Gianni Madonini

Born: Milan (Italy)
Nationality: Italian

Gianni Madonini played the keyboards on Adriano Celentano’s 1987 album ‘Pubblica ottusità’. As an arranger, he mainly worked with Toto Cutugno in the late 1980s and early 1990s; this includes songs written by Cutugno for Fiordaliso and Sandro Giacobbe. Madonini is also credited for his orchestrations for Beata, Stephany, Gigi Sabani, and Den Harrow. He conducted Toto Cutugno’s ‘Gli amori’ in the 1990 Sanremo Festival; this song finished second.

Because the winners of the 1990 Sanremo Festival, the group Pooh, did not feel like representing Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest of that same year, number two Toto Cutugno was invited by Italian television to write a song. He came up with ‘Insieme 1992’, a melodious mid-tempo song with lyrics about European unification. Gianni Madonini arranged the music and conducted the orchestra for this Italian entry in Zagreb. Toto Cutugno won the contest – the second Italian victory after Gigliola Cinquetti’s ‘Non ho l’età’ in 1964.

In due course, a more extensive biography of Gianni Madonini will be published on this website


Songs conducted
1990: Insieme 1992