Gian Stellari

Born: January 14th, 1929, Codogno (Italy)
Nationality: Italian

In the 1950s and 1960s, Gian Stellari made a name for himself in the Italian music industry as a prolific composer of film music, specializing in historical dramas such as “L’incendio di Roma” and “Giulio Cesare il conquistatore delle Gallie”.

He was the musical director of the 1956 Sanremo Festival, in which he conducted all entries. With his ‘Orchestra Arcobaleno’ (Rainbow Orchestra), he made recordings of various entries of this festival; amongst those the winning “Aprite le finestre” by Franca Raimondi, as well as the runner-up, Tonina Torrielli’s “Amami se vuoi”. These two songs were the Italian entries to the very first Eurovision Song Contest, held in Lugano (Switzerland). Stellari conducted the Swiss orchestra during both performances.

In due course, a more extensive biography on Gian Stellari will be published on this website


Songs conducted
1956: Aprite le finestre
1956: Amami se vuoi