I had been drawn by sounds since the very first years of my life, at least that’s what I’m told, and I enrolled in the only music school of the town where I was born; I ended up choosing one of the three instruments that the school offered. Among these three, I saw the accordion: the movements of the bellow, the fact of holding it in one’s arms, and its sound, so similar to the organ’s, aroused my interest. This instrument was my birthday present, insomuch that I started on 22nd January 1982, at 9 years old.

My classical academic studies accompanied this instrument: the violin first, then the piano, and above all composition with Maestro Bruno Coltro, a great teacher who undoubtedly expanded my horizon.

I owe much to few people, and all of them are paradoxically far away from the accordion world: listening to Benedetti Michelangeli and Glenn Gould stimulated me to experiment with the beautiful sound of my instrument, poor from that point of view. But music without other arts would not suffice to my education.

Cinema, first of all, thanks to my father’s initiation: he made me see Hollywood classics instead of animated cartoons;
Visual Arts, from ancient to contemporary painting, through visits of many exhibitions and museums, and direct knowledge of several artists among which Gastone Biggi with whom I struck up a friendship, and who made me know the real 50s and 60s Art History;
Cooking Art, that has allowed me to know many chefs and involved me in many events concerning food.

Becoming a musician has been a fluke, because it means doing the work I love!

Roberto

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