Antonio Cocomazzi received a degree in Piano and Composition from Conservatories of Foggia and Pescara. He’s the winner of thirteen international and national competitions thanks to the performances of his compositions also obtaining six second prizes and other important awards.
As a composer/pianist he recorded ten CDs to his name. Illustrious artists signed the liner notes to his albums including Ennio Morricone (Antonio Cocomazzi Project, 2008) Giorgio Gaslini (Suite for friends, 1997), and Giovanni Sollima (Restart, 2018).
He recorded the album “Restart” in Duo with saxophonist Mario Marzi and with various formations “Nonostante tutto” (2005), both original composition projects are dedicated to saxophone. “Pensieri” is an album for piano and string quartet (2008), it was published by RAI Com and it’s currently used as a soundtrack of RAI documentaries and docufilms. “Notturno” (2021) is the first album where he plays as a solo pianist and it is an anthology of 17 own compositions recorded with other formations and reinterpreted at the piano. In 2022 the Requiem was published in the version for soli, choir and organ, composed in honour and in memory of Padre Pio.
He is the author of almost 300 works ranging from chamber to orchestral music and from solo piano to compositions for choir and orchestra. In addition to the mentioned “Requiem” (1999) in the original version for soli, choir and orchestra, the Opera “Ramleela” (2014), which was performed in New Delhi (India) in 2014 with an interesting piece including opera, music, dances, and Indian theater, and the Kinderoper “Piccoletto, ovvero la Storia del piccolo spazzacamino” (2008) for soli and orchestra have particular importance.
His multifaceted sonorous world is fully expressed in live performances, as a soloist, and in various chamber ensembles, and it is characterized by a natural merger of classical, jazz, and ethnical sounds that evolve into a personal language. It is also open to improvisation and contamination.
He is currently a professor of Harmony and Analysis at the Conservatory “S. Pietro a Majella” in Napoli, Italy.