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Italian composer, pianist, accordionist, based in London
Maurizio Minardi is a composer, pianist, accordionist and saxophonist, based in London since September 2008.
Maurizio completed his studies in piano, organ and composition at the Conservatorio ‘Martini’ Bologna, Italy. He perfected his jazz studies through workshops with Barry Harris, Enrico Rava, Paolo Fresu, Danilo Rea and Simone Zanchini.
Maurizio founded, composed, produced and arranged the music for the electronic pop group ‘Oz’ and the jazz-tango group Quartetto Magritte, recording four and three albums respectively.
In 2011, he also produced and released the orchestral-electronic album Works to critical acclaim. Italian broadcaster Rai has published Maurizio's album 'Tangology', comprising songs inspired by tango.
In 2010 the Sonnambula is included in the soundtrack of USA movie 'Mango Tango' In 2012 Maurizio recorded at Livingston Studios (London) and released his piano trio CD, 'My Piano Trio', with Nick Pini and Jason Reeve. He has also been on tour with the Royal Shakespeare Company during the early part of 2012. In 2013 he released his accordion quartet album 'The Cook, the Clown, the Monk and the Accordionist', recorded in London, with Nick Pini (double bass) Jason Reeve (drums) Shirley Smart (cello) Marco Quarantotto (drums) In the UK Maurizio has performed with a number of artists including Carmen Souza, Antonio Forcione, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Maciek Pysz, Asaf Sirkis, Brandon Allen, Quentin Collins, Yuri Goloubev, Alex Hutton, Maurizio has played a range of venues and festivals, including Pizza Express Jazz Club, the Royal Albert Hall Ignite Series, Upstairs at Ronnie Scott's, the Apollo Hammersmith, the Lost Theatre, the Bloomsbury Theatre, Hull Jazz Festival, Oliver’s Jazz Club, Spice of Life, Jazz Café Posk, The Vortex, Green Note, and Charlie Wright's.