- General Director, MITO International Music Festival, Italy
Francesca Colombo is General Director and Artistic Coordinator of the MITO SettembreMusica international music festival, held annually in Italy with more than 270 performances by 4,000 artists. Previously, she was Executive Director of the Florence Opera House - Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, and was Director of the artistic programme of Expo 2015. Colombo worked at Teatro Scala for 13 years, including as Head of Co-Production and Digital Asset Management. She has conceived various artistic initiatives, including the integration of design, architecture and music language at the Triennale Milan. She was also Coordinator of the Micheli International Piano Competition with Pollini Berio. Colombo holds seminars and tutorials at universities and post-graduate schools on cultural management and corporate strategy for non-profit organizations. Colombo has a degree in Management Engineering from Politecnico Milano and a degree in Piano from Conservatorio Musica Verdi Milan. She has been an Erasmus Scholar at Technical University of Munich and an Aspen Junior Fellow.