Giorgio Costantini

1_ Bio


Born in Venice and trained in electronics, Costantini has been a working musician since his early twenties, touring the world with Italian great artists the likes of Renato Zero, Fiorella Mannoia, and Michele Zarrillo. He played keyboard and synth in more than 1,200 concerts touring in Italy, USA, Canada, Brazil, UK, France, Germany and Turkey. Among the most important venues, the Royal Albert Hall Theatre, the Sporting d'Eté in Montecarlo, the National Theatre of Taipei, the "New Year Concert" in Piazza del Popolo in Rome (with an audience of 150,000 persons and TV live broadcast).

During his career, Giorgio Costantini has played and worked in Recording Studios as arranger, programmer and producer in more than 40 albums for various artists, that have won a total of 23 golden disc awards in Italy and Portugal. He has been also a member of the RAI Orchestra (National Radio and TV orchestra) and accompanied in Festivals and TV show such artists as Lenny Kravitz, Elvis Costello, Michael Bolton and José Carreras.

Exposure to such a depth and range of artists have given Costantini a rich palette of experience to apply to his own music, which is evident in his concerts. Cited as compositions of "lush orchestral works with moody scores and distinctive sparking percussion", the journey through the Costantini' songs transcends merely listening to music and reaches into a listener's emotions with evocative grace. The 2009 tour for "PianoPianoForte" - the title of the first solo album - had the honor of opening at the National Theater of Taipei, the largest classical theater of Taiwan. The single "Elegia" secured the top download spot for iTunes in Italy in January 2009, and the entire album charted as high as number seven for Italian iTunes downloads at the same time.

On 2011 was issued the new album "Universound", that contains "Alba mundi", a song tuned on the orbital frequencies of the solar system planets.


2_Bio

Giorgio Costantini is a talented, self-taught Italian musician and composer with a natural affinity for computers, synthesizers, and sampling. Costantini has taken these gifts and combined them with years of experience working with and arranging for touring international artists. The result is a musician who crafts emotion, volume, simplicity of sound, and technology into a compelling musical style all his own.

Costantini has been compared to everyone from Jan Hammer to Paul Schwartz, Deep Forest, and Balligomingo. Having shared a stage during over 1,200 concerts in the span of twenty years with several renowned Italian artists, like Renato Zero, Fiorella Mannoia, and Michele Zarrillo, Costantini has toured Italy, Brazil, Canada, Taiwan, the UK, France, Germany, Turkey, and the United States during his career. For seven years, he was also a member of the RAI Orchestra, and accompanied such artists as Lenny Kravitz, Elvis Costello, and José Carreras. Exposure to such a depth and range of artists have given Costantini a rich palette of experience to apply to his own music.

Costantini initially released PianoPianoForte in 2006 to broad critical acclaim from the new classical music community, and he has spent the last three years marketing his music to a growing base of fans worldwide via MySpace and iTunes. The CD is a collection of 15 tracks, which the artist himself composed, performed, recorded and mixed, and then remastered in 2008 at Sterling Sound Studio. The single Elegia secured the top download spot for iTunes in Italy in January 2009, and the entire album charted as high as number seven for Italian iTunes downloads at the same time. Costantini's single, Rosso, has also been used in two European advertising campaigns, an accomplishment which has given his music a great deal of recognition.

Born and raised in Venice, as a composer Costantini embraces the emotions that music can provide to a listener and scripts them into his work. Highly embossed with Venetian influences, Costantini's compositions also occasionally are reminiscent of the music of classical masters such as Bach, Chopin, Debussy, and Bartok, as well as modern influences like Vangelis, Tony Banks, Chick Corea and Ryuichi Sakamoto.

3_ Social Networking Bio

When Giorgio Costantini began teaching himself to play the piano and synthesizer, and sampling pieces together, he fused his love for technology with his passion for composing, and started down a path that would eventually lead to a crowning success in 2006 of the release of his first full-length work - PianoPianoForte.

Born in Venice and trained in electronics, Costantini has been a working musician since his early twenties, touring the world with Italian artists the likes of Renato Zero, Fiorella Mannoia, and Michele Zarrillo during his career. For seven years, he was also a member of the RAI Orchestra, and accompanied such artists as Lenny Kravitz, Elvis Costello, and José Carreras. Exposure to such a depth and range of artists have given Costantini a rich palette of experience to apply to his own music, which is evident in PianoPianoForte. Cited as compositions of “lush orchestral works with moody scores and distinctive sparking percussion,” the journey through PianoPianoForte transcends merely listening to music and reaches into a listener's emotions with evocative grace.

