in Treviglio (BG) in 1985, Giovanni started
to play the piano at the age of three, taught by his father. He immediately proved
to have both ability and perfect pitch which helped in the development of his improvisational
He started to play jazz more or less on a self-taught basis. During the first
few years he learnt above all the classical standard jazz pieces, listening to records
and reworking them in his own style on the piano.
Since 1994 he has studied with the Accademia
musicale di Treviglio. He then commenced, in parallel to his jazz career, his classical
piano studies, sitting for the pianoforte exams at the music Conservatory.
In the meantime he continues
to perform both in public and on local television.
Through his connections with the Accademia di Treviglio he has appeared as
a soloist in concert at the "Filodrammatici" Theatre and the Civic Centre in Treviglio.
He took part in the musical masterclass organised by the Scuola diocesana di Musica
di Brescia, in July 2004 and
2005 under the auspices of M° Carlo Balzaretti,
performing concerts on the Steinway full grand piano which originally belonged
to Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli. Following the conclusion of the masterclass,
in October 2004 he played again at Altdorf,
In May 2005 he again performed at Altdorf
in a solo concert with extemporary jazz improvisations on classical themes. He continues
with his concert work and performs in public venues and jazz clubs both as a soloist
and in jazz bands ranging from trios to big bands.
Since 2004 he has attended the "L. Marenzio"
music conservatory of Brescia, enrolled on a Three year experimental University
jazz course taught by names such as Roberto Cipelli,
and Sandro Gibellini.
He has also extended his talents further afield, and since
2003 has taught piano at the Accademia musicale
Translation by Judith F. Paine
recorded on 30th September
2005 at Palazzo Clerici in Milan, in quartet:
Giovanni Colombo (piano), Matteo Lorito (double bass),
(drums), Valentino Finoli (sax)
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