English Bio

Simona De Rosa is an award-winning singer, composer, educator. 

She began her musical journey in Napoli, south of Italy. Before focusing exclusively on singing during her teens, she studied classical piano and tennis player. She recalls first singing at 8 years old, and continued to sing while participating in various school functions. At 16 she was referred to the president of Napoli’s CFM School, where she studied classical voice training under the guide of Cristina Florio. As a teenager she discovered her voice and started singing different types of music from classical to pop and soon become fascinated by jazz and the thrilling possibilities of spontaneous improvisation. Not long after embarking on her jazz studies, Simona was already active on the local jazz scene joining little groups and big bands. Rather than enroll in a conservatory, Simona worked towards a Bachelors degree in Geological Science in Napoli; after earning her Bachelors Degree, Simona explored the italian music scene and took a solo trip to New York. There, the decision to go deeper into the jazz language in an international environment. She moved to New York where she earned a Masters Degree in Jazz Performance from the Queens College in 2014, graduating with honors. During these years, she performed extensively with her group, and joined various rhythm sections in different American and European cities. 

While in United States, Simona documented her musical growth and talent on her well-received 2015 debut album, Waves (Picanto Records), a collection of 9-track program that spanned the American mainstream Jazz repertoire and Scat. She navigated the jazz idiom fluently, on its own terms of engagement, displaying her prodigious vocal instrument, refined musicianship, inherent soulfulness, and ability to convey both emotional transparency and ebullient swing. The same year she recorded My travel, a journey of Neapolitan classic songs released at the theatre Stage 72 and the worldwide famous Friars Club in Manhattan. Simona was very welcomed from the the italian-american community and attended several the community-related events and festivals. She made her debut on the national television ABC7 during the Columbus Day Parade in 2013 on fifth avenue and was invited many times at the Carmen Mathis Show. In 2014 she produced and organized a concert named after the same parallel that links Napoli and New York:”41st parallel”. A titanic operation with 60 musicians on the stage of the LeFrak Concert Hall. That night Simona was awarded by the Country Executive Ed. Mangano for her spirit of leadership and dedication to the italian-american community. Crucial was the friendship with the singer/actor Dominic Chianese (The Sopranos and God Father) who guided her in the difficult and competitive word of the American show business. Soon also the collaboration with Randall Keith Horton (Michal Jackson, Duke Ellington) who chose her as a soloist of the Duke Ellington Sacred Concerts, majestic composition performed at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts in New York. In 2017 she was invited for a Jazz Diva Residency of three months at the Metropole Sofitel in Hanoi, Vietnam. Simona took this opportunity to discover a new culture and music language and fully embraced it. Before leaving the States for Hanoi, she was performed at the United Nations of New York on a program dedicated to the protection of the oceans. 

Hanoi represented for Simona the key to discover her inner soul and spirit. She studied vietnamese music and was invited by the dean of the Hanoi College of Arts to teach a masterclass named “ The Jazz Voice”.  She has been the international voice for the vietnamese national project “GIỮ LẤY TUỔI THƠ , a remarkable production against child abuse.

In the meantime, while living in Hanoi, she organized a tour in Asia which brought her to perform and teach for one month in Cina (Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong) and Singapore. After teaching a masterclass at the Beijing Contemporary Music Academy, she was asked to move into the capital and join the jazz faculty. 

Since 2018 Simona lives in Beijing and tours around the world with her projects. 

She also participated in several jazz competitions, winning first prize in “Big Band Competition for jazz vocalist” in Rome at Casa del Jazz and won the prestigious scholarship “Dennis Irwin”, while earning finalist honors in the International Jazz Competition Voicingers 2011 (Poland). 

 

Simona has a wonderful voice, rich of colors and feeling. It's a pure joy to see a young talent like her dedicate herself to the language of jazz with such intensity and at the same time respects the roots of her culture. She is the new mediterranean jazz singer!" 

Roberta Gambarini, Jazz Singer

ITALIAN BIO 

Simona De Rosa rappresenta una delle voci più eclettiche e versatili del panorama jazz internazionale. 

