Andrea Pellegrini

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Jazz musician, composer, teacher, conductor, and writer.


Born in 1963, Andrea Pellegrini comes from an old musical family (the Pellegrini – Vianesi family: see He has been studying piano with his father Gianfranco, an Italian jazz musician of the 50’s, and with Prof. Matilde Vigo and Prof. Ilio Barontini in Livorno since the age of 5. Then he studied Classical Percussion with Giannino Ferrari, a percussionist in the Orchestra of the Municipal Theatre of Florence, at the Conservatory of Livorno (Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali “Pietro Mascagni”). He later attended the course “Corso di Alta Qualificazione per Musicisti di Jazz e Derivazioni Contemporanee (Advanced Specialisation Course for Jazz Musicians and Contemporary Derivations)” 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 earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz (110/110 summa cum laude, worthy of publication) from the Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali “Pietro Mascagni”, Livorno. He started his professional career as a professional jazz musician in 1989.

Andrea lives in Livorno, Tuscany.

At present, he works as a Jazz Piano teacher at the Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali “Pietro Mascagni” in Livorno and at the  Conservatory "Cherubini" of Florence.

Musical collaborations

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, the European musical tradition, variety, rhythm, and modern harmony. “...polyhedral and eclectic...” (Musica Jazz) Andrea Pellegrini played concerts throughout Italy and in France, England, The Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Lithuania, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Slovak Republic, Australia, Canada 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 CDs and live for 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), Scott Hamilton, Pat La Barbera, 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 (Criminal Jokers, Nada, Appino, Motta, Zen Circus).


Movie “Ritorno a Parigi”, Venice International Film Festival 1994 (strings orchestra); Insieme Stabile septet (Ob-Fl-Cl-Tpt-bass-p-d); cello quartet; other arrangements for various songwriters (Guido Ciavola, etc.) and others.

Other compositions for

Dance & Jazz Performance (Contemporalia, classical quartet + jazz quartet); soundtrack for movies, such as “Commercial Picture Rhymes”, H. Richter 1929, and others.

Teaching / Didactics

Today a highly respected and well-known jazz educator in Italy, Andrea Pellegrini has been working in several private and public music schools since 1991, teaching Jazz Piano, Jazz Ensemble at Scuola di Musica “Giuseppe Bonamici”, Pisa, and Jazz Piano and Jazz Composition and Improvisation at the Conservatory Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali “Pietro Mascagni” bringing many young jazz musicians to success.

One of Andrea Pellegrini’s former students, Giulio Carmassi, is a member of the Pat Metheny Quintet today. “He taught me to love music”, Giulio Carmassi said.

For 10 years Andrea had been conducting the “Bonamici Atypical Jazz Orchestra Group_One” formed by jazz students and teachers of the Giuseppe Bonamici Music School, Pisa. This Orchestra recorded and published 3 CDs and played several concerts, among which the inaugural concert for the 1999 edition of the international “Instabile Jazz Festival” in Pisa along with the Copenhagen 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 had been working as Headmaster of the Giuseppe Bonamici Music School, Pisa, from 2004 to 2010 (490 students, 8 departments, 38 teachers) leading the school to an international level. He was the first Italian jazz musician to run a music school that includes departments of Classical music, Baroque, Early music, Music Therapy and so on.

“You completely changed my point of view about music”, T. Hurri, Headmaster, Hameenlinna Music School, Finland.

“If you lived in USA, you would have deserved the President’s Fund 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, Rome.

Andrea Pellegrini is a member of the Board of the Italian National Association of Music Schools AIdSM (2005 – today), as well as one of the 2 Italian delegates to EMU European Music School Union – a member of the International Music Council UNESCO (2006 – 2014). Among the representatives of the 27 nations, which are members of EMU today, he is the only jazz musician. As a member of EMU, he took part in the organization of seminars, conferences, meetings, musical exchanges and international festivals in Finland, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Germany, Belgium, Hungary, Austria, and Switzerland. He also organized several events and concerts for music students and bands from USA, Canada, Europe and Hong Kong in Italy, in collaboration with EMU, AIdSM and the Wens Travel Agency (The Netherlands). He has also been invited as an expert by institutions like the Lausanne Music School. As an expert in music school organization, he was invited twice (2010, 2011) to run the Master Class in “Organization of a Music School” at the Saluzzo School for Advanced Music Studies (Fondazione Scuola di Alto Perfezionamento Musicale, Saluzzo, Italy) funded by the European Union.

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.

