Cecilia Chailly is the harpist and composer best known and appreciated by the Italian public, as well as reinventing the harp and propose it as a modern, charming and expressive instrument. She has written a successful novel, takes a column in Donna Moderna magazine and she also loves to paint and to take pictures. After an important classical career she began to compose her music, with whom she has performed in major Italian Opera Theaters (including La Scala and the Auditorium of Milan, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, etc.) in the most important festivals and in major television and radio broadcasts.
Raised in a musical family, daughter of the composer Luciano Chailly, sister of Riccardo conductor, has built a personal journey, breaking away from classical roots soon to experience her music, her inner world and creativity. She studied composition with Azio Corghi at the Milan Conservatory and nineteen years old she was invited by her teacher to replace her as the first harp in the orchestra of La Scala in Milan. She has worked for Giorgio Strehler's Piccolo Teatro of Milan and then began an intense career as a classical performer. With Ludovico Einaudi produced the album "Stanze" (BMG 1992) with electric harp which is the pioneer; debuted at Queen Elisabeth Hall in London and some songs become the soundtrack of the film "Fuori dal mondo" by Giuseppe Piccioni. She worked with John Cage, David Parsons, Mina, Andrea Bocelli Fabrizio De André Teresa De Sio Giorgio Conte Lucio Dalla, Ron, Morgan Planet Funk Gianni Morandi, Le vibrazioni, Alex Britti, Hector Zazou.
Sensitive to changes in generations and Eastern philosophies, in 1996 in California she recorded the albumAnima(Warner) (feat David Darling, Andrea de Carlo, Mike Marshall) which won the Prix De Sica. Transmitted in Alitalia flights, for years the Cecilia's music and the video image become the symbol of the TV channel Rai Sat. She performed for Krizia, Laura Biagiotti, Nino Cerruti, has been testimonial for Missoni, Costume National, Fendi, Alviero Martini first class, Joshihiko Ogawa.
In 1998 she published the novel "Era dell'amore" (Bompiani), which won several awards. Some of her songs become the soundtrack to the filmNonhosonnoby Dario Argento andMai più come primaby Giacomo Campiotti, and several theatrical shows including "Felicità di una stella", a children's show represented in various European countries. In Milan she performed for the Dalai Lama and in 2000 she took part, with great success, in the concert in memory of Fabrizio De André at Carlo Felice theater in Genoa. It was the debut as a singer, which leads her to produce the albumAma(Sony, 2002), supported by Lucio Fabbri and his violin, including her arrangements, orchestrations, songs and experimental sounds that cross the pop, the techno, the trance and World Music.
In 2003 she was invited to the Montreaux Jazz Festival, she played in the Vatican for Pope John Paul II. In 2006, alongside Ron at the Sanremo Festival in the song "L'uomo delle stelle". In 2007 she released the album, Alone (Emi), described as "delightful" by Ennio Morricone and "deeply moving and meditative" by singer Sting, performed and recorded alone at home with various acoustic instruments, except the song "Living Room" with the participation of Ludovico Einaudi's piano. In 2009 she released "Istanti" (Egea), (feat Alex Britti and Stefano Secco), a crossover album that collects operatic influences, Mediterranean melodies, blues accents; Cecilia debut at the Teatro di Reggio Calabria, with four of her compositions for harp and orchestra.
In 2010 she won the International Award "Profilo Donna"; has composed a "Tarantella" for the radio program "Fegiz Files". Her concerts are a kind of "experience and developmental therapy", accompanied by texts and words that also reveal her talent as an actress and performer. Special features: on the contrary can write with her left hand. She loves nature, meditation and travel. She is currently working on a theatrical show and her new album.
Premio Internazionale Profilo Donna 2010, De Sica, Rapallo Opera Prima, Elsa Morante Opera Prima,Reggio Calabria Opera Prima.
"Era dell'Amore" (Bompiani 1998)
- 1997 Anima (CGD East-West), Premio De Sica '97 per la musica
- 1992 Stanze (Bmg Ricordi) Music by Ludovico Einaudi, Harp by Cecilia Chailly
- 2002 Ama (Sony)
- 2006 Alone (Emi classics)
- 2009 Istanti" (Egea)
- Mina (Ridi pagliaccio - PDU 1988);
- Ludovico Einaudi (Stanze - BMG - Ricordi 1992);
- Fabrizio De André (Anime salve - BMG 1996);
- Andrea Bocelli (Sogno Sugar - 1999);
- Teresa De Sio;
- Giorgio Conte;
- Lucio Dalla;
- Mike Marshall;
- David Darling;
- Dave Parsons;
- John Cage;
- Hector Zazou;
- Planet Funk (The Illogical Consequence - EMI 2005);
- Ron (Ma quando dici amore - Sony BMG 2006);
- Morgan "Da A ad A" BMG-2007;
- Alex Britti "Punto 23" Universal 2009;
- Le Vibrazioni "Le strade del tempo" RCA 2010;
- Eva Quartet & Hechtor Zazou "Elen Music 2011" Special Guests: Laurie Anderson, Bulgara Group, Cecilia Chailly, Antoni Donchev, Robert Fripp, Bill Frisell, Bill Rieflin (REM), Ryuichi Sakamoto, etc.;