducing rock n roll to Italy, he has been dubbed as the flexible one for his powerful dancing. A successful actor, he has appeared in around forty films.

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Riccardo Muti
(Conductor)
Riccardo Muti
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Birthdate: July 28, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Naples, Italy
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Carlo Gesualdo
(Composer)
Carlo Gesualdo
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Birthdate: March 8, 1566
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Venosa, Italy
Died: September 8, 1613
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Eros Ramazzotti
(Singer-songwriter, Musician)
Eros Ramazzotti
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Birthdate: October 28, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Eros Ramazzotti ruled the Italian and Spanish pop-rock scene in the 1980s. He soared to international fame with Tutte storie and earned collaborations with artists such as Ricky Martin and Tina Turner. He once revealed the only support he got from his family was a guitar his father bought him.

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Sabrina Salerno
(Pop Singer Best Known for Her 1987 Single ‘Boys (Summertime Love)')
Sabrina Salerno
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Birthdate: March 15, 1968
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Genoa, Italy

Once likened to pop icon Samantha Fox, Sabrina Salerno was a pop diva from the 1980s. She began her career winning a beauty contest and then became a known face on Italian TV, with shows such as Premiatissima. She later soared to fame with tracks such as Sexy Girl and Boys.

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Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
(Italian Composer Best-Known as the16th-Century Representative of the 'Roman School of Musical Composition')
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
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Birthdate: 1525 AD
Birthplace: Palestrina, Italy
Died: February 2, 1594

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina was an Italian composer who had a long-lasting influence on the evolution of secular music in Europe. He is also credited with the development of counterpoint. His life and career inspired a 2009 Italian/German music film titled Palestrina - Prince of Music.

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Alfredo Ferrari
(Engineer)
Alfredo Ferrari
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Birthdate: January 19, 1932
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Modena
Died: June 30, 1956
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Cristina Scabbia
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Birthdate: June 6, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
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Domenico Scarlatti
(Italian Composer Best Known for His ‘555 Keyboard Sonatas’)
Domenico Scarlatti
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Birthdate: October 26, 1685
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Naples, Italy
Died: July 23, 1757

Italian Baroque composer Domenico Scarlatti was no stranger to music, being the son of famous composer Alessandro Scarlatti. From being the official composer for the queen of Poland, to teaching music to the princess of Spain and creating 555 keyboard sonatas, the legendary harpsichordist had an illustrious life.

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Maurizio Pollini
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Birthdate: January 5, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
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Romano Mussolini
(Pianist and Painter & Youngest Son of Italy’s Fascist Dictator 'Benito Mussolini')
Romano Mussolini
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Birthdate: September 26, 1927
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Forli, Italy
Died: February 3, 2006

Italian jazz-pianist, painter and film producer Romano Mussolini, youngest son of fascist dictator of Italy Benito Mussolini, developed interest in music during childhood. He played jazz under the assumed name Romano Full following the Second World War and formed a leading Italian jazz band, Romano Mussolini All Stars, which spawned albums like Jazz Allo Studio 7 and At the Santa Tecla.

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Fedez
(Rapper, Record producer)
Fedez
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Birthdate: October 15, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Milan

Although best known as a popular rapper, singer and songwriter, Fedez is also an influential social media personality and an ardent activist, working especially for the rights of weaker section. Beginning his musical career in 2006, he now has six studio albums to his credit, four of which have peaked at No.1 position on the Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana charts.

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Carlo Ponti
(Conductor)
Carlo Ponti
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Birthdate: December 29, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
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Nino Rota
(Composer)
Nino Rota
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Birthdate: December 3, 1911
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: April 10, 1979
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Miguel Bosé
(Musician, Actor)
Miguel Bosé
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Birthdate: April 3, 1956
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Panama City, Panama

Miguel Bosé is a Spanish pop new wave musician and actor who has been active in the entertainment industry for five decades. He studied acting, dancing, and singing and began his career as an actor. He eventually forayed into music as well. He is openly gay and is in a long-term relationship with sculptor Ignacio Palau. 

