Born in Macerata in 1963, Carlo Boccadoro studied at the G. Verdi Conservatory, Milan, where he obtained diplomas in Piano and Percussion instruments. He also took additional courses there in Composition with Paolo Arata, Bruno Cerchio, Ivan Fedele and Marco Tutino.
Since 1990, his music has been performed in the most important concert seasons and concert halls including: Teatro alla Scala, Biennale of Venezia, Bang On A Can Marathon of New York, Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, Gewandhaus in Lipsia, Aspen Music Festival, Monday Evening Concerts (Los Angeles), Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Musikverein in Wien, Salle Pleyel in Paris, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Barbican Centre in London, Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Luzern Festival, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, National Concert Hall in Dublin, Royal Academy in Glasgow, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Filarmonica' 900 in Turin, Pomeriggi Musicali, Verdi Orchestra in Milan, Verona Arena, Festival MITO, Unione Musicale in Turin; Mittelfest in Cividale del Friuli; Tiroler Festpiel; Società del Quartetto in Milan, Festival Bolzano Danza, Settimane Musicali in Stresa; Teatro Comunale in Bologna; Ferrara Musica, Aterforum, A.Toscanini Orchestra of Emilia Romagna, Teatro Regio in Parma; Orchestra della Toscana; Cantiere Internazionale D’Arte of Montepulciano; Accademia Filarmonica Romana; Roma Europa Festival, Teatro Massimo in Palermo and the Teatro Comunale in Cagliari.
He has collaborated with artists from very different worlds including: Riccardo Chailly, Beatrice Rana, Omer Meir Wellber, Gianandrea Noseda, John Axelrod, Tim Berne, Matt Mitchell, Ches Smith, Oscar Noriega, Franco Battiato, Luca Ronconi, Gavin Bryars, David Lang, Enrico Dindo, Lu Ja, Antonio Ballista, Donald Crockett, James MacMillan, Vicky Ray, Evan Ziporyn, Bruno Canino, Marcello Panni, Eugenio Finardi, Domenico Nordio, Mario Brunello, Enzo Cucchi, Gianluigi Trovesi, Gianni Coscia, Federico Maria Sardelli, Giovanni Mancuso, Giuseppe Albanese, the duo Pepicelli, Roberto Prosseda, Claudio Bisio, Moni Ovadia, Andrea Lucchesini, Ars Ludi, Bruno Casoni, Danilo Rossi, Emanuele Segre, Fabrizio Meloni, Valerio Magrelli, Giovanni Sollima, Pietro De Maria, Lina Sastri, Abdullah Ibrahim, Jim Hall, Paolo Fresu, Maria Pia De Vito, Mauro Negri, Paolo Birro, Bebo Ferra, Glauco Venier, Roberto Dani, Andrea Dulbecco, Paolino Dalla Porta, Emanuele Cisi, Furio Di Castri and Chris Collins.
In 2001, he was selected by the Rai to attend the UNESCO International Composers' forum in Paris.
In 2004, Luciano Berio commissioned an opera for the young from him called “La Nave a tre piani” for the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, performed in 2005 at the Auditorium in Rome conducted by the author, and at Teatro Regio in Turin in the same year.
He has also written chamber works: “A qualcuno piace tango” performed in Turin, Milan, Palermo, Montepulciano, Narni, Terni and Ameli; “Rimini Addio!” in Verona; “La donna nel quadro” in Bergamo; “Robinson” in Terni, Narni, Amelia, Turin, and Naples; “Cappuccetto Rosso” in Modena; “Boletus” in Terni and “Shi” in Macerata.
He is among the founders of the cultural project ‘Sentieri Selvaggi’, which includes a Festival at the Elfo Puccini Theatre in Milan and an Ensemble of which he is the artistic director and musician.
Since October 2017, he has been the artistic director of the concert season of Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa.
In addition to his work as a composer, he is also an orchestra conductor: he has conducted the Scala Theatre Orchestra, the RAI National Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Pomeriggi Musicali of Milan, the Orchestra Verdi in Milan, the Orchestra della Toscana, the Teatro Regio Orchestra in Turin, the Arena Orchestra in Verona and many others.
He is the author of seven books. He also collaborates with Radio3 with musical radio programs.
His compositions have been recorded on record labels such as Deutsche Grammophon, EMI Classics, Sony Classical, Ricordi, Warner Classics, Canteloupe Music, Agorà, Velut Luna, Materiali Sonori, Sensible Records and Phoenix Classics.
Among his recent and future engagements: two concerts with the ensemble ‘Sentieri Selvaggi’ in Milan and in Brescia, one concert with the Sinfonica Siciliana Orchestra in Palermo, and one in Milan with the Pomeriggi Musicali Orchestra.