Angelo Pignatelli

Angelo Pignatelli Was born in 1973 in Ceglie Messapica, Italy. He begins the study of the accordion at the age of seven and later on learns also the bandoneon. He attended masterclasses in Italy and abroad of world-renowned teachers including: J. Mornet (France) and M. Vayrynen (Finland). In the academic year 2003/2004 he studied at the Faculty of Philology and Arts of Kragujevac (Serbia). He graduated in accordion at the “L. Cherubini” conservatory in Florence (Italy) and subsequently he achieves the II qualifying level at the Conservatory of Bari (Italy).

Already at a young age he won numerous national and international competitions, as the prize Città di Monopoli 1998, Città di Altamura 2000, Città di Avezzano 2004 and the prize Città di Castelfidardo 2004. In the year 1999 he began his teaching career at the music academy of Villa Castelli (Italy), founded with the collaboration of Mino La Penna. During his pedagogical work, many of his students have achieved results of considerable prestige both in state conservatories and in national and international competitions. In the year 2000, Angelo founded an orchestra of young accordionists with the intent of development of classic-contemporary repertoire transcribed and specially arranged to point out tonal possibilities of the accordion. In the year 2005 the “NUEVOTANGO” project was born with the aim of reviving music by Astor Piazzolla, with concerts in Italian and foreign theaters. Combining the concert activity with an intense didactic activity, Angelo transmits to his students new technical and expressive paths. Also, periodically, organizes events and masterclasses with internatinally renowned teachers. He has written numerous compositions for accordion and various formations of chamber music, which are published by the “Berben” publishing house from Ancona (Italy). He has held solo concerts in Greece, Austria and Canada.

Since the year 2007, he holds the accordion professorship in the secondary school “Pacuvio-Don Bosco” in Brindisi (Italy).