Gianfranco Plenizio

Gianfranco Plenizio (10 January 1941 – 7 February 2017[1]) was an Italian conductor, composer, pianist and essayist.

Gianfranco Plenizio
Born10 January 1941
Died7 February 2017 (aged 76)
Rome, Italy
OccupationConductor, composer, musician

Life and career

Born in Sedegliano, Plenizio studied piano with Enrico De Angelis Valentini and conduction under Franco Ferrara.[2] After his debut as a pianist, he focused on conducting; among others, he conducted the London Symphony Orchestra, the Santa Cecilia Orchestra, the Orquesta Nacional de España, the Orchestre de chambre de Genève and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.[2][3]

Active as a film score composer, Plenizio collaborated with notable directors such as Federico Fellini, Billy Wilder, Mario Monicelli, Pietro Germi, Ermanno Olmi. He also authored essays, mainly focusing on the history of music.[2][3]

Selected filmography


  1. La Repubblica. "Morto Gianfranco Plenizio, compositore per Fellini, Wilder e De Palma". Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  2. Sandro Merli, Silvia Ortolani. Fare l'attore. Gremese Editore, 1998. ISBN 8877422343.
  3. Redazione (1 October 2014). "Elena Cotta legge "Bizzarrie musicali" di Gianfranco Plenizio". Sentieri Selvaggi. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
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