After studying piano at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Royal Academy of Music in London, and the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdiin Milan, graduating in 2012, Andrea Viscardi is a musical tour de force. He has worked in classical and electronic music and also written film scores. In 2013, Viscardi wrote the music for the documentary Cue the Muse, which won the prestigious Canadian Leo Award and received a nomination for the Emmy Award in 2014.
2020 saw Viscardi return to the piano and classical compositions with two EPs released in 2021 he has returned with new music for 2022 (see our premiere for new track Distance here). We put some questions to find out a little more about the man and his music.
Give us a potted history of yourself
I started playing piano at the very young age of 6 and completed my classical studies at 20 years old. I then approached music composition by myself and I experimented with piano and choral music. Creating new pieces it’s something I really need, a process I can’t avoid when sitting at my piano. That’s how everything started basically.
Who inspired you to start making music
Music has always been part of my family life, my father played keyboards and one day he tried to put me in front of a piano and here I am. Since there I have always played and worked with music till today.
And the one or maybe two records that inspired you artistically
I have several classical records that inspired me and my career, but if I have to pick one I’d say Bach’s Goldberg Variations by Glenn Gould (1981)
If you’re trying to explain whom you sound like to someone that’s never heard you, what do you say
Let’s say my music is simple, just piano sounds that flow together 🙂
Tell us about your new single
This single is very important to me. I wrote it before leaving my family to move to Berlin, where I am now. That’s a bit of melancholy but also a great feeling of hope and thoughts towards the future. I’m a very optimistic guy so nothing can suppress my positive mood regarding life and future.
Where can we get hold of it
Tell us how you write
As I said, I just sit in front of my piano and I start playing it. That’s how my music born. Nothing planned, nothing programmed. It’s all about spontaneity.
Tell us about your live show. What would be your dream gig/concert
I’m not planning any show right now but for sure is something I’m working on!
What can we expect from you in the near future
I’m finally working on my debut solo album. It’s something that will likely happen in mid-2023. I’m also working on a vinyl release of my previous works, including Distance of course!
Tell us your favourite records that’s rocking your headphones/tour bus/stereo
I have tons of favourite records to be honest, but for sure Olafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm are on top of the list.
Listen to Viscardi’s track Prelude, below