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William Grosso

WILLIAM GROSSO

William Grosso is an Italian versatile artist. He is a composer, a pianist and a singer.

His catalogue of compositions includes pop songs, sacred music, piano pieces, Sicilian songs and movie soundtracks.

In the field of pop music, he composed more than 50 songs. His most famous pieces are “Voyager”, sung by the soprano Marianna Prizzon in Milan at “Gli Amici del loggione alla Scala”, in may 2012, and the love song: “Vivi dentro me”, featuring Laura Sfilio.

His sacred music works are very elaborated. The most famous one is “Padre Nostro”. Many versions of this piece exist for different vocal and instrumental ensembles. “Padre Nostro” has been performed in three languages in Italy and U.S. by operatic singers who came from Italy, U.K., Russia, Japan, China and U.S. An other important composition of sacred music is “Missa Brevis” for soloists, choir and organ. It has been performed for the first time on September 2010 in Augusta (Italy).

William Grosso composes pieces for his instrument: the piano. His way of composing music for piano can be associated with the style of the new classical music composers such as Giovanni Allevi and Ludovico Einaudi.
Eight piano pieces have been included in the cd “Note di Passaggio”, soundtrack of the homonymous book written by Cinzia Accetta. Two pieces that usually collect the favour of the public are: “Cerchi sull’acqua” and “Chiaroscuri”.

Sicily is a source of inspiration. He composed the music and the lyrics of a series of chamber songs written in Sicilian language. Some of these pieces have been performed in the U.S. The most famous Sicilian song is “Bedda Sicilia mia”.

In 2010, William Grosso composed the soundtrack of the independent movie “Ombre di realtà”, the first thriller-fantasy of the history, entirely made in Sicily.

William Grosso performs as a pianist in Italy and U.S. He usually plays his piano pieces and his piano versions of famous soundtracks and opera pieces.

His activity of piano accompanist is not less important. In January 2006, he accompanied on the piano the soprano Katia Ricciarelli. Currently, he is the accompanist of many operatic singers. On October 2012, with the soprano Azusa Dodo, he won the second prize at the “NTD International Vocal Competition” at the “Carnegie Hall” in New York.

William Grosso came to professional singing thanks to his love for polyphony and all musical genres. He has been a member of major choirs, such as the “Camerata Polifonica Siciliana” cunducted by Giovanni Ferrauto, singing with renowned artists such as Katia Ricciarelli, Salvatore Fisichella, Ivana Spagna, Roberto Vecchioni under the baton of important conductors such as Douglas Bostok and Nicola Luisotti. From 1999 to 2010 he sang jazz, swing and gospel music with the "Jive Quartet".

He performs numerous concerts as a swing singer in Italy and U.S. On October 2012, he was accompanied by the pianist Daniela Schachter and the bass player Marco Panascia.

Currently, William Grosso is working in:
- A Masse for Soloists, Choir and Ochestra
- A “Stabat Mater” for Mezzosoprano, Choir and Orchestra
- An Opera in three acts and a reduced version of one act
- The Music of the songs of the new Giovanna Manola’s Musical: “La Compagnia”