BIO

RUDY FANTIN BIOGRAPHY

Piano and Hammond Organ, teacher and arranger

Rudy Fantin was born on 16th July 1975 in a small village of the Italian region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia. After his Music High School diploma, which he successfully achieved with the highest grade, he graduated in Classical Piano at the Conservatorio J. Tomadini of Udine, where he had studied with U. Cividino. Furthermore, he achieved a degree with honors in Jazz Piano and Arrangement techniques at Kärtner Landeskonservatorium in Klangenfurt, Austria; his professors, among the others, where H. Neuwirth, A. Mittermeier, L. Harper, E. Bachtrager. Later on he studied accompaniment for singers and choir with Kristian Koch and jazz piano with Renato Chicco and Bruno Cesselli.
He attended masterclasses and workshops with many different personalities, such as: W. Panhofer, E. Pieranunzi, B. Harris, J. Taylor, P. Catherine, E. Schmith, J. Niemack, A. Davis, C. Porter, T. Cadeau, M. Burns, P. Jackson, D. Weckl, F. Fussi, S. Lukather, etc.
He had the opportunity to play with several musicians: Bungaro, G. Maier, D. Boato, Gegè Telesforo, F. Bosso, M. Abrams, E. Bandini, S. Senni, M. Chiarella, L. Calabrese, U.T. Ghandi, P. Cozzi, B. Romani, L. Colussi, N. Zaninotto, M. Calgaro, F. Bearzatti, L. Favot, D. D’ Agaro, K. Oberzan, D. Jar, D. Lottensberger, A. Jeric, F. Bertazzo Hart, Tommy Cappellato, A. Allione, F. Bertolini, Russ Spiegel, Peter Erskine, M. Shonelieb, J. Moder, T. Reynolds, T. Scott , B. Martin, B. Baley, D. Occhipinti, C. Porter, B. Singleton, R. Campbell, W.D. Lewis, D. Hill, D. Massey, J. Fisher, S. Duran, C.S. Rives, The Joy Singers of Venice, Quartetto Pezzè, Noa & Gil Dor, Ian Paice, Swingle Singers, Karima, Gigliola Cinquetti, etc.; he was also the pianist of the “Città di Udine” Big Band.
From 2002 to 2009 he was the conductor of “The Colours of Gospel” choir, which appeared on national TV; this experience also gave him the opportunity to be interviewed on the show “Destinazione Sanremo”; moreover, the choir came out third at the international competition for Gospel choirs in Roncade (province of Treviso).
In 2003 he founded the FVG Gospel Choir, of which he is the pianist and the Artistic Director, with singer Alessandro Pozzetto. With this choir he won the first prize at the II International Gospel Workshop in Cison di Valmarino (IT), where he later returned as a pianist and assistant. He participated to Stevie Wonder’s only show in Italy at the Arena di Verona in 2010 and to his concert in Locarno, Switzerland; he had the opportunity to perform again at the Arena di Verona the next year, when he participated to Mario Biondi’s concert there, and in 2012, for Adriano Celentano’s “Rock Economy” live tv show.
With the FVG GC he constantly works on expanding the repertoire and mixing and remodeling a wide range of styles, such as the friulian vocal tradition, the standards of Pop, Rock or Gospel.
He teaches the Marinelli Gospel Choir, a school choir from Udine, and was the Artistic Director of the Powerful Gospel Chorale up until 2017.
He writes music for theatre: one example is “The bubble” by A. Saccavini, that was performed at Oxford University in 2005.
He cooperates with the computer music magazine Midi Songs.
He’s the Artistic Director and arranger of the CEM Live Orchestra and of The Groove Factory Orchestra.
Since 2006 he has been the pianist of the Orchestra Ritmico Sinfonica Italiana, directed by M°Diego Basso; with this ensemble he was on national TV for “Note e stelle di Natale 2006”, where he accompanied many singers, such as A. Tatangelo, E. Ruggeri, Ron, A. Minghi, K. Ricciarelli, L. Carboni , L. Ponce, V. Matteucci, M. Guerzoni, etc.
He’s the keyboard player and pianist of the “Concerto Grosso” project, in collaboration with the Choir and Orchestra S. Marco of Pordenone.
In 2004 and 2017 he played with the Abbey Town Big Band, directed by Kyle Gregory, for a concert-hommage to Duke Ellington’s I Sacred Concert.
He’s the musical director of the Italian Gospel Choir; with this ensemble he had the opportunity to play with Nick The Nightly,  Rev. Minatee e Donald Lawrence, to participate to an episode of the Chiambretti Muzik Show, which featured famous italian singer Laura Pausini, to perform for UEFA 2016 , to play at Teatro Raneri III in Montecarlo and at the Blue Note and in Piazza Duomo in Milan.
He permanently plays with singer Lorena Favot (with A. Zullian on Double Bass and L. Colussi on drums) for the “Mina Project”, which features the songs of this famous italian singer arranged with a jazz spirit.
He cooperates with cello player Antonino Puliafito for “Moderne Stravaganze”, a project on Bach’s music.
With The Great Concert Band he plays the classics of the 70’s Progressive Rock.
In 2007 he founded the studio “CHELALÈ” with sound engineer Marco Melchior and in 2011 he started his own label JazzyLogic.
He gave numerous lectures about african-american music at universities, music schools and high schools. He also gives lectures on modern choir vocal stylessuch as the One 4 All in Milan and Bologna.
He won the prize “Moret d’aur 2013” for his artistic work.
With actor Valentina Rivelli and guitarist Francesco Bertolini he created “Universal Music Mind”, a show that was entirely dedicated to Bill Evans’ music.
In 2013 he worked on the production “Binari diagonali: deragliamenti verso la grande guerra” (Diagonal  Tracks: derailments towards the Great War) with Cinemazero, actress Claudia Contin, Pordenone music school CEM and the FVG Gospel Choir.
In 2014 he played with Peter Erskine during his workshop at the Groove Factory music school in Udine.
He arranged a piece for the Choir of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, conducted by Cristiano dell’Oste, for a production called “Coro +1”, where he played the Rhodes.
He played with Ljubjana’s Symphonic Orchestra and Big Band of RTV; the project, directed by Alessandro Pozzetto and Paolo Paroni and with arrangements by Rudy Fantin, was called “Pot Miru – Cjantis di Pas” and it was performed in Cividale del Friuli in 2015.
He played with Reana del Rojale’s choir, conducted by Paolo Paroni.
He played “Sinfonia” by L. Berio with the Orchestra Filarmonica of Venice theatre La Fenice and the Swingle Singers.
He played with drummer Ian Paice.
He wrote the arrangements and played with Noa and Gil Dor for their 25th anniversary in 2016.
With the Orchestra Filarmonia Veneta he traveled to Kuwait to performed for their national TV, “Channel 1”.
With the FVG Gospel Choir he recorded the choir parts for Bruno Sylvestre’s “Con Te”, which competed for Sanremo 2017.
He’s been the hammond and piano player for “Jesus Christ Superstar – The Rock Opera” since 2017.
He plays in the Flavio Paludetti Hammond Trio.
He founded the HamMonk Sphere Trio, a hommage to Thelonious Monk’s music that featured Nevio Zaninotto on sax and Luca Colussi on drums.
He plays in “88_4”, a duo project with hammondist Mauro Costantini.
He played at the Théâtre du Gymnase, Paris, with Gigliola Cinquetti, as a substitute for Valter Sivilotti, which is the arranger and musical director of the project.
In 2017 he presented for the first time his work “Piano Solo – Ride The Lighting”.
In 2018 FVG Gospel Choir closed and RF now is Cheryl Porter’s and The NuVoices Project‘s Musical Director.

