Jazz musician, composer, teacher, conductor, writer.
Born in 1963, Andrea Pellegrini comes from an old musical family (the Pellegrini – Vianesi family: see https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pellegrini_-_Vianesi).
He studied piano from the age of 5 in Livorno with his father Gianfranco, an italian jazz musician in the 50's, and with Prof. Matilde Vigo and Prof. Ilio Barontini. Then he studied Classical Percussions at the Conservatory of Livorno (Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali Pietro Mascagni) with Giannino Ferrari (a percussionist in the Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Firenze). He later attended the course “Corso di Alta Qualificazione per Musicisti di Jazz e Derivazioni Contemporanee” organized and funded by the European Union, the Province of Siena and the Siena Jazz music school, standing out as one of the best students. Some months later, he recorded and played along with one of his former teachers, the trumpeter Paolo Fresu.
He finally received a Bachelor Diploma in Jazz (110/110 cum laude and publication) from the Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali P. Mascagni, Livorno.
He started his professional career as a jazz professional musician in 1989.
Teaching / Didactics
A highly respected and well known Jazz educator today in Italy, Andrea Pellegrini worked in several private and public music schools since 1991 teaching Jazz Piano, Jazz Ensemble at Scuola di Musica “Giuseppe Bonamici”, Pisa, and Jazz Composition and Improvisation at the Conservatory Istituto Superiore Musicale P. Mascagni bringing many young jazz musicians to success.
One of Andrea Pellegrini's former students, Giulio Carmassi, is today a member of the Pat Metheny Quintet. “He taught me to love music”, Giulio Carmassi said.
For 10 years Andrea conducted for the “Bonamici Atypical Jazz Orchestra Group_One” formed by jazz students and teachers of the Pisa Bonamici music school. This Orchestra recorded and published 3 cd's and played several concerts. This Orchestra played the inaugural concert of the 1999 edition of the international “Instabile Jazz Festival” in Pisa among the Copenaghen Art Ensemble, the Misha Mengelberg Instant Composers Pool and the Italian Instabile Orchestra.
Andrea ran several jazz Master Classes and international seminars in Lithuania, Latvia, Denmark, Switzerland, Slovak Republic, and throughout Italy.
He worked as a Director of the “Giuseppe Bonamici” music school, Pisa, 2004 / 2010 (490 students, 8 departments, 38 teachers) leading the school to an international level. He was the first italian Jazz musician to be a leader of a music school which includes departments of Classical music, Baroque, Early music, Music Therapy and so on.
“You completely changed my point of view about music”, T. Hurri, director, Hameenlinna Music School, Finland.
“If you live in USA, you would have deserved the President funds for geniuses” G.Fewell, Berklee Music School, Boston, USA.
“You are a reference person for many young jazz musicians” M. Raja, jazz conductor and teacher, Roma.
Andrea Pellegrini is a member of the Board of the italian music schools national association AIdSM (2005 – today), as well as one of the 2 italian delegates in EMU European Music School Union – a member of International Music Council UNESCO (2006 – 2014). He was the only jazz musician, out of the representatives of the 27 nations which are members of the EMU today. As a member of the EMU, he took part in organizing seminars, conferences, meetings, musical exchanges and international festivals in Finland, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Germany, Belgium, Hungary, Austria, Switzerland. He also organized several initiatives and concerts for music students and bands from USA, Canada, Europe and Hong Kong in Italy, in collaboration with EMU, AIdSM and the Wens Travels Agency (The Nederlands). He also has been invited as an expert by institutions like the Lausanne Music School. As an expert in music schools organization, he was invited twice to run the Master Class “Organization of a music school” at the Saluzzo superior music school (Fondazione Scuola di Alto Perfezionamento Musicale, Saluzzo, Italy) funded by European Union (2010, 2011).
Andrea lives in Livorno, Tuscany. He thinks that every music style deserves respect and he loves all good music. In his opinion, musicians should talk more to each other and be more collaborative.
A composer, pianist and multi-instrumentalist, Andrea Pellegrini developed a personal style based on his various and complex musical roots: a deep "cantabile" melodic sense, european musical tradition, variety, and modern harmony.
“...polyhedral and ecletic...” (Musica Jazz)
Andrea Pellegrini played concerts all through Italy and in France, England, The Nederlands, Denmark, Finland, Lithuania, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Australia with artists such as Bruno Tommaso (Duo in "In A Simmenthal Mood", a show inspired by Ellington written by B. Tommaso with dancer Nadia Scarpa and actresses Nenè Barrini and Federica Tatulli; in "The Man From The Moon", dedicated to L. Armstrong, by A. Pellegrini; Cd “Original Soundtrack for Charles & Mary”, music by B. Tommaso inspired by and dedicated to Gesualdo da Venosa, etc.), Paul McCandless (Duo, Ainulindale Ensemble, Cd "Middle Earth", Cd “West Coast” with Marco Cattani, etc,), Tino Tracanna (Cd “Progetto Macchiaioli”; Cd “Modigliani”; Duo, etc.), Paolo Fresu (Cd "Things Left Behind" Iridescente Ensemble, Claudio Riggio), Pino Minafra ("The Man From The Moon", Orch. Atipica "Group_one" etc.), Piero Bronzi (several Cd's and live through 25 years), Massimo Manzi, Sylvain Clavier, Vittorio Silvestri, Eric Bretheau, "Steve" Lunardi, Michel Altier, Beppe Caruso, Vittorio Marinoni, Emanuele Cisi, Vincent Calmettes, Rob Burke, Stefano Agostini, Piero Borri, Tommy Varjola, Mirko Guerrini, Giampaolo Casati, Fabio Morgera, Vjtautas Labutis, Eugenijus Kanevicius, Baenz Oester, Stefano Saccon, Juraj Susanik, Jordan Murray, Niko Schauble, Stuart Vandergraaf, Nic Cecire, Hugh Fraiser, the great actor Arnoldo Foà and singers as Linda Wesley, Jamie Moses (The Pretenders), Irene Grandi (duet), Bobo Rondelli (duet), Michela Lombardi, Petra Magoni, Jean Jacques De Launay, The Trammps; his brother the well known bassist Nino Pellegrini, his daughter, jazz singer and composer Chiara Pellegrini and his elder son, the guitarist, bassoonist and poet Francesco Pellegrini.
Movie “Ritorno a Parigi” Festival del Cinema di Venezia 1994 (strings orchestra); Septet Insieme Stabile (Ob-Fl-Cl-Tpt-bass-p-d); cello quartet; others, for various songwriters (Guido Ciavola etc) and other.
Other compositions for
Dance & Jazz Performance (Contemporalia, classical quartet + jazz quartet); soundtrack for movies as “Commercial Picture Rhymes”, H. Richter 1929, and others.