Stefano Leonardi (*1978) flutist, composer and improviser, resident in Trento (IT).
He began playing the flute at the age of eight, receiving a classical training.
Self-taught on jazz flute, from 2005 to 2008 he studied with Stefano Benini and Geoff Warren.
As an improviser and performer, he is often on stage and plays topical and new music, focusing especially on improvised music.
His major inspirations are black american music and various folk music.
He published albums with different ensembles on Splasc(H) Records (IT), Nu Bop Records (IT), Leo Records (UK).
“Leonardi s’éclate dans plusieurs directions créant des voicings en phase qui surprennent plus d’une fois.”
– Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg, orynx–improvandsounds
“Leonardi plays different flutes and uses them effectively, especially the bass flute. He gets a big sound from it.”
– Bernie Koenig, Cadence Magazine
“Interactions joyful and artistic, with plenty of space and a talent for spontaneous melodies.”
– Steve Holtje, Culture Catch
“Leonardi mostra una padronanza dello strumento a tutto tondo, non solo per l’ampiezza del repertorio tecnico tipico del flauto, ma per l’uso assolutamente interattivo che ne fa, scevro dal virtuosismo e con un suono dolce e vellutato, preciso e controllatissimo.”
– Antonio Terzo, JazzColours