Antonio Farao umjesto Georgea Cablesa na turneji s Cookersima

Antonio Farao umjesto Georgea Cablesa na turneji s Cookersima
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Antonio Farao - Jazz Pianist/Composer – Rome 19/01/1965

He is considered to be one of the greatest pianists by the international critics.

Antonio Faraò was born into an extremely musical family. His mother was a known painter, his father was a jazz drummer. However, both of them had a great affinity and introduced him to the jazz music. By means of that he grew up listening to musicians such as: Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Due Ellington, Frank Sinatra and last but not least Ella Fitzgerald.

Because of the parent’s life pioneering Antonio Faraò gained the love for swing from  them. First influenced by that style today’s influences are different. At the age of 6 he started playing vibraphone which was followed by drum playing. Finally he began to play piano and he joined piano classes with Adriano Giustina and Riccardo Risaliti at a classical school. It was the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory where Antonio Faraò studied for a degree. The completion of all studies was done after a period of 8 years.



Based on his early interest in Afro-American jazz music Antonio Faraò had idols such as Oscar Peterson and Errol Gardner until he discovered musicians like McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarret, Bil Evans, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and

Thelonious Monk. Just to name the most important examples. Among the musicians influencing him there also is to mention John Williams, composer of the famous film music for ET, Stars Wars Indiana Jones …



The “Jazz four Roses Competition Price” was awarded to him at the Ciak Theatre in Milano in 1991. The most prestigious “Competition of jazz piano Martial Solal” a competition of the city Paris which takes place only every ten years invited a small number of top international piano talents. Antonio Faraò as one of those talents won that extraordinary competition in 1998. Continuing with his first recordings for the German label “Enja records” three tremendous albums were release: “Black Inside” (1998), Thorn (2001) with Jack DeJohnette on drums, Chris Potter on tenor sax and Drew Gress on bass. 2002 the album “Next stories” went public.

Further recordings

Together with André Ceccarelli and the London Symphony Orchestra Antonio Faraò did a further recording at the famous Abbey Road Studios in London for the soundtrack of the movie “Anthony Zimmer” conducted by Jérôme Salle and with the French actress Sophie Marceau in January of 2005. That movie was released three months later.


“The best young piano player to come up for years”

Kenny Kirkland


“Antonio is not only a fine pianist, but a great one”

Herbie Hancock



Franco Ambrosetti, Andrè Ceccarelli, Daniel Humair, Gary Bartz, Lee Konitz, Steve Grossman, Tony Scott, Chico Freeman, Miroslav Vitous, John Abercrombie, Richard Galliano, Toots Thielemans, Jack Dejohnette, Dave Liebman, Didier Lookwod, Benny Golson, Johnny Griffin, George Garzone, Charles Tolliver, Branford Marsalis, etc…and with the famous italian pop singer Mina.


Participations in Jazz Festivals

Tokyo Jazz Festival (Japan), Telaviv Jazz Festival (Israel), Dubai Jazz Festival (United Arab Emirates), North Sea Festival (The Netherlands), Tabarka Jazz Festival (Tunisia), Saltzau Jazz Festival and Berlin Jazz Festival (Germany), Calvì Jazz Festival (Corse), Umbria Jazz Festival (Italy) Sarajevo Jazz Festival (Bosnia-Herzegovina) as well as many festivals throughout Europe.



Antonio Faraò is also an asked performer of workshops within Europe. Some of them were carried out in Denmark, Switzerland and France. He was invited to do workshops by the Rotterdam and Amsterdam Conservatories in 2007 and 2008.


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