The Italian Jazz pianist, Enrico Pieranunzi, He began studying piano when he was five, partly from his father who was a jazz-loving guitarist. Pieranunzi became a professional when he was 19, playing with trombonist Marcello Rosa's quartet.
A superior post bop pianist influenced by Bill Evans and McCoy Tyner but long possessing his own sound, Enrico Pieranunzi is one of the top jazz pianists living in Italy. He fuses classical technique with jazz. He has performed widely with his own group at European and American jazz festivals. In addition to leading his own groups, Pieranunzi has worked with many top players (both Europeans and Americans), including Franco Ambrosetti, Chet Baker, Benny Bailey, Joey Baron, Kenny Clarke, Art Farmer, Curtis Fuller, Johnny Griffin, Charlie Haden, Jim Hall, Billy Higgins, Marc Johnson, Lee Konitz, Sal Nistico, Enrico Rava, Frank Rosolino, Tony Scott, Mads Vinding, Kai Winding and Phil Woods.
Enrico Pieranunzi, who teaches at a conservatory, has done studio work and sometimes works as a chamber music soloist. He has also composed several film scores. In 2006 he started the trans alpine jazz project.
Enrico Pieranunzi issued his first LP in 1975. He has recorded several impressive jazz sets as a leader for Enja, Timeless and especially Soul Note.