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МАЕСТРО  Mistheria

Country: Italy

Been playing piano/keyboards since: 1977
Digital Press Kit (bio, photos, video, songs, press): www.reverbnation.com/rpk/mistheria
At the age of six years, I started studying music, thanks to the passion of my father who had studied
Accordion, when he was a child, with Maestro Marco Aurelio Pisegna, famous accordionist, composer and performer,
who became a close friend of the family since the time of my grandparents. He has been my first teacher who
introduced me into the world of classical music. With teacher Marco, I began studying at age of seven, Music Theory,
Solfeggio and Accordion, and I started also to play at numerous competitions for accordion obtaining first and second
places and numerous honorable mentions. The results encouraged me to study more and better.
At the age of thirteen I decided (dazzled in one night) to continue my musical studies at the Music
Conservatory, and finally become a professional musician.
Following an entrance examination, I enrolled in the class of “Organ
and Organ Composition” of teacher Mrs. Annamaria Polcaro which,
already in her sixties, passed her long teaching experience and formed
the whole basis of my piano technique, first , and then organ. With
her, I studied also Harmony, Counterpoint and Fugue up to five years. At the same time, I
studied “Solfeggio” with teacher Mrs. Laura Bianchini, “History of Music” with M° Pietro
Acquafredda and “Gregorian Chant” with M° Giandomenico Piermarini.
After the exam for the fifth year, I continued to study with M° Paolo Cerasoli until the
final diploma which I achieved in 1995 with full marks, honors and special mention.
In the Conservatory, during my studies in Piano and Organ, I followed the classes of “Electronic Music” with M°
Michelangelo Lupone and “Experimental Composition” with M° Alessandro Sbordoni. These classes have completed my
music knowledge with a broad vision of harmony, electronics and computer science applied to music, studying music
technology and digital media, computer music and MIDI.
During the years of study at the Conservatory I also started my concert career, both as pianist and organist as well as
a composer by supporting essays solo and chamber orchestras. I developed the composition especially in the theater,
thanks to a long collaboration of more than fifteen years with the actor, now dear friend, Sergio Megrossi for which I
composed the soundtrack of many shows.
The 1990 sees the formation of my first official band “Mirage” for which I proposed and wrote my first songs typically
progressive, in the style of Genesis, Yes, Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso and others progressive
bands of that years. These bands, which I heard long buying the whole discography, have greatly influenced my
musical taste and compositional style. The first recording contract, both for me and the
Mirage, arrived in 1994 with the album “Frammenti” published by the Italian label Mellow
In 1996 I create my own musical show which made my idea of a global art blending music,
poetry, dance and image. A cast of fifteen people is part of this show titled
“Metamorphosis”, subsequently “Imperator”.
The work as session man starts at the age of eighteen with some local bands
and then having real tours throughout Italy with singers of the Italian Pop
music scene and stage actors for over fifteen years (M. Cherubini, R. Cavalli,
O.R.O., Anna Tatangelo, G. Sabani, S. Meogrossi, F. Bussotti and others),
participating in radio and television events as well. As a solo keyboardist,
the turning point was when my good friend Alvaro De Amicis showed me a
vinyl record called “Trilogy” recorded by a guitarist named Yngwie
Malmsteen … I felt it was the other side of my musical world: Metal music.
I started to write the first instrumental pieces for solo keyboard (such as My
Dear Chopin, Hands of Fire) and I also started my sound research to develop
a personal sound that allows me a total expressive control as precisely as heard on the song
“Trilogy” by Y. Malmsteen. I also intuit that a traditional instrument like the keyboard would not
have allowed that kind of control that I wanted … I discover the Roland AX1, so-called keytar, and it paves the way
for me. Now technically I found the solution, even though the sound had not yet been reached.
The evolution of computer music and music software (such as sound libraries and plugins) has
helped me to forge a solo sound I wanted … After years of experimentation, research and
attempts, one night in 2005, the marriage between the keytar and the sound became great! The
sound was reacting exactly as I wanted for a long time. Meanwhile, participation as a special guest
in many concerts I developed many ideas and I started to create a personal setup. The musical and
personal friendship with the American guitarist Neil Zaza, started in 2001, also gave me the
opportunity to experience many solutions at concerts around the world (Europe, USA and Asia) and
developing better sound, control and performance.
