Paolo Fresu


Paolo Fresu is a world famous Italian trumpet player. He started to learn the instrument aged 11 in the band of his hometown. He discovered Jazz in 1980 and began to play professionally in 1982, recording for RAI under the guidance of the Maestro Bruno Tommaso and attending Siena Jazz seminars. In 1984 he graduated in trumpet playing from the Cagliari Music Conservatory and in the same year won the “Radio Uno Jazz”, “Musica Jazz” and “Radio Corriere TV” prizes as the best Italian jazz talent. In 1990, he won the Top Jazz prize organised by the Musica Jazz magazine for best Italian musician, best group (the Paolo Fresu Quintet) and best recording (for the record “Live in Montpellier”). In 1996 he was awarded the prize for best European Musician thanks to one of his works by the Académie du Jazz in Paris and the prestigious “Django d’Or” as best European jazz musician, while in 2000, he also received a nomination as best international musician. These were the first of a string of awards which continue in his musical present. The most noteworthy being an Honorary Degree awarded by the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He is a teacher and in charge of various national and international educational programs, and has played in every continent and with the most important names in Afro-American music of the past 30 years, too many to list here. He has recorded over four hundred records, about ninety in his own name or with a leadership role, and others with international collaborations. In 2010, he founded his own record label, Tŭk Music. For thirty years, he has directed the “Time in Jazz” Festival in Berchidda and for a quarter of a century, he has been the artistic director and teacher of the Nuoro Jazz seminars. In his record of achievements, a three-year period as director of the International Festival in Bergamo stands out. He has frequently been a guest of large organisations such as the Grande Orchestra Italiana, the National French Jazz Orchestra, the NDR - the Hamburg German Radio Orchestra, the PJMO of the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, the RAI Symphonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Arena di Verona, the Orchestra of the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, and others. Paolo Fresu is an ambassador for Amnesty International, Fondazione Francesca Rava and ASIA and since 2016, he is the UNESCO Youth Ambassador for Italy. He splits his time between Paris, Bologna and Sardinia.