Bruno Canfora

Born: November 6th, 1924, Milan (Italy)
Died: August 4th, 2017, Tavernelle, Panicale (Italy)
Nationality: Italian

Having graduated from the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan with a diploma for oboe, Bruno Canfora followed private piano lessons with Alessandro Longo and Enzo Calace. During World War II, he started playing in jazz orchestras; after the war, he formed an orchestra of his own, with which he performed for the allied forces in Italy and Germany. From the late 1950s onwards, RAI, the Italian national broadcaster, regularly invites Canfora to work for television; he was, for example, musical director of the 1959 edition of Canzonissima. In 1961, he was one of two MD’s of the Sanremo Festival. As a composer, he wrote songs for Rita Pavone (e.g. ‘Fortissimo’), Mina (‘Zum zum zum’), Domenico Modugno (‘Come si fa a non volerti bene’, Festival Disco per l’Estate 1965), and Alice & Ellen Kessler (‘La notte è piccola’). In 1968, his composition ‘La vita’ was sung at the Sanremo Festival by Shirley Bassey; eleven years later, the song was completely revamped with a disco arrangement and became an international hit under its English title, ‘This is my life’. Moreover, Canfora wrote soundtracks and music for theatrical performances.

Bruno Canfora was the musical director of the 1991 Eurovision Song Contest, held in Rome. His orchestra accompanied all twenty-two competing entries. For the Italian song ‘Comme è ddoce ‘o mare’, it was placed under Canfora’s direction; performed by Peppino Di Capri, this Italian effort finished seventh.

In due course, a more extensive biography of Bruno Canfora will be published on this website


Songs conducted
1991: Comme e' ddoce 'o mare

Musical director
1991: Rome