B i o g r a p h y
Mauro Ottolini, is considered one of the most important Italian musicians. Composer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist and brass specialist, he graduated in Trombone and Trumpet in 1993 with full marks at the Verona Conservatory, and a few years later, a degree in jazz at the Trento Conservatory. He plays for 12 years in the orchestra of the Verona Arena, but then decides to resign to follow the music that most fascinates him ... Jazz. In addition to the trombone as the main instrument, he deepens the language of all brass instruments, such as the Sousaphone, the trumpet, the flugelhorn, the low trumpet and the euphonium. In 2012 he won the "Top Jazz" national critics' prize as "best Italian jazz musician". He is awarded as a composer and arranger, winning several critical accolades. He collaborates for various projects with the great jazz trumpeter Enrico Rava, and boasts collaborations with Kenny Wheeler, Dave Douglas, Paolo Fresu, Trilok Gurtu, Stefano Bollani, Jan Garbarek, Franco D'Andrea, He also collaborates with some big names in world black music such as Grace Jones, Gino Vannelli, Emy Stewart, Joe Bowie. Also in Italy Ottolini had the pleasure of collaborating with big names, including Vinicio Capossela, Lucio Dalla,
He has taught at New York University and held courses in important schools and conservatories, including the superior conservatory of jazz in Paris, one of the most important schools in Europe. A very special and stimulating encounter was the one with the trombonist Steve Turre. Thanks to him Ottolini learns to play sea shells, with talent and madness, so much so that he realizes a rather ambitious project, Sea Shell a record and a cartoon that are an act of respect towards the marine universe and at the same time a complaint for the pollution now unsustainable. This project, produced by the Azzurra Music label, had the support of Greenpeace, Legambiente, Umbria Jazz and other entities. For Mauro Ottolini, knowledge and research are the basis for creating a quality sound and a refined and unique style.
He has given concerts in the most important theaters and festivals in the world, among which we mention Umbria Jazz, China, Brazil, Poland, Bangkok Jazz Festival Thailand, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Norway, Spain, Portugal and collaborated in the recording of over 300 records, of which 30 in his name.
Mauro Ottolini has been appointed UNESCO Ambassador for Culture in Veneto for his artistic and innovative contribution to music.
Precisely in 2019, following his research work on shells, "SEA SHELL" - Music for shells, the discovery of a new species of shell is dedicated to the Veronese musician, which the malacological museum of Cupra Marittima dedicated to Ottolini giving it in the name of "Turritella Ottolinii"