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Cecilia Seghizzi
Cecilia Seghizzi
Cecilia Seghizzi at 108.
Birth: 5 September 1908
Gorizia, Italy
Death: 22 November 2019
Gorizia, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
Age: 111 years, 78 days
Country: Italy ITA

Cecilia Seghizzi Campolieti (5 September 1908 – 22 November 2019) was an Italian supercentenarian also known for being a notable composer and painter.


Cecilia was born in Gorizia, Austria-Hungary (now Italy) on 5 September 1908. Her father was the famous composer Cesare Augusto Seghizzi (19 January 1873 – 5 January 1933). She began studying music in the 1910s and later won an award for her composing in the 1950s.[1] After coming back to Italy after being exiled to the refugee camp of Wagna in Austria during World War I, Cecilia began studying the violin with Alfredo Lucarini and graduated with honors from the Conservatory "G. Verdi" in Milan. In her thirties she alternated between concerts and teaching in middle school and music school.[3]

Seghizzi married Luigi Campolieti (1905-1975), who was also a musician and composer.

She began in the meantime to devote herself to composition, completing her studies with a diploma from the conservatory "Tartini" in Trieste under the guidance of Vito Levi. In her fifties she founded and managed the complex Gorizia polyphonic, with which she won first prize at the national polyphonic competition in Brescia. The recognition from this got her a series of concerts and recordings for major venues both at home and abroad. She lived the rest of her life in Gorizia, Friuli-Venezia Giulia.[citation needed]

Seghizzi turned 100 in 2008. On 5 September 2018, she became a supercentenarian upon celebrating her 110th birthday.[6].[2]

Cecilia Seghizzi died in Gorizia, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy, on 22 November 2019, at the age of 111 years, 78 days. At the time of her death, she was the fourth oldest living person in Italy and she was also considered the world's oldest living person notable for reasons other than her longevity.


Her music catalog included more than 130 compositions, among which many are choral music. It is in choral music that she used sonorities and driving rhythms, humorous and light swings the most. In this her work is similar to that of Alfredo CasellaPaul Hindemith, and Giulio Viozzi. Her style, very conservative, is linked to neo-classicism, and has had no trace of the innovations introduced by avant-garde music since the 1930s.