Domenico Riina

Conductor, Composer, Arranger.
Defined by the critics as “one of the most interesting conductors of his generation” for his complete preparation and his excellent technical qualities, combined with a natural innate musicality, and for his great musical versatility that embraces symphonic, pop and jazz music.

He graduated in Trumpet, and in 2004 he graduated in Jazz Music under the guidance of M° Ignazio Garsia, from Conservatorio V. Bellini of Palermo, in 2010 he graduates in Pescara in Orchestral Conducting with M° Donato Renzetti.
Between 2009 and 2010, he collaborated, as an assistant director for Renzetti, producing various operas and concerts, including Rigoletto with the artistic groups of Teatro dell’Opera of Rome. He has conducted Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana in a concert entirely dedicated to the musics of Rossini and Mozart. Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, in september 2012, commissions him the arrangements and the orchestrations of the artistic project “Tribute to Burt Bacharach” produced and realized with the “Orchestra dei docenti del Conservatorio “V.zo Bellini” and the “Orchestra Jazz Siciliana” in the Teatro di Verdura of Palermo, in which he will work as musical director.

He is a founding member of Orchestra Jazz Siciliana, ha svolto una notevole attività concertistica nella qualità di prima tromba e solista fino al 2009, che lo porta a collaborare con artisti rappresentativi della storia della musica afro-americana, quali Bob Wilber,  Gil Evans, Archie Shepp, Ernie Wilkins, Bob Brookmeyer, Mel Lewis, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Gunther Schuller  Arturo Sandoval, Frank Foster, Carla Bley, Pete Rugolo, Lester Bowie, Clark Terry, Toots Thielemns, Vince Mendoza, Billy Childs, Phil Woods, Tony Hadley, Natalie Cole, Patti Austin, Andrea Bocelli, etc.
In 2010 he directed the discographic work “Three Drums Show” with Peter Erskine and Alex Acuña, and he wrote various arrangements. Among his discography we cite one with Orchestra Made in Sicily, for which he has been conductor and arranger, a work produced by “Alfredo Lo Faro produzioni” that has gone multiplatinum.
In 2015 he was nominated “Resident Conductor” of the Orchestra Jazz Siciliana.
In the capacity of resident conductor of Orchestra Jazz Siciliana he has been very successful, among other international artists as Martial Solal, Stefano Bollani, Francesco Cafiso, Wayne Bergeron, John Pizzarelli, Tony Hadley, Nicole Henry, Billy Morig ed Elliot Zigmund, (with which he records Donnafugata Music & Wine) D. Schuure. R. Gambarini, Hallie Loren, etc
In 2013 he wrote “Suite per archi, fiati e percussioni “Dear Mr. Zappa” for the documentary film “Summer 82 when Zappa came to Sicily”.
He participates in various international festivals, he collaborates with the RAI, and he directed in 2017 the Orchestra of Teatro Massimo and the Orchestra Jazz Siciliana in the production “Sicily All Stars”, arranging and conducting.
He’s a jazz trumpet teacher at Conservatorio V.zo Bellini of Palermo and teacher of orchestration and arrangement in the Scuola Superiore di Musica of The Brass Group.

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