Pierpaolo Iacopini

Mr. Iacopini was born in Rome, Italy, in 1958. He graduated with top honors from the Conservatory of Bari, Italy, where he received his first-class degree in saxophone. Currently, he teaches saxophone at the Conservatorio di Bari. His musical performances include solo concerts and playing with chamber ensembles. With the saxophone quartet, M. Mule, he won two important competitions: Giovani promesse in 1988 at Taranto, Italy, receiving the medal of honor awarded by the President of the Italian Republic, and also the Friends of Music from the Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome.

Beginning in 1978, Mr. Iacopini has often performed with the St. Cecilia Orchestra playing the symphonic repertoire of Bizet, Ravel, Mussorgski, Prokofiev, Gershwin, Shostakovich, Penderecki, Berio, Clementi, et al. with many prominent conductors.

His musical activities also include playing in the theater where he plays his own compositions as well as those of other composers. He has given seminars and conferences about the saxophone, its nature and music, at the First University La Sapienza and at the Institute of French Culture of Rome.

Both his solo and chamber music repertoire include 20th century classical music, as well as jazz. Mr. Iacopini has concertized throughout Europe.

(Iacopini) has phenomenal technique, particularly in the middle and lower registers and an unusual, red-wine tone that is quite unlike anything I have heard before outside of the jazz world.
Steven Ritter, American Record Guide

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