Pianist, Composer and Arranger.
Angelo Di Leonforte began his studies in jazz, improvisation with the known pianist, composer and teacher Giovanni Mazzarino in 2001. He has mastered orchestration and arrangement with Giuseppe Vasapolli.
He perfected improvisation, composition and counterpoint in jazz with the “Grammy Award” multi nominated pianist Fred Hersch.
In 2006 he attended 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.
He perfected improvisation and Jazz harmony in master classes held by world-renowned artists such as Barry Harris, Fred Hersch, Dado Moroni, Salvatore Bonafede, Bob Mintzer, Huw Warren, Steve Swallow, Danilo Rea, Kenny Werner , Jerry Bergonzi, Andy La Verne, Francesco Cafiso and many others.
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.
Among others he has collaborated and performed with: Fabrizio Giambanco, Peppe Tringali, Alberto Fidone, 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, Stjepko Gut, Vito Giordano, Giacomo Tantillo, Alessandro Presti, Alessandro Lo Chiano, Mattia Cigalini, Cristiano Giardini, Francesco Patti, Gaetano Tucci, Francesco Longo, Stefano Di Grigoli, Carla Restivo, Jossy Botte, Alberto Fidone, Nello Toscano, Fabio Crescente, Fulvio Buccafusco, Giuseppe Costa, Riccardo Lo bue, Giovanni Villafranca, Alessandro Presti, Giuseppe Cucchiara, Guido Torelli, Stefano India, Carmelo Venuto, Antonio Fiore. Pucci Nicosia, Emanuele Primavera, Calogero Marrali, Fabrizio Giambanco, Paolo Vicari, Antonio Leta, Michele Territo and many others
At the current time he has the rule of jazz piano teacher at the Bachelor and Master’s degree course of music in jazz piano at the Conservatory of music of Ribera (AG).
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.
He also teaches advanced jazz piano lessons to students from all over the world on zoom.