A Sicilian pianist and composer, Rosario Di Rosa starts his studies as a self-taught musician at the age of sixteen, after dedicating his previous activities to design and painting. He undertakes the study of jazz piano as part of the “Brass Group”, together with Mauro Schiavone, a pianist and composer from Palermo. He continues his studies privately with Salvatore Bonafede, one of the most important national jazz musicians. He makes his debut professionally alongside the trumpet player Vito Giordano, joining his ensembles and performing his first concerts in clubs and at music festivals around Sicily.
He participates in several clinics and master classes, among which Siena Jazz, Nuoro in Jazz, Marsala Jazz, directed by renown musicians such as John Taylor, Ralph Towner, Elvin Jones, Enrico Rava, Joshua Redman, James Carter, Stefano Battaglia, Franco D’Andrea, Enrico Pieranunzi, Bruno Tommaso, Massimo Moriconi and Marc Ducret.
In 1999 he takes part in the “Nuoro Jazz” show, under the direction of the pianist Roberto Cipelli, where he wins a scholarship as best pianist “for his exquisite musical sensitivity and the expressive maturity at the instrumental level…” (R. Cipelli)
In 2001 he collaborates with Open Jazz Orchestra, directed by the Sicilian drummer and percussionist Mimmo Cafiero, with whom he goes on tour in Italy performing in various jazz festivals, tackling a repertory of traditional and original Sicilian compositions, arranged in a jazz interpretation.