Italian jazz pianist and singer Francesca Tandoi has been hailed by critics and peers as a rising jazz star and one of the most enthralling young talents on the international jazz scene.
She studied jazz piano and singing at the prestigious Royal Conservatory of The Hague, graduating cum laude and with a special mention from the committee and later on she earned her master’s degree from Codarts Conservatory and University of Arts in Rotterdam.
In just a few short years, she has earned international acclaim as a world-class pianist and vocalist. She has performed with some of the finest international jazz musicians, to name a few: Scott Hamilton, Philip Harper, Owen Hart jr., Joe Cohn, Anthony Pinciotti, Jason Brown, Daryll Hall, Lee Pearson, Darius Brubeck, Dave Blankhorn, Florin Nicolescu, Marjorie Barnes, Sergey Manukyan and many more.
She got invited by Micheal League to join the “Snarky Puppy” during their concert at Umbria Jazz 2023.
She has toured and performed at some of the most noteworthy theatres, jazz festivals, and clubs around the word like “North Sea Jazz festival”, “Umbria Jazz”, “Cork Jazz”, “Bosendorfer piano gala” “Breda jazz” “Amsterdam Arena Stadium” and many others is USA, Japan, India, Indonesia, Russia, South Africa, Turkey, Israel and literally everywhere in Europe.
Tandoi’s trio’s performances have been warmly received by audiences and the press. Her stage presence is praised time and again as an explosion of swing, strong and sophisticated.
Jazz journalist David Alston of South Africa said, “She has a flawless technique and the ability to swing like the greats. The audience is simply knocked out by her playing.”
“Francesca Tandoi has truly impressive piano skills,” raved Dutch magazine JazzFlits. “She literally flies over the keyboard.
And she’s blessed with a beautiful singing voice full of warmth and sensuality.”
In addition to calling her singing ballads “exemplary, actually unforgettable,” jazz journalist Massimo Tarabelli (Ancona Jazz,IT) places her among the greats: “How many of the world’s young pianists resonate with the greatest virtuoso swinging jazz pianists—Oscar Peterson, Monty Alexander, Gene Harris, Phineas Newborn? Not many. How many of those are women? Very, very few. How many of those are Italian? Probably none. It’s incredible but true that such a person exists, and her name is Francesca Tandoi. She’s a brilliant, superior, and very rare talent.”
Well-known pianists Monty Alexander said, “Francesca Tandoi is a supremely tasteful swinging piano player. Her vocals are exquisite, her compositions are melodic and memorable, and her arrangements are extremely thoughtful.”
She appears in more than 20 recordings as a sideman, three with legendary american saxophonist Scott Hamilton.
Dutch magazine Jazzenzo wrote, “The accompaniment of Tandoi is exemplary.”
Jazz journalist and historian Scott Yanow wrote, “Francesca Tandoi plays beautiful swinging solo and she has superior skills as an accompanist”
The piano trio is definitely Tandoi’s favorite setting.
As leader of her trio’s she recorded seven albums, “For Elvira” ,”Something blue” “Magic Three” “Hope” “When in Rome” “Bop web” and “Wind dance” (this album appears in the TOP10 best albums of 2017 of the Japanise magazine “Jazz Life. The same famous magazine characterized her as “one of the biggest young talents of the European jazz scene” )
Beside her career as a performer she travels around giving masterclasses about “The art of arranging for piano trio”.
During the last couple of years she got invited by Washington University of Music of Saint Louis (USA), Music University of Pretoria (South Africa), Ethics of Jazz in Moscow (Russia) and many others schools and Universities all around Europe and she’s a steady teacher at the Conservatory G.Martini of Bologna (IT)
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