Simone Jennarelli was born in Milan (Italy) in 1974 and began piano studies at the age of four.
In 1993 he graduated with full marks at Conservatorio E.F. Dall’Abaco in Verona.
He received his education as a pianist, by attending the famous circle of the piano school founded by Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli. In 1995 he became pupil of the great pianist and teacher Ludwig Hoffmann, in Wien (Austria) and in München (Germany), attending his Masterclasses.
In 1995 he attended the Master Class of M° Ludwig Hoffmann at Accademia Pianistica A. Mozzati di Mezzago-Milano, giving a performance – in concert and with a great success – of the very difficult and rarely played original piano solo transcription of the Totentanz by F. Liszt.
In July 1996, he attended the Internationale MeisterKurse of M° Hoffmann in Bad Goisern (Austria) and his very original interpretation of Bach was highly praised and compared with the famous one given by Friederich Gulda.
He was classified top position in national and international piano contests.
He has collaborated with Milanese and Lombard music Associations as a soloist, as accompanying pianist for Opera singers and as a choir-master, specializing in F. Liszt’s rare chorus repertoire (Via Crucis, Missa Choralis, Septem Sacramenta, Rosario and the Christmas Tree).
In 1996 Simone Jennarelli’s chorus and organ work Ave Regina Coelorum premiered in Varese.
He has played piano pieces, chamber music and piano and chorus pieces like the Via Crucis by Liszt, having great success everywhere.
In August 2003 he played during the International Festival of Pianistic Interpretation in Riviera Adriatica.
He has recorded music by Brahms (Haydn Variations) and by Bettinelli for RSI, Italian Swiss Radio.
During a recital at the S. Maddalena Concert hall in Monza-Milano, including the First and the Second Années de pèlerinage (Years of Pilgrimage) by Liszt, he received great appreciation by the critics who wrote:
…the performance has completely fascinated the listeners, by carrying them away in a dreaming, ecstatic atmosphere; very good the pianist Simone Jennarelli,… that played with great ease and confidence: very fine, very difficult and very charming… Happy evening performance for everybody, evening of superior beauty (from: Il Cittadino, Monza-Milano).
His recording of the Prelude Op. 28 n° 4 by Chopin, is now used for the entry Chopin biography of Wikipedia and has been chosen as soundtrack for the Learning Library Video by the Canadian Nipissing University.
The recording of Chopin Prelude-Op. 28 n° 4 by Simone Jennarelli is the soundtrack to the final trailer of Leaving Limbo, a short film by Laurence Patrick featuring Hannah O'Leary, Cardiff 2013 and the soundtrack to the Trailer 2 of the new literary app Frankenstein for iPad and iPhone, written by the bestselling author Dave Morris (inkle Studios, Cambridge, UK) and launched by Profile Books, publisher in London, UK.
He has studied Composition with Bruno Bettinelli (the celebrated maestro of Muti, Pollini, Abbado, Chailly). He has written music for orchestra, chamber ensemble, piano, organ and chorus, soundtracks for experimental short films in competition at Montecarlo Festival in IMAGINA 2007.
Simone Jennarelli is also the featured artist, the producer and the copyright owner of his own music with label SmartCgArt.
Simone Jennarelli is member of the League of Composers/ISCM - New York.