|Born||July 11, 1983|
|Origin||New York City, New York, USA|
|Genres||Pop, rock, jazz|
143/Reprise/Warner Bros. Records
Peter Cincotti is an American singer-songwriter. He 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, Cincotti's debut album, produced by Phil Ramone, reached No. 1 on the Billboard jazz charts, making Cincotti the youngest artist ever to do so. This led to performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall, Paris' L'Olympia, The Montreux Jazz Festival (where he won an award in their renowned piano competition), London's Queen Elizabeth Hall, and many other venues around the world.
Life and career
Born in New York City in an Italian-American family, from Cervinara, a little town in province of Avellino where he is honorary citizen. 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 the United States.
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 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 single "Madeline", a project exclusively featured in Italy's issue of Vanity Fair.
In 2014 Cincotti wrote, arranged and produced the soundtrack for the Italian film Le Leggi Del Desiderio (Laws of Desire), directed by Silvio Muccino.
Cincotti appeared as himself in Season 3 (2015) of the Netflix series House of Cards, singing a duet with President Francis Underwood (played by Kevin Spacey). In April 2015 he performed with Sting and Annie Lennox at 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 in 2016.
He released the EP Exit 105 in 2016.
- 2003 - Peter Cincotti (USA #118)
- 2004 - On the Moon (ITA #35, FRA #21, USA #128)
- 2007 - East of Angel Town (#SWI 22, #ITA 65, FRA #16, BEL #26)
- 2012 - Metropolis
- 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"
- 2016 - "Palermo"
DVD and video
- Peter Cincotti: Live in New York (2004)
- "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
- 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