Bruno Canfora

Bruno Canfora (Italian pronunciation: [ˈbruːno ˈkaɱfora]; 6 November 1924 – 4 August 2017) was an Italian composer, conductor, and music arranger.

Bruno Canfora
Bruno Canfora in 1955
Born(1924-11-06)6 November 1924
Died4 August 2017(2017-08-04) (aged 92)
Piegaro, Italy

Life and career

Born in Milan, Canfora studied piano at an early age, then studied oboe at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan.[1] During the Second World War, he played several concerts with his group in Trieste.[1] After the war, he moved to Turin and became conductor of the Castellino Danze Orchestra.[1]

Besides having composed scores for television programs and films, Canfora is known for his work in pop music, particularly for his collaboration with Mina, for whom he composed songs like Brava, Un bacio è troppo poco, Mi sei scoppiato dentro il cuore, Sono come tu mi vuoi and Vorrei che fosse amore (the latter two were also translated into other languages like Spanish, the latter also in French). In the 60's he toured with Mina in Japan and wrote a hit for her in that country: "Anata To Watashi".

He also composed songs for Rita Pavone, Ornella Vanoni, Shirley Bassey, and the Kessler Twins. The Sanremo festival song "La Vita" was brought to international success by and became the signature song for Shirley Bassey as This Is My Life. [1][2]

Several of his songs became classics. To name a few, besides above mentioned Mina songs : Fortissimo, Rome by night.

Canfora was the conductor for the Sanremo Music Festival in 1961, 1988 and 1993.[1] In the Eurovision Song Contest, he was the musical director in the 1991 contest that was held in Rome, Italy. He conducted the Italian home entry "Comme è ddoce 'o mare" by Peppino di Capri.

Canfora died on 4 August 2017 in Piegaro, Italy at the age of 92.[3]

Selected filmography


  1. Eddy Anselmi. Festival di Sanremo: almanacco illustrato della canzone italiana. Panini Comics, 2009. pp. 623–624. ISBN 8863462291.
  2. Enrico Deregibus. Dizionario completo della Canzone Italiana. Giunti Editore, 2010. pp. 260–261. ISBN 8809756258.
  3. È morto il maestro Bruno Canfora, scrisse 'Brava' e 'Da-da-un-pa' (in Italian)
Preceded by
Igor Kuljerić
Eurovision Song Contest conductor
Succeeded by
Anders Berglund
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