Sara Caneva is a composer inside a conductor.

Podium experience crossed her composing mind, leading to a special blend and care for the gestures that produce sound - in any Music, pursuing the aim that immediacy and depth can go together.


Nominee for the 'Classical Next' Innovation Award 2020, she has been fellow composer at the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma in 2016-17. There, she also conducted the world premiere of a contemporary opera diptych including her stage work On-Off.

Since her debut in opera conducting in 2014, she has been active both as composer and conductor in internationally renowned contexts, working with orchestras like Danubia Orchestra Obuda, Savaria Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Regionale Toscana, Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz, LaVerdi, Youth Orchestra Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Berlin Sinfonietta. Between 2015 and 2017 she conducted the Ensemble Formanti, oriented on contemporary and improvised music. Among her most recent engagements, she brought on stage the premiere of the multimedia opera "Trilogy in two" in a tournée with Helga Davis and the Schallfeld Ensemble.

Her music has been awarded in several international selections and is being played in venues such as Teatro La Fenice di Venezia (2019), Parco della Musica Roma (2018), Teatro dell'Opera di Roma (2017), Musiikkitalo Camerata Helsinki (2018), Mozarteum Salzburg (2017), Moscow Philharmonic (2016), among others. She wrote for performers such as Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Schallfeld Ensemble, Mdi Ensemble, Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, PMCE, NAMES Ensemble, the pianist Ricardo Descalzo, among others. Since 2018 her works are published by Edizioni Suvini Zerboni.

She currently pursues a PhD research at the University of Birmingham investigating the links between visual cues and listening perception, as well as social aspects of sound ecology through independent treasure hunts with sounds and soundwalks.


  • Sara Caneva composer conductor
  • Sara Caneva composer conductor
  • Sara Caneva composer conductor
  • Sara Caneva composer conductor

Commissions & Festivals
Teatro La Fenice di Venezia

Teatro dell’Opera di Roma

I Teatri di Reggio Emilia

Schallfeld Ensemble

Mdi Ensemble

Dèdalo Ensemble

Romaeuropa Festival

Druskomanija Festivalis (LT)

Crossroads Festival Salzburg Mozarteum

Residencia de Estudiantes


Fellowships & Residencies

Saari Residence - Kone Foundation

DUNE artistic residency, Oasi San Felice

Styria Artist In Residence, Land Steiermark

Bogliasco Foundation

Schleswig ­Holstein Künstlerhaus Eckernförde

Residencia de Estudiantes Madrid

Teatro dell'Opera di Roma Y.A.P. 2016-2017


Awards & Honors

"Fabbrica" Y.A.P. Teatro dell'Opera di Roma International Competition

G.A.I. & MiBAC "movin’up" 2016 competition funding
"Live!" International call for scores 2016, Mdi Ensemble
European Community Erasmus+ Scholarship
Wall Street Institute scholarship "Via Vittoria"


IEMA Klangspuren Schwaz - J. Stockhammer

Stockhausen 90 Peter Eötvös Foundation  - P. Eötvös, G. Vajda

Impuls Academy - R. Saunders, M. Andre

Accademia Musicale Chigiana - G. Gelmetti

Tchaikovsky Academy (RU) - C. Bauckholt, O. Bianchi, F. Levy, D. Kourliandski

Accademia Musicale Chigiana - G. Battistelli


2017 - Master degree in Orchestral Conducting Conservatorio "G. Verdi" Milan

2016 - Diploma in Composition Scuola Civica di Musica "C. Abbado", Milan
2015-2016 - Erasmus+ in Conducting Musikhochschule Stuttgart

2013 - Master degree in Composition Conservatorio "Santa Cecilia", Roma
2012 - Master degree in Piano Conservatorio "Santa Cecilia", Roma
2011 - Diploma in Composition Conservatorio "S. Pietro a' Majella", Napoli





























"Musica Presente" (2019)
Caneva's works and aesthetic in "Musica Presente" by R. Cresti. pg. 861-864
Percorsi Musicali
Long Interview to Sara Caneva (Jan. 2020)
Musica in Metamorfosi
Interview by A. Liberovici
Radio3 Suite (Feb 2018)
On-Off/She, Opera di Roma
Amadeus, Press Review (Oct 2017)
On-Off/She, Opera di Roma
Press Review, Roma Italia Lab (Oct 2017)
AIR Schleswig-Holstein
Eckernförder Zeitung (Dec 2018)
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Composer's Portfolio


    Jun 2018


    Orchestra Danubia Obuda

    Budapest Music Center


    Dec 2018


    Ensemble '900 Accademia di Santa Cecilia

    I Concerti del Quirinale di Radio3

  • ON-OFF

    Oct 2017


    Auditive reflection in one act

    Music and Conducting by Sara Caneva


    Youth Orchestra Teatro dell'Opera di Roma

    Cast from the Y.A.P. Teatro dell'Opera di Roma




    Jul 2017


    Savaria Symphony Orchestra 

    Bartòk Festival, Szombathely (HU)

Audio - Video - Gallery


    Jun 2019

    large symphonic orchestra

    Orchestra Teatro La Fenice di Venezia


    Jul 2018

    six solo voices

    Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart




    Dec 2016

    mixed quintet and two fans

    mdi Ensemble


    Jun 2015

    marimba, piano, harpsichord

    S. Grasso, F. Adorno, C. Rizzolo


© Sara Caneva 2017-2020

for scores and performance material: 

Edizioni Suvini Zerboni


  • Sara Caneva composer conductor
  • Sara Caneva composer conductor
  • Sara Caneva composer conductor
  • Sara Caneva composer conductor