Chiara Izzi

Chiara Izzi’s musical path began in her adolescence by learning to play the piano and starting to perform very early. By the age of 17 she had already performed in concerts in Italy and abroad with some of the most influent musicians on the Italian scene playing with them in many and different musical environments. As a result of this numerous experiences she reached a great versatility that made her capable to acquire a vocal mastery of jazz tradition but also a remarkable skill in contemporary styles. This way Chiara has developed a unique sound that allows her to interpret music gaining the musical content from different genres (jazz, pop, Italian songs, mediterrean sounds) blending it and exploring it through a strong personality that unifies all the songs in a very brilliant and mature way of singing, despite her young age.

Chiara’s International debut took place at the Montreux Jazz Festival Vocal Competition in 2011, where she was awarded first prize by the living musical legend Quincy Jones. Following this award the vocalist was invited to perform at the Montreux Jazz Festival 2012 opening Paco de Lucìa’s concert. She is very active in the jazz community participating in some important International competitions such as Voicingers 2012 (Poland), where she was selected as a finalist by a jury composed by Patricia Barber, Lars Danielsson and Thierry Quenum. She has also won some of the most important Italian jazz competitions to name a few, first prize in the prestigious Italian contest Lucca Jazz Donna 2010, in Lucca (Italy), third prize in the national contest Chicco Bettinardi 2010 in Piacenza (Italy). In July 2009 she was in the band that won the first prize in the international competition Barga Jazz, in Barga (Italy). In 2008 Norma Winstone, David Linx and Maria Pia de Vito chose her as a finalist for the International Jazz Competition Scrivere in Jazz, in Sassari (Italy).

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“Sister, you are very very talented!” - Quincy Jones

“Having travelled to and performed in Italy for the last 35 years, I have met many Italian rising stars and have seen them to go on to achieve international recognition. Chiara is one of those rising stars that I speak of. She has the talent, passion, devotion, musicianship, and professionalism that is required for success”. - Bobby Watson

“Chiara Izzi is really one of the most talented young jazz singers I have ever heard in a very long time. Her way of presenting melodies and lyrics are very unique,and the way she sings scat like an instrument is totally mind blowing”

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