Bio

Pianist, Composer and Arranger.
Angelo Di Leonforte  has developed his improvisation and jazz harmony skills with the known pianist, Giovanni Mazzarino and has mastered orchestration and arrangement with  Giuseppe Vasapolli.

In 2006 attends a Masterclass on jazz languages held by the pianist Dado Moroni.

In 2007 attends a Masterclass on jazz harmony and jazz improvisation held by the pianist Salvatore Bonafede and a Masterclass held by the great jazz composer Bob Mintzer.
In 2008 Angelo graduated with honors in the music department of the Sicilian Academy of Jazz Music “Enzo Randisi” in Piazza Armerina and in 2009 he earned a Bachelor’s degree in “Disciplines of Arts Music” with 110/110 and praise.
He perfected  improvisation and  harmony Jazz in master classes helded by world-renowned artists such as Barry Harris, Dado Moroni, Salvatore Bonafede, Bob Mintzer, Rosario Giuliani, Huw Warren, Steve Swallow, Danilo Rea, Kenny Werner , Jerry Bergonzi, Andy La Verne, and Francesco Cafiso.
From 2013 to 2014 Angelo improved his piano solo under the guidance of the pianist Riccardo Randisi, and improved his improvisation skills with the teacher and saxophonist Orazio Maugeri.
In December of 2014 he earned a Master’s degree in Jazz Piano with 110/110 with praise and honorable mention at the Conservatory of music Vincenzo Bellini in Palermo.
In 2011 he participated as artist at the prestigious jazz “Vittoria Rotary Jazz Award” by Francesco Cafiso.

In April 2013 he performed at the G. Verdi Conservatory of Turin in the prestigious “National Award of Arts”.
In 2014 he performed with his Trio and Giacomo Tantillo Quintet in the prestigious Contemporary Music Festival: Composers and Performers 2013 and 2014.
In 2014 he performed with the famous American gospel singer Cheryl Porter.

In December 2014 he won the prize with his trio as best band obtaining the participation at the Tuscia Jazz Contest 2015 European jazz award.

In the same month of December opens the new concert season 2014/15 of the founding group of The Brass Palermo with Vito Giordano Jazz Quartet .

In August 2015 is among the 10 finalist of the prize for new jazz talents Tony Scott Jazz Award.

In July 2016 won the national jazz prize Benedetto Albanese.

Significant is the collaboration with the master trumpet player Stjepko Gut whereby collaborates as pianist in his quartet.

He collaborates with international entertainment agency whereby he obtained many jobs abroad: UAE, OMAN, BAHREIN.

Among others he has collaborated and performed with:

Voice:  Cheryl Porter, Daniela Spalletta, Carmen Avellone, Jennifer Vargas, Leslie Sackey, Silvania Dos Santos, Gaetano Riccobono, Antonella Catanese, Antonella Leotta, Cinzia Catania, Francesca Caruso, Flora Faja.

Trumpet: Stjepko Gut, Vito Giordano, Giacomo Tantillo, Alessandro Presti, Alessandro Lo Chiano

Saxophone: Francesco Patti, Gaetano Tucci, Francesco Longo, Stefano Di Grigoli, Carla Restivo, Jossy Botte

Doublebass: Nello Toscano,Giuseppe Costa, Riccardo Lo bue, Giovanni Villafranca, Giuseppe Cucchiara, Guido Torelli, Stefano India, Carmelo Venuto, Antonio Fiore

Drums: Pucci Nicosia, Emanuele Primavera, Calogero Marrali, Fabrizio Giambanco, Paolo Vicari, Antonio Leta, Michele Territo.

 

Teching experience
At the current time he has the rule of jazz piano teacher at the Bachelor’s course of music in jazz piano at the Conservatory of music of Ribera (AG).

Educational experiences include teaching jazz piano at the music school “Ars Musica”, and teaching piano and improvisation techniques at the music school of music “Mousike” of Enna where currently instructs these courses.
From 2012 to 2014 he has been working as an accompanist for classes of jazz singing at the Music Conservatory Vincenzo Bellini in Palermo.
From 2013 also adds to previous educational activities also at the Lizard Academy of Palermo and at the Academy of ArteMusica Caltagirone.

In 2016  taught piano at the ISS G. Bertacchi , and jazz piano at the school of music Laboratorio Musicale in Lecco.