ALESSANDRO
SIMONETTO

A tremendous natural talent.

— Eric James,

Music Associate of Sir Charles S. Chaplin

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Biography | Recordings | Reviews | Productions

Bio

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 pianist.

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 [...]".

After a long period without playing, absorbed by the activity of being a producer, and making over 500 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 others).
Passionate about ragtime, in 2017-18 Alessandro recorded the Complete Piano Works by Scott Joplin, as only Italian artist.

He is the founder of the recording label OnClassical distributed by Naxos of America.

 

 

(Photos: © Enrica Pontin)

Alessandro Simonetto has recorded over 30 CD's and albums including complete piano works by Scott Joplin and Leroy Shield, and many discs with Satie's piano music containing some personal researches and unedited pieces.

Recordings for Piano:
2016 - Satie, E.: Early & Esoteric Works - ÆVEA AE16019 [3-CD's]
2016 - Shield, L.: The Laurel & Hardy Original Piano Music - ÆVEA AE16024
2016 - Shield, L.: Laurel & Hardy: Original Piano Music (1930-31, 1935-36) - ÆVEA AE16024D
2018 - Joplin, S.: 33 Ragtimes & Waltzes - OnClassical OC18022D [2-CD's]
2019 - Joplin, S.: The Complete Piano Music (Ragtimes, Marches, Waltzes, Collaborations & Tango) - OnClassical OC19122B
2020 - Satie, E.: Early Works (Sarabandes, Gymnopédies, Gnossiennes, Pièces froides) - OnClassical OC20092B
2021 - Satie, E.: Le Fils des étoiles, Wagnérie Kaldéenne du Sar Péladan - OnClassical OC21112B
2020 - Satie, E.: Esoteric Works, Vol. 1 (Ogives, Sonneries de la Rose+Croix, Préludes, Danses gothiques) - OnClassical OC21122B
2020 - Satie, E.: Esoteric Works, Vol. 2 (Vexations, Uspud, Messe des pauvres, Unnamed pieces) - OnClassical OC21124B
2022 - Satie, E.: Piano Works (1906-19); Pièces humouristiques & Other Works - OnClassical OC22092B
2022 - Satie, E.: Piano Works (1913-20): Children's Pieces, Sports et divertissements, Nocturnes & Late Works - OnClassical OC22102B
2023 - AA. VV.: Laurel & Hardy: Piano Music (next to be released)
2023 - Irving Berlin: Piano Works originally arranged by Dick Hyman (next to be released)

Recordings for Harpsichord:
2011 - Bustijn, P.: 9 Suites (Complete Harpsichord Works) - Brilliant Classics BC94187
2017 - Mattheson, J.: 12 Suites (Complete Harpsichord Works) - Brilliant Classics BC95588 [2-CD's]
2019 - Paradies, D.: 8 Sonatas (Complete Harpsichord Works) - Brilliant Classics BC95867 [2-CD's]
2021 - Bach, J.S.: French Suites, BWV 812–817 [2-album set] - OnClassical OC23070B
2022 - Scarlatti, D.: Keyboard Sonatas (20) - OnClassical OC22080B
2023 - Scarlatti, D.: Keyboard Sonatas (30) [2-album set] - OnClassical OC23110B

Other recordings including own compositions, minimal music, recording collections and newly recorded pieces: onclassical.com/artists/simonetto/

Reviews

Simonetto is a super talented pianist with a deep love for the silent films. He had a mentor in Eric James, Music Associate of Charlie Chaplin. —Nick Luscombe, (BBC Music, 06/2018)

One-Man-Show abliefert, sondern auch pianistisch 'alle Register' zieht [...] Prädikat: Kult! —Burkhard Schäfer, (Piano News, 03/2017)

Simonetto's performances carry astonishing power at times; at others, there is pure tomfoolery afoot. —Colin Clarke, *****/5 (International Piano, 06/2017)

Captivating and completely idiomatic performances. They are recorded, moreover, in very fine sound. —Rob Maynard, (Music-web International, 02/2017)

Simonetto fait sentir la profondeur habitée de ces pages énigmatiques, qui vaut bien les versions de référence [...] tout en y ajoutant une singulière quiétude, méditative et intense. —Romaric Gergorin, ****/4 (Pianiste/Classica, 06-07/2017)

Simonetto's interpretation is quite pleasant. The recording quality is excellent, with beautiful clear tone and deep and natural left hand notes. The sound is considerably richer and more natural than the CDs used as a comparison. —Roger McCuaig, (TNT Audio, 06/2017)

Prods

A refined pianist with a profound knowledge of the piano mechanism, Alessandro is the owner of a marvelous grand piano, a Steinway D-274, that he tunes and prepares himself, with the support of Steinway Academy's technicians.
The piano was chosen in the late 1960s by none other than Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli and given to him for his activity.

In the years, Alessandro has recorded some of the most renowned pianists, including Enrico Pace, Gianluca Luisi, Evgeny Starodubtsev, Aleksander Lubyantsev, François Dumont, Gala Chistiakova, Alessandro Deljavan, Massimiliano Ferrati.

Complete list of productions...