Costantini's work has been gaining international notoriety for its use in European ad campaigns and also Costantini's fervent fan base helping to spread his music via the Internet.



4_ other Bio

Born in Venice Italy and later moving to Rome at the age of 20 to pursue his music career, Giorgio Costantini is a well known musician and producer with a genuinely opulent and unique style of his own. His work is a result of research into the emotions that lie deep within the human soul. He first became interested in music at the age of seven when he discovered his neighbor’s piano. His interests in music were further extended and enhanced when he studied electronics and became interested in synthesizers and the electronic end of his creative craft – music and recording.

With a love for almost every musical genre from classical and jazz to disco music, Giorgio’s influences are ranged in a wide variety of artists from progressive keyboardist Keith Emerson and Rick Wakeman to Chick Corea and Keith Jarett. But his true love still remains pop music. Other major influences include Michael Nyman and Ryuichi Sakamoto to Eric Satie, Debussy, and Ludovico Einaudi. “I spent a great deal of time searching for a piano "language" that could be a "trait-d´union" of classical and pop, states Giorgio, something that could be considered easy listening but also very evocative”.

When asked if his music and inspiration for his compositions come from within or from what he observes around him Giorgio replies, “My music is an exact combination of the two elements. It takes its origin from the things that I observe, and then I screen my observations and blend them with my interiors”.

Giorgio has toured with artists such as Renato Zero, Fiorella Mannoia, Michele Zarrillo, and Peppino di Capri.and has also accompanied world renowned icon artists such as Michael Bolton, José Carreras, Elvis Costello, Dionne Warwick, Gloria Gaynor, and Lenny Kravitz.

Television has also played a big part in Giorgio’s career. Currently, he works for "Domenica in" a popular television show that airs Sunday afternoon in Italy. Additionally, he is the musical advisor for "Fonopoli," a project to build a big "City of Music" in Rome, and also a trainer at the Libera Università (Michael Hardy University of Psychology) where he creates and composes music to enhance health and aid in meditation and relaxation. Composing in several different musical genres from film soundtracks to dance music Giorgio’s unique style and his most recent project could be placed in the “Sounds Like” category of Sakamoto, Nyman, Yanni, and Ludovico Einaudi.

Giorgio strives to drive his audience to become overcome with emotion when he performs, and has played concert halls and theatres like The Royal Albert Hall - when he was 25 years old with a widely known Italian artist. More recently, in 2009 he performed a piano solo concert with his original music at the National Concert Hall in Taipei and at the Cultural Center - Chih-Deh Theatre, both of which are high profile theatres in Taiwan. I believe that live performance is one of the most important



ITALIANO:

Giorgio Costantini è nato a Venezia, dove ha studiato elettronica informatica e pianoforte.

Trasferitosi a Roma a metà degli anni ottanta, inizia la sua attività come tastierista dal vivo esordendo nella band di Fiorella Mannoia. Parallelamente all'attività concertistica, lavora in studio realizzando colonne sonore, musiche per pubblicità e remix. Nelle differenti vesti di programmatore, arrangiatore e tastierista ha preso parte ad oltre trenta album di vari artisti che hanno vinto 23 dischi d'oro (Renato Zero, Michele Zarrillo, Ambra, Tosca, Francesca Alotta, Di Capri, O.R.O etc).

Al fianco di vari artisti si è esibito in otre 1200 concerti dal vivo, tra performance in Italia e tournée in Brasile, Stati Uniti, Canada, Europa ed Asia. Tra gli eventi più importanti: per Renato Zero, l'esibizione di Capodanno 1997 in Piazza del Popolo (150.000 persone e diretta televisiva), il doppio dvd dal vivo registrato al Teatro Sistina durante il "Tuttozero Tour" e il live allo Stadio Olimpico di Roma, il Concerto al Royal Albert Hall per Peppino di Capri ed il relativo doppio album registrato dal vivo, e più recentemente il concerto per piano solo “PianoPianoForte” al National Concert Hall di Taipei – il più grande teatro lirico di Taiwan - con il quale ha inaugurato il suo tour nel 2009.

