Cesare Picco started studying piano when he was four years old and from 1986 he started to perform his own music. He is author to ballets, operas, music for theatre and special projects performed worldwide. He has toured Germany, Spain, France, India, Singapore, Vietnam, and Japan.
He has worked with distinguished artists such as Naseer Shama, Billy Cobham, Giovanni Sollima, Hajime Mizoguchi, Markus Stockhausen, Yukimi Nagano, Taketo Gohara, Andrea Bocelli, Luciano Ligabue, Giorgia, Samuele Bersani, Pacifico, Ferruccio Spinetti.
In the theatrical field he has worked with Gioele Dix, Fabrizio Gifuni, Ascanio Celestini, Ottavia Piccolo, Sergio Fantoni.
Cesare has performed at Italy’s most important festivals; Ravello Festival, Sagra Malatestiana, Umbria Jazz, Veneto Jazz, La Milanesiana, Lucca Summer Festival and abroad at Delhi Jazz Festival, Tokyo Jazz Festival, Abu Dhabi Festival.
His method of playing and improvising contributes significantly to the excellence of international pianism. Tradition and Experimentation have the same leading role in his music. His creations and improvisations have always been the result of a personal concept of music that rejects any limitations on style or inspiration.
Cesare Picco’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.
His vast repertoire and real improvisations make each concert unique and unrepeatable. His concerts retrace some of the defining moments in Picco’s artistic journey. Marrying the modernity of Bach with Jazz’s classicism, Picco displays lightness and poetry in his music, as he travels through unusual roads driven by his constant search for the purity and precision in music.
As a composer he has written music for solos, chamber music ensembles and orchestras.
In 1999 he wrote the children’s opera “Il Viaggio di Hans” inspired by Andersen’s tales. Between 1998 and 2004 he composed music for three ballets of Luciana Savignano and he performed piano solo with her at Teatro La Scala of Milan.
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 played world premiére in Milan (Teatro Smeraldo - sold out) and then the Tokyo’s Hara Museum of Contemporary Art invites Cesare Picco for the Japanese premiére in September 2011 (two concerts sold out).
The show has been performed in Lugano, Rome and Florence as well.
In 2010 he enact the japanese romance “Tale of Genji”, for Piano and strings orchestra with the ensemble “I Virtuosi Italiani”
“Hope at Sunrise”, the piece for piano and cello, dedicated to the victims of 11th March 2011, became in June 2011 a special event in Tokyo rising fund for Red Cross Japan. Many Japanese artists join the project playing together in three concerts at Blue Note Tokyo.
In summer of 2011, as a special guest of the “Sagra Malatestiana” of Rimini, he presented the inedited concert “Calling Bach – BWV Spirits” playing on stage piano, harpsichord and clavichord.
Since 2010 he wrote of music on ilpost.it, a daily web journal.