As a musician, I was born when I was five, when my parents gave me a toy piano for my birthday.
I can describe my life growing up in Calabria, Italy, through the music I played. It wasn’t long before I found my first loves: the keyboard music of Bach and Bartok. I learned elements from each composer - counterpoint and balance from Bach, dissonance and harshness from Bartok – that have influenced my music ever since.
I graduated Conservatory in my city with a degree in Classical Piano Performance and for 10 years, since I was a young child, I was in a folk group, singing and dancing in the traditional musical styles of Calabria. My passion for folk music grew up with me, and at Tor Vergata University in Rome, I earned my degree in Literature and Performing Arts, with a thesis in Ethnomusicology. In 2010, I studied film scoring with Oscar winner Luis Bacalov at Siena’s Accademia Chigiana and in 2011, thanks to a scholarship, I moved to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music. Maybe because I had been playing a Boston piano for years, it felt like fate. While studying at Berklee, I had the pleasure of receiving several recognitions, including the Classical Contemporary Performance Award and I had the great pleasure of arranging and conducting the orchestra for Mulatu Astatke’s Honoris Causa concert. I graduated from Berklee after 4 semesters, in Summer 2012.
In 2013 I released my debut album 'Lunaria', I have been nominated for Jazz Artist of the Year at the 2013 Boston Music Awards and shortly after I was given the distinction of becoming a Young Steinway Artist and a Steinway Educational Partner. As an educator, I had the chance to start a workshop series called 'Classical Chords ~Improvisation for Classical Pianists', presented in partnership with Steinway & Sons and Berklee College of Music. Recently, I was given the privilege of becoming a faculty member at Berklee, where I also founded The Equinox Music Festival.
As a classically-trained pianist, I want to share the idea that improvisation dates back centuries and belongs to our tradition. As a composer, I consider classical music a tremendous source of inspirations - one that is exciting and enriching outside the traditional context. These concepts led me to ‘IMAGO’, my solo album produced by Steinway & Sons label (NAXOS distribution). IMAGO was recorded on a Steinway Spirio and will be released in March 2016.
I had the pleasure to perform in prominent venues across the United States and Italy (Newport Jazz Festival, Roma Jazz Festival, Steinway Hall among others) and to collaborate with noteworthy musicians including Simon Shaheen, Marco Pignataro, Kinan Azmeh, Vittorino Naso. I don’t know where my journey will take me next, but now I am always fascinated by experimentation.
I believe music is a mode of dialogue and an important instrument for social change, this is why I like to dream that one day the beauty of a chord change will save the world...