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
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”),
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.