Pianist, Composer, Educator
Emanuele Filippi is an Italian-born, award-winning pianist and composer.
Praised as one of the most creative voices of his generation by jazz master Enrico Rava, Emanuele has a prolific activity despite the young age: two released albums of original music (“Polyphonies”, 2018 and “Musica Fragile” 2020) as well as an intense performing career in both Europe and the USA.
His creative focus leans towards incorporating elements from different artistic expressions such as dance, poetry and literature to express the multiform nature of human emotions and inner life.
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, being mentored by Italian masters Glauco Venier, Michele Corcella, Alfonso Deidda, Claudio Filippini.
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. While in New York 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.
Through the years, he has been very active on the Italian scene, taking part in major national 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.
Emanuele 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 in 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 collaborate with Enrico Rava, Fabrizio Bosso, Soweto Kinch, Francesco Bearzatti, Jure Pukl, Glauco Venier, Andrea Lombardini, Antonello Sorrentino, Luca Colussi, Alfonso Deidda, Francesco Ciniglio, Nicola Caminiti, Michelangelo Scandroglio, JK Kim, 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 RSI and 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”. In 2020 he released his last record “Musica Fragile”, which was awarded the prize “Per Chi Crea” by the Italian copyrights collecting agency SIAE and the Italian Ministry of Culture. The album features Nicola Caminiti, Cosimo Boni, Marco Bolfelli and Roberto Giaquinto and includes the liner notes of jazz legends Fred Hersch and Enrico Rava, which praise Emanuele’s work as truly remarkable.