Alessandro Cavicchi (b. 1957)
Alessandro Cavicchi graduated from the Conservatorio “L. Cherubini” in Florence in 1976 and holds the position of Professor of Piano at the Music School “G. Verdi” of Prato since 1979. He has also been teaching a course of Pop Piano there since 2004. In 1989, he founded the “Ensemble Nino Rota” and in recent years has taken part as pianist, composer and arranger in the creation of three albums, “The cryme of selling lambs”, “Movin’ in the movies” and “Albasso l’Opera”. At the same time, he has been intensifying his compositional activity, giving rise to an ever-increasing body of modern-style concert pieces for piano and of pieces for ensembles of various type, along with collections of piano compositions thought for didactics. With "NBB Edizioni" he has published the first volume of a “Method for Pop Piano” and several chamber pieces. Also, he has participated in the National Flute Association Convention in New York (2009) and the Bass Festival in Berlin (2010) as author and pianist. In 2014, he was commissioned by important international institutions to compose two compositions for piccolo and piano, and in 2016, his composition “As night progresses” for two piccolos and orchestra was performed in Italy and abroad. Most recently, he received a commission for a concerto for piccolo and orchestra in order to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein, intitled “Embraceable Lenny." This piece was premiered in Prato on May 10th, 2018 and the version for piccolo and piano was played in several places, notably in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the 2019 National Flute Association Convention.