Saturday 4 May 1991


Born: June 7th, 1951, Milan (Italy)
Nationality: Italian

In due course, the short impression below will be replaced with a more extensive career overview


Percussionist Flaviano Cuffari studied at the Scuola Civica di Musica in Milan; afterwards, he followed courses in harmony and counterpoint with Federico Mompellio. As a drums player, he played in recording sessions with many greats of Italian pop music: Adriano Celentano, Mina, Franco Battiato, Patty Pravo, Mia Martini, Pupo, Milva, to name a few - working with band leader Natale Massara in the band for Milva, with whom he toured the whole of Europe. Cuffari played in countless orchestras for television shows, being a member of the Milan RAI Orchestra for many years.


Without having any experience as a conductor in either theatre or on television, Flaviano Cuffari was asked to lead the orchestra for the Swiss entry in the 1991 Eurovision Song Contest held in Rome. Sandra Simò sang ‘Canzone per te’, which was composed by Renato Mascetti, but arranged and orchestrated by Cuffari. In the voting, Switzerland finished fifth in a field of 22 competing countries.


Country – Switzerland
Song title – "Canzone per te"
Rendition – Sandra Simò (Sandra Studer)
Lyrics – Renato Mascetti
Composition – Renato Mascetti
Studio arrangement – Flaviano Cuffari
Live orchestration – Flaviano Cuffari
Conductor – Flaviano Cuffari
Score – 5th place (118 votes)

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