Marcello Balestra - © ph. Lorenzo Di Lucchio

Marcello Balestra

Creative manager

Born in Cesena 24/11/66

Artistic and Professional Skills

  • Creative
  • Expert in Songs
  • Artists
  • Music productions
  • Coaching
  • Artistic-Musical Communication
  • Talent scout
  • Producer
  • Publisher
  • Author
  • Composer
  • Format creator
  • University lecturer in discography and copyright
  • Creator of "Casartista"
  • Law degree.

Passions and hobbies:

Music, Communication, People, Sport, Photography and anything outdoors or under the sky.


In 1980 he met Lucio Dalla in the Tremiti Islands and began to attend the Fonoprint recording studios in Bologna, during the making of the albums of the most famous Italian artists of the period, where he took notes on Bolognese songwriting: Luca Carboni, Lucio Dalla, Stadio, Ron.

In 1983 Lucio Dalla released the album "1983" featuring the historic band of Longiano (FC), Balestra's home town, the first official collaborative moment with Lucio.

He then goes on tour as Road Manager from 1986 to 1989 for Smemo Music, for the Artists of the agency, up to the Dalla-Morandi world tour.

In 1989 he became Editorial and Legal Manager of the Pressing S.r.L. label (Lucio Dalla's label) and Assist. ed. musicali Spa, after a short time and until 2001 Artistic Manager of all the record productions: Dalla, Bersani, Morandi, Baraldi, as well as the youth sector (more than 5 million records sold between 1990 and 2001 including the best-selling albums "Cambio" and "Canzoni" by Lucio Dalla) and the soundtracks for cinema and television always for Pressing. He found and suggested Lucio to sing the unreleased song "Ayrton" by Paolo Montevecchi in his album "Canzoni", which then became the symbol song of the great Ayrton Senna.

Since 1990 he has taken part in the most important Italian events for young artists, as Talent Scout, Observer, Artistic Director, President of the Jury or Juror: from Castrocaro to Sanremo giovani, from Amici to Destinazione Sanremo, from Musicultura to Premio Lunezia, from Contursi Festival to Festivalshow, etc...

In 2006 he suggested to the editorial staff of Amici di Maria De Filippi to introduce unreleased tracks in the challenges and compilations of the young finalists of "Amici", then following the production and publication of the compilations of the 2007-2008 editions.

In 2008 he signed Marco Carta as an artist and in 2009 he won the Sanremo Festival with "La forza mia".

In 2009 he defines and says to Emma Marrone "Tu si na cosa grande" asking Amici to sign her as a Warner. In that year he signed Luca Napolitano and in 2010 Annalisa.

At Area Sanremo, in 2007 he points out Noemi as the best youngster in the 40 and asks to sign her even if she won't go to the Festival.

In 2008 he signed Arisa, telling her that he would have signed her if only for her personality and sympathy, again in 2008 he signed Simona Molinari, in 2012 he signed Renzo Rubino and in 2016 Mirella Nyvinne Pinternagel.

With the finalists of Area Sanremo 2014 he produces the CD and the video of the song "Siamo tutti remi" by the author affected by Sla Omar Turati, published during the 2015 Sanremo Festival during which Carlo Conti will mention the project in mondovisione before announcing the three finalists of the Festival. He introduces the compilations to "Ti lascio una canzone" and publishes for Warner the first albums of the successful programme hosted by Antonella Clerici.

He signed the first project of the tenor trio Gianluca Ginoble, Ignazio Boschetto and Piero Barone, who later became "Il Volo".

From 2001 to 2014 in Warner Music Italia at CGD and since 2004 at Warner Music Italia Artistic Director, with millions of albums and singles sold. During this period he signed, among others, for Warner Music Italia: Giusy Ferreri (2002), Riccardo Maffoni (2003) who won the 2006 Sanremo Youth Festival, Sugarfree (2004) inventing their artistic project and the video for "Cleptomania", the super hit of 2005.

In 2005 he signed the Baustelle, bringing the album "La malavita" to success, Paolo Simoni (2005), who participated with "Mala Tempora" among the finalists of the 2007 Tenco Prize.

