Furio Di Castri was born in Milan in 1955. Before moving permanently to Turin in 1990, he lived in various cities: Buenos Aires, Naples, Venice, Turin, Tunis, Rome and Paris. Self-taught, at the age of 11, he approaches the study of music, first playing the trumpet and then the electric bass and double bass. At the age of 17, in 1973, he recorded his first album entitled "Dedalus" with the group jazz-rock homonym. In Rome, where he settled in 1978, he came into contact with the musicians of the Capitoline jazz scene, including Maurizio Giammarco and Massimo Urbani, with whom he began an intense collaboration. In a short time he becomes one of the most requested Italian double bass players in the guise of sideman in recordings alongside musicians such as Chet Baker, Art Farmer, Walter Davis Jr, Jimmy Knepper, Freddie Hubbard, Kenny Clark, Franco D'Andrea, Sal Nistico.
The eighties saw him join Enrico Pieranunzi's quartet and quintet for the recording of the album "Isis" (1980), Enrico Rava's quartet and the French pianist Michel Petrucciani's trio, with whom he recorded, together with double bass player Aldo Romano, the album “Estate” (1982). In the same period he took part in Maurizio Giammarco's "Lingomania" project and in 1987 he recorded his first solo album entitled "Solo" for the Splasc(H) label.
Over the years he has participated in concerts and recordings by international jazz musicians such as Joe Henderson, Chet Baker, John Taylor, Steve Lacy, Lee Konitz, Paul Motian, Joe Lovano, Tony Oxley, Daniel Humair, Barry Altschul, John Abercrombie, Richard Galliano, Paul Bley, Paolo Fresu, Kenny Wheeler, Michael Brecker, Dave Liebman, John Scofield, Antonello Salis, Luca Flores, Joe La Barbera. Always interested in various artistic expressions, since the 2000s he has dedicated himself to composing music for orchestral workshops, performance of dance, theatre, contemporary art and soundtracks of literary texts.
In addition to his activity as double bass player and composer, since 1990 Furio di Castri has held the position of teacher at the Siena Jazz Foundation, in the conservatories of Sassari and Parma and, since 2000, of director of the Jazz Department of the Conservatory of Turin, where he is also double bass and composition teacher.
In 2007 he won the prize Insound (announced by the homonymous magazine) as the best Italian double bass player.
Essential discography: Estate with Michel Petrucciani and Aldo Romano (1982 – Riviera Records), Things (1985 – Fonit Cetra), Solo! (1987 – Splasc(h) Records), Unknown Voyage (1989 – A Tèmpo), What Color For A Tale (1991 – Splasc(h) Records), Mythscapes (1995 – Soul Note), Live at the Big Mama (2001 – Soul Note), The Need To Go Down (2007 – Parco Della Musica Records), Zapping (2008 – Promo Music)