Fabio Mancini

hammond, piano, mellotron, wurlitzer, rhodes, moog

"Fabio is at the same time delicate in his touch and aggressive on the keys when he wants an emotion to be predominant over others" (Bruno Cassan - AmarokProg)

Fabio Mancini, born in Milan on 19th august 1967, has studied under M° Costante Ferrari, Enzo Corti and Rosanna Re, obtaining his organ and organ composition degree in 1989 at  Milan's "G.Verdi" Music Conservatory and his piano degree at the Bergamo's "G.Donizetti" Musical high school. He also attended composition courses with D.Lorenzini and harpsichord classes with L.Alvini. He undertook master classes in organ interpretation with several renowned artists such as: H.Vogel, M.Radulescu, W.Krumbach (for Bach and German baroque music), A.Isoir, M.Chapuis (for French music), C.Stella and M.Torrent Serra (for Spanish music).

At the age of 18 he began his career as a classical musician, winning music competitions and performing concerts. From the age of 20, after listening to Keith Emerson and Genesis, he developed a strong interest in progressive rock and electronic keyboards, in particular moog and hammond. In 1987 and 1988 he won the 11th and 12th editions of the Noale’s Organ International Competition.

He works with many orchestras among which Milan’s “Pomeriggi Musicali”, “Accademia Concertante d’Archi”, “Mediolanensis” Orchestra, "Nuova Cameristica" Orchestra and Lecco’s “A.Vivaldi” Orchestra. With these orchestras he often performed Organ Concertos by F.Poulenc, G.F. Haendel, J. Haydn, W.A. Mozart, J.G Albrechtsberger, J. Stamitz and F.X. Brixi. Since 1989 he is also titular organist and choir conductor at St. Leonardo Murialdo’s Parish Church in Milan. He teaches 'Music Editing' at the State University of Milan since 2004, Piano at the European Music Insitute of Milan.

Fabio alternates classical music, playing piano and organ as soloist and with classical orchestras, with progressive rock music, playing keyboards with the progressive rock band "The Watch", with whom recorded their third studio album ("Primitive", 2007) and two live ones ("Live Bootleg", 2006, and "Live", 2008), and in the "ELP Tribute Band", which released a live dvd (Live in Aschaffenburg, 2008).

As a solo artist, released in 2003 the CD  'Organ Music Vol. 1', with baroque organ music by J.S. Bach, D. Buxtehude, J.G. Walther and N. Bruhns; in 2005 produced a piano CD called "The Solitaire Voyager", soon followed by his second piano solo CD, called "Secret World". Both the CDs received excellent reviews.