Composer and performer


ARTICLE (Italian):  making aBulescence (note in calce)

Published on La Nuova Ciminiera, March 2019

INTERVIEW (Italian):  Tra Italia e US, nel nome della composizione

Published on Corriere dello Spettacolo, June 2018


Matteo Belli (Florence, b. 1987) is a multi-award-winning composer and performer.


He delves into visual arts, literature, drama, and contemporary issues as meaningful sources of inspiration and challenge.

In September 2019, he made his South American debut with Nudo di maschera, for string orchestra, played by Orquestra de Câmara do Amazonas under the baton of Dudamel-fellow Hilo Carriel at Teatro Amazonas (Brazil). Two months later, this work received a US premiere at the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth College, conducted by Filippo Ciabatti.

In 2016, he served the city of Florence with three important premieres. A long-run project dedicated to Shakespeare's Richard III kicked off with Nudo di maschera, commissioned and premiered by the Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina. His trumpet concerto Movenza estrema was premiered by E.M.C. “L.Dallapiccola” and broadcast by Rete Toscana Classica as official commercial of the Conservatorio di Musica "L.Cherubini." Besides, Mr. Belli worked in a team of composers to envision a contemporary orchestration of Offenbach's Le vent du soir, in a staged production by Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.

His music has been commissioned/presented by Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Florence), Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina (Florence), Teatro Amazonas (Brazil), Dartmouth College (USA), Fondazione Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte (Montepulciano), Altre Voci Ensemble (Italy), Ensemble di Musica Contemporanea “L.Dallapiccola” (Florence), DMC Ensemble at Scuola di Musica di Fiesole (Florence), DUOroboros (Tuscany), Talea Ensemble (USA).


He worked as assistant orchestral conductor and principal coach in theaters, focusing on contemporary opera. As a choral conductor, he worked at Scuola di Musica di Fiesole and Associazione Musicale Fiorentina (Florence), also organizing several concert series in collaboration with the local political and cultural institutions.

As a conductor, his repertoire spans centuries with works by Bach, Beethoven, Berio, Bernstein, Brahms, Fauré, Grossi, Haydn, Henze, Monteverdi, Mouret, Mozart, Pärt, Pezzati, Poulenc, Renosto, Rheinberger, Rossini, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Wolf-Ferrari. 


Mr. Belli holds degrees in Piano Performance (Diploma - Italy, 2009), Choral Conducting (M.A. - Italy, 2011), Orchestral Conducting (M.M. - Italy, 2014) and Composition (M.M. & D.M.A. - U.S.A., 2019 & 2023). Currently an ABD doctoral candidate in Composition at the Peabody Institute, he managed concerts and virtual residencies with renowned ensembles and soloists within the contemporary music scene. 

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In June 2018, his work Lei, piangente (On a Shore of Cries, for fl, cl, vibr, vc, pf) was performed in Florence at the New Opera House during the "LXXXI Festival del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino." Commissioned by the artistic residency Camere Contemporanee at Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte (S.I.A.E. 2017), On a Shore of Cries has been performed in Bruxelles (2018), Tuscany (2017-18), and on streaming in a collaboration between the Ensemble degli Intrigati and the Musik Akademie in Rheinsberg (Germany, May 2021).

For info and score/part rental:

INTERVIEW (Italian): Intervista con Matteo Belli, compositore

Published on Le Phénomène du Chant Intérieur, May 2021

He was recently commissioned a new work for the Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte in Montepulciano (Italy), to be premiered by Andrea Molino and the Ensemble degli Intrigati in July 2021.

In June 2020, he won two first prizes for trame di sangue grigio, a work for large orchestra composed as a reaction to the Syrian crisis of the past few years – Macht Orchestral Composition Competition and Virginia Carty deLillo Composition Competition. In the same year, he composed d  o  m  for percussion, voice, and cello, premiered by DUOroboros in Tuscany (September 2020). The recording will be released by EMA-Vinci in 2022.

As a college professor, Mr. Belli worked two years at Scuola di Musica di Fiesole (Italy), teaching Choral Training as a way to foster musical understanding through vocal perception, thus addressing various issues of aural skills, solfege, and intonation as related to both monodic and polyphonic thinking. He also taught Piano & Aural Skills for nine years in a music school (Florence).​