Festival jury

details about the people who make up the Jury

Pianist, composer and arranger, conductor, born in Turin and resident in Rome, graduated the piano and composition at the “A. Casella ”from Aquila.Assolvent in piano and jazz compositions at Berklee School in Boston and has studied privately with distinguished jazz teachers: E. Pieranunzi, Lyle Mays, Jerry Bergonzi, F. D’Andrea, A. Beneventano, David Kikosky et al. He collaborated in the recording studio with important names in the music scene (Renato Zero, Massimo Ranieri, Milva, Iva Zanicchi, Enzo Jannacci etc.) Active in tour in Italy and abroad with Renato Zero, Milva, Alice, Enzo Jannacci, Grazia Di Michele, in addition to collaborating in different Jazz and Funk-Fusion groups, especially in Milan and Rome. As a composer, along with Renato Zero, he wrote music for thirteen songs by the same artist, including “Nei giardini che nessuno sa” (also recorded by Laura Pausini), “Dimmi chi dorme accanto a me”, “Felici e perdenti “,” La grande assente “, presented in five albums, collaborates with Maestro Natale Massara and Pino Donaggio as soundtracks for cinema and television, with many orchestras in different broadcasts Rai, Mediaset with masters R. Serio, P. Vessicchio, V. Tempera, D. Morselli, P. Pirazzoli, D. Vaona and with the Sanremo Festival Orchestra.

Kalon Rae, London singer and songwriter of Italian origins, presents a unique contemporary style, combining epic pop with cinematic, indie and urban influences.
Kalon worked includes: Rita Ora, Andrea Bocelli, Paloma Faith, Sigma, Labrinth, Lionel Richie, George Michael, Gary Barlow, The Who, Coldplay, Muse, Take That, David Arnold, Tim Rice, Elbow, Sarah Jane Morris.
The EP “The Day I Was Killed” earned him a nomination as Unsigned Songwriter of the Year and a special mention in the International Songwriting Contest 2018.

International artist, composer and performer, resident LIO IBIZA, finalist VOZ DE ESPANA 2017


Born December 2, 1983, in Bucharest,start studying piano at the age of 4,he is a member of the CREDIDAM Art Council and a member of UCMR-ADA
-Also in 2008 he became a member of the Union of Romanian composers and musicologists (U.C.M.R)
-Doctor Lector Composition Department of UNMB (National University of Music Bucharest)
Collaborating as a composer, arranger, pianist and bandleader with:
Angela Gheorghiu, Dulce Pontes, Brad Vee Johnson, B & B Gospel Choir, Boney M Experience, Beverly Glenn Sundel, Aura Urziceanu, Monica Anghel, ANDRA, Nico, Luminita Anghel, Andra, Gabriel Cotabita, Vlad Mirita, Marcel Pavel, Caesar Ouatu, Cristi Minculescu Adrian Enache, Paula Seling, Pinky, Berti Barbera, George Miron & Acapella, Irina Sarbu, Bucharest Romanian National Orchestra Pop

Over 30 national or international awards in composition or musical interpretation:
Second prize at the creation section of the International Song Festival of Cairo (Egypt) 2003 (with “I Ask You Why” interpreted by Luminita Anghel)
-Second Prize, Mamaia Festival 2004, (“Spune da, spune nu” – Nico)
-Press Award, Mamaia Festival 2004
-Jazz Award 2003 for the debut, next to the jazz singer Irina Sarbu
-Trophy 2004 “Festivalul Cantecului de Dragoste” (“Cat de frumoasa esti” – Mihai Traistariu)
-Press Award 2004, Festivalu Cantecului de Dragoste (“Cat de frumoasa esti”)
-Young Composer Award, assigned by Music News Magazine, 2004 (Revista “Actualitatea Muzicala”)
-Second Prize, Mamaia Festival 2005 -Creation section -, (“De dragul tau” – Marcel Pavel)
First prize at the 2005 Mamaia Festival – Head on Tits – (“Cat de frumoasa esti – Mihai Traistariu”)
– U.C.M.R. Compositon Annual Prize, 2007, 2010, 2013
– Winner of the national selection Eurovision 2008 (“Pe-o margin de lume” -Nico and Vlad Mirita)
– VIP Magazine – Award – February 2008 (“Pe-o margin de lume”)
– The best Eurovision Composer Award in Belgrade – Eurovision 2008 – (Marcel Bezencon-Award)
– “Best Composer” Award – 2008, Radio Romania Music Awards Gala (7th edition, 15 March 2009)
– “Best pop song of 2008” Award Gala Romania Music Awards Gala
– First prize at the 2009 Mamaia Festival (Tu nu vezi cerul – Pasha Parfeni)
– “Matei Brancoveanu” Award, pop-jazz section, 2015


