Andrea Molinari is an Italian guitarist, composer and arranger.
He was born in Jesi, in the Marche region, in 1986, and took to music when he was a child.
After moving to Rome, he graduated with honors at the local University of Music and the Santa Cecilia Conservatory.
He completed his studies at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels.
On the occasion of two stays in New York, he had the opportunity to meet and speak with some of the most influential exponents on the US jazz scene: Peter Bernstein, Charles Altura, Mike Moreno, Lage Lund, Jonathan Kreisberg and Seamus Blake.
In 2010, he won the “Jimmy Woode" best guitarist award, for which the panel of judges was made up of Kurt Rosenwinkel, Rick Margitza, Antonio Sanchez, Eddie Gomez, Dado Moroni and Gegè Telesforo.
2018 saw Molinari win a national competition for an Italo-French residency promoted by the French Institute of Italy, the French Embassy in Italy, the MIDJ (Musicisti Italiani di Jazz – Italian Jazz Musicians) and the SIAE, held within the context of the “Una striscia di terra feconda” festival from 19th to 22nd September at Rome’s Casa del Jazz.
The program envisaged a collaboration with renowned French musician Médéric Collignon and a final concert, broadcast by Radio3 Suite on 7th September 2019.
He has performed at major Jazz Festivals, Theaters and Jazz Clubs in Europe, Asia and the United States and has collaborated with internationally renowned musicians, both in studio and live.
He has also taken part in television broadcasts and film productions and soundtracks.
His debut album – “L’era dell’Acquario” feat. Logan Richardson – was greatly appreciated by listeners, critics and colleagues.
His new album, entitled “51”, was released by Ropeadope Records on 12th April 2019.
Ropeadope is a prestigious US label that has produced some of the most active and innovative artists on the global scene (Terrace Martin, Christian Scott, Snarky Puppy, Aaron Parks).
51 has been included by Musica Jazz magazine in the "Album of the month" section of the May 2019 issue.
Articles and reviews have also appeared in various newspapers both on paper and online: JazzIt, Amadeus, Corriere della Sera, la Repubblica, il Resto del Carlino, Il Giorno, La Nazione, Il Messaggero, Il Mattino, Corriere del Mezzogiorno, Il Tirreno, Corriere Adriatico, Giornale di Brescia, L’Eco di Bergamo, La Provincia di Cremona, etc.
The album has been broadcast by several radio stations: SoundCheck Radio 24, Radio Popolare Milano, Radio Flash Torino, Controradio Firenze, Radio Città Aperta, Radio Elettrica, Radio Roma Capitale, Green Arrow Radio (USA), etc.
Three tracks from the album – 13.13, Groovy dentist and Butterfly eaters – were candidates for the 62nd edition of the Grammy Awards.
On Saturday 18th January 2020 he was invited to Milan to participate in the program "Piazza Verdi", live on Radio3 Rai, for an interview, the presentation of 51 and a live performance with his quintet. 51 has also been selected as one of the "Greatest Jazz Albums" at the 2019 Jazzit Awards, a poll sponsored by Jazzit Magazine.
He has been teaching jazz guitar at the "Tito Schipa" Music Conservatory in Lecce since December 2019.