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A few months after he began his studies, he performed for the first time on a stage; since that moment his activity never stopped, mostly in the field of chamber music. Thanks to several exhibitions he had the chance to participate beside lots of important musicians such as Pino Ferreri, he learned how to play on a stage and all the secrets to become a professional musician. Little by little he realized that music would become his calling. He studied at G. Verdi Milan Conservatoire, graduating in clarinet under Maestro L. Magistrelli. At the same time he continued studying accordion as a self-taught and participating in several stages to further improve his skills at the International Center of Accordion (Fr) under Maestro Frédéric Deschamps, teacher at Paris’ Conservatoire; and in Pesaro (It) under Maestro Vladymir Zubytsky, well-known Ukrainian musician and composer. He performed with the band “Papillon” accompanying several famous artists in their concerts. In 2004-2005 he toured with Davide Van De Sfroos.


He has won many musical accolades: in 1995 the “International Contest” in Casarza Ligure, Genova (It); two consecutive years, 1996 and 1997 the “Erbezzo’s Contest”, Verona (It); in 1999 the “VIII International Contest of San Vincenzo la Costa” Cosenza (It). He has taken part in radio programs and TV shows, i.e. RAI TV shows in Italy, TSI in Swiss, and special guest in Paris on national channel France 2. He released several solo recordings including “Cuore Latino” and “La Gazza Ladra”, as well as contributing to other artists’ recordings: Davide Van De Sfroos’ “Akuaduulza”, Arpioni’s “Malacabeza”, and others.


The 18th October 2005 he took part in the “29° Price and National Contest of the city of Castelfidardo”, Ancona (It), for Accordion solos and his performance was recorded and released by “Universal”. He also has an extensive pedagogical experience in clarinet and accordion built in several music schools: Municipal School “G. Donizetti” in Sesto San Giovanni, Milan; Municipal School in Pessano con Bornago; “S. Cuore Institute” of Lambrate, Milan, and A. Monguzzi School in Biassono, Milan, where he continues teaching.


Since a long time he continually works to broaden his repertoire incorporating different genres during his concerts: jazz, folk, classical, ethnic, rock, light music, musette, tango, flamenco. He continues to perform on stages across Europe individually and in collaboration with a lot of artists such as Luf, Davide Van De Sfroos, Accordeonsax, Libertango Ensemble, Antonio Canales.


Saro Calandi
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