Masterclass year 2014

In 2001, the Saint Louis Music Center hosted a series of extraordinary Masterclasses taught by national and international artists, students had the honor of learning directly from the best in their field, honing their skills and gaining valuable perspectives. These experiences shaped their artistic paths and helped define the future of music in St. Louis.


Rosario Giuliani in 1996 won the “Massimo Urbani” award, while the following year he won the “Europe Jazz Contest” award in Belgium for best soloist and best group. In 2000 he won the Top Jazz in the new talent category for the annual referendum of the trade magazine “Musica Jazz.” His collaborations are countless. Others include those with Kenny Wheeler, Randy Brecker, Bob Mintzer, Cedar Walton, Phil Woods, Cameron Brown, and Joe Locke.


Paolo Fresu began the study of music at the age of eleven, playing in the “Bernardo De Muro” music band in Berchidda, where he acquired the first theoretical and technical concepts fundamental to the conservatory. Later moving to Sassari, he attended the Luigi Canepa Conservatory and discovered his main passion: jazz. In 1982, he began his professional career by recording for RAI under Bruno Tommaso and participating in “Siena jazz” seminars. He then completed his studies at the “Giovanni da Palestrina” conservatory in Cagliari, graduating in trumpet in 1984 with maestro Enzo Morandini. He continues to work in projects ranging from jazz to ethnic music, from world music to contemporary music, collaborating with numerous internationally renowned artists.


Since 1991, Saturnino has been Jovanotti’s bass player, whom he met in a recording studio in Milan. Together they have written numerous hits, including “Courage,” “Brute,” “Welcome to the Jungle,” “Lucky Boy,” “I Don’t,” “Rap Serenade,” “Plug Me in,” “Soleluna,” “For You,” “Save Me,” “Think Positive.” “The Navel of the World,” “High Noon,” “Safari,” “The Greatest Show After the Big Bang,” “Saturday,” “The Immortals,” and “Kiss Me Again,” the soundtrack to Gabriele Muccino’s film that won the David di Donatello for best original song. Saturnino also played the bass tour in the theme song of the Rai 1 children’s program “Solletico,” performed by the Milan Piccoli Cantori Choir.


Niccolò Fabi emerged on the Italian music scene with the success of his first single “Dica…” in 1996, which opened the door for him at the 1997 Sanremo Festival, where he won the Critics’ Award in the Newcomers Category with “Capelli.” Shortly thereafter he released his first album “The Gardener,” followed by the single of the same name in 1997. The following year he returned to the festival with “Leaving One Day in Rome,” followed by the album “Niccolò Fabi.” He recorded with Gazzè the song “Vento d’estate,” winner of the Un disco per l’estate event. In addition to the aforementioned hits, the album contains “Il male minore,” an Italian cover of Duncan Sheik’s “Barely Breathing,” and a collaboration with Frankie hi-nrg mc on “Immobile.”


Tollak Ollestad is an American harmonica player, singer, keyboardist and composer. He is best known for his signature harmonica performance in the theme of the television series Northern Exposure and for recordings with artists such as Christopher Cross, Al Jarreau, Earth Wind and Fire, Natalie Cole, Gino Vannelli, Dave Grusin, and Billy Idol, among others. His live performance skills have led him to share the stage with major touring artists. With his mastery of the harmonica and his musical eclecticism, Ollestad has left a significant mark on the music scene, distinguishing himself through his engaging performances and his ability to enrich recordings with his voice and multifaceted talent.


In 1999, Fabrizio Bosso was awarded TOP JAZZ as “Best New Talent,” a prestigious award obtained through the historic Musica Jazz magazine referendum.
Later, he was noticed by Enrico Pieranunzi, one of the world’s most renowned pianists, who recruited him into his group. This collaboration led to the publication of “Enrico Pieranunzi & Horns: Evans Remembered” (Philology, 2000), and since that first episode their paths have crossed repeatedly over the years.
Meeting Pieranunzi was a pivotal moment in Bosso’s career, allowing him to work with one of the masters of jazz and contribute to musical projects of great artistic significance. Their continued collaboration testifies to their mutual respect and admiration for each other’s talent and musical sensibilities.


Nicola Piovani, is a renowned Italian pianist, composer and conductor. Famous for his soundtracks, he has collaborated with some of the greatest directors in Italian cinema, earning an Oscar in 1999 for the soundtrack to the film “Life is Beautiful” directed by Roberto Benigni. Throughout his career, he has received numerous awards including four David di Donatello, four Soundtrack awards, four Nastri d’Argento, two Ciak d’Oro, the Golden Globe of the Foreign Press, and the Elsa Morante Award. His music has contributed significantly to the success and recognition of Italian cinema internationally.