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Born in Rome, Trovajoli had his first glimpse of music through his father, a violinist. At the age of four he started playing the violin and by the time he was six years old had begun piano and studying music in general. He earned his piano degree cum laude under M° Libero Barni at the S. Cecilia Conservatory of Music in Rome.

In the meantime he began his composition studies under M° Angelo Francesco Lavagnino, later to become his best friend, collaborating with him and learning the secrets of cinematographic techniques by following his courses at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena.

A passionate Jazz lover, for many years Trovajoli was considered to be the most important jazz player in all of Italy. He was invited to represent his country at the International Jazz Festival held in Paris at the Salle Pleyel, playing alongside legends such as Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Miles Davies, Chet Baker, Stephan Grappelli, Django Reinhardt and many more.

During the George Gershwin memorial concerts, given by the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Massenzio’s Basilica, he performed the Concerto in F and Rhapsody in Blue with the S. Cecilia Orchestra conducted by Willy Ferrero, followed by concerts held at the Teatro Biondo in Palermo.

The same concert was given as well at the Teatro S. Carlo in Naples under the baton of Artur Rodzinski.
Armando Trovajoli is considered to be one of the most eclectic musicians of his time, having covered many different aspects of music: he has composed as many as three hundred soundtracks working with movie directors such as De Sica, Monicelli, Scola, Magni, Risi, Pietrangeli, Vicario, Lattuada, etc.

He has also composed for Garinei and Giovannini the music for Rugantino (which ran also on Broadway), Ciao Rudy (with Marcello Mastroianni), Aggiungi un posto a tavola (performed worldwide from London to Vienna, from Madrid to Moscow and from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro), Accendiamo la lampada, Bravo!, and Se il tempo fosse un gambero.

Under director Mario Missiroli in collaboration with Tullio Kezich, Trovajoli wrote the score for Carlo Goldoni’s L’impresario delle Smirne adapted into a musical comedy.

In the classical world he is best known for writing for Franco Petracchi the Suite for Double bass and orchestra Sconcerto, performed at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia by M° Petracchi himself under Daniel Oren and recently, for the inauguration of the new Auditorium in Rome, Puppet, a Scherzo for Violin, strings, piano and percussion performed by Massimo Quarta with the S. Cecilia Orchestra under Gilbert Varga.

Is Academic of Saint Cecilia

Rome September 2, 1917 - March 1, 2013

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