Fabrizio Paterlini was born and lives in the ancient northern Italian city of Mantua. Paterlini began playing piano at six-years-old. Formal study in his chosen artistic endeavour came with five years at Campiani’s Academy, Mantua’s Academy of Arts, from where he graduated in Music Theory.
The 1990s saw Paterlini extensively cutting his teeth as a gigging musician by performing rock classics, pop and jazz in local bands. While playing with these outfits he began to compose music, at this stage principally material of a progressive rock persuasion. As the decade and century drew to a close Paterlini reached an important decision, being to concentrate exclusively on the piano – the instrument that, in his own words, “best expresses his inner world.” Yet it was not until 2006 that he began composing music for solo piano.
In the following year his life’s musical journey took a momentous step with the release of his debut CD, Viaggi in Aeromobile (Travel in Aircraft) on the Music Center label. A collection of beautifully structured, graceful mood pieces displaying Paterlini’s natural touch and seemingly effortless talents, the release was warmly received in Italian specialist press.
Performances of the album in its entirety followed at Feltrinelli bookstore and Ludas Club in Mantua, as well as in the pastorally apposite outdoor setting of Parco Giardino Sigurtà in Verona.
2008 saw the issue of an EP previewing Paterlini’s sophomore full-length, Viandanze, which was to follow on his new Fabrizio Paterlini Records imprint in December, 2009. In the interim the 8-track Remixed collection, now offered as a free download on his website, presented the composer’s material as subtly reworked soundscapes, comfortably easing them into cogent chillout territory. Viandanze was partially funded by donations from Paterlini’s burgeoning fanbase, and performed in 2010 at Teatro Verdi in Buscoldo, Mantua.
Further exploration of the pop potential in Paterlini’s contemplative music came in cahoots with the critically acclaimed British musician/producer, Thom Carter. The resultant Viandanze Re-imagined EP (Test Tube, 2010) enhanced Paterlini’s growing reputation as an artist with the ability to meld musical sensibilities spanning centuries. Prestige festival appearances then preceded the 2010 release of the flawless Fragments Found CD, again on Paterlini’s own label, drawing comparisons with luminaries such as Ludovico Einaudi, Erik Satie and George Winston.
On August 29, 2011, he released his new album Morning Sketches. Paterlini provides his albums as "name-your-price" downloads on his website.
Starting from September 21st 2011, he composed, recorded and released on-line one song per week for all the Autumn Season. The project ended in December 2011, resulting in 14 songs, all included in his latest album "Autumn Stories", released on February 20th, 2012.