Pianist and composer, Simone Graziano has asserted himself over the past years as an artist able to influence the new generation of Italian musicians, earning the unanimous consensus of specialised critics, who voted him as among the top artists in the Musica Jazz magazine ranking from 2013 to 2016. Born in Florence, he left school with top marks in classical pianoforte under the guidance of the Maestro Stefano Fiuzzi at the Conservatorio Cherubini in Florence. While studying classical music, he also carried out an in-depth study into the language of jazz at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, taking a specialist degree in Jazz Composition and Arrangement. He perfected his skills with masters such as John Taylor, Kenny Wheeler, Mulgrew Miller, Riccardo Fassi, Enrico Pieranunzi, Stefano Bollani, Franco D’Andrea, Aaron Goldberg. In 2009 he recorded his first CD, “Lightwalls (Dodicilune)”, with Ares Tavolazzi and Stefano Tamborrino. In 2013, “Frontal” was released, his first record as leader of the quintet with the same name, and two years later “Trentacinque”, both recorded for Auand Records with Stefano Tamborrino, Dan Kinzelman, Gabriele Evangelista, Chris Speed and David Binney. In 2016, he was invited by L’Espresso to record an album for the collection Il Jazz Italiano and during the same year, he took his music on a long tour through Asia, playing in some of the most important venues in China (Xiamen, Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, Guangzhou). His latest recording, “Snailspace”, was released in 2017 on the Auand label, where he forms a trio with Francesco Ponticelli on double bass and Tommy Crane on drums. Simone Graziano performs on the most important jazz club stages as well as national and international festivals such as Umbria Jazz, Jazz&Wine of Peace, Jazzenbess, Vicenza Jazz Festival, Roccella Jazz Festival, Turin Jazz Festival, Festival Crossroads, Musicus Concentus, JazzMI, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Galway Jazz Festival. Simone Graziano has held the pianoforte chair at the Siena Jazz University since 2014 and is the artistic director of the “A Jazz Supreme” festival for the prestigious association Musicus Concentus in Florence. Furthermore, since 2018, he has been chairman of MIDJ (Jazz Musicians Association), where he previously acted as vice chairman.