A tremendous natural talent. (Eric
James, music associate of Sir Charles S. Chaplin).
Alessandro Simonetto is a versatile
musician and music producer.
His preference for board instruments was
clear when as a child he began to play as a self-taught
Alessandro started composing at a very early age. At 14 y.o.
he wrote a cycle of Mazurkas inspired by Chopin. He deepened
aspects of jazz composition and silent-film music, and
became a close friend with Eric James, the associate
composer of Sir Charles Chaplin, until his death. In 2000, a
few minutes before his performance, James put a paper on the
grand piano, and in front of the audience wrote: "Alessandro is a pianist of immense
talent and will surely make his mark on the musical profession
Photo by ©Federica Vettori.
Alessandro composed music for piano, organ,
harpsichord, disklavier, computers, magnetic tape; chamber
music and choral music (masses, motets, arrangements),
songs. His compositions are included in collections at 'Ecole supérieure
d'art d'Aix-en-Provence' and Mediateca delle Marche archive.
After a long period without playing,
absorbed by the activity of being a producer, and making
over 250 recordings for various musicians and labels,
Alessandro began recording himself at both the piano and
harpsichord, and obtaining such acclaim from the critics as:
The Suittes voor Clavicembel (Suites Op. 1) [BC94187] was nominated Recording of the Month by
Music-Web International ("Nearly eighty minutes of
enormously appealing, high-octane invention superbly
rendered by Alessandro Simonetto."). Furthermore his world
première of Leroy Shield: Laurel & Hardy's Original Piano
Music [AE16024], performed at the piano, was awarded
(5 stars) both on classical and jazz/pop magazines worldwide
(Mojo, Piano International, Teatro, The L&H Magazine,
Intra-Tent Journal, Furore, Pözenkrant) and widespread @
radios worldwide (BBC, CBC/ICI Musique, RAI Radio 3, NPO, BR
Klassik, IPR, Ouverture).
To end Alessandro's version of
Erik Satie: Early & Esoteric Works (1887-1897) [AE16019], also including the world première sketch Chanson
Hungroise, was widely reviewed (4 Etoiles Classica on
Passionate about ragtime, in 2017-18 Alessandro recorded the Complete Piano Works by Scott Joplin [two albums published in the early 2018 / OC18022d].
He is the founder of the digital label OnClassical.
List of recordings by Alessandro Simonetto.
2011 - Bustijn, P.: 9 Suites (Complete Harpsichord Works) - Brilliant Classics BC94187
2017 - Mattheson, J.: 12 Suites (Complete Harpsichord Works) - Brilliant Classics BC95588 [2CD]
2019 - Paradies, D.: 8 Sonatas (Complete Harpsichord Works) - Brilliant Classics [?]
2016 - Satie, E.: Early & Esoteric Works - ÆVEA AE16019
2016 - Shield, L.: The Laurel & Hardy Original Piano Music -
2016 - Shield, L.: Laurel & Hardy: Original Piano Music (1930-31, 1935-36) - ÆVEA AE16024d
2017 - Joplin, S.: 33 Ragtimes & Waltzes - OnClassical OC18022d [2CD]
2018 - Tiersen, Y.: Selected Piano Works - ÆVEA AE18048 (withdrawn at the behest of the performer)
To be released:
2017-18 - Joplin, S.: The Complete Piano Music (Ragtimes, Marches, Waltzes, Collaborations & Tango) - OnClassical [To be released] [3CD] *
* Includes most of the pieces recorded in 2017, plus the missing pieces and some makeover.
As a database and music lover together,
Alessandro founded kunstderfuge.com (since 2002),
a large collection of classical music online, that contains
20,000 files including piano rolls of historical pianists
as well as live performances fixed on MIDI support. Some
of the files have also been automatically obtained thanks
to a special software, Director Musices, improved with special
rules; the work achieved Alessandro a scholarship at KTH
University of Stockholm, TMH music section.
At the same time he started an online
collection of classical music in MP3, representing some
of the more interesting
young musicians from Italy and abroad.
A few time later this collection evolved in a real
OnClassical, first example of author'-societies-free
label according to the principles of Creative Commons.
Beside, in 2004, Alessandro also launched
classicaland.com, a collection of old sheet music
books, out of copyright, he bought all around Europe. The
site become affiliated to the major Kunst der Fuge but was
stopped uploading after some months due to the born of imslp.org.
In the meantime kunstderfuge.com reached the 6,000 unique
In 2005 OnClassical started a new
catalogue with only self-produced recordings. It then appeared
in major Italian newspapers, radios, music magazines, blogs
and exhibitions always as a non-paying guest. Alessandro's
recordings, thanks to external licenses gave to physical
labels, achieved honors by the worldwide magazines and specialized
blogs, including Fanfare, Diapason Mag, Scherzo, Musica,
The Guardian, Fono, BBC Magazine, incoda.de, TNT Audio...
You may contact Alessandro