Silvia Colasanti studied composition at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome with Luciano Pelosi and Gian Paolo Chiti, then went on to complete her training with Fabio Vacchi, Wolfgang Rihm, Pascal Dusapin and Azio Corghi. Her catalogue comprises some 70 works spanning opera and musical theater, symphonic music and chamber music, among other genres. She has worked closely with soloists and conductors like Vladimir Jurowski, Yuri Bashmet, Salvatore Accardo, David Geringas, Nathalie Dessay and Roberto Abbado. In February, the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano premiered her composition Time’s Cruel Hand, based on three Shakespeare sonnets, and in March she became the first woman to be commissioned to write an opera by La Scala in Milan. The piece, to be titled Anna A. on the life of Russian poet Anna Akhmatova, will be staged during the 2024-2025 season. A Professor of Composition at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome, her various honors include the European Composer Award and the Franco Buitoni Award.