Andrea Molinari is an Italian guitarist, composer and arranger.
He was born in Jesi, in the Marche region, in 1986, and took to music when he was a child. After moving to Rome, he graduated with honours at the local University of Music and the Santa Cecilia Conservatory.
He completed his studies at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. On the occasion of two stays in New York, he had the opportunity to meet and speak with some of the most influential exponents on the US jazz scene: Peter Bernstein, Charles Altura, Mike Moreno, Lage Lund, Jonathan Kreisberg and Seamus Blake.
In 2010, he won the “Jimmy Woode" best guitarist award, for which the panel of judges was made up of Kurt Rosenwinkel, Rick Margitza, Antonio Sanchez, Eddie Gomez, Dado Moroni and Gegè Telesforo. 2018 saw Molinari win a national competition for an Italo-French residency promoted by the French Institute of Italy, the French Embassy in Italy, the MIDJ (Musicisti Italiani di Jazz – Italian Jazz Musicians) and the SIAE, held within the context of the “Una striscia di terra feconda” festival from 19th to 22nd September at Rome’s Casa del Jazz. The programme envisaged a collaboration with renowned French musician Médéric Collignon and a final concert, recorded for Radio3.
He has performed in important Jazz Festivals, Theatres and Jazz Clubs in Europe, Asia and the United States, and has collaborated with internationally-renowned musicians. His debut album – “L’era dell’Acquario” feat. Logan Richardson – was greatly appreciated by listeners, critics and colleagues.
His new album, entitled “51”, was released by Ropeadope Records on 12th April 2019. Ropeadope is a prestigious US label that has produced some of the most active and innovative artists on the global scene (Terrace Martin, Christian Scott, Snarky Puppy, Aaron Parks).