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Dario Chiazzolino

  • Degrees and StudiesB.M. G. Verdi Conservatory, Turin - Italy; M.M at UM, Rome - Italy
  • Music Conservatory of WestchesterFaculty since 2016

Born in: Turin, Italy

Performances and Distinctions: Internationally acclaimed artist Dario Chiazzolino is deemed as one of the most considerable of today’s jazz guitarists. The recipient of numerous awards, Dario has been playing the guitar professionally since age 14. He was awarded as “Best Guitar Player” in diverse music competitions, including Umbria Jazz Festival ( IT ), Top Jazz (UK) and on several magazines such as Italian Jazz Magazine, Guitarlist and D-Magazine. He has performed all over the world both as band leader and side man with many of the top American and European jazz artists including Yellow Jackets, Billy Cobham, Bob Mintzer, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Andy Sheppard, Dominique Di Piazza, Jason Rebello and many others. According to Guitar WorldMagazine, Dario particularly impresses thanks to his innovative improvisational skill. His phrasing is unpredictable and looks forward into the future.  He has recorded 8 albums as a leader, and 12 as a sideman and an in demand educator, Dario has been teaching in Italy for 15 years, and has held teaching residencies in Europe and USA.  Dario the artist endorser of many prestigious music instruments brands including Gibson, DvMark, Kinmann Pick Ups, Essetipicks and Mogami cables.

Statement of Teaching Philosophy: "As a music teacher, it is my belief that all students should be offered the opportunity to discover and explore their innate potential as musicians, and to increase these natural capacities through formal music instruction. I aim to value the individual learning styles of my students and optimize their potential by providing music activities that stimulate their ears, their creativity and their musicality.  In summary, my charge as a music educator is to bring all of my students into a life-long love of music, while solidifying that appreciation with practical skills and true musicianship. In practical terms my guitar teaching approach is based on 4 basic elements: development of guitar sound; development of a strong sense of time & rhythm; development of technique; development of phrasing."