Federico Gardella was born in Milan in 1979.

His music has featured in many important festivals and concert seasons in Tokyo (Tokyo Opera City), Milan (Festival Milano Musica, Rondò/Divertimento Ensemble, Teatro Dal Verme, Sala Verdi del Conservatorio), Royaumont (Voix Nouvelles), New York (Columbia University, IKIF/Mannes College of Music), Florence (Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Festival Play It!), Riga (Festival Arena/Great Guild Concert Hall), Erl (Tiroler Festspiele/Festspielhaus), Turin (MiTo SettembreMusica, Unione Musicale, Rai NuovaMusica/Auditorium Rai “Arturo Toscanini”), Lodz (Lodz Philharmonic Hall), Bologna (Accademia Filarmonica), Boston (Harvard University, Boston University), Parma (Festival Traiettorie), Takefu (Takefu International Music Festival), Venice (La Biennale di Venezia, Teatro Malibran), Lausanne (Société de Musique Contemporaine), Latina (Festival Pontino), Bruxelles (Flagey), Rome (Auditorium Parco della Musica, Festival di Nuova Consonanza), Ljubljana (Slovenian Philharmonic) and Madrid (Auditorio Nacional de Música).

He has received commissions from numerous institutions including the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Takefu International Music Festival, the Fondazione Spinola Banna per l’Arte and the Teatro La Fenice di Venezia. He has been composer in residence at the Divertimento Ensemble and the Fondation Royaumont and Marcello Lotti Italian Fellow in Music at the American Academy in Rome.

He has won prizes in various international composition competitions including the Tansman International Competition of Musical Personalities in Lodz and in 2009 he was assigned the Takefu International Composition Award.
In 2012 he was awarded the First Prize of the Toru Takemitsu Composition Award in Tokyo and in 2014 he was assigned the Special Prize “Una Vita nella Musica – Giovani” at the Teatro La Fenice di Venezia.

His compositions, conducted among others by Zsolt Nagy, Tito Ceccherini, Wolfram Christ, Carlo Boccadoro, Naohiro Totsuka, Sandro Gorli and Jonathan Webb, have been performed by orchestras such as the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai, the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra della Toscana, the Lodz Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali and the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino; another important aspect is his collaboration with chamber groups and ensembles specializing in the contemporary repertoire, such as the Trio di Parma, the Quatuor Diotima, the Hilliard Ensemble, the Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, the Israel Contemporary Players, the Divertimento Ensemble and the Scharoun Ensemble of the Berliner Philharmoniker.

In 2013 the label Stradivarius produced, for the Times Future series, a monographic CD dedicated to his music and in 2014 Mano d’erba (for orchestra) has been chosen as “recommended work” at the International Rostrum of Composers in Helsinki.
His works have been broadcast on the radio in Italy (Radio Tre), Australia (ABC Radio), Sweden (Sveriges Radio), Netherlands (NPO), Hong Kong (RTHK), France (Radio France), Japan (NHK), Iceland (RÚV) and Austria (ORF).

Federico Gardella studied the piano with Piero Rattalino and Riccardo Risaliti at the Milan Conservatory where he graduated with distinction and then furthered his studies with Klaus Hellwig at the Universität der Künste in Berlin. He studied composition at the Milan Conservatory with Sonia Bo and then took advanced courses with Azio Corghi at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome and at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena and with Alessandro Solbiati at the Corsi di Perfezionamento in Sermoneta and in the Milan Conservatory, where he graduated summa cum laude. Moreover, his acquaintance with Brian Ferneyhough and Toshio Hosokawa has been of significant importance to his artistic development.

He teaches composition at the Conservatory of Monopoli and was Assistant Faculty at the Takefu International Composition Workshop in Japan. Since 2016 he is one of the artistic advisors of the Fondazione Campus Internazionale di Musica of Latina.
His music is published by Edizioni Suvini Zerboni-SugarMusic S.p.A. in Milan.