Began his musical studies at the Venice Conservatory, graduating in pre-polyphonic music and experimental composition. He is a licentiate with highest marks (“with distinction”) in symphony orchestra conducting and wind ensemble instrumentation of the Verona Conservatory and organ and organ composition of the Rovigo Conservatory.
He took part in many organ master classes, such as those about Opera Omnia by Johann Sebastian Bach with Michael Radulescu in Cremona, about improvisation with Lionel Rogg and about the old Italian music with Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini and Gustav Leonard.
As an organist and cembalist he performed solo parts in many orchestral ensembles, playing concerts in Italy and in concert venues worldwide, in Milan, Rome, Venice, Bologna, Genoa, Lisbon, Zagreb, Bonn, Salzburg, Stuttgart,Vienna, Lugano, Lyon, Budapest, Oslo, New York, Manila and Tokyo.
After music composition studies with Bruno Coltro he attended orchestral conducting classes under the guidance of Ghenadi Gouraiev in Moscow, Ovidiu Balan in Romania and Italy, and Carlo Maria Giulini at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena.
In 1995 he placed second in the International Competition for Conductors in Bacau (Romania). In 1998, conducting the Venice Chamber Orchestra he won the first prize at the International Competition dedicated to Astor Piazzolla and a special prize awarded by Busy Music France, for the best orchestration.
In 1999 he was invited to conduct the Romanian National Radio Orchestra Bucharest at the Contemporary music Festival and recorded a CD dedicated to contemporary Romanian composers under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture.
He conducted important orchestras such as Venice Symphony Orchestra, the Transilvania State Philharmonic Orchestra of Cluj Napoca, the Mongolian State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet Ulaanbataar, the State Philharmonic of Bacau, the Caracas National Symphony Orchestra, the Russian State Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra in Catania, the State Philharmonic of Ploiesti, the State Philharmonic of Arad, the Mediterranean Symphony Orchestra, the State Philharmonic of Targu Mures, the Chisinau Philharmonic Orchestra, the State Opera and Ballet Theatre Yakutsk, Opera and Ballet Theatre Ulan Ude and Balkan Symphony Orchestra.
In November 2004 he was invited at the “Festival de solistas” in Caracas, an event dedicated to the music of the Venezuelean maestro Aldemaro Romero, to perform world premieres of his works. In April 2007, he made a concert tour in South Korea, as principal guest conductor of the State Philharmonic of Bacau.
He was the author of radio programmes for RAI, such as“Meraviglie Musicali” and worked as reviser with A. Pagani S.r.l. Edizioni Musicali and Edizioni Curci on Astor Piazzolla’s unpublished works.
He personally took on the job of revising the manuscript of the oratorio “El Pueblo Joven”, which he performed in 2007 in Bucharest, the world premiere being broadcasted by the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Company.
Since October 2008 he collaborates with the International Festival of Contemporary Music of the Venice Biennale, performing the world premiere of the work Fresco, for five wind orchestras by Luca Francesconi, and in 2009, Ionisation by Edgar Varese, with the Brake Drum Percussion Ensemble.
In June 2009 he wrote and conducted the soundtrack of the movie Tre Se Shalos, making the recording with the State Philharmonic of Bacau, and in the same year, in December, the made a concert tour in China, with the Balkan Symphony Orchestra.
Since 2010 he is artistic director of the Mongolian State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet Ulaanbataar and since 2012 he collaborates with Opera and Ballet Theatre Ulan Ude, conducting the Italian opera repertoire. In April 2015 he conducted the final round of the Baldarsadaev International Singing Competition, being also one of the jury members and came back to the Mongolian State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet Ulaanbataar, for a new performance of Aida.
On the same stage of the National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater of Ulaanbaatar he signed at the beginning of this year four other great Italian opera performances: Tosca (Giacomo Puccini), Rigoletto (Giuseppe Verdi), La Traviata (Giuseppe Verdi) and Madame Butterfly (Giacomo Puccini). Since March 2016 he has been collaborating with the State Philharmonic of Mongolia and at the same time with the National Orchestra Morin Khuur, conducting shows with fascinating themes, with an enormous success: Gombo and Friends (Lyrical/Symphonic Concert), Italy (Symphonic Concert), Playing Love (Movie Music), Novel Melody (Movie Music).
Moreover, Roberto Salvalaio is lecturer at the Music, Art and Culture department of the Ulaanbaatar National University (Mongolia).
In September 2016 he was among the six nominees for the “Utah Music Award” (USA) in the category film music composers, for the best soundtrack.
In October 2016 he wins the award for the best soundtrack at the "International Film Festival for Spirituality, Religion and Visionary".
From 2014 to 2016 he worked as Principal Guest Conductor of the State Philharmonic of Arad in Romania.
In August 2017 he was invited as a member of the jury at international singing competition "Mario Lanza" in Filignano.
He collaborated with record labels as Azzura Music, Ares, Sico Records, Columbia, Artemedia, Sony and SFR,