Nicola Samale

Born: September 14th, 1941, Castelnuovo d’Istria (Italy, since 1945: Podgrad, Slovenia – formerly Yugoslavia)
Nationality: Italian

Between 1958 and 1972, Nicola Samale studied at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome, graduating in flute (1963), conducting (1970), composition (1972), and instrumentation (1972). He won many conducting prizes and performed as a conductor with virtually all classical orchestras in Italy; moreover, Samale worked as a guest conductor on three continents. In the 1970s, Samale occasionally worked as a studio arranger with pop artists, including Renato Zero. He was a professor at the L’Aquila Conservatory, where he taught conducting (1978-1993). Samale composed chamber, orchestral, and vocal music as well as five operas. He specialized in composing the finales of unfinished classical works of Bruckner, Liszt, Mahler, and Schubert.

Nicola Samale took part in the Eurovision Song Contest on one occasion, in 1978, when he conducted the Italian entry, ‘Questo amore’, sung by Ricchi & Poveri in the festival held in Paris. Samale did not write the orchestration himself, leaving that job to Toto Torquati. ‘Questo amore’ finished twelfth among twenty competing entries.

In due course, a more extensive biography of Nicola Samale will be published on this website


Songs conducted
1978: Questo amore