In 2006 he signed Fabrizio Moro, who won the 2007 Sanremo Festival. In 2008 he signed Arisa, who won the 2009 Sanremo Festival in the youth category, and Marco Carta, who won the 2009 Sanremo Festival champions, winning as Warner Music Italia both categories of the Festival, something that had never happened in the history of the Festival. Also in 2008 he signed Simona Molinari, who was later brought to success with Peter Cincotti with "La felicità", for which he was the inspirer, songwriter and project director.

In 2010 he signed Annalisa, in 2012 he signed Renzo Rubino, in 2012 he signed and published the album "Work in progress" by Dalla-De Gregori (Lucio's last in life, but Lucio is always here for all of us), in 2013 he signed Raige and Ensi.

He follows and publishes for Warner Music Italia the projects of the following artists and projects: Irene Grandi, Raf, Umberto Tozzi, Paolo Vallesi, Laura Pausini, 883-Max Pezzali, Fabrizio Moro, Syria, Sugarfree, Riccardo Maffoni, Arisa, Marco Carta, Simona Bencini, Baustelle, Nomadi, Giorgio Gaber, Renzo Arbore, Pooh, Annalisa, Simona Molinari, Peter Cincotti, Renzo Rubino, Paolo Simoni, Vinicio Capossela, Dalla-De Gregori, Amici, Ti lascio una canzone.

Sanremo Festival palmares Balestra:

  • 2006 Riccardo Maffoni - Winner young people with "Sole negli occhi".
  • 2006 Nomadi - Group winner with "Dove si va".
  • 2007 Fabrizio Moro - Winner young people and critics with "Pensa".
  • 2008 Fabrizio Moro - 3rd place in the champions with "Eppure mi hai cambiato la vita"
  • 2009 Arisa - Winner in the youth category and critics award with "Sincerity".
  • 2009 Marco Carta - Winner in the samples with "La forza mia".
  • 2012 Arisa - 2nd place in the champions (virtual victory) with "La notte" produced and directed by Mauro Pagani and chosen and art directed by Balestra.
  • 2013 Simona Molinari and Peter Cincotti - Winner of Simona Molinari with "La felicità" and return of an unreleased Luttazzi song "Dr. Jeckill & Me Hide" at Sanremo.
  • 2013 Renzo Rubino - Wins Critics' Choice Award with "Il postino (amami uomo)".
  • 2014 Arisa - Winner in the champions with "Controvento"
  • 2014 Renzo Rubino third place champions with "Ora".

Until 2001 he taught Copyright and Discography at the European School of Economics.

Since 2008 he has participated as a discographer in "Amici" and other television programmes on young people.

In 2013 he took Franco Godi's Best sound label to Warner to sign JAx and Fedez, but the Warner board decided otherwise.

Since 2014 he has been the manager of Pressing Line (Lucio Dalla's historical label) and a consultant for the Lucio Dalla Foundation, with which he has carried out solidarity projects.

In 2015, from his idea to cross the language of Lucio Dalla with that of the rappers of the moment, he creates and publishes for Pressing Line "Bella Lucio": 11 tracks that revisit with great quality and respect as many songs by Lucio Dalla: (Rocco Hunt, Clementino, Art. 31 (J-Ax), Raige, Ensi, Mondo Marcio, Emis Killa, Ghemon, Siamesi Brothers, Moreno, Two Fingerz) with the production of the great Franco Godi of Best Sound. An epoch-making album, unique and unrepeatable in its genre, as defined by public and critics.

He also created for Pressing line the showcase for young people "Alla finestra" and the project "Discovering Dalla" aimed at rediscovering Lucio Dalla's songs through covers by young artists of today.

For the Lucio Dalla Foundation, among the many initiatives, on 4 March 2016 he brought the famous "Lucio Dalla bench statue" by the artist Carmine Susinni to Lucio Dalla's house in Bologna for two months, with great success from the public and the critics. Many artists and thousands of people, including Fiorello, took a selfie on the bench.

As an author of programmes and formats also aimed at social activities, Balestra is delighted to follow young artists who, despite suffering from disabling pathologies, have a great desire to tell their story, as human and artistic examples of great communicative depth.

