“Sensitive composer and serious conductor”
Lukas Foss


“Produces compositions that are clearly heard and beautifully conceived, with rich harmonic vocabulary, elegant melodic sense and satisfying, complete forms.”

Richard Cornell


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Musicians and Ensembles: Yelena Beriyeva, James Demler, Monica Duncan, Freisinger Chamber Orchestra, Neil Godwin, Kelley Hollis, Franziska Huhn, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Juventas New Music Ensemble, Kammerwerke Double Wind Quintet, Hyun-ji Kwon, Sean Lair, Dominick Matsko, Public Works at Harvard University, Red Stick Saxophone Quartet, Julia Scott-Carey, Richard Seiler, Klaudia Szlachta, Claire Vangelisti, Daniela Tosic, Triton Brass, Pei-yeh Tsai, Andy Wen.

Works have been performed nationally and internationally, including across the USA, in Canada, Italy, Finland, and on Italian National Radio, with performances at venues ranging from Merkin Hall (New York City) to Buntrock Hall (Chicago), and various universities, conservatories, and festivals. Michele Caniato has received the Fulbright Scholar Award, Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship, Jasper Whiting Foundation Grant, and residencies at Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, Escape to Create, the Adria Conservatory in Italy, and the Weston (MA) Public Schools. He is the winner of the 2019 Orchestra Composition Contest at the 53rd Contemporary Music Festival at Indiana State University, was a finalist in the BMI Foundation/Charlie Parker Composition Competition in New York, semi-finalist for the American Prize (orchestra) and is the recipient of numerous commissions from players, ensembles, and from the Center for Italian Culture at Fitchburg State University.

Title Instrumentation  Duration  Date
Half-Time (A Basketball Intermezzo) Saxophone (tenor or alto) 5:30 2023
Ao Viandante (To the Wayfarer) SATB chorus (divisi), unaccompanied. Text by Veiga Simões. Sung in Portuguese. Also in version for SATB chorus (divisi), marimba four-hands and percussion (two players total) 8:00 2022
Three Songs on Poems by Stephen Crane Soprano and piano 19:00 2020
Landscapes Dectet (double woodwind quintet) 12:00 2019
Introduzione e Siciliana Orchestra (2,2,2,2, 2 hns, 2 tpts, timp, strings)  7:10 2017 audio
A Corner of Paradise Brass Quintet 9:55 2016
Fleeting Piano 7:00 2016
Tempo Verra’ Baritone, violin, horn, piano
Text by Giacomo Leopardi
12:00 2015
Fiori Francescani SATB soloists, clarinet, violin, violoncello, piano
Text by St. Francis of Assisi
28:00 2015 audio
L’Infinito Voice and piano
Text by Giacomo Leopardi
10:30 2012
La Leggenda del Coniglio Volante Choir and piano 4:00 2006
Mottetti Secolari SATB Choir 3:00 2005
A Raucous Storm SATB Choir with piano
Text by Sandy Ho
5:00 2004
Divertimento Saxophone quartet SATB 7:00 2000
Two Quasimodo Poems Mezzosoprano, flute, string quartet, contrabass and two percussionists 12:00 1993
rev. 2000
Three Meditations Baritone solo, chorus SATB, orchestra
Text by Kahlil Gibran
18:00 1997-98
Brass Quintet Two trumpets, french horn, trombone, tuba 10:00 1995
Lullaby-bye Violoncello 7:30 1994
Eras, Ares Violoncello 10:00 1994
Prelude-Fantasia for Harp 8:00 1994
Trio Sketches Flute and piccolo, bassoon, and tuba 9:00 1992



Yelena Beriyeva, piano, 2019


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All music published by Michele Caniato Music (ASCAP)