Praised for his inventiveness, passion and versatility, pianist and composer Angelo Di Loreto was born in 1990 in Buffalo, New York. Equally devoted to improvised and non-improvised music, Angelo strives to defy genre or label. He recently recorded an album with his inspiring friends and former Manhattan School of Music classmates, bassist Jeff Koch and drummer Philippe Lemm. The Philippe Lemm Trio won the 2015 B-Jazz International Contest in Belgium and Angelo was named “Best Soloist”. They subsequently toured Spain in the summer of 2015 (making their debut at the Getxo Jazz Festival in Bilbao), as well as Lithuania and Belgium. Angelo was a finalist in the 2012 Nottingham International Jazz Piano Competition in the United Kingdom and is a three-time ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award winner. In 2013, Angelo and colleagues Philippe Lemm, Jeff Koch, Andrea Wood, Sean Richey, Pawan Benjamin and Jelle Visser moved to Mumbai, India for four months where they were the inaugural faculty at The True School of Music, India’s first-ever comprehensive music institute. There, they taught and performed in and around Mumbai and India including three double-billed performances with Renee Rosnes and her band at the JusJazz Festival in Delhi, Pune and Mumbai. In addition, Angelo, Jeff and Philippe had the opportunity to tour with star Bollywood singer, Shilpa Rao.
For the last two years, Angelo has been in a very rewarding collaborative partnership with singer and actor, Trevor McQueen. The duo has written and arranged many songs together, and performed three times at the landmark Birdland Jazz Club in New York City. Angelo has also collaborated with the incomparable jazz vocalist Jane Monheit, and with former Jersey Boys star and current main cast member on CBS’s Madam Secretary, Erich Bergen. Angelo is the pianist for the unique band Brother Spirit, which performs the music of Angelo’s dear friend and groundbreaking saxophonist/composer Joshua Kwassman. The group has performed Josh’s cerebral and intricate music in Denver, Burlington, at the Vermont Jazz Festival and Subculture in NYC.
Most notably, Angelo and fellow Manhattan School of Music alumnus Adam Kromelow, form a unique musical experience called The Genesis Piano Project, performing the early music of the quintessential British progressive rock band Genesis on two pianos. The duo has performed in cities throughout North America, Quebec and Europe, touring three times in Italy and Portugal.
A graduate of the prestigious Manhattan School of Music in New York City, Angelo earned his Bachelor of Music (2011) and Master of Music (2013) degrees there and studied with renowned jazz pianists Ted Rosenthal and Vijay Iyer, and classical composition with J. Mark Stambaugh. In high school, Angelo attended the Precollege Division at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where he studied with his long-time mentor and friend, Paul Hofmann.
While at Manhattan School of Music, Angelo formed a collective jazz quintet called Colony and toured in New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Buffalo. Colony debuted at NYC’s Iridium Jazz Club, Cornelia Street Cafe, Bethlehem’s MusikFest, and at multiple performances at the Deer Head Inn with Dave Liebman.
Angelo began his musical studies at age eight with classical percussion and drum set, adding piano at age twelve. As a teen, Angelo was a five year member of the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra (GBYO), during which, in 2007, the orchestra performed Angelo’s original arrangement of five of saxophonist John Coltrane’s tunes for his would-be 80th birthday, entitled A Music Supreme: Reminiscences of John Coltrane for tenor saxophone, rhythm section, and orchestra, was premiered on television during the New York State Martin Luther King Day Celebration in Albany. The piece subsequently won a 2008 DownBeat Student Music Award for Best Jazz Arrangement. Angelo also won the GBYO 2008 Senior Concerto Competition as a percussionist, performing Alan Hovhaness’ Fantasy on Japanese Woodprints for Marimba and Orchestra with the GBYO.
Also possessing a deep passion for acting, Angelo pursues a parallel career as a voice actor , and for the last few years has narrated over 30 audiobooks for Audible Studios, and has self-produced over 12 full length titles as well through Audiobook Creation Exchange. He has also voiced for various commercials, including Nissan India and MRF Tires.