Edda Silvestri completed her studies at Naples Conservatory, graduating in transverse flute (1973) at 18 with M° Ferdinando Staiano. She took this further with Jean Claude Masi and Conrad Klemm. Contemporarily she studied Composition with M° Bruno Mazzotta and Percussion with M° Antonio Bonomo.
In 1973 she won First Prize at Concorso Nazionale Musicisti in Rome. She has been a flute maestro since 1974, teaching at Campobasso and Frosinone Conservatories. Since 1990 she has held tenure at Rome’s Santa Cecilia Conservatory of Music.
Activities as Director
In the Rome Conservatory she held position of Vice Director from October 2005. She was Vice Commissioner of the Conservatory from 28 September 2006 to 9 October 2007, acting as director, pursuant to art. 6 of D.P.R. 132, 2003. She was then elected Director for the Triennial 2007/2010, and when this expired, she was reconfirmed for a further mandate until 2013.
In the two mandates available, Edda Silvestri focused on her primary objective of returning to the Santa Cecilia Conservatory its role, centrality and functions so it would again be the greatest musical educational institution in Italy. This aim was reached and how. The results obtained are important and varied: reclaiming teaching; relocating the Conservatory into the national and international productive panorama; redefining qualified relations with other Institutions in the sector; reclaiming the premises and instrumental park the Conservaory enjoys.
She saw to a systematic intervention plan, which led to the sonorisation of the Academy Hall and the construction of a research laboratory for studying sound spacing (€130,000 invested in the capital account). A multi-year purchase plan was completed, with investments equal to €230,000 to renew the instrumental park.
Interventions to statically consolidate the premises and reclaim the Academic Hall with investments of € 500,000.
Thanks to M° Edda Silvestri, who on her on volition firmly made further spaces necessary, second premises for the Conservatory, through continued work soliciting political and military Institutions, lasting three years (2010/2013), the Ministry of Defence gave Santa Cecilia Conservatory the State Property of the Santa Andrea delle Fratte Complex, ex convent, ex Royal Crew barracks, ex High Command Fifth Department premises. This means 1400 sq m, turned into halls and rehearsal rooms, just 700 metres away from the historic headquarters on via dei Greci.
Conventions and agreements
M° Silvestri has struck many conventions and agreements with national and international Organs and Institutions, firstly for the Santa Cecilia Conservatory: Tokyo – Conservatory of Tokyo (Japan); Peking Central Conservatory and Guangdong Conservatory Association (China); Kazakhistan Conservatory; Seowon University (Korea); Conservatory of Milan; then for Pianeta Arte: Xin Hua College of Sun Yat-Sen University (China); Lu Opera Group of Dongying City People’s Republic of China; Temple University; Korea Lifemusic Association (Korea); Universidad EAFIT (Colombia); Chengdu Shangkun (International) Art School international Center (China); Beijing Zhong Yikun Tecnology Training.
Since 2018, Pianeta Arte has been in the China Conservatory of Music project.
Further, on 28 September M° Silvestri was awarded the title of Honorary Director of the Art, Design and Media Faculty and the Music Faculty of Xin Hua College Of Sun Yat-Sen University.
Edda Silvestri has also enjoyed intensive concert activities.
She has been guest artist for internationally important Organs, Festivals and events. Since the ‘90s she has furthered her study of contemporary music and devoted herself to her solo repertory of different types of flute: flute in C, flute in G, bass flute.