In giovanissima età si trasferisce a New York per conseguire un Master in Jazz Performance presso il prestigioso Queens College studiando con Michael Mossman, Antonio Hart, Charenee Wade e David Berkman. Da subito si esibisce sui palchi dei jazz club, teatri e festival americani  mantenendo parallelamente la sua regolare attività artistica in Europa. 

Diversi sono stati i riconoscimenti in campo artistico e sociale. Nel 2009 viene premiata da Franco Piana come vincitrice assoluta del concorso per cantanti di Big Band alla Casa del Jazz. Lo stesso anno vince la borsa di studio Dennis Inrwin durante i seminari di Laurino Jazz ed è finalista del concorso internazionale Voicingers in Polonia. 

Nel 2014, durante il concerto 41st parallel presso il LeFreak Concert Hall, viene premiata dal sindaco di Nassau Country Ed. Mangano e dall’ AIAE Association per la divulgazione della musica italiana negli USA e per la costante attività artistica nella comunità italo-americana; subito dopo viene invitata cantare in diretta nazionale per il canale nazionale americano ABC7 durante Columbus Day Parade. Lo stesso anno è solista dell' orchestra diretta da Randall Keith Horton in tributo a Duke Ellington con l’opera "Brown, Black and Beige”. 

RAI Community nel 2013 le dedica un servizio girato nel famoso jazz club di New York “Zinc Bar”. Dal 2014 è Ambasciatrice della Regione Campania nel Mondo. 

Nel 2015 incide Waves, il suo album di debutto per lʼetichetta discografica Picanto Records. L' album, concepito e maturato durante i live viene registrato insieme a Michele Di Martino, Tommaso Scannapieco e Luigi Del Prete. Il disco è valorizzato ed impreziosito dalla presenza di uno dei sassofonisti più apprezzati sulla scena musicale europea: Daniele Scannapieco. Viene presentato Italia e allʼ estero (USA, Cina, Germania). Lo stesso anno incide My Travel, un tributo alla canzone classica napoletana.  L’album viene arrangiato, registrato e prodotto a New York dal chitarrista Gennaro Esposito. 

Parallelamente agli studi musicali, Simona approfondisce gli quelli in Scienze della Terra conseguendo una laurea in Geologia. Due passioni confluite in un unico progetto durante un performance alle Nazioni Unite di New York per la Conferenza Mondiale sullo sviluppo sostenibile degli oceani. 

Il 2018 rappresenta per Simona l’anno del cambiamento e della scoperta. Le viene proposto di trasferirsi in Vietnam per tre mesi con un contratto da Jazz Diva al LeClub, prestigioso jazz club della capitale. Durante la sua permanenza in Asia, Simona scopre uno stile di vita affascinante e completamente diverso da quello al quale era abituata nell’estremo occidente in America tale da decidere di restare un altro mese in Asia. Organizza il suo primo ASIA TOUR, un giro di un mese che la porta ad esibirsi nelle principali città asiatiche: Shanghai, Pechino, Hong Kong e Singapore per un totale di venti concerti e sei Masterclass. Ultima tappa del tour da dove tutto era cominciato: Hanoi, Vietnam. La Mingkwon Entertainment la sceglie come voce internazionale per il progetto audio/video GIỮ LẤY TUỔI THƠ/Children’s Hope contro l’abuso sui minori in Vietnam. 

Poco dopo Simona si trasferisce definitivamente in Cina a Pechino dove le viene offerto un contratto per insegnare canto jazz presso il prestigioso Beijing Contemporary Music Academy. Da subito è la cantante più richiesta della capitale cinese e non solo. Oggi Simona canta in italiano, inglese, spagnolo, napoletano, vietnamita e cinese ed è la prima insegnante di canto jazz italiana in Cina. 

