Born: March 16th, 1952, Milan (Italy)
Maurizio Fabrizio entered the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan when he was eleven, studying the piano, composition, percussion, bassoon, and contrabass. In the early 1970s, he tried to force a breakthrough as a singer himself with a participation in the 1971 Sanremo Festival (with ‘Andata e ritorno’), but to no avail; in that same 1971 festival, he was more successful as a composer with ‘Il dirigibile’, performed by both Anna Identici and Antoine. From the 1970s onwards, he has been one of Italy’s most prolific composers, with back-to-back victories in Sanremo to his credit (‘Storie di tutti i giorni’ in 1982 for Riccardo Fogli and ‘Sarà quel che sarà’ in 1983 for Tiziana Rivale) as well as major hits for Patty Pravo and Mia Martini (‘Almeno tu nell’universo’). Fabrizio arranged and produced music for Fabrizio De André and Angelo Branduardi. He penned film scores (e.g. ‘Il buon soldato’) and two musicals (‘Il grande compione’, 2001, and ‘Rodolfo Valentino’, 2002).
Maurizio Fabrizio conducted three Italian entries. The first one was in 1976, ‘We’ll live it all again’, sung by Al Bano & Romina Power; this song, which he had arranged with Al Camarro, finished 7th in the international final in The Hague. One year later, Fabrizio wrote the arrangement to a composition of his brother Salvatore, ‘Libera’; this song was interpreted by Mia Martini and was Italy’s contribution to the 1977 Eurovision Song Contest in London. In 1983, Fabrizio composed a song himself, ‘Per Lucia’; with it, Riccardo Fogli was expected to do well after his 1982 Sanremo win, but things went rather differently in Munich with an 11th place.
In due course, a more extensive biography of Maurizio Fabrizio will be published on this website
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