Mike del Ferro - Jazz Pianist
Pianist, Composer and Arranger Mike del Ferro was born in Amsterdam, on August 23, 1965. His father was Operasinger Leonardo del Ferro (1921-1992), who sang and recorded with Maria Callas in 1958. He started playing classical piano at age 9. At the age of 17, he fell in love with Jazz and he studied Jazz piano at the Hilversum Conservatory in The Netherlands with Rob Madna and Henk Elkerbout, and obtained his Masters Degree in 1990.
By 1989 he had won already won First Prize at the Jazz Piano competition in Rotterdam and later that same year he won the Prize for the best soloist at the Europe Jazz Contest in Brussels and the first prize at the Karlovy Vary Jazz Competition in the Czech Republic. In 1993 he met Bob Brookmeyer, who was so impressed with Mike’s composing talents that he arranged a scholarship allowing him to study composition and arranging for three years at the University of Cologne.
His reputation as a soloist, accompanist, composer and arranger has led to his performing, recording and touring on major venues all over the world with musicians like Toots Thielemans, Richard Galliano, Scott Hamilton, Thijs van Leer (Focus), Harold Land, Benny Bailey and many others.
Mike del Ferro is not only a jazz pianist, he is lover of many kinds of different music and plays in many different styles. As a sideman he has been involved in recording more then 20 albums, with music varying from Dixieland to Worldmusic.
In 1998 he recorded and produced an album of Ballads ("Make Someone Happy") featuring Toots Thielemans, with whom Mike also performs frequently. Toots Thielemans describes Mike as a“valuable Person for the musical World”.
Mike began his collaboration with American Voices in 2001 and has since participated in dozens of jazz projects in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. As Jazz Programs Director for American Voices, he takes an active role in artistic decisions regarding our festivals in Baku, Almaty, Hanoi and Ho Chi MInh City. In addition, he is currently planning tours in West Africa and Latin America for American Voices. He appears in both American Voices CDs, Jazz Bridges and Caspian Jazz and Blues 2002.