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He began his musical studies at the Venice Conservatory, graduating in pre-polyphonic music and experimental composition. He obtained a licentiate with the highest marks (“with distinction”) in symphony orchestra conducting and wind ensemble instrumentation at the Conservatory of Verona and a licentiate in organ and organ composition at the Conservatory of Rovigo.
He took part in many organ master classes, such as those ones about: “Opera Omnia” by Johann Sebastian Bach with Michael Radulescu in Cremona, improvisation with Lionel Rogg, the old Italian music with Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini and Gustav Leonard.
During his career as an organist and a cembalist, he has been performing solo parts in many orchestral ensembles, playing concerts in Italy, in particular in Milan, Rome, Venice, Bologna, Genoa, and worldwide, in particular in Lisbon, Zagreb, Bonn, Salzburg, Stuttgart, Vienna, Lugano, Lyon, Budapest, Oslo, New York, Manila and Tokyo.
After his composition studies with Bruno Coltro he attended orchestral conducting classes under the guidance of Ghenadi Gouraiev in Moscow, Ovidiu Balan in Romania and Carlo Maria Giulini at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena.
In 1995 he came in second place in the International Competition for Conductors in Bacau (Romania).
In 1998, he conducted the Venice Chamber Orchestra winning 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 Chamber Orchestra Bucharest at the Contemporary music Festival and recorded a CD dedicated to the most important contemporary Romanian composers under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture.
He has been conducting some 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 to the “Festival de solistas” in Caracas, an event dedicated to the music of the Venezuelan composer Aldemaro Romero, to perform world premieres of Romero’s works.                        
In 2007, he did a series of concerts in South Korea as principal guest conductor of the State Philharmonic of Bacau.
He was also the author of some radio programs for RAI, the Italian National Television, “Meraviglie Musicali” in particular and he has been working as a reviser with A.Pagani S.r.l. Edizioni Musicali and Edizioni Curci on Astor Piazzolla’s unpublished works.
In addition, he personally revised the manuscript of the oratorio “El Pueblo Joven”, performed in 2007 in Bucharest, which was the world premiere to be broadcasted by the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Company.
In 2008 and in 2009 he has collaborated with the International Festival of Contemporary Music of the  Biennale of Venice, performing the world premiere of the work “ Fresco”, for five wind orchestras by Luca Francesconi and ”Ionisation” by Edgar Varese, with the collaboration of the Brake Drum Percussion Ensemble.
In June 2009 he wrote and conducted the soundtrack of the movie “Three the movie”, recording with the State Philharmonic of Bacau, and in December of the same year, he did a tour of concerts in China conducting the Balkan Symphony Orchestra.
Since 2010 he has been conducting the orchestra of the Mongolian State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet in Ulaanbataar. In 2012 he began to collaborate with the 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. In the same month he also directed a new performance of “Aida” at the Mongolian State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet in Ulaanbataar.
At the very beginning of 2017 he conducted four other great Italian opera performances: Tosca (Giacomo Puccini), Rigoletto (Giuseppe Verdi), La Traviata (Giuseppe Verdi) and Madame Butterfly (Giacomo Puccini) on the stage of the National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre of Ulaanbaatar.                                       
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 a teacher 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 won the best soundtrack award at the "International Film Festival for Spirituality, Religion and Visionary" (Bali - Indonesia).
From 2014 to 2016 he had been working as Principal Guest Conductor of the State Philharmonic of Arad in Romania.
In 2017 he was invited as a member of the jury to international singing competition "Mario Lanza" in Filignano.
Since 2020 he has been Professor of Organ at the Liceo Musicale of Portogruaro (Venice) and Professor of Harmony and Analysis at the "C. Pollini" Conservatory in Padua.
He has collaborated with record labels such as Azzurra Music, Ares, Sico Records, Columbia, Artemedia,
Sony and SFR.

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