Alessandro Simonetto (b. 1974)
is musician, producer and sound engineer.
Studies of Pianoforte (graduated)
under the guide of G. Di Toma at the 'Steffani' Conservatory
in Castelfranco Veneto; Electronic Composition (graduated) with
P. Zavagna and N. Bernardini at the 'Pollini' Conservatory in
Padova; and Harpsichord with L. Levi-Milzi and C. Lombardino
at the above conservatories.
He deepened aspects tied to
jazz composition and silent-film music studying with C. Mc Bee
and G. Dial in Italy at the summer courses. He was friend and
maintained an active and productive corrispondance 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 wrote this sentence in front
of him and the audience: "Alessandro is a pianist of immense
talent and will surely make his mark on the musical profession
Photo by Federica Vettori.
Alessandro started composing
at a very early age. At only 14 y.o. he wrote a cycle of
Mazurkas inspired to Chopin. He composed music for piano,
organ, harpsichord, disklavier, computers; chamber music and
choral music (masses, motets, arrangements), songs. He was quoted
by the 'Ecole supérieure d'art d'Aix-en-Provence' for a composition
for disklavier, pre-recorded sounds and accordion; he has also
a work of countemporary music inside the Mediateca delle Marche
Always passionate about choral
music direction he studied with Mazuccato G., A. Cetrangolo,
G. Acciai, C. Hoegset on various courses, and directed over
100 concerts with male, folk choirs. He is the custodian of the
omnia works, even in manuscript, by the Venetian composer, Marco
As an harpsichordist he recorded
the Premiere of the 'Suittes voor Clavicembel' (Suites
Op. 1) from 'Exempla Music Neerlandica' by the Dutch baroque
composer Pieter Bustijn. The recording has been released by
Brilliant Classics in 2010. It has been recognized as 'Bargain
of the Month' by Music Web International reviewer Bizantyon
who wrote: Nearly eighty minutes of enormously appealing,
high-octane invention superbly rendered by Alessandro Simonetto.
[...] This superlative recording is the one to get".
He is often invited to be part
of the jury in International Competitions.
a database and music lover together, Alessandro founded
kunstderfuge.com (since 2002), a large collection
of classical music online, that contains 20,000 files including
piano rolls of historical pianists as well as live performances
fixed on MIDI support. Some of the files have also been
automatically obtained thanks to a special software, Director
Musices, improved with special rules; the work achieved
Alessandro a scholarship at KTH University of Stockholm,
TMH music section.
the same time he started an online collection of classical
music in MP3, representing some of the more interesting
musicians from Italy and abroad.
A few time later this collection evolved in a real
OnClassical, first example of author'-societies-free
label according to the principles of Creative Commons.
in 2004, Alessandro also launched classicaland.com,
a collection of old sheet music books, out of copyright,
he bought all around Europe. The site become affiliated
to the major Kunst der Fuge but was stopped uploading after
some months due to the born of imslp.org. In the meantime
kunstderfuge.com reached the 6,000 unique visitors/day!
2005 OnClassical started a new catalogue with only self-produced
recordings. It then appeared in major Italian newspapers,
radios, music magazines, blogs and exhibitions always as
a non-paying guest. Alessandro's recordings, thanks to external
licenses gave to physical labels, achieved honors by the
worldwide magazines and specialized blogs, including Fanfare,
Diapason Mag, Scherzo, Musica, The Guardian, Fono, BBC Magazine,
incoda.de, TNT Audio...
You may contact Alessandro