He studied percussion at the Conservatory in L’Aquila and composition at the Conservatory of St. Cecilia in Rome. In 1987, he founded the Ars Ludi Ensemble with Gianluca Ruggeri, with whom he takes part in many important national and international music festivals, collaborating with outstanding contemporary composers. Active for many years in the major Italian opera and symphonic institutions, from 1998 to 2003 he was kettledrummer of the Orchestra da Camera Italiana, conducted by Salvatore Accardo. As an orchestra instrumentalist, he worked together with conductors such as Bernstein, Sinopoli, Chailly, Maazel, Gatti, Morricone, Sawallisch, Chung, Mehta, Frühbeck De Burgos, etc. As soloist, he collaborates with various chamber ensembles and holds the percussion chair at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome. He has always been interested in different languages of artistic expression. He composes pieces for theatre, dance and collaborates with figurative artists. He has held master classes in music for drums interpretation at the Cantiere internazionale d’arte in Montepulciano, seminars at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, and posts at various institutions all over the world. He has been teaching at the Accademia Chigiana since 2015.

Percussion Instruments