Stefano Bollani began to study piano when he was 6 and made his professional debut when he was 15. He plays on stages such as New York's Town Hall, Milan's La Scala and Umbria Jazz. In 1996 he started a fundamental collaboration with Enrico Rava, with whom he will continue always to work giving hundreds of concerts and recording 13 albums. During his career he has collaborated with musicians such as Pat Metheny, Gato Barbieri, Richard Galliano, Sol Gabetta, Phil Woods, Lee Konitz, Bill Frisell, Chico Buarque, Caetano Veloso e Chick Corea, with whom he made the live album Orvieto (2011).
His desire for experimentation crosses into the world of publishing: he is the author of the novel La sindrome di Brontolo (Baldini Castoldi Dalai, 2006), followed by Parliamo di musica (2013) and Il monello, il guru, l'alchimista e altre storie di musicisti (2015), both published by Mondadori. It appears on the weekly comic Topolino with the name of Paperefano Bolletta.
With David Riondino and Mirko Guerrini he is creator and host of the radio program Doctor Djembè (Radio Rai 3, 2006-2012). Since 2009 he has made the acronyms of Radio Rai 3. In theatre he has worked with many artists such as Claudio Bisio, Maurizio Crozza, Giuseppe Battiston, Marco Baliani and La Banda Osiris. On television he has been a regular guest of Renzo Arbore program Meno siamo meglio stiamo (Rai 1, 2005) and creator, author and host of the two editions of Sostiene Bollani (Rai 3, 2011 and 2013), with whom he brought jazz music on the small screen. His most recent project is the night program L'importante è avere un piano (Rai 1, 2016): seven appointments with guests, improvisations and live music.
20180623 - Teatro Antico
During the Festival Opening Ceremony, Stefano Bollani will be awarded the Taobuk Award.