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Stefano
Bollani

Piano

For over twenty years, Stefano Bollani has performed with the same ease at leading classical venues as he has on the jazz circuit. The Italian pianist graduated as a classical pianist from the Florence conservatory in 1993. He was invited by jazz trumpet player Enrico Rava to play with his ensemble in 1996. Rava encouraged him to do what he enjoyed, and Bollani threw himself into jazz and developed his improvisational talents. The result was a unique virtuoso mix of jazz, classical and pop music together with a characteristic irony which sometimes degenerates into bizarre humour.

Bollani has shared the stage with such jazz greats as Chick Corea, Richard Galliano, Pat Metheny, Lee Konitz and Han Bennink, but also with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala and cellist Sol Gabetta.

He has given numerous concerts with his very own Orchestra del Titanic, has written ‘a kind of oratorio’ (Gnosi delle fanfole, 2004) and has made CD recordings with various jazz groups. He has released multiple solo CDs on the renowned ECM label since 2006.

Bollani was also the recipient of the Paul Acket Award at the 2009 North Sea Jazz Festival. His love of Brazilian music is evidenced by a number of projects he has undertaken with Brazilian musicians as featured on the CDs entitled Carioca and O Que Será, released in 2013.

Bollani made his first guest appearance with the Concertgebouworkest under the direction of Riccardo Chailly in April 2013 performing Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F and – on the Queen’s Eve Concert – Rhapsody in Blue and ‘Summertime’ by the same composer. He returned to perform Rhapsody in Blue under the baton of Daniel Harding in June 2015.

For over twenty years, Stefano Bollani has performed with the same ease at leading classical venues as he has on the jazz circuit. The Italian pianist graduated as a classical pianist from the Florence conservatory in 1993. He was invited by jazz trumpet player Enrico Rava to play with his ensemble in 1996. Rava encouraged him to do what he enjoyed, and Bollani threw himself into jazz and developed his improvisational talents. The result was a unique virtuoso mix of jazz, classical and pop music together with a characteristic irony which sometimes degenerates into bizarre humour.

Bollani has shared the stage with such jazz greats as Chick Corea, Richard Galliano, Pat Metheny, Lee Konitz and Han Bennink, but also with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala and cellist Sol Gabetta.

He has given numerous concerts with his very own Orchestra del Titanic, has written ‘a kind of oratorio’ (Gnosi delle fanfole, 2004) and has made CD recordings with various jazz groups. He has released multiple solo CDs on the renowned ECM label since 2006.

Bollani was also the recipient of the Paul Acket Award at the 2009 North Sea Jazz Festival. His love of Brazilian music is evidenced by a number of projects he has undertaken with Brazilian musicians as featured on the CDs entitled Carioca and O Que Será, released in 2013.

Bollani made his first guest appearance with the Concertgebouworkest under the direction of Riccardo Chailly in April 2013 performing Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F and – on the Queen’s Eve Concert – Rhapsody in Blue and ‘Summertime’ by the same composer. He returned to perform Rhapsody in Blue under the baton of Daniel Harding in June 2015.