Paris based jazz guitarist Federico Casagrande started in early age the study of classical music in Italy. In 2003 he moved on a scholarship to Boston, U.s.a., where he attended the Berklee College of Music and graduated summa cum laude in 2006. He studied with Giampaolo Gobbo, Sandro Gibellini, Tommaso Lama, Dave Tronzo, Mick Goodrick, Rick Peckham, Greg Hopkins, Jeff Galindo, Garrison Fewell, Dave Santoro, Hal Crook, Ed Tomassi In 2007 he won the first prize at the Gibson Montreux Jazz Festival Guitar Competition with George Benson president of the jury. He performed in Italy, U.S.A., Canada, Denmark, Austria, Estonia, Lettonia, Portugal, Switzerland, France, U.K., China. He leads his own trio performing original composition. He is co-leader of a duo with London based trumpet player Fulvio Sigurta’ and of a quartet with portugese vibraphonist Jeff Davis. He performs also in solo focusing on extemporary compositions, often collaborating with dancer Laura Moro or interacting with other forms of art. He works as well as a sideman in various jazz groups in Europe.
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