«I am a pianist sitting on the West with my hands in the East looking at the North Star smelling the scents of the South»
Piano improviser, clavichordist, composer and writer.
He started studying piano when he was four years old and from 1986 he is author to ballets, operas, music for theatre and special projects performed worldwide.
Tradition and Experimentation have the same leading role in his music. His music has always been the result of a personal concept of art that rejects any limitations on style or inspiration. Cesare's personal musical alphabet goes across different genres, bringing to his listeners the freshness, the intensity and the power of a really strong pianism, a deep spiritual approach and the lightness of captivating melodies.
He has worked with distinguished artists such as Naseer Shamma, Rajendra Prasanna, Edmar Castaneda, Nino Josele, Giovanni Sollima, Hajime Mizoguchi, Markus Stockhausen, Yukimi Nagano, Taketo Gohara, and Italian Pop and Rock artists such as Andrea Bocelli, Luciano Ligabue, Giorgia, Samuele Bersani, Pacifico and many others.
Cesare performed at most important venues worlwide, such as Teatro Alla Scala di Milano, Auditorium di Roma, Singapore Old Parliament, Hanoi Opera House, Tokyo Blue Note, Al Maidan Centre Kuwait City, Kolkata Tagore Centre, Baghdad National Theatre, Bangkok Macm Auditorium and festival such as Delhi Jazz Festival, Tokyo Jazz Festival, Abu Dhabi Festival, Mantra Festival Madrid, Umbria Jazz.
Special events with site-specific music has been performed at Venice Guggenheim Museum, Tokyo Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Milano Hangar Bicocca, Whitney Museum New York.
As a composer he has written music for solos, chamber music ensembles and orchestras such as I Virtuosi Italiani, Berlin Chamber Soloists, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra.
Since 2006 his albums have been released in Japan and he quickly became famous touring the country several times and collaborating with local artists and orchestras.
In 2009 he creates and performs the special show BLIND DATE – Concert in the dark, a live of pure improvisation in which both artist and audience are soaked in the darkness.
He is Goodwill Ambassador for CBM Italia Onlus and Yamaha Official Artist.
Amadeus | Italy
La sua natura è innestare, sperimentare ed esplorare nuovi territori attraverso la tastiera, che sia un pianoforte a coda o un clavicordo. Incontro con un artista che ama cambiare rotta.
Mail Today | India
Picco plays for a mesmerising 45 minutes, unleashing gorgeous piece upon piece - the last time this writer saw such a quiet and still audience was when Nobel Prize winning author J.M.Coetzee had read at Jaipur Literature Festival earlier this year.
Asahi Shimbun | Japan
An original beautiful touch of classic and the improvisation of jazz style music starts the evening. As light returns some audience were moving their bodies to the rythm and some covering their eyelids to wipe away their tears.
The Shillong Times | India
From subtle and soft tones to powerful fortissimo chords, it was a display of magical virtuosity. In some passages, his fingers moved in a blur over the keyboard, drawing spontaneous bursts of applause from the audience.
With each piece, the audience was instinctively drawn into the intensity of the compositions. You could close your eyes and be carried away by the cascading tides of evocative notes.
Emirates News Agency Wam | UAE
Cesare Picco dazzled the audience in the capital. The fans of classical music immensely enjoyed Picco's unique musical compositions and vibrant improvisations that validated his flair with the piano. The concert attendees witnessed Picco's remarkable technique of playing live improvisations that elevated the art of experimental piano renditions and reinforced its excellence on an international level.
Hanoi News | Vietnam
As with most of Picco’s performance work, the audience is impulsively and emotionally drawn into the compositions by the pianist’s physical intensity, an intensity that sometimes made me close my eyes and be carried away on an evocative tide of notes.
Il Sole 24 Ore | Italy
Picco è un improvvisatore puro, è soltanto quello che suona e come lo suona. Un concerto di Picco vale sempre un viaggio anche da lontano. Gli intenditori lo ascoltano con attenzione particolare, perché sono consapevoli che un musicista in grado di frantumare insieme nel proprio linguaggio creativo Gyorgy Ligeti. Johann Sebastian Bach, Thelonious Monk e John Coltrane.