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Artist of the month

Stefano Bollani

He started studying the piano at the age of six and made his professional debut at 15. After graduating at the music Conservatory in Florence in 1993 – and a brief experience as a session musician in the pop world with Raf, Jovanotti and others – he became an established jazz musician, playing on stages such as the Town Hall in New York, the Barbican in London, the Scala in Milan and the Salle Pleyel in Paris.

We recommend you to listen to his last masterpiece on Spotify!

His most recent productions include: Big Band (2013); Joy In Spite of Everything (2014); Sheik Yer Zappa (2014), a live recording dedicated to Frank Zappa; Arrivano gli alieni (2015), where he tried his hand as a singer-songwriter for the first time; Napoli Trip (2016), with Daniele Sepe, Manu Katché, Jan Bang and others; Mediterraneo (ACT 2017), a live recording in Berlin with Jesper Bodilsen, Morten Lund, Vincent Peirani and some members of the Berliner Philharmoniker, arranged by Geir Lysne.

His desire to communicate has crossed into the world of publishing.

In the classical field, he has performed as a soloist with symphonic orchestras (Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Orchestre de Paris, Filarmonica della Scala in Milan, Santa Cecilia in Rome, Toronto Symphony Orchestra) alongside conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Kristjan Järvi, Daniel Harding, Antonio Pappano and especially Riccardo Chailly, with whom he recorded Rhapsody in Blue and Concerto in Fa by Gershwin in a CD (2010) that won the Italian Platinum disk selling over 70,000 copies.

In 2006, he published the novel La sindrome di Brontolo, for Baldini Castoldi Dalai, followed by Parliamo di musica (2013) and Il monello, il guru, l’alchimista e altre storie di musicisti (2015), both published by Mondadori.

Watch “Galapagos” video from his last album “Que Bom”


For radio, he was creator and presenter of the show Dottor Djembè (Rai Radio 3, 2006-2012).

The Rai Radio 3 programmes’ theme songs have been his since 2009.

In theater, he has worked with Claudio Bisio, Maurizio Crozza, Giuseppe Battiston, Marco Baliani, the Banda Osiris and others.

On TV, he is a permanent guest of Renzo Arbore in the show Meno siamo meglio stiamo (Rai 1, 2005) and creator, author and host in the two editions of Sostiene Bollani (Rai 3, 2011 and 2013), in which he brought live music to the small screen. His latest TV project is L’importante è avere un piano (Rai 1, 2016): seven late-night episodes on Rai 1 with guests, improvisations and live music.