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Mauro Banfi

Italian-born Mauro Banfi came to England in 2003 to study for his Masters degree in jazz performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Primarily a jazz specialist, Mauro has performed across Europe, including the Umbria Jazz Festival, Locarno Film Festival and Cava Jazz in Barcelona; in the UK gigs include the Vortex Jazz Club, Jagz, Oliver’s Jazz Club, the Royal Academy of Arts, Blenheim Palace (for BBC TV), and LSO St Luke’s.

Versatile and experienced in many styles, his performances span a range of musical genres: gospel (No One Else Gospel Singers, Greensleeves), rock and pop (George Merk, Quicklime), acid jazz, funk and music theatre, including a collaboration with the actor Carlo Verdone (Sky Award 2006 and 2009) and the Soul Sisters.

As a teacher, Mauro has been on the staff for City and Islington College since 2004, preparing students for BTech and National Diploma qualifications in Music Practice and Music Business, and has worked as teacher of piano and music theory at Pembroke Academy since 2005. He also has 12 years’ experience with numerous private students of piano, harmony, improvisation and arrangement.

Entrepreneur by nature, Mauro is Director of London Piano Masters Ltd, which he founded in 2008 and Chief Executive of Rhythm and Muse Publishing, which he founded in 2006 and of its two sister companies in records and sound production library.

Venues, Concert Halls and Festivals Highlights


UK: Blenheim Palace (Woodstock) for BBC, Vortex Jazz Club (London), Jagz (Ascot), Oliver’s Jazz Club (London), Italian Cultural Institute (London), Jazz-in-the-round at The Bedford (London), LSO St.Luke (London), HSBC headquarter in Canary Wharf (London), Royal Academy of Arts (London), Cabinet War Rooms in Westminster (London)

Italy: Umbria Jazz Winter (Orvieto), Varese Open Jazz Festival, Varese Gospel Festival, Pala-Fenice (Venezia), Teatro Ponchielli (Cremona), Palafiori (Sanremo), Piper (Roma), Gilda (Roma), Ponderosa (Va), Piazza Duomo for Emergency Aid Association (Milano), Ippodromo S.Siro (Milano), Castello Malvezzi(BS)

Spain: Terrassa Nova Jazz Cava (Barcelona), Jazzazza (Algezares), Sala Jamboree (Alicante), Cafè Mercedes (Valencia), Jimmy Glass Jazz Bar (Valencia), Delirium (Valencia), Cafè Tremens (Valencia), Ore Jazz (Carcaixent)

Switzerland: Locarno Film Festival, Cantina Canetti (Locarno), Crotto Pasinetti (Bellinzona)

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