Andrea Granitzio b:w

I was in Born in Cagliari, Italy, in 1974, where I started to study cello and piano at age 10 at the Conservatoire “GP da Palestrina”.

I obtained a law degree at the University of Cagliari and then I studied jazz piano, initially with the pianist Luca Mannutza and then finally graduated in Jazz Composition, Orchestration and Piano, studying with Peter Waters at Cagliari Conservatoire.

In 2010 I moved to Birmingham to attend a Master MMUS Composition at the Birmingham Conservatoire.
I focused on the language of contemporary music with Joe Cutler, Richard Causton and Edwin Roxburgh, and jazz with Hans Koeller, through the study of George Russell’s Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization.

I attended workshops and had my composition performed by the Schubert Ensemble and BCMG – Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.
Since 2013 I am a PhD Student at the Birmingham City University, with a project titled “Soundscape – stone and water in sound: a composition informed by the natural process of stalactite and stalagmite growth”.
The subject of the PhD, under the supervision of Lamberto Coccioli, Chris Dingle and Deborah Mawer, is the composition of a symphony for orchestra and sounding stones, in a process of integration of classic, jazz and contemporary musical languages, inspired by the natural phenomenon of the growth of stalactites and stalagmites.

On the jazz side, I composed and recorded music with “Ághera” quartet – a cd titled Ághera – and performed at several jazz festivals (among others European Jazz Expo, Festival Time in Jazz, Nuoro Jazz, “Jazzando…Music around the World”, Musica sulle Bocche, Udine Jazz, Rays London etc).

In 2014 I released the CD “Heart of Stone – Music of Stone”, the first musical achievement with the sounding stones made by the Italian sculptor Pinuccio Sciola, with whom I began a close collaboration, still in progress, concerning the integration of the sounding stones in the orchestra.

In 2014 and in 2015 I published “Improvised Music for Movies Unwritten” Vol I and Vol II, 22 miniatures for solo piano inspired by music for cinema.

In 2015 my first suite for piano titled “Five Piano Pieces for Contemporary Kids”, played by Hungarian Pianist Zsofia Farago, was published by “Editions Musica Ferrum”.

In 2015 I ran a visiting research project at the Conservatory of Sichuan, in Chengdu – China, under the mentoring of Prof. Zou Xiang Ping and I was invited to give lectures concerning the language of improvisation by the Piano Education Department.

Since 2000 I have performed in more than 700 concerts of pop music, as a piano/keyboard player, producer, songwriter and arranger.

I also collaborate with Italian film makers writing soundtracks for short films.
Currently I am collaborating with the Lithuanian film maker Audrius Mickevicius to compose the soundtrack of an international film production.