In January 2016 he founded "Casartista", a project that deals with the natural construction of the person-artist. A practical philosophy that brings the person and his natural expression, at the centre of human and artistic communication, of ordinary people and artists. A unique and original philosophy, the result of cross-sectional experience in over 30 years of life and work, between artists of great culture, quality and humanity and people who only want to achieve success!

In April 2016, the Accademia di Comunicazione Foundation took shape in Milan, in order to follow the ongoing activities, those in progress and cross projects between music and communication.

On August 23, 2016 realizes in San Vito Chietino (CH) the first edition of the "Palco dei sogni", review conceived and reserved by Balestra to young artists selected in the territory, among those who have to express a serene artistic and human nature.

4-5 August 2017 Artistic direction of the Contursi Festival, where he introduced the Pop Star category, to highlight young artists in Italy capable of interacting with the public in several contemporary arts: singing, dancing and performance. In collaboration with Stefania Coralluzzo.

2017 Career preparation coaching of young artists in progress.

2017-2020 Manager of artist Nyvinne "Nyv".

2017 Invention of the "Pdf" method to bring out the true, natural and recognisable expressiveness of the person and the artist, by Marcello Balestra

2018 Sanremo: "Almeno pensami" the unreleased song by Lucio Dalla interpreted by Ron on the idea and management of Marcello Balestra proposed to the Artistic Director of the Festival Claudio Baglioni.

2018 04/03/2018 Conception and organization Concert in Lucio Dalla's house with the young finalists of Sanremo 2018 in addition to Masini, Arisa, Iskra, Paolo Simoni, Renzo Rubino, Fio Zanotti, Lina Sastri etc...

2018 "Starter" Lucio Dalla's last unreleased song published by decision and artistic management of Marcello Balestra.

2018 Collaboration with Sony Music for the definitive best of Lucio Dalla entitled by Balestra "Duvudubà".

2019 Organisation Concert on 4 March 2019 at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna, with the presentation of the album "Lucio Dalla" 40 years later, with Carboni, Curreri, Masini, Iskra, Rubino, Ron, Gabbani and others who performed the songs from the album with the symphony orchestra.

2020 National theatre premiere of the show "Lucio c'è", a story written by Balestra about his human and professional journey with Lucio Dalla from 1980 to today, together with Lucio's songs interpreted by Stefano Fucili at the Rocca Malatestiana in Fano on 24/01/2020.

2020 "Stories from the cellar" and "Demo on air" 2 formats created by Balestra aired from 23 March to 02 June 2020 in 60 episodes on youtube from the cellar and the terrace of the house, a dialogue made of stories of music and artists and life and scouting during the first lockdown of the century.

2021 Publication "Ave Maria do sol"
Link to Youtube

Publication "Il sentire del cuore"
Link to Youtube

2021 Performances of 'Lucio c'è' in various locations in Italy.

2021 Diploma in songwriting c/o Warner Chappell Music Publishing 2021 Scouting and research activities for new forms of transversal artistic communication, through the mix of high-consumption products and matching artistic figures.

2022 Conception of the project "Termoli-Tremiti on the notes of Lucio Dalla", with concerts on 22-23 July 2022 in Termoli and the Tremiti Islands
Link to Termoli Online

Link to Primo Numero

Host of the 5th edition of the "Tremiti music festival"
Link to Puglia Sound

October - November 2022 replicas of the play "Lucio c'è" at Teatro Bello in Milan
Link to Gazzetta di Milano

2023 In publication book "Lucio c'è"

Passion and dedication in the search for new forms of artistic and communicative talent, in writing and researching new formats and potentially successful songs, in assisting and consolidating established artistic careers, are the daily bread of those who love to be surprised every day, no matter where the surprise comes from, as long as it is real, human and therefore naturally artistic.

The undersigned declares that he/she is aware of the criminal sanctions in case of false declarations or declarations containing untrue data, as provided for by D.P.R. 28.12.2000, no. 445./2000 I authorise the processing of the personal data contained in my curriculum vitae in accordance with art. 13 of Legislative Decree 196/2003 and art. 13 of EU Regulation 2016/679 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data.

Marcello Balestra

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