In 2000 I created my project called Viracocha, a band with whom I made my first metal songs written specifically for
this band, with the collaboration of singer Cedric Vandeschrik, author of the lyrics as well. “The Beginning” is the
album we recorded signing a contract with the neo-label SonickAttack (division of Noise Records). The band, for
several reasons including the fact that the singer was living in Johannesburg (South Africa) does not produce other
records, but some tracks listed on the album became part of my solo repertoire, including “My Dear Chopin”, “Hands
of Fire” and “Devils’ Steps ”
In 2001 I moved to Orlando (Florida, USA) and then to Los Angeles (USA, California) for a personal experience and this
has greatly influenced the lifestyle and way of working in the music knowing many musicians and bands with whom I
had some performances and recordings, including guitarist Rick Renstrom and vocalist Rob Rock. After an experience
of about three months, I returned to Italy to resume my activities and begin a series of concerts, participating in
various musical events.
My desire for cooperation and knowledge of music has always been important, and this was the
springboard of my personal discography. “Messenger of the Gods” is my first official album in which
I wanted to collect, in fact, some of the best musicians to create a unique and impressive musical
message. In 2004, “Messenger of the Gods” published by Lion Music has become
known as the record of 30 star-guests (such as Rob Rock, George Bellas, Matt
Bissonette, Barry Sparks, John Macaluso, Anders Johansson, Jeff Kollman, Neil
Zaza, to name a few) … beyond the long list of musicians involved, the work
finally launched my name as an artist and keyboardist.
A very important moment in my career has been working with the American guitarist and producer
Roy Z. I worked with Roy Z on the first two albums of singer Rob Rock, and then he asked me to
work on the album “Tyranny of Souls” by Bruce Dickinson. This obviously became an important and
fundamental step in my musical career. Before and after working with Roy Z, I realized many records as special guest.
In 2007, I recorded my piano album “Solo Piano”, a mix of Classic and New-Age, published by Italian record Videoradio
and co-produced by RAI Trade. The path between the Classical and Metal music has always been very short for me and
allows me to express fully my approach to music, composition and deeply convey my musical world .
As a composer and arranger, I have done many different jobs for theater, radio and television.
The creation of background music, video clips, commercials and music scene is another aspect of
my composition activity that gratifies me very much. The soundtrack gives considerable space to
the timbre research that stimulates the songwriting process and makes it truly unique and
Knowledge of music technology and digital tools learned during the years of Conservatory and
continuously developed by me, even gave me the opportunity to work with renowned manufacturers of musical
instruments. As a demonstrator, I worked for Roland, Yamaha and CME, taking hundreds of demonstrations in music
stores, festivals, fairs and musical events.
In 2008 I moved to Zagreb (Croatia) where with Ivana Greguric (songwriter and keyboardist) we start our company “Hit
Produkcija” dedicated to the music production (composition, arranging, mixing and mastering, jingles, spots,
publishing and other).
In 2010 my Metal album “Dragon Fire”, released by Finnish label Lion Music, is my first official
album as sound engineer and producer. My daily work includes practicing on piano and keyboards,
concerts, teaching, composition, arranging, demonstrations, work in the recording studio as sound
engineer and producer.
2011 is the right year for my new Classical/New-Age album titled “Keys of
Eternity”, recorded in Rome (Italy) at Sifare studios, produced by Francesco
Digilio and released by Sifare Music Publishing. The album follows the
previous “Solo Piano” CD, but now the sound of the Piano is enriched
with synthetic sounds and loops, creating a sublime and meditative atmosphere.
Aim of my life is persistently to listen, understand, live and love Music.


(Does not include appearances as soloist and keyboardist on TV and Radio programs)
(2011) Mistheria – “Keys of Eternity” (Italy)
(2010) Mistheria – “Solo Piano” (Italy)
(2009) Mistheria – “Solo Piano” (Mimara Museum, Zagreb, Croatia)
