A versatile musician and music producer.
Alessandro's preference for board instruments was clear when as a child he began to play as a self-taught pianist.
He also 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 [...].
After a long period without playing, absorbed by the music production activity (he is the founder of the recording label OnClassical), Alessandro
restarted playing and began recording himself at both the piano and the harpsichord, 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 others).
Always passionate about Ragtime, he regularly plays the Scott Joplin's Works which has fully recorded: the 3 CD's are coming soon (33 pieces of 55 recorded are already available on spotify, listened by tens
of thousands of people).
Cover photo: © Enrica Pontin - Self-portrait [above]: © Alessandro Simonetto