Born into a family of musicians, Matteo Franceschini began his composition studies with his father later graduating from the « Giuseppe Verdi » Conservatoire in Milan under the guidance of Alessandro Solbiati. He studied at « Santa Cecilia » National Academy in Rome under the supervision of Azio Corghi and attended the Cursus offered by the Ircam in Paris.
He has received several prizes, both in national and international competitions.
He has received commissions from La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Wigmore Hall, Biennale of Venice, Festival Mito, Philharmonie de Paris, Orchestre national d’Île-de-France, National Orchestra of Belgium, Reims Opera, Saint-Étienne Opera, and, moreover, from important festivals and organizations.
He has realized operas, orchestral and choral works, chamber music, soundtracks for movies as well as multimedia installations.
Matteo Franceschini concentrates his research on theatricality of musical gesture and on the necessity of pulling languages of different matrix together by following the rules of contrast and fusion. His imagination is founded on the strength of narrative contents and the creation of a complex, formal and sound structure.
His works, conducted among others by Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Mikko Frank, Pascal Rophé and Gustav Kuhn, have been performed in various international festivals.
“Il risultato dei singoli”, his ﬁrst monographic record, was published in April 2011.
He has been named composer in residence at “Arcal” of Paris, at the Orchestre national d’Île-de-France and at the Philharmonic Academy of Rome.
“Fedora – Rolf Liebermann Prize for Opera 2014”, he has received the “Italian Afﬁliated Fellowship in the Arts” from the American Academy in Rome.
In 2017, Franceschini adopted « Tovel » as his stage name for the project « ABCDEFG [a tuned sculpture]”. As « Tovel », he relaunches the figure of the author/interpreter. His direct, live involvement becomes therefore the expression of a creative act.
Since 2011 he is published by Casa Ricordi – Universal Music Publishing.