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Alessandro Bianchini was born in Trento in 1983. At the age of four he started playing jazz drums thanks to his father, a classical double bassist and jazz player. Two years later he began studying violin and later enrolled in the classical percussion course at the Conservatory Bonporti of Trento, where he obtained a degree in percussion with top marks in 2012.
He has always loved and played jazz, but it was at the Conservatory that he got to know and study mallet percussion instruments, vibraphone and marimba, that would later become the basis of his profession as a jazz musician.
He specialized in timpani and orchestral percussion at ‘Accademia Internazionale della Musica di Milano" with the first parts of the Teatro alla Scala in Milano.
Later he studied ensemble jazz music with Robert Bonisolo and Matteo Sabattini, jazz piano with Roberto Cipelli, and in October 2022 he obtained the two-year degree in drums and jazz percussion with a major in vibraphone, with full marks and honors under the guidance of Maestro Andrea Dulbecco, at the F.A Bonporti Conservatory in Trento.
He has collaborated with many orchestras such as: Orchestra Mozart (conducted by Maestro Claudio Abbado), Orchestra of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestra of Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Orchestra of Tirol (conductor M. Gustav Kuhn), Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia (tournée in China - Beijing, Macao e Dalian), Orchestra Haydn of Trento and Bolzano, Orchestra Verdi of Milano.
He has played at major music festivals and theaters in Italy and Europe such as: Il Festival dei Due Mondi of Spoleto, La Biennale di musica of Venezia, Il Festival dei Suoni delle Dolomiti, Festival Musica Riva, Teatro alla Scala, Musikverein Wien, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Beijing Concert Hall.
The most prominent musicians, conductors, and composers he has collaborated with include Claudio Abbado, Paolo Fresu, Giovanni Sollima, Gilberto Gil, Bob Mintzer, Luis Bacalov, Ed Saindon, Andrea Dulbecco, Fausto Beccalossi, Enzo Zirilli, Giulio Corini, Marco Micheli.
For three years he was percussionist at the Mozart Orchestra conducted by M. Claudio Abbado, holding concerts in Italy and abroad. Since 2019 he has been playing as vibraphonist and percussionist with the contemporary music composer, Marco Uvietta, professor of musicology at the University of Trento, who also composed for him a piece for vibraphone and organ with the title Lennie, inspired by Lennie Tristano.
For years he has been playing vibraphone in a variety of jazz ensembles from duo to quartet, giving concerts in the main jazz clubs and festivals of Italy, like International Academy of Music Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, Taverna Visconti Milano, Jazz Club Zingarò, Non-Sole Jazz Festival, Suoni delle Dolomiti, Count Basie Jazz club.
For the past two years he has been playing regularly in a vibraphone and jazz marimba duo with Andrea Dulbecco. Since 2022, he also has his own vibraphone Trio, with Marco Micheli on double bass and Simone Brilli on drums. With them he has recorded the 10/5 leader album in February 2023 at Duna Studio (Ravenna), with original tunes composed and arranged by himself and produced by Birdbox Records. In 2022 he also played as a solo musician with The Big Band of the F.A Bonporti Conservatory of Trento, with Bob Mintzer as a special guest.
As co-leader he regularly plays in quartet with Emilio Galante on flute, Giulio Corini on double bass, and Nelide Bandello on drum with two different musical programs. The first is the Sonata Islands Latin Quartet with arrangements and songs from the typical Latin Jazz tradition. The second is the Sonata Islands Third Stream and has a contemporary matrix, with a third-stream repertoire at the crossroad between traditional classical music and avant-garde jazz.
Since 2006 he has been teaching percussion at the High School "A. Rosmini" in Trento and since 2022 he has been teaching ‘ensemble music and improvisation with percussion’ at the Bruno Maderna Conservatory in Cesena as adjunct lecturer. He has held several masterclasses in vibraphone, including at the G. Verdi Conservatory in Ravenna and at the Department of Letters and Philosophy of the University of Trento, within the musicology course of Marco Uvietta.
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