Il Guardiano del Faro

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Il Guardiano del Faro
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Federico Monti Arduini

1 December 1940 (1940-12) (age 78)
Milan, Italy

Federico Monti Arduini (born 1 December 1940), best known as Il Guardiano del Faro, is an Italian composer, producer and musician.

Born in Milan, Arduini was a child prodigy, who started studying piano at very young age and who made his first concerts aged eight years old.[1][2] In 1957 he started composing songs, often being credited as Arfemo, and his collaborations included Mina, Gigliola Cinquetti, Frankie Avalon, Giorgio Gaber, Santo & Johnny and Orietta Berti.[1][2] In 1967 he became general manager of Ricordi.[1][2]

In the early 1970s Arduini adopted the stage name "Il Guardiano del Faro" (i.e. "The Lighthousekeeper") and was among the first musicians experimenting with the use of moog synthesizer through a series of best-selling instrumental songs.[1][2] Notably, his debut single "Il gabbiano infelice" sold over 700,000 copies while his song " Amore grande, amore libero" won the 1975 Un disco per l'estate contest and sold over 3 millions copies.[1][2]

In 1976 Arduini opened a recording studio in Porto Santo Stefano, and in the later years he collaborated with several labels as an arranger.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Eddy Anselmi. Festival di Sanremo: almanacco illustrato della canzone italiana. Panini Comics, 2009. p. 804. ISBN 8863462291.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Ruberto Ruggeri; Lalla Cantore. "Guardiano del Faro, Il". Gino Castaldo (edited by). Dizionario della canzone italiana. Curcio Editore, 1990. pp. 814-5.

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