Chinese Bio 

西蒙娜(Simona De Rosa)作为一位备受赞誉且屡获奖项的歌手,作曲家以及教育家,已经作为乐队领袖发布了两张唱片,并且她的演唱也出现在了许多专辑当中。在纽约的爵士乐圈中,西蒙娜建立起了她的音乐事业并且至今仍继续在世界各地演出,传播她的音乐。 出生于意大利的那不勒斯市,十岁的时候,西蒙娜开始学习钢琴演奏。青年时,她发现了自己独特的嗓音并且开始演唱从古典到流行的不同风格的音乐,很快地,西蒙娜便为爵士乐以及来自于爵士乐发自内心的即兴所产生的令人颤栗的无限可能性所倾倒。 当西蒙娜在那不勒斯学习地质学的时候,从二重奏到大乐队,此时她已经有了许多和乐团合作的机会。毕业之后,她便移居纽约,从那时起她便在纽约与意大利之间来回居住。在纽约时,西蒙娜进入了皇后学院,在那里她学习并发展了她的编曲和爵士表演的艺术。当时她的演出足迹遍布了纽约的许多音乐舞台(纽约联合国(United Nations NY), 纽约库普拂贝格艺术中心(Kupferberg Center of Arts NY), 锌吧(Zinc Bar), 72舞台(Stage 72), 纽约乌特梅尔公园(Untermayer Park NY), 新泽西爵士小号俱乐部(Trumpets Jazz Club NJ), 宾夕法尼亚布洛姆菲尔德意大利音乐节(Bloomfield Italian Festival PA), 新泽西梅赛意大利乡村音乐节(Mercer County Italian Festival NJ),俄亥俄州沃伦意大利音乐节( Warren Italian Festival OH),佛罗里达州北湖街美术节( Lake Worth Street Painting Festival FL),美国意大利博物馆( Italian American Museum NY), 纽约意大利总领事馆(Consulate General of Italy NY), 佛罗里达州劳德代尔堡意大利音乐节(Ft Lauderdale Italian Festival FL), 纽约圣热内罗节(San Gennaro Fest NY), 马里兰州圣母玛利亚艺术节(Madonnari Art Festival MD),在肯尼亚瓦塔姆,越南首都河内的索菲特都市酒店作为首席爵士女歌唱家入驻)。并且在欧洲作为主演艺术家或受邀音乐家进行巡演(温布利亚爵士节(Umbria Jazz),波米利亚诺爵士音乐节(Pomigliano Jazz Festival),蒙卡列里爵士音乐节(Moncalieri Jazz Festival), 那不勒斯爵士音乐节(Napoli Jazz Festival), 米兰蓝色音符(Blue Note Milano), 红辣椒爵士音乐节(Peperoncino Jazz Festival), 阿拉特里爵士音乐节(Alatri Jazz Festival), 蒙泰科里切爵士音乐节(Montecorice Jazz Festival), 波佐利爵士音乐节(Pozzuoli Jazz Festival), 日落黄昏爵士音乐节(Sunset Jazz Festival), 萨默特剧院(Teatro Summerte), 洛克剧院(Teatro La Claque),德菲利波爱德华多剧院( Teatro Eduardo De Filippo), 以及其他许多舞台。)西蒙娜参加了由兰德尔凯斯霍尔顿(Randal Keith Horton)指挥的艾灵顿公爵之圣神音乐会(艾灵顿公爵,迈克尔杰克逊)并且受演员兼歌手的多米尼克.齐拉尼斯(于电影《教父》中饰演女高音)的邀请在位于曼哈顿久负盛名的修道士俱乐部多次演唱。 西蒙娜在美国时也与她那不勒斯的本源文化保持着紧密的联系,她为意裔美国居民组织了许多活动。在2014年她组织并设计了一场以“相同的平行线串联起那不勒斯和纽约”这个想法命名的音乐会——“平行41”,这是一场在皇后学院勒弗拉克音乐厅举行的由60名音乐家献艺的巨型演出,当晚的演出被国家总理授予了奖项,以赞扬她对意裔美国居民的领导和奉献精神。她也同样受邀代表意大利参加由ABC7美国国际电视频道播出并在著名的第五大道上录制的2014年哥伦比亚日游行。现在,西蒙娜正在游历世界各国,并且正作为乐队领袖制作她的第三张专辑。

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