Conductor Franco Cesarini attended the Basle Conservatory where he majored in ﬂute, theory, composition, and conducting. He has won several competitions, including the ﬁrst prize in the Swiss national soloist competition. In 1984, he was awarded a scholarship by the Ernst Göhner-Migros Foundation.
Currently, Cesarini is professor of wind band conducting and music theory at the Lugano University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Since 1998, he has been the principal conductor of the symphonic wind orchestra “Civica Filarmonica di Lugano” and since 2011 he conducts the “Wind Orchestra of Southern Switzerland”. He has received several awards, including the composition prize from Pro Helvetia (the Swiss foundation for culture).