Gigi Cichellero

Born: December 1st, 1923, Milan (Italy)
Died: December 15th, 1979, Cusago (Italy)
Nationality: Italian

Luigi ‘Gigi’ Cichellero worked as a composer and conductor for Italian national broadcaster RAI, until he was called away by the Italian branch of record company Philips to be their artistic director. Cichellero composed songs for the likes of Johnny Dorelli, Mina, and Tony Dallara. In the early 1960s, he founded his own company, GTA Records, based in his hometown Milan. Artists working under the aegis of Cichellero include Nicola Arigliano, Renata Mauro, Bruno Canfora, Al Korvin, and Roberto Rangone. In 1968, he sold GTA to Lorenzo Sampietro, who incorporated it into Miura Records.

Gigi Cichellero frequently conducted TV shows for RAI. Amongst these were the music contests Canzonissima, and, more notably, the Sanremo Festival in 1963, of which he was the musical director. He accompanied one of the vocalists of the winning song ‘Uno per tutte’, Emilio Pericoli, to London, where that year’s Eurovision Song Contest was staged. Conducted by Cichellero, the Italian entry came fourth. It was to remain his only Eurovision participation; in 1964, on the other hand, Cichellero returned as a conductor to the Sanremo Festival.

In due course, a more extensive biography of Gigi Cichellero will be published on this website


Songs conducted
1963: Uno per tutte