MICHELE PAOLINO baritono saxophone
Michele Paolino started his musical studies at the age of 9 and, after the experience of the professional studies with M° Gabriele Buschi, he participated to many musical competition, which gave him 15 first prices in Chamber Music Categories.
After this period, he had the possibility to meet as teacher the international saxophone player and conductor Federico Mondelci, studying at the G. Rossini Music Conservatoire in Pesaro.
This meeting brought to him a lot of collaboration with many musical identities like the Italian Saxophone Quartet and the Italian Saxophone Orchestra, playing especially for the “First Saxophone Festival” in Saint Petersburg, on the occasion of the 200 Birthday of Adolphe Sax.
The great quality as interpreter has been acknowledged and underlined by important Orchestras that engaged him in many projects different from Chamber Music: in 2013 he’s on stage with FORM (Regional Orchestra of Marche) for the “Blue Rhapsody” production; in 2018 with the prestigious Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, playing M. Ravel’s “Bolero”, scheduled on the Ballet Season.
Meanwhile, he’s involved in musical activities as soloist and as chamber musician in Italy and even abroad, as well as in transcriptions and arrangements for many kind of groups.
His works are routinely presented in records and international concerts.
Interviewing MICHELE PAOLINO, member (baritono saxophone) of Federico Mondelci Italian Saxophone Quartet
November 21, 2015 – Ancona, Italy
INTERVIEWER: Having played with Federico Mondelci I Sax Quartet.., it was just a matter of time for a saxophonist who was dreaming since ever to play with Maestro Federico Mondelci!. With his Sax Quartet, the saxophonist Michele Paolino has just released several TOURS abroad, Italy, Russia and United States of America. In this interview, Michele Paolino discusses his musical origins and creative passions and definitely shows a brilliant new talent!
I: When did you learn to play the saxophone?
MICHELE PAOLINO: I started playing saxophone at the age of 9. I literally took myself to study saxophone then pointed at the saxophone and said to myself , “You’re going to play that.” Luckily, I subconsciously wanted this so bad!!
I: What made you passionate about the sax and jazz in general?
MP: Saxophone came to me pretty easily in the beginning. I enjoyed sight reading new music. It was more like a game than actual music , just a natural attitude..but later it began a serious and steady studying.
After the experience of the professional studies graduating “cum laude”, I participated to many european and international musical competions, winning 15 first prices in Chamber Music Categories.
Then I discovered “MY MAESTRO” our Band Director…!, Maestro Federico Mondelci… at the beginning it definitely was an incredible discovery.. I simply was mesmerized by his virtuosity. That began the search for more study, more sax music…old and new. So I choosed to meet Maestro Federico Mondelci and I decided to go and study in Pesaro at “G.Rossini ” Conservatoire.
After following his course, he offered me lot of possibilities and collaborations, like with the Federico Mondelci I Sax quartet where he’s the conductor and soloist, but also classical orchestras like the FORM – Filarmonica Marchigiana.
Now I also often play as soloist or as chamber musician in Italy and even abroad, travelling to Usa, Russia, United Arab Emirates.
Being involved in all these projects..makes me feel so excited, sometimes I’m also busy in the role of arranger. As my development continues, my musical interests are expanding vastly in all directions and this brings me such a great joy!
I: What is next for you?
MP: Well, a lot of projects are going on..new concerts in Italy , a new American Tour and finally FEDERICO MONDELCI I SAX QUARTET is getting ready to release a new CD. For more news…Just stay tuned!
I: Great! Well Michele, just thank you for this interview. Good luck and Wishing you the best joy and success. Say hallo to all your fantastic audience and invite them to keep following and staying tuned with the Federico Mondelci I Sax Quartet! ”