(2009) Mistheria – “Solo Piano” (Italy)
(2008) Emir Hot & John West – Live in Split (Split, Croatia)
(2008) Vitalij Kuprij’s Revenge with Doogie White (Rome, Italy)
(2008) Dino Fiorenza (Rome, Italy)
(2008) Neil Zaza – Asia Tour 2008
(2008) Mistheria – “ProgHead Festival” – Budapest (Hungary)
(2007) Neil Zaza – “One Silent Night 2007” – A night at the palace (Cleveland, USA)
(2007) Mistheria – “SOLO PIANO” – Concert for Piano Solo
(2007) Neil Zaza – “When gravity falls – reprise” SummerTour
(2007) Neil Zaza – “When gravity falls” SpringTour
(2004 ~ 2006) Anna Tatangelo – CD live (TV-RAI2)
(2004 ~ 2006) Anna Tatangelo – Top of the Pop (TV-Italia1)
(2004 ~ 2006) Anna Tatangelo – Telethon (TV-RAI1)
(2003 ~ 2006) Anna Tatangelo Tour
(2004 – Roma, Italy) Totem Rock Festival
(2002 ~ 2003) M. Cherubini – Summer tour
(2001 ~ 2003) Southern Cross – Stratovarius Official cover band tour
(2002 – Roma, Italy) Mistheria’s Eclipse (Dream Theater official convention)
(2002 – Roma, Italy) Tony MacAlpine & Virgil Donati opening
(2001 – Orlando/Florida – Los Angeles/California) Mistheria
(2001) Neil Zaza – “Starring at the sun” WinterTour
(2000) Gigi Sabani “La sai l’ultima – Estate” (theatrical)
(2000) Raffaella Cavalli SummerTour
(1999) Sergio Meogrossi – “Goodbye Novecento” (theatrical)
(1998 ~ 1999) O.R.O. SummerTour
(1997) Sergio Meogrossi – “La Divina Commedia” (theatrical)
(1997 – Budapest, Hungary) Mistheria “Concert for Piano and Accordion”
(1992 ~ 2003) Mistheria “Concert for Orgue”
(1992 ~ 2003) Sergio Meogrossi and Fabio Bussotti – “Viva l’Italia!” (theatrical)
Artlantica: Across The Seven Seas (2013, SPV)
Holmes and Slice: The Adventure Begins … (2013, TBA)
SBS: Heaven Can Wait (2013, TBA)
Alberto Rigoni: Three Wise Monkeys
Neil Zaza: Clyde the Cat (2012, Melodik Productions)
Mistheria: Keys of Eternity (2011, Sifare Productions)
Lance King: A Moment in Chiros (2011, Nightmare Records)
Atlantida: Na Krilima … (2011, One Records)
AA.VV.: Guitar Addiction (2011, GuitarEuroMedia)
AA.VV.: Embrace The Sun (2011, Lion Music)
Mistheria: Dragon Fire (2010, Lion Music)
Neil Zaza: Live in Asia 2008 (Melodik Records, 2010)
Mistheria: Solo Piano (2007, Videoradio/RAI Trade)
Rob Rock: Garden of Chaos (2007, AFM Records/JVC)
Dino Fiorenza: It’s Important (2010, Fog Foundation)
Tommy Vitaly: Just Me (2010, Icewarrior Records)
Mythodea: Mythodea (2010, self-produced)
Fabio Colella: RealX (2009, Audacia Records)
Simone Fiorletta: When Reality is Nothing (2009, Lion Music)
Arthur Falcone: The Genesis of the Prophecy
Revangel: Awakening (2009, Zodiac-K Records)
Winterlong: Longing for Winter (2008, Lion Music)
Neil Zaza: Thrills & Chills (2008, Melodik Productions)
Rob Rock: Garden of Chaos (2007, JVC/AFM/Candlelight)
Neil Zaza: Live at the Palace Theatre (2007, Melodik Productions)
Angel of Eden: End of Never (2007, Marquee/Avalon)
Chris Catena: Booze, Brawds and Rockin’ Hard (2007, Versailles Records)
Book of Reflection: Unfold the future (2006, Lion Music)
Citriniti & F. Leo: Between the Music and Latitude (2006, Shrapnel Rec)
Franck Ribiere: Bloody Karma (2006, Brennus Music)
Mistheria: Soundtracks of your Life (2006, Kaosmos Productions)
Bruce Dickinson: Tyranny of Souls (2005, Sanctuary Records)
Rob Rock: Holy Hell (2005, AFM Records/JVC)
Neil Zaza: Rewind – The Definitive Collection (2005, Melodik Records)
Winterlong: Winterlong (2005, Lion Music)
Anna Tatangelo: Attimo x Attimo (2004, EMI Music)
Neil Zaza: Melodica (2004, Melodik Records)
AA.VV.: The spirit lives on-Tribute to Jimi Hendrix I (2004, Lion Music)
AA.VV.: Shawn Lane remembered II (2004, Lion Music)
AA.VV.: Shawn Lane remembered I (2004, Lion Music)
Mistheria: Messenger of the Gods (2004, Lion Music)
Rob Rock: Eyes of Eternity (2003, Massacre Records)
Rick Renstrom: Until the Bitter End (2003, Mascot Records)
Winterlong: The Ssecond Coming (2003, Lion Music)
AA.VV.: Angels Never Cry (2002, Mega Fan Site! Japan)
AA.VV.: Warmth In The Wilderness II (2002, Lion Music)
Winterlong: Valley Of The Lost (2001, Lion Music)
AA.VV.: Warmth In The Wilderness I (2001, Lion Music)
Viracocha: The Beginning (2000, Impressive Rec.)
Mistheria & Sergio Meogrossi: Goodbye 900 (1999, Mediastudio)
Mistheria: Imperator (1998, Mediastudio)
Mistheria & Sergio Meogrossi: Fatti Non Foste (1997, Mediastudio)
Mistheria: Detenuto Per Niente (1996, Mediastudio)
Mirage: Frammenti (1995, Mellow Records)



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