Giovanni Nardi was born in Tuscany (Italy) in 1971. He began studying music at the age of nine with his grandfather; at 19 he received a Performance Diploma in "Saxophone" from the Florence Conservatory where he studied mainly with Claudio Lugo and Massimo Mazzoni. He studied "Electronic Music" under Albert Mayr and Lelio Camilleri at the Florence Conservatory.
To enhance his performance, he studied for several years with extraordinary soloists such as the great American saxophonist Eugene Rousseau at the "Mozarteum" in Salzburg and other contexts, and he broadened his range studying new repertories and early music with David Bellugi, under whom he obtained a Performance Diploma in "Recorder" from the Florence Conservatory. Still at the Florence Conservatory he obtained a Diploma in "Teaching Music" (Specialization in Saxophone). Giving rein to his passion for films, he attended the course in "Music for the Cinematographic Image" taugh by Ennio Morricone at Crsdm in Fiesole.
Ever since the beginning of his career he looked for a new style and sound in saxophone, deeply rooted in the instrument's classical matrix able to interact with classical instruments and performers, as well as with the world of musical improvisation and electronic music. With interests that go beyond the standard repertoires, he entered the small circle of musicians able to interpret classic pieces, the most daring contemporary compositions, electronic compositions and improvised pieces with the same virtuosity and coherent and effective musicality. The conception of his programs always reveals a genuinely original approach.
His cultural interests, such as his love of film, painting and literature, assist his constant efforts to enliven the potential of his instrument. He has performed as a soloist in purely classical events, at prestigious academic institutions, at contemporary music festivals and events dedicated to new music and improvisation (Ravenna Festival; Staatsoper Stuttgart; Mozarteum Salzburg; Hochschule Wien; Hochschule Cologne; Nuova Consonanza, Festival Angelica, Tempo Reale Festival, Fabbrica Europa, Musicus Concentus, Biennale des Arts in Marseilles and many others) along with world saxophone congresses and special events in Italy dedicated to the saxophone.
He has worked with the Italian state broadcasting system, RAI. He participated in events like Radio Tre Suite with an interview/concert, represented Italy at the EBU Art' s Birthday with a solo performance broadcast live throughout Europe, and gave a recital at the Palazzo del Quirinale (official residence of the President of Italy) which was also broadcast live throughout Europe and then re-aired by several European networks as well as RAI 3 and wire-broadcasts.
He has worked with composers such as Francesco Giomi, Marino Baratello, Alessandro Solbiati, Mauro Graziani, Agostino Di Scipio, Andrea Mannucci, Patrizio Barontini, Annamaria Federici, Arduino Gottardo, Pietro Grossi, Lorenzo Donati creating soloist pieces for saxophone which he then presented in première performances. He has worked with Jindrich Feld, Arvo Part and Sofia Gubaidulina transcribing their music for saxophone and then premiered these compositions as well.
He has done significant work in promoting new repertoires for saxophone, performing italian premiere of saxophone soloist and duo pieces by composers such as Edison Denisov, Michael Nyman, François-Bernard Mache, Costin Miereanu, Jonty Harrison, Michele Tadini, Bernhard Heiden and Gavin Bryars.
Since 1997 he has been performing steadily as soloist with the Centro "TEMPO REALE" of Florence founded by Luciano Berio; with Tempo Reale he has worked on many new productions as well as compositions by great authors, such as Karlheinz Stockhausen's original version of "Solo" with one soloist and four performers at live electronics, performed at the RAI, and an impressive version of Stockhausen's Spiral for a soloist and short-wave radio, made with a special interactive interface simulating the short-wave device, in cooperation with the Festival Fabbrica Europa of Florence and the Stockhausen-Stiftung für Musik (Stockhausen Foundation for Music).
In the fields of composition/improvisation, he has done intensive research on common aspects with and in improvisation without any barriers or limitations in terms of repertoire. He draws his inspiration equally from Stockhausen's intuitive music, from music by Luciano Berio and Ennio Morricone, from the jazz musicians John Zorn, Bill Frisell, Anthony Braxton, Yan Garbarek and Ornette Coleman, as well as improvising in early music. He has worked with composers and improvisers in strictly musical contexts as well as in the worlds of theater, dance and multimedia productions.
He holds master classes on saxophone and creative improvisation/intuitive music. He has made several recordings and his pupils have won awards in domestic and international competitions.
He currently holds the chair (Professor) in saxophone at the Verona Conservatory.
*NEWS!* Saxophone master-class at Florence Music Academy (Accademia Musicale di Firenze)
…..Luciano Berio with the dizzying fantasy of the "Sequenza IXb", Giacinto Scelsi, with the refined poetic of "Tre Pezzi", and Karlheinz Stockhausen, with his confidence of composition and vigor of "In Freundschaft". A great challenge in terms of performance and interpretation that Nardi met with intelligence and remarkable skill.
…..a soprano sax magnificently played by Giovanni Nardi
…..Giovanni Nardi, versatile, precise and unequalled even in less orthodox pieces for his instrument.....
IL RESTO DEL CARLINO
…..an inspired and faultless performance....
…..piece performed by Giovanni Nardi with all the skill of a virtuoso.....
Nardi outstanding saxophonist.
The concert offered an opportunity to hear Giovanni Nardi's outstanding skill with his instrument, even in the two pieces by Scelsi and Berio (especially the latter with its astounding technical difficulties).
A rousing success for the performer and the three composers.
…..excellent interpretations by Giovanni Nardi and, as we said, an outstanding success.
IL CORRIERE DI FIRENZE
…..the sound of Giovanni Nardi's saxophone is high, confident and earthshaking, but it can also become sweet and luminous, and like the aurora borealis it offers a wide range of unpredictable nuances as it alternates between whispers and an overpowering, free emotional power
…..extremely stimulating for those who enjoy unusual and mixed approaches
…..the dedicated musicians move with agility and skill through the atmosphere created by the unusual combination of saxophone and violoncello. Excellent recording.