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Giovanni Renzo
Pianist, composer, SETIzen
http://www.giovannirenzo.it


Giovanni Renzo in concert at Planetarium of Rome



Far away, farer and farer...
Music by J.S. Bach. Piano: Giovanni Renzo


Pulsar, from book/DVD "Atlas Coelestis, the music and the stars"

Giovanni Renzo biography
Web site 
http://www.giovannirenzo.it

Born in Messina in 1962, he graduated at the Conservatorio “Corelli” of his hometown in Piano in 1986, and continued his musical education in Rome with Martin Joseph, at the National Music Jazz Workshops in 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 Chigiana of Siena with Ennio Morricone and Sergio Miceli in Film Music.
He made his debut in 1979 as a jazz pianist. In 1986 he forms a trio that has collaborated, among others, with Paolo Fresu, Gianluigi Trovesi, Giulio Capiozzo, Bradley Wheeler, Faisal Taher. In 1994 he founded and directed the Messina Jazz Orchestra.
He regularly plays in concerts and festivals in tour around Italy, alternating his concerts to teaching and composition.
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 1996 he also ended the composition of his opera “La distanza della Luna”, based on the novel by Italo Calvino, that premiered in January 1997 at the Teatro Vittorio Emanuele of Messina and successfully repeated in many performances, the most recent at the Ancient Theatre of Taormina for Taormina Arte Festival 2007, with the actors Arnoldo Foà and the Mediterranean Symphonic Orchestra.
With the composition “Le tempeste” he won in 1999 the third edition of the National Piano Composition Contest “De Musica” in Savona.
In January of 2002 he performed the multi medial project "Il gabinetto del dottor Caligari", inspired by the homonymous film of Robert Wiene, with the Compagnia Virgilio Sieni Danza.
In 2004 he completed the composition of “Atlas Coelestis, the music and the stars”, performed in important Scientific Institutions (Modena Planetarium, Rome Planetarium, Earth Science Laboratory of Pontassieve, University of Messina, Pitagora Award of Crotone) and published on the scientific revues “Coelum” and “Le stelle”.
For cinema, he realized and played live music for silent movies (“Sunrise” by Murnau, “Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari” by Wiene commissioned by Theatre of Messina, “You’re Darn Tootin’” by E. Kennedy starring Laurel-Hardy, “Cops” by Buster Keaton, “Voyage dans la Lune” by Georges Méliès, “Cenere” by Febo Mari starring Eleonora Duse, “The Phantom of the Opera” by Rupert Julian starring Lon Chaney commissioned by Taormina Film Festival); compositions for soundtracks with directors Francesco Calogero (“Visioni private”), Anne Riitta Ciccone (“L’amore di Màrja”), Citto Maselli (theatrical staging of “Codice private”), Nanni Moretti.
Giovanni Renzo composed the music for more than twenty theatrical performance, working, among others, with Ninni Bruschetta, Giancarlo Sammartano, Donato Castellaneta, Maurizio Marchetti, Walter Manfrè, Duilio Del Prete, Amanda Sandrelli, Giancarlo Giannini, Arnoldo Foà.
He won the Special Mention at the International Film Music Contest “Mario Nascimbene Award 2006”.
His first recording, "Eclisse" (1989), is a collection of piano solo compositions. Then he realized “La distanza della Luna” (two editions, 1996 and 2007), “Il mare” (2001), live recording featuring Paolo Fresu and “Suono e ritmo quintet”, and “Infanzia” (2008) again piano solo.



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