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Sara Caneva is a composer, conductor, sound artist and researcher. She graduated in Composition, Orchestral Conducting and Piano at the Conservatoires of Rome, Milan and Stuttgart. She currently teaches composition and orchestration at the University of Birmingham, where she is also a PhD candidate working with interactions of music and visual cues.

In 2023, she received a new opera commission about the cities of Gorizia-Nova Gorica with the support of the Piccolo Opera Festival, the European Capitals of Culture, GO! Borderless 2025, Biennale Zagreb and Imago Sloveniae. The project also won the European Funds for Emerging Artists.

In 2020, Sara was nominated for the Classical:NEXT! Innovation Award and invited to the first edition of the LaMaestra Conducting Competition at the Philharmonie de Paris.

Her music has been hosted internationally by institutions such as Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, European Capitals of Culture, Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, Salzburg Mozarteum, Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik, Moscow Philharmonic, MusiikkItalo Camerata, BEAST Festival, and broadcast on the Italian (RAI Radio3), Austrian (ORF Ö1) and French (France Musique) national radios.

Caneva was granted artistic residencies at several International institutions, such as Bogliasco Foundation (US/IT), Kone Saari Foundation (FI), Residencia de Estudiantes (ES), Styria Artist In Residence (AU), Schleswig Holstein Künstlerhaus Otte1 (DE), developing mixed-media compositions, land-art installations and cross-disciplinary projects. In her researcher capacity, she presented her music and gave lectures in academic contexts such as the Music Since 1900 Conference, the Orpheus Institute, and the University of Greenwich.

As a new music expert and enthusiast, she conducted several world premieres across Europe, including works by Vito Zuraj, Catherine Balch, Marcello Panni, Federico Gardella, Stefano Pierini, Maria Kallionpää and Sara Caneva herself. She conducted the Ensemble Modern, the BCMG, the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, the Ensemble '900 from Accademia di Santa Cecilia, the Danubia Orchestra Obuda, the Schallfeld Ensemble, and many others.

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