Stefano Bollani was born in Milan in 1972 and grew up in Florence. He began playing piano at the age of 6 and enrolled in Florence’s Cherubini Conservatory five years later, where he received an old-fashioned classical training: “My teacher came from a very old school, the Neapolitan school of piano playing, which gave to the world people like Aldo Ciccolini, or Ricardo Muti”. He first performed professionally at 15, initially in pop contexts. He began playing with the great Italian trumpeter Enrico Rava in 1996, confirming a deeper commitment to jazz. Since then, he has played with Pat Metheny, Martial Solal, Lee Konitz, Phil Woods, Gato Barbieri, Miroslav Vitouš, Richard Galliano, Michel Portal and Roberto Gatto, among many others.