Stef Scaggiari, also known as Stefan Scaggiari or Stefano Scaggiari certainly has a name some find difficult, but most remember. His ancestors are from Asiago, Italy—so just think Italian and pronounce everything—Ska-jar´-ee would be close. Stef’s new album “Our Little Place” really highlights his amazing depth as a pianist, composer, arranger, recording artist, and now singer. He produced and performed every note on this new collection.
Stef’s career has taken him to Italy ( the Saluzzo Festival), Turkey ( the International Music Festival in Ankara); to the Netherlands (the Rotterdam Music Festival); to Japan for the Concord/Fujitsu Festival Tour, traveling with the Carol Sloane group, the Modern Jazz Quartet, the Count Basie All-Stars, and Mel Torme; and Brazil with Tim Eyermann’s East Coast Offering under the auspices of “Partners of the Americas” and the great Felix Grant.
Highlights as both jazz and classical pianist include the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Concord Pavilion, Baltimore’s Artscape Festival; soloist with the Kansas City Symphony, the Evansville Philarmonic, the Florida Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic, the Annapolis MD Chorale and Chamber Orchestra; cross-over classical/jazz concerts with his trio at the Shriver Hall Concert Series (Johns Hopkins University), Strathmore Hall Mansion Series in Rockville, MD, and the Kilbourn Hall Series (Eastman School of Music).
Stef’s discography is impressive—over 30 recordings and counting, including 9 for Concord Records. Stef Scaggiari—his name and music is heard by millions every week on National Public Radio’s Week-End Edition Sunday. He has composed theme music for ABC Sports, commercials for the I.R.S., the Rouse Corporation (including America’s first Planned Urban Development—Columbia, MD), Baltimore’s Inner Harbour, and Bayside Marketplace in Miami, Florida.
A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, a Masters’ from Peabody, Scaggiari has deep roots in the classical tradition. His teachers include Eugene List , Earl Wild, and Leon Fleisher. He is a former member of the U.S. Marine Band (The President’s Own) playing at the White House over 200 times.
Stefan Scaggiari is an experienced artist with dazzling versatility—at home with Ellington, Gershwin, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, and of course as a jazz improviser. “From the Kennedy Center with Marvin Hamlisch to Carnegie Hall with Eugene List, to the Concord Pavilion with the Stef Scaggiari Trio…Stef does it all”
- “SCAGGIARI brought a Romantic sensibility to everything he played” ----- The Washington Post
- “STEF’S musical contributions are major, sometimes miraculous.” ----- National Public Radio
- “STEFAN SCAGGIARI’s performance was incredibly uplifting and alas, all too rare…the audience sang, clapped, and roared it’s appreciation with tremendous enthusiasm…a pianist who can swing from Mozart to Monk, and back again”. ------- The Baltimore Sun
- “SCAGGIARI shows real musical imagination” ----- The Denver Post
- “An exceptional, emotionally charged lyricism and flawless technique, eloquent expression…a crystalline touch.” ----- Jazz Times Magazine
- “In my experience, only a few musicians can successfully bridge the artificial gap between classical European music, American Jazz, and popular song. Stef belongs among the few.”---- Ethel Ennis
Stef Scaggiari is in good company. He’s performed and/or recorded with the following: Vocalists/ Ethel Ennis, Ernestine Anderson, Carol Sloane, Jimmy Witherspoon, Frederica von Stada, Sue Matthews, Erin Dickins, Tony Spencer, Eva Cassidy. Musicians/ Colin Bailey, Greg Grainger, Frank Russo, Mark Russell, Keter Betts, Dave Wundrow, John Lockwood, Gary Grainger, Steve Abshire, Rick Whitehead, Paul Bollenback, Herb Ellis, Pete Berenbregge. Orchestras/ National Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Florida Orchestra, Aspen Festival Orchestra, Annapolis Symphony, Annapolis Chorale Chamber Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
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