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'Giovanni Marradi' Pianist (Born 1955)

Is a composer, pianist and arranger. He is the son of Italian trumpeter and conductor Alfredo Marradi; his great-grandfather, also named Giovanni Marradi, was a poet and composer.

Giovanni began playing piano at age five, and three years later was sent to study composition and technique with Michael Cheskinov at the Russian Conservatory. As a young adult, he played throughout Europe and the Middle East but his dream was to come to the U.S. to pursue his music career. After arriving in California as an Italian immigrant, Giovanni played small concerts in Southern Calif and was asked to perform at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. While performing on stage, an entertainer took notice of this young talent and a long lasting friendship developed. That entertainer was Frank Sinatra. Frank and Giovanni became close friends and Frank mentored Giovanni throughout the years.

Giovanni became one of the most successful expressionists pianists of our time. Giovanni is a pianist, composer, arranger, recording artist, inventor and illustrator. Among his accomplishments, Giovanni sold 120,000 CD's in one 2 hour segment on QVC shopping channel! Another record that still stands as one of Giovanni’s outstanding achievements in the music industry, selling over four million CD's during his appearances on QVC and The Home Shopping Network.

Giovanni also produced, directed and hosted "Giovanni's World of Music", a 28 episode television music series broadcast on stations around the world and distributed by Warner Brothers Television. Both "Giovanni's World of Music" and Giovanni himself have been nominated for and received several awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, The Telly Awards, EMA and the New York Festivals. His concert specials on PBS are still being aired. Giovanni has recorded over 130 CD’s and two DVD’s from his televised specials. In 1995, Giovanni formed his own label, NewCastle Records. He released over 60 titles with NewCastle before signing with Atlantic Records in 1998 making his label debut, "Destiny".

Giovanni's latest release "Because I Love You" won the best New Age CD of the year in Spain for 2010. He is currently preparing for his next PBS television special to be filmed in 2015 from Positano, Italy, with Flamenco guitarist Roni Benise. Today he continues to compose, teach, record and perform for audiences around the world. 

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