Giovanni Ceccarelli’s playing is impeccable, reminding me of the legendary late Hank Jones where every note seems to be thought out with great care. He’s not just playing correct notes of the ever-changing and moving chords defining a tune, but offers up creative, heartfelt expressions that seem to tell a story coming from inner feelings initiated by the music itself.
As a pianist with a distinct style, Giovanni Ceccarelli has recorded fourteen albums under his own name and more than forty albums as a featured soloist or sideman, performing all over the world with such great artists as Benny Golson, Ivan Lins, Lee Konitz, Tony Scott, Paolo Fresu, Massimo Urbani and Enrico Rava.
As a prolific and inspired composer, he has published the original compositions sheet music book “In Music’s Hands”, writing vocal and instrumental music for his own projects and for numerous artists and ensembles.
As a creative and versatile arranger, he has contributed to recording productions by his Latin Grammy nominated group InventaRio and acclaimed project Animantiga, arranging for small, large and vocal ensembles.
As a passionate and experienced educator, he teaches music in conservatory, through workshops and masterclasses internationally, privately and on internet, creating original learning contents for his students.
Photo credits: Philippe Marchin.