Selected Discography

The Colours of Gospel 2002
The Colours of Gospel – In Your Hands 2004
FVG Gospel Choir – Xmas Album 2004
The Joy Singers – Xmas Album 2005
FVG Gospel Choir – Ploe, lagrimis tra cjl e tiare 2006
Madrac – Real 2006
Cheryl Porter – I believe I can fly 2006
Cheryl Porter –  with Kids 2006
R.Fantin Jazz Trio + L.Favot – Mina Project 2006
R.Fantin Jazz Trio + L.Favot – Mina Project 2007
A.A.V.V. Jazz & Wine Vol.1 2007
Francesco Bertolini – Los Dias Del Viaje
FVG GC & Orch.e coro S.Marco: Concerto Grosso DVD 2006
FVG GC & Orch.e coro S.Marco: Concerto Grosso DVD 2007
The Colours of Gospel – Colours 2007
Powerful Gospel Chorale vari DVD Live
FVG Gospel Family
Sandro Ceron: Battisti 2007
Graziella Vendramin – Regreso Al Sur
Giuliana Benedetti & Rudy Fantin Duo – Cover Missin’
Moderne Stravaganze – Bach’s Cello Suites
Rudy Fantin/Alessandro Castelli duo – Spiritual
FVG Gospel Choir – Kirk Franklin Tribute
Giorgia Sallustio – Around Evans
Cristian Imparato – Choir Arranging
Shari Noioso – Strings Arranging
Italian Gospel Choir – Live with Donald Lawrence
Gigi Maieron – Last album
Sergio Sylvestre – Brano Con Te (San Remo 2017)
Doro Giat – Last album

Various collaborations as session musician in studio recordings for pop and funk projects.

Instrumentation:

Kawai CA-40X
Hammond A100 + Leslie 147
Rhodes Mark I
KeyB Live Organ
Nord Electro 5 HP
Yamaha CP300
Nord Lead 3
Korg 01W
MAC!