Giovanni Allevi, a famous pianist and composer, elaborates the European classic tradition opening it to new trends and to contemporary pop. Born on April 9, 1969 in Ascoli Piceno, Giovanni Allevi graduated with honours in piano and composition at the Conservatory "G. Verdi” in Milan.
The musician is strongly linked to his hometown, recalling how the best way to start the day is "to look out the window of my parents' house in Ascoli Piceno. The landscape is amazing and I like to sit still watching the Tronto river flowing into the woods”. Ascoli Piceno is calm and peaceful, a humane place, whose modesty is not a limit but a virtue, and the lack of opportunity for the music is not a defect, but are intrinsically linked to its small size.
Allevi moves to Milan, New York, but cannot help but recall the beautiful historic centre of Ascoli in many interviews: the night strolls, made in youth, between the "rue" of the historic centre of Ascoli Piceno, forming the dense and ancient city grid and the medieval towers, the symbol of the power of noble families in the capital Piceno. These are the places that have inspired his early works for their beauty and have a special charm.
About Ascoli, he appreciates the simplicity of medieval architecture, with its simple square towers that suggest the idea of pride and grandeur of the past. To Allevi Piazza del Popolo is one of the most beautiful squares in Italy, an open-air lounge of extraordinary elegance. A simple man, that despite the success of recent years with "JOY", his fourth album for piano solo, recalls the pleasures of life that help to address a concert; the pianist admits the habit of a slice of chocolate cake before each performance.
But he is quick to point out: "The Sacher? I don’t like it because of the jam ... I prefer the chocolate éclairs of Coffee Meletti of Ascoli, in Piazza del Popolo. "The flavours and aromas of Ascoli Piceno are once again in his thoughts! An extraordinary city, to visit with headphones in her ears and Allevi which opens the mind and heart.