Virginio Aiello

Pianist, composer, author, accordionist, professor, Virginio Aiello boasts a senior education in classical music, which dates back to his very first studies in accordion and piano when he was only 6 years old. It all turned into a strong passion for extemporized music. He first graduated in Piano and Jazz Music at the "S. Giacomantonio" conservatory in Cosenza and then he took the MA Degree in Jazz Composition. He won many competitions including the first prize at the Piano Competition "Città di Castellaneta" and the second prize in the piano competitions "AMA Calabria" and "Città di Terzo".

He joined different seminars and workshops with Roberto Spadoni, Luigi Giannatempo, Giancarlo Gazzani, Pietro Condorelli, Tino Tracanna, Riccardo Fassi, Ettore Fioravanti, Attilio Zanchi, Nicola Pisani, Stefano Battaglia, Franco D'Andrea, Enrico Pieranunzi, Nino De Rose, Marcello Piras, Stefano Zenni. He has performed with many jazz musicians in Italy for more than 20 years, such as Sandro Satta, Nicola Pisani, Tino Tracanna, Ettore Fioravanti, Roberto Ottaviano, Marco Sannini, Attilio Zanchi, Sandor Kem, Tanya Schapp, Nino De Rose, Giancarlo Maurino, Gaetano Partipilo, Ivano Biscardi, Corrado Aloise, Bruno Aloise, Massimo Garritano, Carlo Cimino. Also, he has been working on musical projects such as “Birdland Duo”- “Louisiana Dixieland Band”- “Calabria Logos” – “Quartetto Saudade” - "Sertango Quartet" - "Or che Strana" - "Nicola Pisani Sextet" - "Midnight Jazz Quartet" - "Radici Quartet" - "Big Band del Conservatorio di Cosenza" - "Ellington Jazz Combo" - "Tango Extremo Quartet" - "Piazzolla Project Quintet" - "Virginio Aiello Jazz Trio".

He performed in many festivals such as Roccella Jazz 2014, 2015, 2016 - Altomonte Divino Jazz 2015, 2016, 2017 - Ravello Concert Society 2015, 2016, 2017 - Festival Delle Serre, Cerisano 2016 - Torre in Jazz 2012 Torre Padia Acri (CS) - Tabularasa Festival 2012, 2015, 2016, Reggio Calabria - "Notte bianca" 2009, 2011, 2015 Altomonte - Zolfo e Malie 2010-2011 Guardia Piemontese (CS) - "Jazz in time" Roggiano Gravina (CS) 2011 - Festival "Nonfermarti" 2010 Cosenza - Università della Calabria C.A.M.S. 2010 - Franz Teatro 2009, 2011, 2015, 2017 - "Festa della musica" Biblioteca Nazionale (CS) 2006 - Settembre Rendese 2007 - Il Castello Dei Destini Incrociati (partner with Fondazione Petruzzelli di Bari) 2007 - Aspettando il Settembre Rendese 2006 - Corigliano Jazz 2006 with Nicola Pisani SINE LOCO, (Corigliano - CS). - Festival delle Invasioni 2005 with the Jazz Orchestra del Conservatorio di Cosenza - Belvedere in Jazz 2005 with the Jazz Orchestra del Conservatorio di Cosenza - Catanzaro Jazz Fest 2005 - Scalea Jazz Fest. 2004 - Catanzaro Jazz Fest. 2001 - Fondazione Odyssea - Crotone 2015, Radio Swiss Jazz 2015, Battiti Rai Radio Tre, Istituto Musicale F. Chopin - Corigliano 2015, Radio Tango - Velours Parigi 2015, Rotary Club Florense 2015, Associazione Amantea Musica - 2005, Festival Leoncavallo, Montalto Uffugo - 2005.

In 2015 he published “El Barrio” with the Sertango quartet, a recording made of original classical “Tango Nuevo” tracks, which achieved a great feedback both from audience and critics and that was even mentioned by the periodical “Musica Jazz” as one of the best recordings of 2015.
He currently teaches complementary jazz piano and traditional accordion at the conservatory in Cosenza and is a piano teacher at secondary school for the music courses. He published the following volumes: "Metodo Pratico Di Pianoforte Jazz Complementare" M.A.P. Editions; "Metodo Completo Di Fisarmonica Moderna", Edizioni Musicali M.A.P. - Milano 2015; Piano Works Vol. 1 Gde Edizioni Musicali - Roma (2016); "Tecnica Moderna Per Pianoforte (Pop & Jazz)" with Lulu Enterprises (2016); "Tecnica Moderna Per Fisarmonica (Pop, Jazz, Tradizionale)" with Lulu Enterprises (2017). He also writes for music periodicals such as Musicheria, Composers & Musicians, Jazzit, InJazz, Strumenti & Musica.