Gianni (John) Turcio hails from Capri, a
magical island lying just off the west coast of Italy and
forming part of that splendid panorama which is the Bay Of
Gianni, whose father was also a musician, began studying the piano at the age of seven and was in his early teens when he commenced what has developed into a long and illustrious career.
For one who was raised amongst the blue waters of the Mediterranean it was only natural that a relatively young Gianni would score an engagement as resident pianist aboard the Angelina Lauro, a trans oceanic liner which apart from world cruises also made regular voyages between Europe and Australia.
At the time he wasn't to know that eventually he would plant his roots in the new continent and settle down in Melbourne where he would continue his musical career and become an established personality in the entertainment industry.
Gianni's formal qualifications include an Associate & Licentiate Diploma in Pianoforte (A.MUS. A.) and Diploma in Pianoforte (L.MUS. A.). He has been a teacher of classical and jazz piano and theory for a number of years and currently provides his services at Penleight & Essendon Grammar preparing students for all levels of A.M.E.B. exams.
As an accomplished pianist, composer, arranger and musical director Gianni is continually in demand by national and international artists and the list for whom he has provided his skills include James Morrison, John Farnham, John Paul Young, Doug Parkinson, Chelsea Brown, Lisa Edwards, Julie Anthony, Rhonda Burchmore, Jackie Love, Marina Prior, John Rowles, Tony Pantano, Rob Guest, Ron Lees, Silvie Paladino, Denis Walter, Normie Rowe, Phyllis Diller, Rolf Harris, Rachel Beck, Todd McKenna, Rhys Merion and Colleen Hewitt.
Gianni has performed with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in the production of several sound tracks for feature films and has also worked on the Seven, Nine & Ten commercial television networks.
Countless studio projects with prominent recording artists include playing keyboards on Marina Prior's "Leading Lady" CD and the recent (2004) co-arranging on a CD production for renowned Welsh tenor Rhys Merion.
To say that Gianni is kept busy is quite an understatement - he is founder and director of The Melbourne Italian Ensemble, founder and director of I Musici Of Melbourne string orchestra, musical director for an annual Carols By Candlelight concert held at a popular Melbourne club and a member of the twenty piece Daryl McKenzie Jazz Orchestra.
And of course on any given day you will find Gianni performing either solo, with a jazz combo or maybe leading a corporate big band at the Park Hyatt, the Hilton Hotel, Crown Casino, prestige function centres and at Melbourne's more fashionable restaurants and lounges.
In recent years Gianni was part of the Australian Tour by world renowned superstar tenor Roberto Alagna in three concerts staged at the iconic Sydney Opera House, the Melbourne Hamer Hall and the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.
Roberto Alagna, along with guest artist Australia's very own soprano Siobhan Stagg, was accompanied in Sydney and Melbourne by the Australian Sinfonietta featuring the country's finest classical musicians under the baton of Stefano Miceli, the latter a regular conductor at the world’s greatest theatres. In Alagna’s Brisbane concert Stefano Miceli conducted the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
In all three concerts Gianni featured providing superb solo piano accompaniment to eight Neapolitan classics sung by Roberto and Siobhan to the delight of the sell out audiences and gaining critical acclaim from prominent reviewers.
Gianni's considerable catalogue of original songs demonstrates an ability to compose in a wide variety of musical styles ranging from jazz to classical, latin and folk.
Many of Gianni's works are performed regularly by various ensembles around Australia and indeed around the world while others, such as the latin jazz numbers Hola and Johnston Street, have featured in CD releases by the popular Daryl McKenzie Jazz Orchestra.
It is this spirit of creativity and dedication for his profession that has placed Gianni Turcio at the top end of the musical scale and earned him, from public and industry experts alike, the highest accolades and the esteem only reserved for the true professionals.
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