Berklee Summer in the CityRoberto Giaquinto Collective
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Roberto Giaquinto started to play the drums in a music school in Naples, Italy, where he also had his first experiences in the music scene of his town, becoming a member of different jazz, blues, and rock bands. After attending one year of high school, he moved to Rome and he enrolled at Conservatorio Licinio Refice, where he studied jazz arranging.
While in Rome he performed with many musicians from all over the world, in the clubs of the city and in several main festivals in Italy and in Europe (Casa del Jazz, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Villa Celimontana, European Jazz Expo, Actual Festival, etc). He also received different scholarships (Elvin Jones Zildjian Award, Most Active Drummer from Berklee Percussion Department, Nuoro Jazz from Paolo Fresu, Roma jazz's cool ) and won some national competitions ( St Louis Jazz Contest, Baronissi Jazz, Piacenza Jazz, Ronciglione Jazz).
Roberto is currently part of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, under artistic director Danilo Pérez, and has many mentors, such as Dave Liebman, John Patitucci, Ben Street, Eddie Gomez, Wayne Shorter, Joe Lovano, George Garzone, Teri Lyne Carrington, and Adam Cruz.
Since he moved to the states to study at Berklee, he has performed at the Blue Note in New York, Detroit Jazz Festival, Beantown Jazz Festival, Kimmel Center, Panama Jazz Festival, Kennedy Center in DC, JEN in New Orleans, and the Regattabar.