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Bio of GIOVANNI RENZO - Pianist, composer

Born in Messina in 1962, he got his diploma in piano at the "Corelli" Conservatoire of his town in 1986, later perfecting himself in Rome with Martin Joseph, at the Seminari Nazionali di Musica Jazz of Siena with Enrico Pieranunzi and Bruno Tommaso, at the Berklee Summer School of Perugia with Bud Fredman in composition and orchestration and at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana of Siena with Ennio Morricone in music for film.

He made his debut in 1979 as a jazz pianist. 

In 1986 he creates, with the bass player Pippo Mafali and the drummer Angelo Tripodo, a trio that collaborate, among others artists, with Paolo Fresu, Gianluigi Trovesi, Giulio Capiozzo, Bradley Wheeler, Faisal Taher. 

In 1994 he founds and directs the Messina Jazz Orchestra.

He regularly performs in concerts and festivals in all Italy, alternating exhibitions, teaching and composition.

He writes music for piano, for various cameristics and orchestral instruments, addressing with particular attention to theatre. 

His first record, "Eclisse", in 1989, collects compositions for piano solo. 

In 1996 he takes part to the 50th Edimburgh Fringe Festival, performing for three evenings at the Demarco European Art Foundation with the show "Partitura per sangue e anima". 

In '96 he also ultimated the composition of the opera "La distanza della Luna", performed in January '97 at the Theatre V. Emanuele of Messina, a production of "Ente Autonomo Regionale Teatro di Messina", which edited the record on CD. 

With the composition "Le tempeste" he won in 1999 the third edition of the National Piano Composition Contest by the "Associazione Culturale De Musica" of Savona. 

In 2001 he publishes the Cd "Il mare" played with Paolo Fresu and the Quintet "Suono e Ritmo". 

In January of 2002 he performed "Il gabinetto del dottor Caligari", inspired by the homonymous film of Robert Wiene, with the Compagnia Virgilio Sieni Danza.

In 2003 he composed the soundtrack of the film "L'amore di Mrja" by the italo-finnish director Anne Riitta Ciccone.

The balance between improvisation and composition is the peculiarity of Giovanni Renzo's style. The element of improvisation is derived from his profound jazz experience, however supported by solid classic studies. But the very original style of his compositions, in which we found a melodic, often melancholic vein, prevents any univocal definition.


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