Francesco Telli received his musical education at the Rome Conservatory of Music Santa Cecilia, where he was awarded diplomas in Pianoforte, Composition, and Orchestra Conducting. He continued to perfect his art through international specialisation courses at the National Academy of Santa Cecilia and at the Chigiana Academy in Siena, where he obtained a Diploma of Merit both in Composition and in Orchestra Conducting, and through Professional Qualification courses at the Fiesole School of Music. Among his Maestros are prestigious and estimable artists like pianists Augusto D’Ottavi and Giuseppe La Licata, composers Armando Renzi, Irma Ravinale, and Franco Donatoni, and orchestra conductors Bruno Aprea, Piero Bellugi and Franco Ferrara.
After a brief period of conducting activity with important institutions like the National Academy of Santa Cecilia and the Experimental Opera House of Spoleto, Maestro Telli concentrated exclusively on composing; favoring chamber, symphonic and sacred music genres. His compositions were recognized and awarded prizes in various competitions and performed in Italy and abroad. His works were performed in festivals and official musical seasons, specifically the European Festival of Rome, the National Auditorium of Madrid Season, the Todi Festival, the Venice Cinema Biennial (Laboratory of Sounds and Images), Roman Musical Encounters, Nuovi Spazi Musicali, the ControCanto Festival, the City of Ravenna Concerts and Symposiums, Weeks of Musical Works, the Agglo de Rouen Cultural Festival, the Podgorica Festival, the Testaccio Popular School of Music, the Cervantes Institute, the Da Victoria Institute (sacred music at the St. Cecilia’s Basilica and St. Prassede’s Basilica of Rome), the Brinkhallin Summer Festival, Rebus09 e Armonie d’autore 2010 at the Dal Verme Theatre of Milan, the 5 Giornate Festival “Milano: Cinque Giornate per la Nuova Musica,”the San Carlino Theatre Season of Brescia, EMUFEST and, on specific request, the Regional Orchestral Season of Rome and Lazio at the Rome Auditorium, Season of “Accademia Filarmonica Romana” 2013 and 2016, Season of CONTEMPORANEA at the Rome Auditorium 2014.
He has collaborated with influential chamber music groups specialised in contemporary music. For theatre, in aid of social work, Maestro Telli composed the original music, with live performances of the play, “Per Forza e per Amore” (By force or for love) based on the letters of Antonio Gramsci, written during his imprisonment.
He is a past member of the Jury for national and international competitions of composition and interpretation and, moreover, he has been a member of selection commissions for the assignment of the posts of Conductor and Vice Conductor. He also has helped select positions such as first soloist parts for the formation of orchestras and military and ministerial bands of national importance such as the “Arma dei Carabinieri” and the State Police Force.
Maestro Telli cultivates his interest in musical analysis by leading seminars in Italian university faculties and publishing articles in the “Nuova Rivista Musicale Italiana”.
He is Professor of Composition at the Rome Conservatory of Music Santa Cecilia and President of the Valentino Bucchi Foundation.