Matteo Alfonso, graduated in Classical Piano, Composition and Jazz Music, is Jazz Piano professor at the Venice Conservatory. Pianist who distinguishes himself for his refined sound and his interpretative skills, he began his professional activity in his early twenties. Thanks to his natural ability to express himself at high levels even in very different musical contexts, he has always been highly appreciated as a side-man and works regularly with Italian and internationally renowned musicians. In addition to numerous record projects, his first album, Count Your Blessings, sees him at the helm of a formidable quartet embellished by the legendary Eliot Zigmund on drums.
Matteo Alfonso combines the activity of pianist with that of arranger, creating music for the most diverse genres of staff: from small ensembles to big bands, to stage music. During his career he has participated in numerous festivals in Italy but also in Europe, Russia, Canada and Latin America.
He has performed with Italian artists such as Pietro Tonolo, Riccardo Del Fra, Gianni Cazzola, Fabrizio Bosso, Piero Odorici, Marco Tamburini, Gianni Basso, Rosario Bonaccorso, Roberto Gatto, Alfred Kramer, Mauro Negri, Giovanni Maier, Robert Bonisolo, Dino Rubino, Marcello Allulli, Federico Casagrande, Tommaso Cappellato, Rosario Giuliani, Luigi Grasso, Francesco Sotgiu, Carlo Atti, Giancarlo Schiaffini, Daniele D’Agaro, David Boato, Andrea Lombardini, Mauro Beggio, Roberto Rossi, Marc Abrams, Enzo Carpentieri, Sandro Gibellini, Marcello Pellitteri, Carla Marcotulli, Danilo Gallo, Ettore Martin, Michele Polga, Marco Castelli, Tiziana Giglioni, and many others.
As a side-man he shared the stage with internationally renowned names such as Bobby Watson, Javier Vercher, Cory Cox, Ferenc Nemeth, Ray Mantilla, Francisco Mela, Jack Walrath, Jimmy Lovelace, Gil Goldstein, Eliot Zigmund, Antony Pinciotti, Kyle Pool and Toquihno.
National and International Festivals:
He has participated in many international festivals including: Guatemala Jazz Festival 2014 and 2017, Jazz in Albania 2014, Lacoste Musiquè Festival France 2004, Festival de Théoule sur Mer France 2004, Vancouver Jazz Festival Canada 2006, Aarau Jazz Festival Switzerland 2006, Poysdorf Jazz Festival Austria 2007, Piestany Jazz Festival Slovakia 2007, Italian Jazz Festival Berlin 2010, Glinka Hall San Petersburg 2010, and national: Garda Jazz Festival, Bari Jazz Festival, Crema Jazz Festival, Palermo Jazz & Meeting, Ski Fiemme Jazz Festival, Alessandria Jazz Festival, Veneto Jazz, Venice Jazz Festival, Vicenza Jazz Festival, Peschici in Jazz, Kurkuma Summer Festival, Pescara Musical Festival, Abano Jazz Festival, as well as many reviews in the most prestigious Italian Jazz Clubs.