Born in Naples, Clelia discovered her passion for music at an early age. From piano to conducting, she now combines the two naturally and evidently.
She studied at the conservatories of Naples and Milan and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. When she won the “Assami, women in music for life” prize (young section), her career as a soloist and chamber musician led her to perform in the world’s greatest halls such as the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Philharmonie in Paris, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Auditorium in Madrid, Lake Lugano, as well as tours in Japan, China and Canada.
From 2013 to 2019 she was pianist at the Philharmonic and Opera Orchestra of the Teatro della Scala.
At the same time, she obtained a master’s degree in Philosophy at the University Federico II of Naples.
Clelia began as associate conductor for the production of Verdi’s Requiem with the Martinu Philarmonic Orchestra in Prague (Czech Republic) and conducted the ensemble “Cameristi della Scala” in Italy and on tour in China.
At the same time she was assistant to A. Pappano at the Royal Opera House (UK) for the production of Manon Lescaut. The Gulbelkian Orchestra (Portugal) saw also her conduct Madama Butterfly recorded by Pentatone Records alongside L. Foster in 2019
From 2019 to 2021, Clelia Cafiero is appointed associate conductor at the Opéra de Marseille (France), noticed by Lawrence Foster, Music Director.