Stefano learned to use a camera very early. With his father’s help he shot his first picture at the age of three. At six he learned to use a Super 8 camera and at nine he shot his first short film using some of his friend as actors. At twelve he started a Movie Club in Castelnuovo, a village near Bologna. At twenty he started his first production company, which two years later had already become one of the most important producers of video clips in Italy.

As a director, he has made music videos, commercials, music programs for television, films and theatrical performances.

He has directed music videos and programs for many Italian artists.

Vasco Rossi, Zucchero, Andrea Bocelli, Luciano Pavarotti, Eros Ramazzotti, Laura Pausini, Riccardo Cocciante, Fiorello, Biagio Antonacci, 883, Gianna Nannini, Antonello Venditti, Renato Zero, Giorgia, Gianni Morandi, Gianluca Grignani, Irene Grandi and many others.

He has also directed for many international artists including Sting, Aerosmith, Billy Preston, Tony Childs, and Toquinho, among others.

Together with Roman Polansky, he directed the video clip “Gli Angeli” by Vasco Rossi; this video premiered at the Venice Film Festival and has won awards worldwide.

His music videos and commercials have featured many top Italian stars (including Stefano Accorsi, Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Gina Lollobrigida etc.) and international stars (including Sharon Stone, Angelina Jolie, Dan Aykroyd, Jim Belushi, Gerard Depardieu, Laetitia Casta etc.).

Several of his videos have won multiple awards in Italy and abroad.

Just a few examples: “Fields of gold” by Sting was awarded best French video in 1998. “Menta e rosmarino” by Zucchero came in third for the Special Effects Awards at Cannes and also at the Latin MTV Awards. “Con te partirò” by Bocelli won best German video.

In 1998 he was in the media all over the world because Madonna was accused of plagiarism – in her video ‘Ray of light’, the American star supposedly copied one of Salvati’s videos that he had shot in 1994 for an Italian singer (Biagio Antonacci).

In 1992 he worked as a writer on Federico Fellini’s last work, which was left unfinished because of the death of this master of the cinema.

He worked on various theatrical adaptations of lyrical opera pieces (“The Barber of Seville”, “Pagliacci” etc.). Together with Bocelli, he worked on “Werther” by Massenet.

He worked in television with many dance companies, including Moses Pendleton’s Momix.

Some of the most important internationally acclaimed directors of photography have collaborated with Stefano, such as Vilmos Zsigmond, Wally Pfister, Ennio Guarnieri, Maurizio Calvesi and many others. Together with Carlo Lucarelli, one of the foremost Italian writers, he has written five screenplays for films and over a hundred scripts for video clips.

He has held training programs for directing in Italy and abroad (NUCT, ACT Multimedia, Laboratori Sperimentali Audiovisivi in Bologna, University of Bologna, etc.).

In 1998 he made “Jolly Blu”, a movie about the band 883 (mainly for the home video market. To present the event the film was shown for a limited time in 6 movie theaters).

Within a few months 180,000 copies of “Jolly Blu” were sold (the third highest-selling videotape of the year, surpassed only by two Disney cartoons) and it captivated nearly 5 million viewers when it was shown on the channel Italia 1 (in what turned out to be one of the highest audience shares ever for that channel).

In 2005 he directed the feature film “E’ Solo un Rock’n’Roll Show” with Vasco Rossi; this was the first example in the world of a ‘movie clip’, a format combining cinema and video clip.

In 2008 he wrote the book “Albakiara”, which was then adapted to become his first movie for the screen.