Enrico Pieranunzi

Biography

SECOND CYCLE ACADEMIC COURSES' JAZZ ENSEMBLE
Enrico Pieranunzi

Pianist, composer, arranger, Enrico Pieranunzi is one of the best known and most appreciated protagonists of the international jazz scene. He has recorded more than 70 CDs in his name ranging from solo piano to quintet and collaborating, in concert or in the recording studio, with Chet Baker, Lee Konitz, Paul Motian, Charlie Haden, Chris Potter, Marc Johnson, Joey Baron.

He has performed on the stages of the main European countries as well as in South America, Japan and the United States. He is the only Italian musician to have played several times and recorded in his name in the reknown "Village Vanguard" in New York.

Among the many awards for his musical activity can be found: the three statements (1989, 2003, 2008) as best Italian musician in the annual referendum "Top Jazz" of the magazine "Musica Jazz", the "Django d'Or" French (1997) as best European musician, the Echo Award 2014 in Germany as "Best International Piano Player" and the "A life for jazz" award given to him again in 2014 by the magazine Musica Jazz. Many of his compositions have become true standards played and recorded by musicians from all over the world. These include "Night Bird", "Don't forget the poet", "Les Amants", "Fellini's Waltz", "Je ne sais quoi", "Trasnoche", "Coralie". Some of them have been published in the prestigious "New Real Book" of the United States.

In 2009, the french musicologist and journalist Ludovic Florin presented to the Sorbonne as his Doctoral thesis a large paper dedicated to the musical language of the Italian pianist entitled: "Par-delà les clivages ou l'harmonie des contraires: une approche de la musique d'Enrico Pieranunzi".

He has written: "Enrico Pieranunzi injects new life into contemporary jazz”(Ray Spencer, Jazz Journal); “The most lyrical and imaginative of today's pianists” (All About Jazz); “Among the best pianists in the world”(The Wall Street Journal)

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