Dr. Franco Sciannameo
CFA Distinguished Teaching Professor of Music
Born in Apulia, Italy, violinist, musicologist and cultural historian Franco Sciannameo
studied in Rome at the Conservatorio di Musica “Santa Cecilia” and later at the
Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, the University of
Hartford, and the University of Pittsburgh.
Always concerned with the role of artists in society, Sciannameo writes and lectures
extensively on contemporary music and its relation to politics, cinema and the arts. He
has worked with a number of celebrated composers, including Giacinto Scelsi, Nino Rota
and Ennio Morricone with whom he collaborated on performances and recordings.
Sciannameo’s articles and essays are featured in The Musical Times (London), and his
most recent books include Nino Rota’s The Godfather Trilogy (Rowman & Littlefield,
2010); Phil Trajetta (1777-1854), Patriot, Musician, Immigrant (CMS Monographs and
Bibliographies in American Music, 2010); Music as Dream: Essays on Giacinto Scelsi
(Rowman & Littlefield, 2013); Experiencing the Violin Concerto: A Listener’s
Companion (Rowman & Littlefield 2016), Musicians’ Migratory Patterns in Time and
Space: The Adriatic Coasts (Routledge, 2017), and Ennio Morricone’s Walk of Fame:
From Darmstadt to Hollywood (Lexington Books, 2018).
Sciannameo is College Distinguished Teaching Professor of Applied Musicology in the
College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and visiting professor
of applied musicology in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures at the University of Leeds, United Kingdom.