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Francesca Verunelli studied composition with Rosario Mirigliano and piano with Stefano Fiuzzi at the Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini in Florence where she earned both diplomas summa cum laude. She concluded her studies at the Accademia Santa Cecilia, with Azio Corghi.

She went on to attend IRCAM’s cursus in Composition and Computer Music, her work there culminating in the creation of “Interno rosso con figure” for accordion and electronics, performed by Anthony Millet and “Play” – written for the Ensemble Intercontemporain conducted by Susanna Mälkki – performed in October 2010 at the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

The same year,  at La Biennale di Venezia, she was awarded the “Leone d’argento” prize.

She received commissions from important musical institutions and festivals such as IRCAM, NeueVocalsolisten Stuttgart, La Biennale di Venezia, Orchestre Philarmonique de Radio France, Milano Musica, Accentus Chamber Choir, Lucerne Symphonic Orchestra, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra, Court-Circuit, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, GMEM de Marseille, CIRM de Nice, the French State, the FACE Foundation, International Contemporary Ensemble.

She has been composer in residence at Ircam (2010/2011), at GMEM of Marseille (2014/2015) and at Casa de Velasquez (Académie de France à Madrid) during the season 2015/2016.

The Zaïde Quartet tour – from November 2015 to August 2016 - brought her Secondo Quartetto, commission of the ECHO – Rising Stars program, in Köln, Luxembourg, Baden Baden, Barcelone, Paris, Budapest, Vienne, Hambourg, Bruxelles, Amsterdam, Birmingham, Londres, Lisbonne, Stockholm, Porto.

In November 2016 Ultimi Fiori for solo cello and electronics (for Séverine Ballon @ Manca Festival, Nice) – the last section of a 70 minutes cycle for solo instrument and electronics – has been premiered.

Upcoming projects include a new work for Ictus (@ Donaueschingen Festival 2017), a new work for Béla Quartet and pianist Bertrand Chamayou as well as her third string quartet for Diotima quartet (both premieres in 2018).

She is artist in residence at  Villa Medicis in Rome during the season 2016/2017.