Tra le collaborazioni discografiche si ricordano gli arrangiamenti di "Survivor" (Mike Francis & Belen Thomas, primo posto nelle classifiche singoli e mix agosto 1989), "Strade di Roma" di Michele Zarrillo (Festival di Sanremo 1992), e la partecipazione nella doppia veste di produttore ed autore in brani dance come "Arriba" di Brenda Pretorius (doppio disco di platino in Portogallo) e della rock band Concido, per la quale ha diretto l'orchestra della Rai in occasione del Festival di Sanremo 2005, singolo incluso nella compilation del Festival stampata in 250.000 copie.

Da metà negli anni novanta, Giorgio Costantini ha collaborato come tastierista con l'orchestra della Rai nelle trasmissioni "Festival di Sanremo" (edizione 1998, 1999 ed edizione "Sanremo giovani" 1997), "Domenica In..." (edizioni 2003, 2004, 2005) "Scommettiamo che..." (edizione 1994,1995, 2001).

Nell'ambito di piccole e grandi formazioni, attraverso le trasmissioni e i concerti dal vivo ha accompagnato oltre 200 artisti tra cui star internazionali come Lenny Kravitz, Elvis Costello, Michael Bolton, José Carreras, Dionne Warwick, Lionel Richie, Gloria Gaynor.

Gli album "PianoPianoForte" e "Universound"

Nel 2008 Giorgio Costantini autoproduce l'album "PianoPianoForte", una raccolta di composizioni inedite per pianoforte ed orchestra, pubblicando e promuovendo l'album esclusivamente tramite internet.

Le pagine "Myspace" (il famoso social network con oltre 250 milioni di utenti) di Giorgio Costantini totalizzano più di 1,000.000 brani ascoltati, salendo nell'autunno del 2008 ai primi posti nelle classifiche "MySpace Top Artist" in Inghilterra (primo posto), Stati Uniti (quinto posto), Italia (primo posto).

Il podcast omonimo diventa uno dei podcast di pianoforte più ascoltati al mondo, mentre il sito “pianopianoforte.com” registra più di 300.000 pagine visitate. L'album ottiene recensioni a cinque stelle su “Solopianopublications” e “Newage Reporter”, due dei più rinomati siti statunitensi del genere chill-out e piano solo.
Le musiche tratte dall'album vengono utilizzate per diverse campagne pubblicitarie e trasmissioni ("Il Sole 24 Ore", "Baileys", “Rai uno - Premio Persefone 2009”).

Nell'inverno 2008, Giorgio Costantini rimasterizza l'album agli studi "Sterling Sounds" di New York con Will Quinnel (il sound engineer che ha lavorato per Amy Winehouse, Nelly Furtado e Rihanna).
Nel gennaio del 2009, il singolo "Elegia" tratto dall'album sale al primo posto nelle classifiche iTunes, e "PianoPianoForte" guadagna il settimo posto nelle classifiche album.

Senza case discografiche ed editori, l'album viene pubblicato su licenza a Taiwan e in Corea, e nella primavera 2009 Giorgio Costantini viene invitato a suonare al National Concert Hall di Taipei, il tempio della musica classica in Oriente, per un concerto di pianoforte solo.

Nel 2011 pubblica il nuovo album "Universound" contenente "Alba Mundi", il brano composto sulle note eseguite dai pianeti del sistema solare, masterizzato agli studi Abbey Road di Londra. (clicca per aver maggiori informazioni e ascoltare il brano)
Il brano "The Emperor" tratto dall'album viene utilizzato nel trailer italiano della serie televisiva "Smallville" e per la campagna pubblicitaria della casa di moda "Save The Queen".

Leggi le recensioni a cinque stelle di "Universound"
Ascolta il suono dei pianeti in "Alba Mundi"



Album: "PianoPianoForte" (2009), "Universound" (2011)

Genre: nu-classic, classic, cinematic, new-age.

Il genere musicale è un crossover di piano classico e piano pop. Gli arrangiamenti spaziano dal piano solo all'orchestra con elementi ritmici e grooves campionati

Sound like: Ryuichi Sakamoto, Yanni, E.S. Posthumus, Yiruma, Ludovico Einaudi, Michael Nyman, Claude Debussy.