[Alessandro Simonetto] is a tremendous natural talent! (Eric
James, music associate of Sir Charles S. Chaplin).
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 archive.
Always passionate about choral
music direction he studied with Mazuccato G., A. Cetrangolo,
G. Acciai, C. Hoegset on various courses, and directed over
250 concerts with male, folk choirs (Coro Bassano a.k.a.
Coro Montegrappa). He is the custodian of
the omnia works, even in manuscript, by the Venetian composer,
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 (OC55B, BC94187). 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".
As a fan and scholar of the
renowned duo Laurel & Hardy, he has recently recorded in its
world premiere "Leroy Shield: Laurel & Hardy's Original
Piano Music" with the collaboration of the main scholar in
this field, Piet Schreuders (ÆVEA, AE16024).
Simonetto has also recently
recorded, for the ÆVEA label (AE16019), the Early and Esoteric Works by Erik Satie, the
complete piano compositions, written in the period 1887-1897
including the rarely listened poems in three acts "Le Fils
des étoiles" and "Uspud", and also including some unedited
and uncompleted sketches.
Coming to the harpsichord,
he has just signed with Brilliant Classics for the complete
recording of works by Johann Mattheson in 2 CDs.
He is often invited to be part
of the jury in International Competitions.
As 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.
At the same time he started an online
collection of classical music in MP3, representing some
of the more interesting
young 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.
Beside, 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
In 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