Francesco Fortunato, graduated from the Higher Institute of Musical Studies “P.I. Tchaikovsky” of Nocera Terinese (CZ) with honors in piano (with Maestro Valentina Currenti) and composition (with Maestros Livio Bollani and Alessio Rossato) and brilliantly in Orchestra Conducting (with Maestros Alfredo Cornacchia and Filippo Arlia).

He attended several advanced courses, including the Campus Afam, the International Piano Campus Varallo (VC) and the Naxos Winter Camp. His artistic training has been enriched by courses and master classes with professors such as Filippo Arlia (piano), Leonardo Suarez Paz (chamber music), Anatoly Levin (conductor), Andrea Talmelli (composition) and others.

Winner of national and international music competitions, he won the third prize at the “Egidio Carella” International Composition Competition (Val Tidone International Music Competition), the fourth prize at the “MaestroVision Awards” International Composition Competition (Beijing, China) and the first Prize at the “Alessandro Longo” International Piano Competition, Giardini Naxos (ME).

He has held piano recitals, concerts as conductor, composer of songs performed by renowned musicians and soundtracks for films and short films, climbing on the stage of numerous theaters and concert halls, from the Ateneo of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Calabria to the Teatro Sociale di Stradella.

His artistic activity also includes the production of six albums with original works for piano and orchestra (for the musical editions GRecords, MAP Edition and Milleville Music) and the publishing of various works for solo instrument, chamber ensembles and symphonic orchestra (for the editions Momenti, MAP Edition, Agenda, Pizzicato Verlag Haelvetia and Universal Edition).

Since 2021 he has collaborated with the Calabrian Philharmonic Orchestra for which he has transcribed several works for concert performances (with various performers including Silvia Mezzanotte, Arisa, Valerio Scanu, Riccardo Fogli) and television (Rai1).

Currently he is professor of Theory of Harmony and Analysis at the “Stanislao Giacomantonio” state conservatory in Cosenza (CS).