Emanuele Filippi is an Italian-born, award-winning pianist and composer.
After beginning piano at age 8, he was accepted to the Conservatory of Udine, where he completed ten years of intensive classical piano training. During this period, while playing in local bands, he developed an interest in improvised music, which later led him toward the jazz idiom.
At the age of 19 he was accepted into the Jazz program in Udine, where he earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. His primary mentors were pianist Glauco Venier and composer Michele Corcella. Other mentors included Alfonso Deidda, Luca Colussi, Nicola Bottos, Dario Carnovale, and Claudio Filippini.
While in school, Emanuele was active on the national scene, taking part in major Italian jazz competitions. He won first prize at “Premio Chicco Bettinardi”, third prize at “Premio Massimo Urbani”, third prize at “Premio Marco Tamburini” and placed as a finalist in “Premio Nazionale delle Arti”, “Vittoria Jazz Festival”, and “Conad Jazz Contest”.
Emanuele’s interest in orchestral composition is a key component of his artistic identity. He qualified for finals at the national “Barga Jazz Festival Composition Competition” in 2015 and “Scrivere in Jazz Composition Competition” in 2016.
He also founded the “Udin&Jazz Big Band”, which was active for three years in Italy. The band performed original music, and featured some upcoming talents on the Italian scene including: Filippo Orefice, Mirko Cisilino, Giovanni Cigui, Marco d’Orlando, Federico Pierantoni and more. At this time Emanuele was also active as a composer and arranger for the North East Ska Jazz Orchestra, a well known group in the European ska-jazz scene.
After years of hard work and commitment in Italy, he was admitted to the Master’s program at the City College of New York in 2018.
Emanuele has been living in New York City since then, playing on the local scene with countless young talents. He has been privileged to be mentored by piano legend Fred Hersch, as well as many other influential musicians such as Kevin Hays, Steve Wilson, Bruce Barth, Ray Gallon, Mike Holober, Glenn Zaleski, Leo Genovese, and David Virelles.
Though the years, he has had the opportunity to perform at many internationally renowned festivals and venues including: Umbria Jazz, Blue Note di Milano, Ridotto del Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, Italian Jazz Days a New York, Mittlefest, Udin&Jazz Festival, La Spezia Jazz Festival, Grey Cat Jazz Festival, Bar Next Door, Rockwood Music Hall, Mercury Lounge, Kansas Smitthy’s in London, and Rototom Sunsplash.
He had the pleasure to perform with Soweto Kinch, Francesco Bearzatti, Andrea Lombardini, Antonello Sorrentino, Luca Colussi, Alfonso Deidda, Tano Trio, Nicola Caminiti, Michelangelo Scandroglio, Vanisha Gould, Dave Adewumi, and many more.
In 2017 he was selected to perform an original piano solo composition on Italian public television channel Rai 1 during the finals of “Premio Lelio Luttazzi”. He also worked for the show “Amici di Maria de Filippi” on Mediaset, and played live on Rai Radio 3.
He has taken part of many recording sessions of different genres, and he recorded his debut album “Polyphonies” in 2018. The record was self-produced and released by Italian label “Artesuono”.