DISCHI Records

Jazz, as a leader

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Fino all'ultimo minuto. Le musiche di Piero Ciampi in jazz

Premio speciale della giuria, Premio Ciampi 2016, consegnato da Gianfranco Reverberi

Fino All'Ultimo Minuto (GF. Reverberi, arr. A./N.Pellegrini)

Hai Lasciato A Casa Il Tuo Sorriso (GF. Reveberi, arr. A./N.Pellegrini)

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Middle Earth

Andrea Pellegrini Ainulindale Ensemble + Paul McCandless

Prod. Symphonia Bluesmiles 1999, distr. Harmonia Mundi / Glossa / Sound and Music

EXTRAORDINARY 4****1/2 Thom Jurek here //  UNIQUE Pino Scuro, Radio SBS, Sydney  //  Una bella alternanza di vitalismo jazzistico e melodismo di marca europea...non succede spesso Marcello Lorrai, Radio TV Naz.le Svizzera Italiana //  FAVOLOSO !! Stefano Bollani

Suite Tolkieniana (A.Pellegrini)


      Sound and Music

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Andrea Pellegrini Ainulindale Ensemble

Lucia Neri e Stefano Agostini, flauti, Piero Bronzi, sax, Mirco Mariottini, clarinetti, Elisabetta Casapieri, violoncello, Claudio Riggio, chitarra, Andrea Pellegrini, pianoforte, Nino Pellegrini, contrabbasso, Riccardo Jenna e Cristian Calcagnile, batterie. Studio Le Bozze, Bolgheri, 1998


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Atypical Jazz Orch. Bonamici "Group_One"

Disordini al Confine

Atypical Jazz Orch. Bonamici "Group_One", Nuovo Jazz Italiano NJI2002 - Materiali Sonori

Between Carla Bley and the italian melodic sense Musica Jazz // This is surprising! Pino Scuro, Radio SBS Sydney // ...efficace senso della sintesi...Bartòk e Stravinskij...accostamenti timbrici inusuali... Le orchestrazioni assumono coloriture quasi zappiane...' Enzo Boddi  // ...Stravinskj, Hindemith, echi zappiani, canterburiani e classici... Classe sopraffina, utilizzo superbo dei fiati...impatto totale, musica senza confini Mucchio Selvaggio


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Atypical Jazz Orch. Bonamici "Group_One"


Atypical Jazz Orchestra Bonamici "Group_One", Nuovo Jazz Italiano NJI 2004


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Atypical Jazz Orch. Bonamici "Group_One"

Malcontenta e Altre Storie

Atypical Jazz Orch. Bonamici "Group_One", Barga Jazz, Nuovo Jazz Italiano NJI 2005

  Il Colombre (A.Pellegrini)

→           Review: Jazzitalia

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Progetto Macchiaioli

with Tino Tracanna, Quintetto di Livorno, NJI 2008

...a deep study and a long search... a rapsodic and overwhelming pianistic style ...This Cd is full of the same realism of the same Macchiaioli painters... Great style and balance A.A., Jazzit 2009 // A preciuos mosaic of emotions... a Cd made by heart Corsica, Nov. 2009

Le Acquaiole (A.Pellegrini)

       English promo

       Promo italiano


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Modigliani - Il tratto, l'Africa e perdersi

with Tino Tracanna, Quintetto di Livorno

+ Book "Mirabolanti Avventure di un Jazzista" Erasmo ed. 2014

"Geniale!" (Enrico Rava)

La Ballata del Fosso Reale (A.Pellegrini)

Modigliani (A.Pellegrini)


       RAI Radio3


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Jazz, as a co-leader

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West Coast

Paul McCandless & West Coast Quintet, Marco Cattani, 2014

  Suite Le Cinque Terre (A.Pellegrini)

        RAI Radio3 Battiti


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Jazz, as a pianist - collaborator

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Original Soundtrack for 'Charles and Mary'

Bruno Tommaso Jazz Workshop, 2013

...filled with lovely melodies and tasteful arrangements, showcasing rich voicings and carefully articulated transitions…Pianist Andrea Pellegrini, guitarist Marco Cattani and flutist Riccardo Parucci give dedicated and inspired performances throughout Alain Drouot, Downbeat (USA) April 2014, here in pdf (page 69)

...l'ovvietà e la routine vengono lasciate educatamente (e felicemente) sull'uscio. AllAboutJazz 3,5 stelle, Alberto Bazzurro.

→     Gianni Montano on 

  Onyx Jazz Club

   RAI Radio3 Battiti

   RAI Radio3 Primo Movimento

   RTSI Radio Svizzera Italiana


   LIVE Bruno's 70th Birthday Concert

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Things Left Behind

Claudio Riggio Iridescente Ensemble + Paolo Fresu, 1998

Paolo Fresu, Mariano Di Nunzio, trombe e flicorni, Mirco Mariottini, clarinetti, Piero Bronzi, sax, Claudio Riggio, chitarra, Andrea Pellegrini, pianoforte, Nino Pellegrini, contrabbasso, Cristian Calcagnile, batteria

Symphonia Bluesmiles. Music by Claudio Riggio. "Gare de Sion" by Claudio Riggio & Andrea Pellegrini

