Romano Viazzani is an accordionist and composer who started his professional career as a danceband-leader for which he wrote and arranged music. He has written music abroad range of music from documentary soundtracks for TV to songs for musicals, and from didactic pieces for accordion to songs for various singers. His largest work is his accordion concerto Valceno- Concerto for Accordion and Orchestra, which he premiered with the BBC Concert Orchestra and was broadcast on BBC Radio 3. As a player he is comfortable in any situation having played with jazz septet Gilad Atzmon and the Orient House Ensemble for 5 years, appeared in several theatre-pit orchestras as well in the The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the RLPO 10-10 Ensemble and The London Concertante.. (continue…)
Romano Viazzani is an accordionist and composer. He started his professional career as the bandleader of L’Orchestra Rara and The High Society Dance Orchestra for which he wrote and arranged music. The opportunity to write soundtracks for documentaries broadcast on BBC, Channel 4 and Discovery Channel led him to experiment in writing for instruments outside of the dance orchestra and in 2001 he wrote and premiered his accordion concerto Valceno- Concerto for Accordion and Orchestra, which he premiered with the BBC Concert Orchestra and was broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Soon after he joined the jazz septet Gilad Atzmon and the Orient House Ensemble with whom he recorded two albums, the first of which Exile, received the BBC Jazz award for best album of 2003 and the second, Musik – Rearranging the 20th Century was nominated for 2005 with a further nomination for best band in 2004.
Numerous appearances in theatre too both in the pit and on stage including The Accordionist (The Bike Shed Theatre, Poole Lighthouse, New End Theatre), for which he wrote the score, Songs form a Hotel Bedroom (New Wolsey theatre, Watford Palace Theatre, Covent Garden Opera House -Linbury Theatre) and She Loves Me (Menier Chocolate Factory). He has made numerous TV appearances all over the world including BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, accompanying Sir Bryn Terfel and has recorded with many artists including Phil Manzanera, Frances Ruffelle, Joanna Strand and Michela Musco and has performed with Grace Jones and Silvia Olari.
In the classical world Romano Viazzani has performed with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the RLPO 10-10 Ensemble and The London Concertante.
The Romano Viazzani Ensemble is based on the Astor Piazzolla Quintet with the addition of two vocalists and as well as performing the compositions of Astor Piazzolla and other tango composers, also perform Romano Viazzani’s own music which derives from Argentine tango but with a swinging London twist. In 2020 they released their debut album London Tango.