Daniele Spini was born in 1951in Florence, Italy, and has lived in Fiesole since 1971. He began his teaching career at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole in 1981, when Piero Farulli entrusted him with the role of Professor of Music History, a position which he held for ten years.
As a music critic, he collaborated with the Nazione of Florence and, from 1985 to 1998, he was head music critic of the Mattino of Naples.
From 1990 to 1992, he taught Music History for an experimental five-year course offered by the Florence Conservatory.
From 1993 to 2006, he served as Vice President of the Centro Tempo Reale in Florence, which was founded, and directed for quite some time, by Luciano Berio.
In 1994, Spini ranked first place out of 700 candidates in the Italian Competition for Conservatory Professorships of Music History. Since then, he has taught at the Conservatories of Benevento, Piacenza, Pesaro, Florence and Ferrara.
Spini served as Artistic Director of the Rai National Symphony Orchestra, which, under his direction, achieved important accomplishments such as the Abbiati Prize (2005) for the conception of the contemporary series “Rai NuovaMusica”, and an invitation to perform the closing concert of the 2006 Salzburg Festival. He also served as Artistic Director at the Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine for music, opera and dance, as well as Artistic Director for symphonic programming of the Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano and Trento. From 2016 to 2018, he curated “Musica macchina”, a contemporary and electronic music series held at the Melotti Auditorium in Rovereto.
Spini is the author of numerous essays and has written for many magazines; he has often held musical culture broadcasts on Radio3 and Radio Rai Südtirol and has participated in important television programs.
He continues to collaborate with the finest Italian musical institutions for conferences, essays and programme notes, and is the author of translations, rhythmic versions and surtitles. Spini’s awards include the Sabaudia “Giuseppe Verdi” (2004), “Fiorentini nel mondo” (2014) and the Benevento “Arturo Toscanini” (2017).