Lattanzi, Filippo

Percussionist, Italy


Defined as an outstanding interpreter and as one of the leading figures in the worldwide panorama of marimba and percussions. Filippo Lattanzi began his study of percussion instruments when he was 6 years old, obtaining a diploma at a very young age with the highest marks and praise at the Niccolò Piccinni Conservatory (Bari, Italy), under the guideance of Benniamino Forestiere. He continued his studies with Gastone Sylvestre at the Conservatoire National de Region de Rueil Mailmaison (Paris) where he was awarded the gold medal and the 1er Prix de la Musique a l'unanimite' et-felicitations for four consecutive years. In 1998 he was conferred – for the first time ever, by the unanimous decision of the board – the Premier Prix Special de Virtuosite' en Marimba. During the same period he perfected with Robert Van Sice, Michael Rosen and Leigh Howard Stevens.

As classical percussionist, Lattanzi has presented Italian and world premiere performances of works by Richard Rodney Bennett, Luciano Berio, Carlo Boccadoro, Mauro Cardi, Franco Donatoni, Jean Pierre Drouet, Petr Eben, Eric Ewazen, Gareth Farr, Ivan Fedele, Marie Helene Fournier, Vinko Globokar, Gerard Grisey, Evan Hause, Raymond Helble, Peter Klatzow, Peer Norgard, Jane O’Leary, Gabriela Ortiz, Steve Reich, Ney Rosauro, Kaija Saariaho, Joseph Schwantner, Alessandro Solbiati, Toru Takemitsu, Andrew Thomas, James Wood and many others.

In addition to his work as a soloist Lattanzi has been also involved with a number of orchestras working with musicians such as Salvatore Accardo, Martha Argherich, Luciano Berio, Pierre Boulez, Diego Fasolis, Vinko Globokar, Alain Lombard, Elliot Gardiner, Lorin Maazel, Misha Maisky, Mikhail Pletnev. Mr. Lattanzi collaborated for different years as Keyboard and percussion player of Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana of Lugano (CH), where he recorded numerous compact discs with important labels like, Sony, Harmonia Mundi, CPO, Forlane, Naxos, EMI Classics and others.

His activity as an artist has included hundreds of concerts as a soloist concerts in Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Canada, Greece, Germany, Poland, Turkey, Venezuela and the United States in the most prestigious European exhibitions of contemporary music. He plays regularly in some of the most important concert halls in Hamburg, Warsaw, Praha, Bologna, Ferrara, Torino, Firenze, Reggio Emilia, Palermo, Milano e Luzern, with which he has combined performances in chamber music, where he plays with prestigious ensembles such as the Wood Drops Percussion Ensemble (founded by Lattanzi himself), the NexTime Ensemble and the Arnold Schoenberg Choir in Vienna.

He has to his credit a large number of first-time recordings of pieces for Marimba solo and Concerts for Marimba, Percussion and Orchestra composed by such authors as Bennett, Berio, Donatoni, Drouet, Fedele, Globokar, Grisey, Schwantner, Takemitsu, Thomas, and Wood (recorded for the Koch-Schwann-Aulos, and DAD RECORDS labels). He debuted for DAD RECORDS as a soloist, recording different monographic compact discs of authors such as Johann Sebastian Bach, Richard Rodney Bennett, Raffaele Gervasio, André Jolivet, Steve Reich and Joseph Schwantner.

He teaches specialization courses promoted by the European Community, the Fondazione Arturo Toscanini of Parma, the Associazione Percussionisti Italiani, the Conservatorio Joaquin Rodrigo of Valencia (Spain), the Universidade do Minho (Portugal) theInternational Music Teachers Association of Los Angeles, the Oberlin College of Music (Ohio-USA), the Eastman School of Music (Rochester, NY USA), the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, USA), the University of Akron (Akron, OH USA), the Youngstown State University (Youngstown, USA), the New Mexico State University, the Indiana State University (Evansville – USA), the Harrison College (USA), the Percussive Arts Society, TheMichigan University, for the Perkumania Festival (Paris).

Mr. Lattanzi is frequently invited as member of the Juries for International Marimba Competitions around the world. Actually he is teacher and head of percussion department at the Conservatorio Statale di Musica “Niccolo' Piccinni” of Bari (Italy).

In addition he continued to perfect his self as Jazz drummer with incredible musicians like Peter Erskine, Tommy Igoe, Massimo Manzi, Dafnis Prieto, John Ramsay, Antonio Sanchez, Steve Smith and Dave Weckl. He is regularly invited in prestigious Jazz Festivals such as: "Padova Jazz", "Valsugana Jazz", "Fano Jazz", "Multiculturita Jazz Festival", “BeatOnto Jazz Festival” and many others, where he collaborates also with international musicians like Alex Acuna, Amik Guerra, Maurizio Rolli, Marco Pacassoni, Marco Panascia and many others.

He plays exclusively, as endorser, Mike Balter Mallets, ADAMS Marimbas and Percussion Instruments, GRETSCH Drums and SABIAN cymbals.