Antonio Ciacca

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Antonio Ciacca
Birth name Antonio Ciacca
Genres Mainstream jazz, hard bop, post bop, Bebop
Occupation(s) Pianist, composer, bandleader
Instruments Piano
Labels Motéma Music
Associated acts Jazz at Lincoln Center

Antonio Ciacca is an Italian-American jazz pianist and Instructor at the Juilliard School.


Born in Germany in 1969, raised in Italy and educated in the United States, pianist, composer, and arts-presenter Antonio Ciacca began his career in jazz as a sideman for Art Farmer, James Moody, Lee Konitz, Jonny Griffin, Mark Murphy, Dave Liebman, and Steve Grossman. Grossman’s influence in particular— with whom Ciacca studied for three years—proved an important inspiration for Ciacca’s own style. In 1993, Ciacca moved to Detroit to study at Wayne State University with Kenny Barron, after which he studied privately with Jackie Byard in New York. Whilst living in Detroit, he was first exposed to gospel music, an influence he soon integrated it into his own developing style as a composer and performer; Ciacca eventually went on to produce a CD for the Detroit Gospel Singers.

1997 proved a key year for Ciacca, as saxophonist Steve Lacy invited Ciacca to join his quartet in a collaboration that would last for seven years. The same year, Antonio Ciacca met Wynton Marsalis, who would later become Ciacca’s colleague at Jazz at Lincoln Center, while Marsalis was performing in Italy with Elvin Jones. The following year, Ciacca began performing with saxophonist Benny Golson, who would continue to be a collaborator in Ciacca’s career.

In 2007, Antonio Ciacca entered arts administration in the United States and assumed the role of Director of Programming at Jazz at Lincoln Center, working alongside Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis until 2011. In 2009, Ciacca’s also began teaching “Business of Jazz” at the Juilliard School of Music. In 2011 became Artist in Residence at the Setai Hotel later Langham Place Hotel)on fifth avenue and 36th street in New York City. In 2013 market the Carnegie Hall debut where he performed with his trio (Paul Gill on bass and Peter Van Nostrand on drums) and with the New York Pops playing his music. In the fall of 2015 Antonio Ciacca has been appointed Artist in Residence at the Pierre Hotel in NYC and Composer in Residence at Shiloh Baptist Church in New Rochelle, NY. In May 2016 the Orchestra Giovanile del Teatro Garibaldi in Lucera (Italy) premiered his symphony n. 1 in G minor. In December 2016 Ciacca embarked on his first tour as conductor/composer and arranger with the Orchestra ICO Della Magna Grecia featuring Nate Brown and One Voice on a Christmas/Gospel tour in Italy.


  • Chocolate Suite for Jazz quartet (2011)
  • Stabat Mater for soprano, alto two violins, viola, cello bass and continuo (2011)
  • Aria for String Orchestra (2012)
  • Orsara suite for 7 instruments (2012)
  • Settimino (2013)
  • String Quartet in F (2014)
  • Magnificat for soprano, alto , tenor and orchestra (2015)
  • Symphony n.1 in G minor (2015)
  • Piano and Violin Sonata n.1 (2015)


As leader[edit]

  • Driemoty (C-Jam Records 1997)
  • Hollis Avenue (Yvp Record 1998)
  • Autumn in New York (Splash 2002)
  • Live in Mosciano S.Angelo Featuring Benny Golson (2004)
  • Ugly Beauty Soul Note 2005
  • Rush Life (Motéma , 2008)
  • Lagos Blues (Motéma, 2010)
  • Just In Time, Antonio Ciacca introducing Justin Echols (TwinsMusic Records, 2013)
  • WIth a Song In My Heart (TwinsMusic Records, 2014)
  • Volare, The Italian American Songbook (Cellarlive, 2016)

As sideman[edit]

  • Larry Smith & Co Live at the Slovak Phihlarmonic (1996)
  • Larry Smith Quartet Estate (1998)
  • Detroit Gospel Singers Gospel Jubilee (2000)
  • Craig Bailey Sextet Brooklyn (2001)
  • Detroit Gospel Singers "Gospel Jubilee" Alma Records (2001)
  • Various Artists Gubbio No Border Festival (2004)
  • Dario Mazzucco Light Lunch (2008)
  • Lucio Ferrara Quintet Featuring Lee Konitz & Antonio Ciacca It's All Right with Me (2009)
  • Stefania Tchantret Quintet Love For Sale (2010)
  • Sweet Lu Olutosin "Sweet Lu's Blues" TwinsMusic Records (2014)
  • Debora Tamagnini with the Antonio CIacca quartet "Camellia" Beat Sound (2016)
  • Mara De Mutiis with the Antonio Ciacca Quintet "The men I love" Dodicilune Records (2016)
  • Antonio Belladelli with the Antonio Ciacca Quartet "Save Your Love for Me"(Jazz3)2016

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