Peter Cincotti

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Peter Cincotti
Born (1983-07-11) July 11, 1983 (age 32)
Origin New York City, New York, USA
Genres Pop, Rock, Jazz
Instruments Vocals, piano
Labels Concord Records
143/Reprise/Warner Bros. Records
Website Official Web Site
Notable instruments
Piano
Vocals

Peter Cincotti is an American singer-songwriter who began playing piano at the age of three. While in high school, he regularly performed in clubs throughout Manhattan and by the age of 18 was being called "one of the most promising singer-pianists of the next generation" by the New York Times.

In 2003, Peter’s debut album, produced by the legendary Phil Ramone, reached #1 on the Billboard (magazine) jazz charts, making Cincotti the youngest artist ever to do so. This led to acclaimed performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall, Paris’ L'Olympia, The Montreux Jazz Festival (where he won an award in their renown piano competition), London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, and many other prestigious venues around the world.

Hailed as "the rebirth of cool" by Elle magazine, Peter explores styles that blend pop, rock, blues and jazz and has shared the stage with artists ranging from DJ David Guetta to Ray Charles.

Life and career[edit]

Born in New York City in an Italian-American family,[1] from Cervinara, a little town in province of Avellino where he is honorary citizen.[2] Cincotti started playing a toy piano at the age of three. While in high school, he regularly performed at clubs throughout Manhattan and performed at the White House. At the 2000 Montreux Jazz Festival, he won an award for a rendition of Dizzy Gillespie's "A Night in Tunisia." In 2002, he reached No. 1 on the Billboard Traditional jazz Charts, the youngest solo artist to do so to date.

Cincotti appeared in a small role in the 2004 Bobby Darin biopic Beyond the Sea and contributed to the film's soundtrack. He also had a small role as the Piano Player in the Hayden Planetarium in Spider-Man 2. His song "December Boys" is featured in the 2007 film December Boys, starring Daniel Radcliffe. He appeared as himself in the third season of the Netflix series House of Cards.

His self-titled debut album is a compilation of traditional jazz songs, while his second album, On the Moon, featured some of the artist's own songs. Combining elements of pop, jazz, funk and, rock, his third studio album, East of Angel Town, features all original works by the artist and was released in 2007 in Europe and in January 2009 in USA.

This project began when Cincotti teamed up with 16-time Grammy Award winning producer David Foster (who signed him to a new contract on his Reprise/Warner Bros.-distributed 143 Records), producer Humberto Gatica, and producer/sound designer Jochem van der Saag. He toured the world promoting the album with his hit single "Goodbye Philadelphia" and later joined recording artist Seal on tour in the U.S.

In 2008, Peter collaborated with French DJ/producer David Guetta and they appeared together on the finale of Star Academy performing a new version of the song Love Is Gone.

Combining pop, jazz, rock and dance, Cincotti created his fourth studio album, Metropolis, produced by John Fields and released worldwide in the spring of 2012.

In July 2012, Peter and his sister Pia Cincotti wrote and produced an original full length musical entitled "How Deep Is The Ocean?" (music and lyrics by Peter Cincotti, and book by Pia Cincotti) which debuted at the New York Musical Theatre Festival to sold out audiences in New York.

In 2013 he participated in the Festival of Sanremo, singing the song with Simona Molinari: La Felicità (The Happiness). Later that year, Cincotti was named the first male ambassador for Italian luxury designer Tods and collaborated with the brand on the music video for his recent single "Madeline", a project exclusively featured in Italy’s issue of Vanity Fair (magazine).

In 2014 Peter wrote, arranged and produced the soundtrack for the Italian film "Le Leggi Del Desiderio" (Laws of Desire) directed by award winning filmmaker Silvio Muccino.

Peter currently appears as himself in Season 3 of the award winning Netflix series House of Cards (U.S. TV series), singing a duet with the President himself played by Kevin Spacey. In April 2015 he performed with Sting and Annie Lennox at the The Old Vic Gala in a tribute to Kevin.

Peter is a Dramatists Guild of America musical theater fellow and part of the Johnny Mercer Writing Colony at Goodspeed Musicals writing a new musical with his sister Pia. He is currently recording his next studio album scheduled for release later this year.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • 2003 - My Favorite Time Of Year
  • 2007 - Goodbye Philadelphia (FRA #21, AT #10, CH #10, GER #68)
  • 2008 - Angel Town
  • 2008 - December Boys
  • 2012 - My Religion
  • 2013 - Madeline

DVD and video[edit]

  • Peter Cincotti: Live in New York (2004)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mio nonno paterno era di Napoli, mia nonna di Piacenza.." - "My paternal grandfather was from Naples, my grandmother from Piacenza..". See: http://milano.corriere.it/milano/notizie/concerti_e_locali/10_agosto_3/cincotti-arena-vigano-1703510876679.shtml
  2. ^ Cervinara in festa: che entusiasmo per il "cittadino" Cincotti". See http://www.ottopagine.it/av/cultura/32383/cervinara-in-festa-che-entusiasmo-per-il-cittadino-cincotti.shtml

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