Patrizio Buanne in Thailand, 2005
|Birth name||Patrizio Franco Buanne|
20 September 1978 |
|Origin||Vienna, Austria and Naples, Italy|
Patrizio Franco Buanne (born 20 September 1978 in Vienna, Austria) is an Austrian-Italian baritone singer, songwriter, and producer. He was previously with Universal Music UK worldwide, but has later signed a record deal with Warner Music Germany for GSA and Concord Records USA worldwide.
Patrizio Buanne was born in Vienna, Austria to Italian parents Franco and Alina Buanne from Naples. His parents believed Buanne would receive better quality of medical care for his birth in Vienna (where his father Franco was a chef), rather than in Naples. He spent his childhood living and travelling from an early age between his family's hometown Naples, Italy, and Vienna, Austria, for his parents' restaurant business, developing a passion for languages, in which he speaks six languages: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, and Polish. But another gift was emerging from an early age — a gift for singing and entertaining.
Buanne began participating in talent contests at age 11. Several small musical productions and gigs with his self-formed rock and roll band and as a solo performer followed. When he was seventeen, a music industry manager proposed a performance at the occasion of the Papal visit in Wroclaw, Poland. The song, which was half in Italian, half in Polish, had been written for the opening mass, and with 85,000 people in attendance, the exposure led to his first local record deal Angelo di Dio (1997). When his father died of cancer that year and Buanne himself suffered a perforated ulcer, he said, “It was music and the goal to make my family proud that kept me alive and made me strong”. At age 19, Buanne graduated from school in Vienna and moved back to Italy. He attended university in Rome to study languages, while looking for opportunities in the entertainment industry. He was a guest and entertainer on Italian television shows such as Momenti di Gloria, Domenica In and Libero. This led to a contract with the production company that produced shows for RAI and Mediaset. Buanne also invested his own money in tours and independently distributed CDs and DVDs Shake the Spaghetti (2002).
In 2004 Buanne approached a producer with the idea of recording with an orchestra a collection of fun, romantic Italian songs that he had grown up listening to. He dedicated the album to his father. With a finished produced album under his belt he auditioned for several record companies and was signed by a record company in the UK for a worldwide release. His international debut album, The Italian, was finished in London at the Abbey Road Studios with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Released in February 2005, it reached the top ten on the pop charts in the United Kingdom, where it went gold in a week. The album was also certified as platinum in South Africa and New Zealand, and reached triple platinum status in Australia. Following The Italian’s international release, Buanne performed two tours in 2006, including a six-week tour of theatres and concert venues in Australia, Asia, South Africa and Europe. His live concert DVD was broadcast on the American public television network PBS, which lead to his first U.S. tour playing 2,000-3,500 capacity venues.
In October 2006 Buanne was invited by Dr. A. Kenneth Ciongoli, the chairman of the National Italian American Foundation, to perform at their annual gala in Washington, D.C. where he met the President of the United States.
Buanne’s second album, Forever Begins Tonight, reached #53 in the US. The album included an Italian version of "Angels" (entitled “Un Angelo”) originally recorded by British singer Robbie Williams, which became Buanne’s first radio hit in the United States.
Within two years, The Italian and Forever Begins Tonight had sold several[clarification needed] million albums worldwide. Buanne decided that to take his career to the next level, he needed to move to the U.S. After living in the US for two years, he signed with successful Los Angeles-based manager Jim Morey.
Morey secured a new global recording contract Concord–Universal and began recording Buanne's third album, under the helm of veteran music producers such as Humberto Gatica and Brian Rawlings. This self-titled CD Patrizio (2009) broke the artist own sales record and was followed by an Austral-Asia tour in May 2010, a successful promo tour in the US 2010 and reached in September 2011 #4 on national jazz bill board charts in the US. Buanne has since signed to Concord–Universal and to Warner Music Germany.
Buanne's "Italian songbook" and his European approach and interpretation of international and American standards has become next to own compositions his trademark-given title "the ambassador of Dolce Vita".
He has recorded in English, Italian, Spanish, French, German, Polish, Afrikaans, Japanese, and Chinese.
- Angelo di Dio (1997)
- Shake the Spaghetti (2002)
- The Italian (2005)
- Forever Begins Tonight (2007)
- Patrizio (2009)
- Dankie-Suid Afrika (2011)
- Wunderbar (2012)
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