PERFORMING AT THE 2015 CAF
Accordion player – Composer – Improviser
Born in Ostuni (BR) 24 Febbraio 1986. Began playing the accordion at eight years old and not long afterwards started to win various National and International competitions.
Has a degree in “Musica Jazz” at the Conservatoire “Niccolò Piccinni” in Bari, with a first class honours cum laude. Taught by M° R. Ottaviano.
Has had the pleasure of meeting and collaborating with various musicians who are known nationally and internationally, including: Jhon Thicai (DEN), Gianni Lenoci (IT), Steve Potts (USA), Mikael Swafirowski (FIN), Ricardo Tejero (SPA), Danilo Gallo (IT), Livio Minafra (IT), Gianluigi Trovesi (IT), Dominic Lash (UK), Richard Barrett (UK), William Parker (USA).
He has studied and/or attended seminars with: Kent Carter (USA), Jhon Thicai (DEN), Gianni Lenoci (IT),Steve Potts (USA), Jerry Bergonzi (USA), Roberto Ottaviano (IT), Davide Santorsola (IT), Pino Minafra (IT), Gianluigi Trovesi (IT), William Parker (USA), Karl Berger (USA), Luigi Giannatempo (IT), Greg Burk (USA), Alessandro Sbordoni (IT), Dick Oatts (USA).
In the summer of 2009 at the Umbria jazz festival he was selected by the teachers of the
“Berklee College of music” in Boston as “the best talent”, winning a scholarship to study a full time program at a prestigious American music school.
Since 2006 he has been involved in various musical projects ranging from contemporary jazz to free improvisation, from world music to modern tango, collaborating across various multidisciplinary artistic fields, such as theatre, dance and cinema.
He is part of various musical projects and has given concerts in Italy, France, Portugal, Spain, England, Egypt, Croatia, Finland, Argentina, Holland, Russia, China.
Prizes and Awards
- Italia Award – Jazz Accordion – 1st prize;
- World Accordion Championship – 2nd prize;
- Trophèe Mondiale de l’ accordeon – 2nd prize;
- 4th Accordion Art Festival – Italia Award 1st prize;
- International Competition “Premio Leo Ceroni”- 1st prize;
- National Roland V-Accordion festival – 1st prize;
- Primus Ikaalinen competition – 2nd prize;
- International competition “Città di Lanciano” – 1st prize;
- Intenational Competition “Città di Capistrello” – 1st prize;
- International competition “Trofeo città di Palagianello” – 1st prize;
- International competition for accordion player for soloist and group – 1st prize;