Danilo Vaona was born on November 24th, 1951 in Vigevano. In 1970, he graduated in Piano from the G. Verdi Conservatory in Milan, and two years later he completed his studies in Composition and Orchestra Conducting by composing a string quartet and conducting the Orchestra dei Pomeriggi Musicali at the Piccolo Teatro in Milan, with music by Mozart, Beethoven, and Stravinsky. At the age of nineteen, he was hired by authors and producers Alberto Testa and Flavio Carraresi, owners of the Italian record company "Disco-tec" in Milan. Italian singer Mina Mazzini recorded his first song entitled "Vorrei Averti Nonostante Tutto." In 1973, he participated as an orchestra conductor at the Sanremo Festival. In 1976, he met Alfredo Cerruti, artistic director of the CGD/CBS record label, and worked as an arranger for Sandro Giacobbe, Raffaella Carrà, Caterina Caselli, Alice, Gianni Nazzaro, Riccardo Fogli. In 1975, he wrote the arrangements and directed the RAI orchestra for Renato Carosone's return to the Bussola di Viareggio. In 1976, José Luis Gil (President of Hispavox/Spain) and Tomás Muñoz (President of CBS/Spain) commissioned him to produce the music of artist Miguel Bosé. Thus began a fruitful collaboration with CBS and Hispavox that would last until 1984, and as a composer, arranger, and producer, he contributed to the success of numerous Spanish artists, among others, Víctor Manuel, Ana Belén, José Luis Perales, Mari Trini, Bibiana Fernández, Raphael, Bertín Osborne, Pedro Marín, Massiel, and Raffaella Carrà. Thanks to this collaboration, in 1984 he returned to Italy where he began a collaboration with RAI and Mediaset, which culminated in the Raffaella Carrá Show from New York, where he directed and accompanied world-famous artists with the Italian RAI orchestra, including Liza Minnelli, Stevie Wonder, Sammy Davis Jr., Wilson Picket, Carlos Jobim, Ella Fitzgerald, and Dizzy Gillespie. In 1991, thanks again to Raffaella Carrà, he returned to Spain where he met the Europroducciones Group and began a long collaboration as the musical director of the company, composing the themes and music for their most important programs, including Hola Raffaella, ¿Qué apostamos?, Grand Prix del verano, Peque Prix, De domingo a domingo, Día a día, and El show de los records. In 2001, he traveled back to Italy (for Europroducciones Group), directing the Italian RAI orchestra and taking care of the songs for the program Scommettiamo che...?, the Italian version of ¿Qué apostamos?, directed by Michele Guardí and presented by Fabrizio Frizzi with Afef Jnifen in the 1999-2000 season and Valeria Mazza in the 2000-2001 season. He would again compose and direct the music for the same program in the 2008 season, presented by Alessandro Cecchi Paone and Matilde Brandi. In 2002, he composed the main theme of the telenovela La verdad de Laura and the songs of the program Hay una carta para ti on Antena 3.
The collaboration with Europroducciones continued until 2011 with programs such as "Un Beso y Una Flor" presented by Bertín Osborne, "Grand Prix del Verano", "Generación de Estrellas" in Spain, and "Lo Show dei Record" in Italy. In 2015 and 2016, he collaborated once again with Raffaella Carrà in the talent shows "Forte Forte Forte" and "The Voice Italy".

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