Singer and musician, he has always combined artistic activity with teaching and
professional training. His long experience as a Vocal Coach for professionals and
for young talents led her to develop the exclusive VOCAL CARE® method,
used by the biggest stars of Italian and international music.
• Titles
Diploma in Main Piano at the “N. Paganini ”of Genoa;
Diploma in Jazz Music at the “A. Boito ”of Parma; Teacher of
Modern and Jazz Vocality, Jazz Improvisation and Physiopathology of the Voice al
‘Santa Cecilia’ Conservatory of Rome.
Currently professor of jazz singing and pop singing at the Conservatory
Giuseppe Verdi of Milan.
Jazz Singing Teacher at Duke University – North Carolina (USA);
Artistic Director of the Vocal Care® Institute of Savona.
• Jazz – Some Live collaborations
Mal Waldron, Henri Texier, Kennet Barron, Carl Anderson, Bob Mover, Joe
Chambers, Jimmy Cobb, Uri Caine, Stefano Bollani, Roberto Gatto, Dado Moroni,
Rosario Bonaccorso, Tullio De Piscopo, Paolo Fresu, Giovanni Mirabassi, Pietro
Tonolo, Furio Di Castri, Enrico Pieranunzi, Enrico Intra, Gianni Basso, Massimiliano
Damerini, Riccardo Zegna, Fabrizio De Andrè, Bruno Lauzi, Rossana Casale.
• Vocal Training
Vincent Gallo, Biagio Antonacci, Ornella Vanoni, Juliana Moreira, Kris Jobson
(Fame), Giuliano Sangiorgi (Negramaro), Arisa, Jovanotti, Ghali, Tedua, Red Canzian
and Roby Facchinetti (Pooh), Giusy Ferreri, Leiner (Dear Jack), Vinicio Capossela,
Manuel Agnelli (Afterhours), Mario Biondi, Pedro (Finley), Neri Marcorè, Luca
Bizzarri, Annalisa Scarrone, Karima, Andrea Piovan, Nick the Nightfly, Mafy (Il
Patty’s world), Zoe Nochi (Alice in Wonderland), Chiara Canzian and
some of the most promising young people of well-known television talent.
Official Vocal Coach of X-FACTOR 11 in the teams of Manuel Agnelli and Fedez.
In 2018 Official Vocal Coach of Jovanotti’s “Lorenzo Live 2018” tour and of the tour
by Negramaro “Amore che torni Tour”
To the numerous appearances in national and international jazz festivals, it combines intense
live, radio, television and record experience.
• Some stages
1989 – Radio Rai – Jazz Stereo 1;
1990 – He composes and records Nomos, his first album which wins the Siae Prize;
1994 – With the American pianist Mal Waldron he records a live album for Philology Jazz
Records that brings her to the top of the new national talents decreed by the monthly “Musica
1997 and 1998 – With Fabrizio De André he took part in the “Anime Salve” tour and in the
theatrical tour “I fell in love with everything”, participating in the production of albums,
DVDs and video clips;
1998, 1999 and 2000 – Performs as a singer and pianist at the Durham Jazz Festival
organized by Duke University (North Carolina USA); gets
at the same time the chair of Jazz Singing in the prestigious University.
2001 – Record the album Odla in the United States, which is followed by a cross-border tour that
ends at the “Smoke” in New York.
2006 – Releases the album Un Lupo in Darsena, whose repertoire is based on
jazz reinterpretation of famous Italian songs with particular attention to artists
2007 – Wins the Italian Jazz Awards for the Best Jazz Singer category. –
protagonist of the special “Soundz” Rai Radio 1 and presenter of “Effetto Notte” on
Rai Radio 2 with Roberto Cotroneo.
2009 – As a singing teacher, singer and commentator participates in
Television broadcasts: Dr. Djembè (Stefano Bollani and David Riondino), Friends
Casting (Maria De Filippi) and Glob (Enrico Bertolino);
2010 – Create the Voice Tuner application for iPhone and iPod Touch;
2011 – Publishes the book “I want to sing” for Sperling & Kupfer (book + DVD),
which obtains the immediate reprint; Participate as a Vocal Coach in “Let me
Cantare ”, RAI 1 prime time evening.
2012 – Publishes “Accademia di Canto” for Sperling & Kupfer (book + DVD).
2013 – Releases the album Sanremo in Jazz, ten songs that made the
history of the Festival in a jazz key, with the contributions of Ornella Vanoni, Gino Paoli and
Paolo Fresu.
2015 – Sanremo Festival 2015: she is the official Coach of Annalisa Scarrone, Enrico
Nigiotti, Marco Masini, Biggio and Mandelli, Malika Ayane.
FIM Award as the best national Vocal Coach.
2016 – Sanremo Festival 2016: she is the official Coach of Annalisa Scarrone, Patty
Pravo, Arisa. Vocal Coach by Vinicio Capossela, Leiner of Dear Jack, prepares the Poohs
for their summer tour.
2017 – Sanremo Festival 2017: she is the official Coach of Giusy Ferreri and Bianca
Atzei; prepares Malika Ayane for the Musical “Evita”.
She is the Official Vocal Coach of “X-Factor 11” for the teams of Manuel Agnelli and
2018 – Sanremo Festival 2018: is the Coach of Ornella Vanoni, Annalisa
Scarrone, Eva Pevarello.
He wins the Cronin 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award, with the award ceremony at the Theater
Chiabrera of Savona.
2019 – Sanremo Festival 2019: she is the Coach of Irama, Ex Otago,
He publishes the book “Tu sei la tua voce” for Sperling & Kupfer, written jointly
with Roberto Re.
Invited as speaker (from the first edition to today) at the International Conference “La
artistic voice 2019 ”by Prof. Franco Fussi. Theme: “From jazz to rap:
complementary modalities and reference vocality “.
2020 – Sanremo Festival 2020: she is the coach of Ornella Vanoni, Levante.


Andrei Kerestely (born February 15, 1971) is a composer, producer and sound engineer from Bucharest, Romania. Kerestely manages Romania’s Midi Sound Studios.

Kerestely comes from a musical background; his father, Jolt, is a prominent composer and former sound engineer for Romanian Television Company.

After studying flute and piano, Kerestely started sound engineering in Munich, Germany. After forming an all-women band, Karizma, in 1995 with his German partner Werner Keul, Kerestely toured Germany and provided opening acts for artists such as ‘N Sync, Run DMC, Lutricia McNeal, Mr. President, and Funky Diamonds.Fact|date=February 2007
Kerestely’s “Balada timidului etern”, performed by Gabriel Cotabita (1998), and “O singura noapte”, performed by Adrian Enache (2002), won first place in the National Song Contest in Mamaia, Constanţa.