Paris based jazz guitarist Federico Casagrande started in early age the study of classical music in Italy. In 2003 he moved on a scholarship to Boston, U.s.a., where he attended the Berklee College of Music and graduated summa cum laude in 2006. He studied with Giampaolo Gobbo, Sandro Gibellini, Tommaso Lama, Dave Tronzo, Mick Goodrick, Rick Peckham, Greg Hopkins, Jeff Galindo, Garrison Fewell, Dave Santoro, Hal Crook, Ed Tomassi. In 2007 he won the first prize at the Gibson Montreux Jazz Festival Guitar Competition with George Benson president of the jury. He released 11 records as leader or co-leader. He performed in Italy, U.S.A., Canada, Denmark, Austria, Estland, Latvia, Portugal, Switzerland, France, U.K., China, Taiwan, South Korea, Belgium, Ukraina, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Germany.
“a six string poet, he has everything to become one of the singular voices of contemporary guitar”
“this music is incredibly therapeutic”
“an unrestrainable talent”
“astonishing guitarist, an inner music where the feelings bubble and condense in the essence of this terrestrial life itself”
“with his subdued play Casagrande proves progressive jazz guitar a great service and leaves note devouring colleagues like Montgomery, Burrell and Martino behind in the 20th century”