Franco Cavallone got a guitar diploma at the Conservatory G.B. Martini of Cesena, he studied with Bruno Mattioli, perfected himself with great maestros like Alirio Diaz, Leo Brouwer and Angelo Gilardino and studied composition with Giovanni Guanti. He obtained the diploma in Composition at the Conservatory of Alessandria.
From 1989 he was part of the Quartetto Sonorità, with which he recorded a CD with original music, which includes also some of his compositions. He played in concerts both as soloist and as part of chamber ensembles.
In 1989 he won the First Composition Prize at the International Competition in Sablé sur Sartre with the solo guitar musical piece “Contrastes”. He got the “Golden Guitar” at the National Guitar Meeting for his activity as a composer. In 1999 he got the Third Prize at the International Composition Competition “Michele Pittaluga” in Alessandria with “Variazioni per chitarra e quintetto d’archi”. He won the first prize at the same competition in 2008 with the guitar trio “Di-vagando su Saturno”. In the same year he was given the honourable mention at the Lutoslawsky Competition for his piece “Quartetto n° 3” e in 2010 he won the Sofia International Competition with the “Concert For Strings – After Fury”.
He has published his music with several publishers as Berben, Sinfonica et Orpheus and the Japanese magazine Gendai Guitar. He works as a guitar music reviewer for the magazine “Seicorde”. In 2001 he recorded a CD for the Japanese Moysicos and in 2012 a CD containing 4 sonatas for Sinfonica.
Some of his compositions have been recorded by the guitarist Cristiano Porqueddu for Brilliant Classic.