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Vincenzo Bellini
(Italian Opera Composer Known for His Long-Flowing Melodies)
Vincenzo Bellini
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Birthdate: November 3, 1801
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Catania, Italy
Died: September 23, 1835

Italian opera composer Vincenzo Bellini was encouraged to study music by his organist father. Best known for his operas such as The Sleepwalker and Norma, Bellini was named the Swan of Catania. His letters to his friend Francesco Florimo reveal Bellini was known for his womanizing ways, too.

Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
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Birthdate: January 5, 1920
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brescia, Italy
Died: June 12, 1995
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Christoph Willibald Gluck
(Composer of Italian and French Opera in the Early Classical Period)
Christoph Willibald Gluck
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Birthdate: July 2, 1714
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Erasbach, Germany
Died: November 15, 1787

Composer Christoph Willibald Gluck left home when his father went against his passion for music and pushed him into forestry. He then reached Milan, where he learned Italian instrumental music and later fused Italian and French opera music. His best-known works include Orfeo ed Euridice and La rencontre imprévue.

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Arcangelo Corelli
(Italian Violinist and Composer of Baroque Era Known for His Sonata and Concerto Compositions)
Arcangelo Corelli
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Birthdate: February 17, 1653
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fusignano, Italy
Died: January 8, 1713

Italian composer and violinist Arcangelo Corelli is regarded as a pioneer of the concerto grosso and the sonata. Named after his father who died 5 months before his birth, Corelli rose to be a major figure of Baroque music and became a favorite of priests and the royalty.

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Albano Carrisi
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Birthdate: May 20, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cellino San Marco, Italy
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Gaetano Donizetti
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Birthdate: November 29, 1797
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bergamo, Italy
Died: April 8, 1848
Nineteenth-century Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti is best remembered for his mastery of the bel canto opera style. While his father wanted him to become a church composer, Donizetti was more interested in theater. He spent his final years in a mental asylum and later died of syphilis.
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Zucchero
(Singer-songwriter)
Zucchero
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Birthdate: September 25, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Roncocesi, Italy
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Benny Benassi
(Club DJ, Disc jockey, Musician, Composer, Singer, Record producer)
Benny Benassi
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Birthdate: July 13, 1967
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Milan
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Luigi Boccherini
(Italian Composer and Cellist of the Classical Era)
Luigi Boccherini
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Birthdate: February 19, 1743
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lucca, Italy
Died: May 28, 1805

Italian-Spanish composer and cellist Luigi Boccherini of Classical era is noted for his influence in developing string quartet as a musical genre. Two of his best-known works include String Quintet in E major, Op. 11, No. 5 (G 275) that became famous for its minuet third movement; and Cello Concerto, No. 9 in B-flat Major, G. 482.

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Filippo Tommaso Marinetti
(Italian Poet, Founder of the 'Futurist Movement' and Author of the First 'Futurist Manifesto')
Filippo Tommaso Marinetti
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Birthdate: December 22, 1876
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: December 2, 1944

Filippo Tommaso Marinetti was an Italian poet, art theorist, and editor. He is credited with founding the Futurist movement and is remembered for his work Manifesto of Futurism. In 1918, he founded a political party called Futurist Political Party as an extension of the social and futurist artistic movement. The party merged with the Italian Fasces of Combat in 1919.

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Riccardo Chailly
(Conductor)
Riccardo Chailly
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Birthdate: February 20, 1953
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
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Timi Yuro
(Singer-Songwriter)
Timi Yuro
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Birthdate: August 4, 1940
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: March 30, 2004
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Caterina Valente
(French-Italian Multilingual Singer and Guitarist)
Caterina Valente
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Birthdate: January 14, 1931
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France

Caterina Valente is an Italian-French guitarist, multilingual singer, actress, and dancer. Valente, who sings in 11 languages, has worked with artists around the world. She has worked with international stars like Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Buddy Rich, and Chet Baker. One of her songs titled Bongo cha cha cha was used in the 2019 American film Spider-Man: Far From Home.

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Ottorino Respighi
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Birthdate: June 9, 1879
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
Died: April 18, 1936
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Tomaso Albinoni
(Composer)
Tomaso Albinoni
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Birthdate: June 8, 1671
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: January 17, 1751
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Vasco Rossi
(Singer-songwriter)
Vasco Rossi
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Birthdate: February 7, 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Zocca, Italy
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Madame
(Singer-Songwriter)
Madame
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Birthdate: January 16, 2002
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Creazzo, Italy