Bellissimo Roberto Nannetti, // Attenzione! Capolavoro…dodici pezzi d’oreficeria cesellati dal chitarrista Italiano che ricordano l’opera romantica di Claude Debussy…un disco da portare sulla propria isola Veronique Pernin, So What, Parigi // ...definitely outstandin… Rosa Passos  // I congratulate him on his compositions and very nice sound, so peculiar… Norma Winstone // I simply like his compositions… Palle Mikkelborg  // ….bellezza e originalità… Carla Fracci // …c’è la Bellezza, capisci cosa intendo?… Luca Flores  // I congratulate Mr. Riggio on his compositions….Dave Douglas

  Paris Jazz Corner

  Cd and Lp .com

  Sound and Music

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Emma e il Martedì

Nino Pellegrini, Duo with Andrea Pellegrini, 2009


Music by Nino Pellegrini, Andrea Pellegrini, Luca Flores

      Review: Jazzitalia

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Giacomo Innocenti Sextet - Marco Bartalini, tromba e flicorno - Fabrizio Desideri, sax e clarinetti - Giacomo Innocenti, sax - Andrea Pellegrini, pianoforte - Matteo Anelli, contrabbasso - Riccardo Jenna, batteria - musica di Giacomo Innocenti

NJI Nuovo Jazz Italiano 2012. Note di copertina di Mirko Guerrini. Lari, studio Sam. Fonico Mirco Mencacci. Master: studio Sterling Sound, New York

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The Kid

Alberto Bientinesi, Quartetto Okapia, 1993

Oscar Records, Bologna. Music by Alberto Bientinesi

Luca Marianini, tromba - Andrea Pellegrini, pianoforte - Alberto Bientinesi, basso el. - Filippo Todaro, batteria. Guests: Marco Bini, Piero Bronzi, sax

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Lapsus 2001. Marco Cattani Ensemble

Music by Marco Cattani, poems by Mauro Lovi, Renzia D’Incà

Alessandra Trabucchi, Enrico Caroti Ghelli, voci recitanti - Marco Bartalini, tromba e flicorno - Luigi Pieri, sax e clarinetto basso - Andrea Pellegrini, piano Rhodes - Marco Cattani, chitarre - Fabrizio De Luca, basso el. - Andrea Pacini, percussioni. Guest: Marco Baracchino, chitarra wha

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Wak Wak - C'era una volta un mondo fiorito

Musiche di Marco Cattani e Andrea Pellegrini per un'installazione di Michele Bedini e Camilla Bianchi. Artedeove, Fosdinovo, 2001

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Io la trippa la mangio solo in casa

Music and Lyrics by Michele Bedini. Arrangements by Marco Cattani

Michele Bedini, voce; Ilaria Gigli, vl, Marco Bartalini, tb, Luigi Pieri, sax, Marcello Angeli, tbn, Marco Cattani, chit., Andrea Pellegrini, p, Mirco Capecchi, cbs, Michele Vannucci, batt., Andrea Pacini, perc. Vocals: Roberta D'Alò, Anna Sinigaglia, Stefano Rapezzi, Andrea Pellegrini. Globe Tribe Studio, Sarzana

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Jazz Magazine, n. 25

Musiche di Paolo Damiani, Tommaso Genovesi, Jan Garbarek, Freddie Hubbard, Patricia Marx, Abdullah Ibrahim, Martin Sasse Trio, Stefano Di  Battista, Andrea Pellegrini Ensemble Ainulindale, David Binney & Edward Simon, Orchestra Jazz della Sardegna, Maurizio Gianmarco & Megatones.

Allegato alla rivista Jazz Magazine n. 25 a cura di Raffaello Carabini

Cum Grano Salis, Ensemble Ainulindale, by Andrea Pellegrini (dedicato a Antonello Salis) dal Cd Middle Earth

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Jazz, as a composer

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Palermo Città d’Arte

Brunelleschi Quartet - Isabella Minozzi, oboe, Michele Campo, violin, Flaminia Zanelli, viola, Elisabetta Casapieri, cello

String quartet piece by Andrea Pellegrini ("A'rabbia")

Extramedia 1997 (Cd Rom)

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Le Città e la Memoria

Acustiche ispirazioni dal libro "Le Città Invisibili" di Italo Calvino

Marco Cattani Group & Gabriele Mirabassi

Music by Marco Cattani. "Portovenere" by Andrea Pellegrini

Stefano Rapezzi, voce e chitarra - Gabriele Mirabassi, clarinetto - Marco Cattani, chitarre - Mirco Capecchi, contrabbasso - Michele Vannucci, vibrafono, batteria e percussioni - Max Gerrero, elettronica. Guests: Marco Bartalini, flicorno, Andrea Pellegrini, pianoforte

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What’s Cooking at Le Bozze

PaolaLiberato Prod. / Fonè 1995

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Gently Hard

Malina, CIS Records 1999