Mauro Ceccanti obtained a diploma in violin at Florence Conservatory and was a member of the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino until 1981 with the rôle of “concertino” first violin. He attended an advanced training course of orchestra conducting with Franco Ferrara in Rome and at the Siena Accademia Chigiana, and in Hilversum (Holland) with Kyrill Kondrashin. He has worked with some of the most important Italian orchestras and given many concerts in Italy and abroad, conducting premières of works by Peter Maxwell Davies, Hans Werner Henze, Ramon Barce, Marc Yeats, Adriano Guarnieri, Sergio Liberovici, A. Riccardo Luciani, Luca Lombardi, Alessandro Sbordoni, Sylvano Bussotti, Salvatore Sciarrino, and Giorgio Battistelli, and collaborating with leading directors of opera performances and musical theatre works. He has conducted a number of award-winning recordings and has taught at Florence Conservatory since 1974. He is Artistic Manager of the Suoni e Colori in Toscana Festival.