Attilio Cremonesi graduated in piano, organ and organ composition at the G. Nicolini conservatory in Piacenza and organ, harpsichord and chamber music at the Schola Cantorum in Basel. Privately he studied conducting. During his studies in Basel he deepened his research on performance practice with historical instruments and the evolution of orchestral sound over the centuries.
As a musical assistant, he collaborates with some of the most important conductors; the collaboration with René Jacobs is particularly long and fruitful, introducing him to the world of baroque and classical opera. In that period Cremonesi began conducting his first opera productions and the first symphonic concerts.
Cremonesi has to his credit numerous recordings and videos, some of which have been awarded by critics.