Stefano Leonardi (*1978) is a flutist, composer and improviser, resident in Trento (IT). He began to blow into a flute essentially as a self-taught, at the age of eight. In addition to traditional flutes, he also plays instruments from other cultures (xun, kaval, sulittu, koncovca, launeddas). He deepened and practiced improvisation 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. He is attracted to research on sound and its relationship with space, memory and time. Recordings of his original music have been released by Splasc(H) Records (IT), Nu Bop Records (IT), Leo Records (UK), Astral Spirits (USA).

“Leonardi s’éclate dans plusieurs directions créant des voicings en phase qui surprennent plus d’une fois.”

– Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg, orynximprovandsounds

“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