Santangelo, Antonio

Italian Percussionist

He took his first diploma in piano, then in percussion instruments with the teaching of Stefano Morellina. His serious applying on his profession has allowed him to be shortly esteemed and appreciated because he is famous for his high technical control on all the percussion instruments and for the high preparation level of his students. From his childhood to his brilliant career, he is appeared as soloist and as member of several Orchestras in the most prestigious theatres. He has recorded for R.C.A., EDIPAN and NUOVA ERA Publishing House, with illustrious musicians like Rota, Gavazzeni, Chailly, Gelmetti, Woess, Renzetti, Gusella, Samale, Martin, Vernizzi, Zedda, Calvi, Krieger, Caracciolo, Tchakarov, Canfora, Olmi and so on.. During his professional life he boasts the first absolute executions of different authors, as Rota, Togni, Bussotti, Sciarrino, Clementi, Donatoni, Pennisi, Manzoni, Maderna, Nono. From 1974 to today he boasts an intensive collaboration as timpanist and percussionist with prestigious Italian Theatres and with RAI Orchestra of Turin and Naples. Moreover he has collaborated with RAI Orchestra of Rome as drum set and percussionist player.  He has won the National Competition organized by RAI Auditorium “Giovani Interpreti”. As first performance, for RAI UNO channel he has recorded the ”Concertino” of T. Mayuzumi (for xylophone and orchestra) as soloist with RAI Orchestra. He is Organizer and Artistic Director of several Competitions and Festivals about percussion instruments, and he is also organizer of several initiatives that enhance the value of percussion literature for all young students. From his own idea, two musical fairy-tale were recorded on CDs NUOVA ERA Publishing House: “L’uomo del tamburo” and “Un tamburo un pò brillo” of T. Procaccini; the unique Italian music work dedicated to all percussion instruments. His passion brings him to a Camera literature research, so he has realized a lot of ensemble for only percussion instrument with his students’ collaboration. For special credit he has been invited, from the Italian institute of culture and from The University of Music of Tirana, to become percussion teacher of the first class found in Albania. From 1977 he is University teacher holder of Percussion Instruments; actually he is teaching at the “L. D’Annunzio” Conservatory of Music in Pescara-Italy. He is invited to the jury of international competitions and in concerts and master classes in Europe. He is President in Italy of the PAS “Percussive Arts Society”. From 2002 he is Artistic Director of the Festival and Competition International “Days of Percussion” in Italy.  To the International Convention of the PASIC 2007 that is developed in Ohio, he has received an important recognition for his professional activity. Antonio Santangelo is a Mike Balter, Zildjian and Vic Firth Artist.