Christian Calcatelli

Christian Calcatelli

BandPopAdult Contemporary

Contemporary solo piano music in total respect of the classics! From a guy who set a unique Guinness World Record (TM) in longest solo music internet broadcast by improvising live over the web for 60 hours, 1 min - followed by nearly 30,000!

Biography

Christian Calcatelli is currently known by hundreds of fans worldwide for his captivating, cinematic and inspirational solo piano music, his original compositions and his astounding solo improvisations.

Born in the USA by an American mother and Italian father, Christian lived in the States for the first few years of his life and then relocated to Rome, Italy where he currently resides with his lifetime friend, wife, and main source of inspiration, Susie.

His initial interest in music began by discovering the soundtracks that gave life to golden age cartoons from Disney and MGM which often consisted of adaptations from the classics.

Triggered by curiosity, he taught himself how to read music, plunk the first notes on the piano and play around with harmonies.

When 14 years old, Christian entered the selections for the Master Piano course at the "S. Cecilia" music conservatory in Rome, Italy and reached second place over hundreds of participants. From then on, he began his formal study of piano, solfeggio and music theory which would last for the next six years.

Today, at 24, Christian has treasured all the teachings received through time and made them his own, developing a personal, intimate style of piano playing. Particularly fascinated by distant cultures, from Celtic to African, Christian has created an original palette of colors on the piano that suggest sounds and melodies of instruments coming from other lands and times in a modern, unique and appealing way.

Christian’s musical interests led him to closely appreciate one of the most valuable forms of neglected art today, film music.

In September 2004 Christian grabbed the attention of nearly 30,000 fans and listeners with a truly historical and unique event in which he set an official Guinness World Record ™ in "longest solo music internet broadcast" by playing the piano for 60 hours and one minute in aid of the Calx Project at the Alberto Sordi Gallery, one of Rome’s most renown locations. To make it more taxing, Christian improvised in his style for the whole duration of the event for three days and two nights while raising funds for children in behalf of international humanitarian organization PLAN International. This exciting show was defined as ‘breath-taking, simply captivating!’ (il Giornale, 16/09/04)

Christian’s improvisations at this memorable event have been collected in 2 Cd’s entitled ‘A broken Record – Original Music from the Calx Project’ . While working on a new solo CD, Christian’s main goal is to work in the music business as a movie composer.

Discography

- Debut CD "CHRISTIAN CALCATELLI"
- A BROKEN RECORD 1 - Original music from The Calx Project
- A BROKEN RECORD 2 - Original music from The Calx Project

All 3 Cd's contain tracks that are regularly featured on streaming web radios.

Set List

- Plays own compositions (10/15 pieces)
- Likes to dedicate part of the concert to improvisation