Francesco Celeste was born in Milano in 1966. When He was 17 He wanted to be a jazz musician, so He started to study jazz piano with Mario Rusca and Sante Palumbo, and arrangement for big bands with Filippo Daccò. At the same time he also studied classical piano with different teachers. Afterwards there was a long period when, for differents reasons He stopped completely to play, study and listen to music. After this period He started the study of composition at the Conservatory of Milan where He attended the master of Music in composition with honneurs.
His works range from the solo instrument to the large orchestra, developing complex structures starting from simple elements and seeking the right balance between formal structure and freedom of expression.

His works have been awarded in numerous competitions and performed in various contemporary music events:

Risuonanze 2014 – Tarcento ( UD),Stagione Rebus 2015 – Teatro Dal Verme Milano,
Siae classici d’oggi 2015 – Lovere,Festival 5 giornate 2016 – Milano,
Concorso pianistico “Il pozzolino” 2016 – Seregno,
Incontri sul futurismo – Museo del ‘900 2018 – Milano
Monteverdi e la musica contemporanea – Palazzina liberty 2018 - Milano

Composition competiton :

September 2012 – 2° prize at 1° concorso internazionale di composizione Città di Montalto Ligure
October 2013 – Mention ( no 1° prize was assigned ) at 1° concorso Vittorio Fellegara
May 2014 - 2° prize at concorso Composizione Festival Fiati di Novara
June 2014 - Call for Scores "Risuonanze 2014" finalist
October 2014 - 3° prize at 26° European Music Competition di Moncalieri
September 2015 - 1° prize at 1° concorso composizione Ettore Pozzoli for young pianists
October 2015 - 1° prize at 27° European Music Competition di Moncalieri
November 2015 – 1° prize at 5th International Composition Prize – Fernando Lopes-Graça
December 2015 – 3° prize at XIV Concorso composizione di Belveglio (AT)
July 2016 Diploma di merito al TIM Torneo Internazionale di Musica, Torino-
September 2017– Call for scores SIMC “Monteverdi e la musica contemporanea”
October 2017 – 2° premio al 3° concorso Vittorio Fellegara –Bergamo
December 2020 – Finalist at “Classic Pure Vienna international music competition”
January 2021 - Call for scores “Vox novus - 15 minutes with Lisa Cella”

Published works

Tre pezzi per pianoforte - 2013 ed. Sconfinarte Rovato (Bs)
Per oboe solo - 2014 ed. Sconfinarte
Tre pezzi per flauto solo - 2014 ed. Sconfinarte
Aforismi – per piano solo - 2016 ed. Ricordi Milano
Misterioso – per flauto solo -2017 ed. AVA Musical editions LisbonaDietro le quinte – per trombone solo -2019 Reg.CD – Ianus di Alessandro Castelli –
Ed. Ema Vinci records

Composition masterclass

2014 Sidney Corbett
2015Sonia Bo
2018 David Whittel
2019 Marco Stroppa