Matteo Cristofori studied composition with M. Ignelzi at the conservatory “L. Cherubini” in Florence, and graduated with full marks, two years ahead of the course of study and winning the prize “C. J. Boncompagni” for the best graduate; he also studied with S. Sciarrino at the Accademia Chigiana di Siena and attended masterclasses with S.Gervasoni, H. Lachenmann, S. Marianelli. His works have been appreciated and performed in several festivals and musical events (G. Verdi Theater of Florence, Niccolini Theater of S.Casciano, PlayIt 2015, Chigiana Festival, Firenze Capitale 2105…) and he has been recently awarded in many composition competitions. He was also twice the only Italian finalist at the VII and VIII International Antonìn Dvoràk Composition Competition in Prague, receiving (2016) a special prize for the best passacaglia.
As a violinist, he began studying violin at age 4, and age 8 he starts winning awards in competitions. He studied with G. Cappone and, after graduating at the conservatory “G.B. Pergolesi”, with G. Moench in Rome and with F. Cusano at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, working with the Italian Youth Orchestra (OGI) and the Orchestra V. Galilei under the direction of N. Paszkowsky. He also followed masterclasses and postgraduate courses with O. Semchuk, C. Rossi, B. Korfker, C. de los Santos… Besides working with several symphony orchestras (in 2017 he has played in a world premiere as soloist his “Concerto Breve per Violino e Orchestra” in Florence) and being actively engaged on chamber music in the ambit of classical music, his language also embraces blues, jazz and contemporary music; as a soloist in various formations he took part in international festivals such as UmbriaJazz, International Bluegrass Meeting, International Acoustic Meeting, PiorAcoustic Festival… He teaches jazz violin at the Saint Louis College of Music in Rome since 2015.
He also graduated (2009) in modern guitar at the Saint Louis College of Music in Rome, with specialization in jazz/blues guitar with L. Panico.