Band 20/21

Lorenzo Vitolo

Lorenzo Vitolo is a pianist and composer. He was born in Naples (IT) in 1998 and he started playing piano at eight.

Graduated with marks of 110 cum laude and mention in classical piano, Bachelor and Master degree, at the conservatory San Pietro a Majella of Naples (IT).
Finalist at Parmigiani Solo Piano Competition 2017 in Montreux (CH).
He has completed the degree “New York Jazz Master” at the Prince Claus Conservatory in Groningen (NL).
He studied in New York with numerous musicians for the third semestrer of this program.
Pianist with the Generations Big Band 2018, with which he performed in two concerts under the direction of Maria Schneider. He played with Generations Unit 2018, touring in Switzerland and Germany with the trombone player Adrian Mears during summer 2019.
He played at “Piano Off Stage” Lucerne Festival 2019, Lucerne (CH).
He partecipated to UNISA International Competition 2020 in Pretoria, South Africa, winning the 3rd Prize and the Prize for the Best Performance of a Rhythm Changed based composition.
He plays in many clubs in Italy and Europe, with various bands.

His first album in trio “Changing Shapes” was released on January 31, 2020 by Challenge Records International, featuring Rafael Abdalla on double bass and George Potamianos on drums.

He participated as a sideman to the recordings of the albums “Original Riffs and Double Memories” by Carmelo Coglitore and “PerDido (An Old Story, a Thrice Told Tale)” by Adele Pardi.

He won various awards and prizes:
3rd Prize and the Prize for the Best Performance of Rhythm Changes 14th UNISA International             Jazz Piano Competition 2020 (SA).
1th Prize Lucerne School of Music – International Jazz Piano Competition 2019 (CH).
1th Prize Leiden Jazz Award 2019 (NL).
2nd Prize “Premio Internazionale Massimo Urbani” 2017 (IT).
1st Prize of the Italian Conservatories National Festival competition 2017 (IT).
1st Prize and Prize Audience, for soloists of the competion Chicco Bettinardi 2014 (IT).
1st Prize “Youth in Jazz” in Janula Jazz Festival 2014 (IT).
Conad Jazz Contest 2013, in trio (IT)
In 2010, 2011 and 2013, winner of two second prizes and a first prize in some competitions of
classical music.

He performed for many jazz festivals:
Lucerne Festival “Piano off Stages 2019”, Festival Jazz Saint Germain des Prés 2018 (F), Generations 18 International JazzFestival in Frauenfeld (CH), Jazz in The Park 2019 (RO), JazzTM 2019 (RO),  Berklee/Umbria Jazz Clinics Group Award 2012, Conad Jazz Contest at Umbria Jazz 2013, Time in Jazz 2014 Berchidda (IT), Nuoro Jazz 2014, EuropaFest 2017 in Bucharest (RO), Jazz the Gast 2019 (NL), Conad Jazz Contest Preview in Umbria Jazz 2015, Piacenza Jazz Fest 2015, Piano City Naples 2013/14/15/16/17/18, Andria “In” Jazz 2015, Pozzuoli Jazz Festival 2016/2017, San Leo Music Fest 2017 (IT), Jazzalguer 2018 (IT), Jonio Jazz Festival 2020, Festival Amore & Rabbia 2020

He has studied with many renowned artists:
Kenny Werner, John Taylor, Franco d’Andrea, Stefano Battaglia, Miguel Zenon, Avishai Cohen, David Virelles, Jeff Ballard, David Binney, Dave Holland, Dado Moroni, Barry Harris, Roberto Gatto, Aaron Goldberg, Gregory Huchchinson, Jerry Weldon, Peter Martin, Jason Lindner, Adrian Mears, Maria Schneider, Donny McCaslin, Nate Wood, Jason Lindner, Jonathan Maron, Marc Copland, Victor Gould, Rossano Sportiello, Sullivan Fortner, Donald Vega, Ari Hoening, Melissa Aldana and many others.

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