Born in Bari 1973, Rocco starts playing guitar at 6 but suddenly stops 'till 14 when he takes back his hands on the old classical guitar that he will never leave again.
After being at the Pink Floyd live at Cava dei Tirreni, he comes back home and starts playing Wish you were here without knowing even a note. After few years spent studying classical guitar and playing in local bands, he becomes at the age of 20 guitar player of Zimbra, progressive band well known in Bari. In this period he meets Fabio Pignataro, jazz-fusion guitarist that will have a great influence on Rocco's playing style; turning from rock to jazz has started and so after a few months of study with Fabio, Rocco goes to Siena Jazz where he understands that jazz has become an important part of his life and his music.
Rocco follows clinics with Scott Henderson, Mike Stern, Garrison Fewell and plays with well knowns musicians in Bari area. After recording his first album Portrait of my land in 2011 now is avalaible the 2nd album I'm so far from the crowd.
Guitarists who have great influences on Rocco's music are John Scofield, Wes Montgomery, Mike Stern, George Benson, Tuck Andress; but also Pino Daniele, Joe Pass, Jim Hall, Steve Rothery, Jimi Hendrix, Mark Knopfler, Eric Clapton.
Most important musicians are Bill Evans, John Coltrane, McCoy Tyner, Wayne Shorter and Cannonball Adderley.
Rocco is a versatile guitarist with classical and electric guitar, loving to play both.