“Lorenzo is a wonderful pianist. He has great command of melody and harmony,
his lines are intricate and express the harmonies well and include interesting rhythmic ideas.”
(Johannes Weidenmüller)

“You are a great improviser,  just keep doing what you are doing and put your emotions into everything you play.”
(Melissa Aldana)

“I really like the way you spend so much time listening to the band, searching for your input needed in that moment.”
(Adrian Mears)

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Lorenzo Vitolo, born in Naples (IT) in 1998.
He starts playing piano at eight with two private teachers, at ten he began studying classical piano.
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 (Netherland).
He studied in New York with numerous musicians for the third semestrer of this program.
Pianist with the Generations Big Band 2018, under the direction of Maria Schneider, performing in two concerts and shared the stage also with Gary Versace. 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 had the honor of sharing the stage for performances with: Maria Schneider, Gary Versace, Adrian Mears, Rogerio Boccato, Steve Nelson, Billy Hart.
He plays in many clubs in Italy and Europe, with various bands, his first album recorded in trio,
was released on January 31, 2020.

Awards

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.

SCHOLARSHIPS:

Selected as pianist of Seven Steps, the group of the best students of Nuoro Jazz 2013:

Scholarship winner for Nuoro Jazz at the 2013 Massimo Urbani Award

Scholarships for re-enrollment in Nuoro Jazz and Siena Jazz 2014 seminars.

In 2018 he received a four-year scholarship from the prestigious New School in New York.


Performances at jazz festivals and exhibitions

  • Berklee / Umbria Jazz Clinics Group Award 2012 Perugia (IT)

  • Conad Jazz Contest in Umbria Jazz 2013 Perugia (IT)

  • Piano City Naples 2013/14/15/16/17/18 Naples (IT)

  • Time in Jazz 2014 Berchidda (IT)

  • Nuoro Jazz 2014 Nuoro (IT)

  • Conad Jazz Contest Preview in Umbria Jazz 2015

  • Piacenza Jazz Fest 2015 Piacenza (IT)

  • Andria “In” Jazz 2015 Andria (IT)

  • Christmas in the caves in 2015 (Castellana’s Caves) (IT)

  • Pozzuoli Jazz Festival 2016/2017 Pozzuoli (IT)

  • EuropaFest 2017 in Bucharest (RO)

  • San Leo Music Fest 2017 (IT)

  • Jazzalguer 2018 (IT)

  • Festival Jazz Saint Germain des Prés 2018 (F)

  • Generations 18 International JazzFestival in Frauenfeld(CH)

  • Jazz the Gast 2019 (NL)

  • JazzTM 2019 (RO)

  • Jazz in The Park 2019 (RO)

  • Lucerne Festival “Piano off Stages 2019”

ATTEND MANY WORKSHOPS WITH

Mark Skylansky, Ron Savage, John Damien, Pascal Contet,
Kenny Werner, John Taylor, Franco d’Andrea, Stefano Battaglia,
Marco Tamburini, Pietro Tonolo, Miguel Zenon, Avishai Cohen,
Roberto Cipelli,  Ettore Fioravanti, Giovanni Agostino Frassetto,
Bruno Tommaso, Luca Bragalini, Antonio Ciacca, Achille Succi,
Giovanni Falzone, David Virelles, Jeff Ballard, David Binney,
Dave Holland, Dado Moroni, Stefano Bagnoli, Paolino della Porta,
Enrico Merlin, 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 many others.