Organist and composer FRANCESCO FILIDEI graduated from the Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini in Florence. He went on to the Paris Conservatoire, winning several first prizes. His principal teachers include Salvatore Sciarrino in composition and Jean Gillou for organ. His works have been performed by ensembles around the world, from the London Sinfonietta to the Tokyo Philharmonic, and he has earned prizes and commissions from IRCAM and the UNESCO Rostrum of Composers, among many others. He has a new opera in the works for the Opéra Comique in Paris, and is Musical Advisor for the Fondazione I Teatri Emilio Reggio in Italy.