Born in Rome in 1949, Enrico Pieranunzi began studying the piano at the age of five. His father Alvaro, one of the first blues guitarists in Italy, introduced him to blues and improvisation. In 1968 he joined the quartet of trombonist Marcello Rosa as a pianist and later collaborated with numerous exponents of Italian and international jazz: Dino Piana, Oscar Valdambrini, Nunzio Rotondo, Art Farmer, Johnny Griffin, Kenny Clarke, Sal Nistico, Chet Baker, Lee Konitz, Paul Motian, Charlie Haden, Chris Potter, Marc Johnson, Joey Baron. In 1972 he graduated in classical piano at the Conservatory of Reggio Calabria, to make his debut, three years later, as leader of a trio with the album "Jazz in Comparison 24“, licensed by the Horo Records label. In the mid-seventies he held the role of artistic director of the jazz section of theEdipan label, founded by Maestro Bruno Nicolai. In 1976 for the label Romana records her first solo piano album entitled “The Day After The Silence”. There will follow, as pianist, composer and arranger, more than 80 recordings in his name over a ten-year career, ranging from floor only to the trio, from the duo to the quintet and orchestral ensembles.
Equipped with a profoundly lyrical and at the same time bold and free musical writing, Enrico Pieranunzi has composed more than two hundred songs, some of which have become real standards over the years played and recorded by musicians from all over the world, among these "Night bird”, “Don’t forget the poet”, “Fellini’s waltz”. Concert activity is also intense with performances in the most important international festivals, from Montreal to Copenhagen, from Berlin and Madrid to Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro, Beijing and various American cities, including New York, Boston, San Francisco. You have numerous awards to your credit including: “best Italian musician" In the "Top Jazz”, annualmente indetto dalla rivista “Musica Jazz” (1989, 2003, 2008), “miglior musicista europeo” (Django d’Or, 1997). Inoltre, per l’album “Live At The Village Vanguard”, with Marc Johnson and Paul Motian, was awarded to him in 2014 l’Echo Jazz Award – German equivalent of the American Grammy – like Best International Piano Player. Precisely this performance at the Vanguard establishes the Roman pianist as one of the most important jazz musicians on an international level, being the only Italian musician ever and one of the very few Europeans to have played and recorded several times, as a leader, in the historic New York club. The prestigious American magazine Down Beat included his album “Live in Paris”, in a trio with Hein Van de Geyn and André Ceccarelli (Challenge), among the best CDs of the 2000/2010 decade. Furthermore, he participated as a pianist in the creation of more than thirty soundtracks by Maestro Ennio Morricone including "C'it once upon a time was in America', 'Nuovo Cinema Paradiso', “The Blue-Eyed Bandit,” “A lot of beauty”, “White, red and green” and as many film scores such as “Free armed men dangerousi” with Gianfranco Plenizio, “The duck with orange” with Armando Trovajoli, “As long as there is war there is hope” with Piero Piccioni.
From 1973 to 1998 the Roman pianist dedicated himself to teaching classical music in the conservatories of Vibo Valentia, Campobasso and Frosinone, and to teaching jazz, until 1995, at the Popular School of Music of Testaccio and at the summer seminars promoted by Siena Jazz. In addition, as an author he wrote the essay “Bill Evans. Portrait of an artist with piano (Stampa Alternativa, 2001), dedicated to the artistic and human parable of the historic American pianist.
In the authoritative text "Das Jazzbuch” (Il Libro del Jazz), di Joachim-Ernest Berendt e Günther Huesmann, si legge – “Lo stile frizzante di Enrico Pieranunzi lo ha trasformato nel decano della scena mainstream italiana: pochi pianisti europei sanno eguagliare la sua sensibilità ritmica e raffinatezza armonica”.
Essential discography: Jazz a Confronto 24 (1975 – Horo Records), The Day After The Silence (Edipan – 1976), From Always to Now (Edinpan – 1978), Soft Jouney (Edipan – 1979, 1980), Isis (Soul Note – 1980), Space Jazz Trio Vol. 1 (YVP Music – 1986), Deep Down (Soul Note – 1986), Silence (Soul Note – 1989), First Song (Soul Note – 1990), The Night Go By (Alfa Jazz – 1996), Live in Paris (Challenge Records – 2001), Doorways (Cam Jazz – 2002), Fellini Jazz (Cam Jazz – 2003), Live At The Village Vanguard (Cam Jazz – 2010), Permutation (Cam Jazz – 2012), Common View (Challenge Records – 2018), Enrico Pieranunzi & Orchestra – Blues & Bach. The Music of John Lewis (Challenge Records – 2023)