Maria Luisa Macellaro La Franca, pianist, conductor, and composer. She is considered one of the most important Italian artists, with a wide repertoire both on original instrument and modern piano and she collaborates with musicians such as Thibault Cauvin, Rudolf Koelman, Domenico Nordio, Ertuğ Korkmaz and Sarah O’Brien. She received the degree, with honors, at Conservatorio V. Bellini in Palermo and continued piano studies under K. Scherbakov at Zürich Musikhochschule and orchestral conducting with Lior Shambadal, the conductor of Berliner Symphoniker. She won the first prize in numerous nationals and internationals competitions like Modica (1992), Ibla Grand prize International Music competition (2000) and played in major theatres such as Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Amici dell’Opera in Piacenza, Konzert Saal of Musikhocschule Winterthur, Bleuer and Grosser Saal in Zürich, Musikkollegium in St.Morizt, Sala Boccadoro in Lugano (Switzerland) and Grand Théâtre Opera Bordeaux and many others. In February 2015 she made her debut as a director in Berlin with Berliner Sinfonietta as the winner of IBM international conductor selection. She is often invited as pianist and conductor into international festivals such as Festival du Capferret (Lege Capferret), Rio de Janneiro International Festival (Rio), Swiss Fest (Geneve), Balkan Fest (Zurich), Festival d’Autunno (Cuneo), Como Lake Festival and many others. During season 2016/2017 she made her first concert at Opera de Bordeaux and at Olympia de Arcachon and in season 2017/2018 is set the debut with Orkestra Akademik Baskent in Turkey with the Piano Concerto No.2 by S.Rachmaninoff. She is the Principal Conductor of Orchestre Symphonique Unisson ACME Bordeaux with whom she performs in many different French theaters.
As a composer, she won Envie d’agire France 2009, Label Iddac à la Creation 2009 and “Ambasciatrice di cultura nel Mondo 2012” for “Cantata for the Death of Falcone and Borsellino”. Her creation “Emes Symphony” was commissioned by the Government of the French Republic for the anniversary of the “European Holocaust Victims”. The piece has been performed at the Theatre Jean Vilar Eysines gaining a great success from audience and critic (more than 1200 people attended the 4 concerts) and won the “Prix du Conseil Général de Gironde”. Another important commission of the French Government was the “Messe pour la Paix” inspired to Africa Human Genocides for Choir, Theatre, and Orchestra. She recorded for Lux Classics and Da Vinci Classics.