(Correggio, RE, 1959 – )

Andrea Griminelli was born in Correggio in the province of Reggio Emilia on December 13, 1959, from Silvestro and Luisa Marani, merchants. A flutist acclaimed by the public and critics for his excellent musical talent, he started flute when he was ten years old thanks to an intuition of his teacher Marina Motti, and later on studied with legendary musicians such as Jean Pierre Rampal and James Galway. While still a student he won numerous awards among which the Stresa and Alessandria Competitions. He then debuted at La Scala with the “Solisti Veneti” directed by Claudio Scimone and he was principal flute in the unforgettable concert “The three tenors” at the Caracalla Thermal Baths Arena in 1990 featuring Carreras, Domingo and his friend Pavarotti. The “New York Times” wrote about him as being among the eight emerging artists of the 1990s. He played with the greatest orchestras of the world: the Royal Philharmonic, the Philharmonic orchestra, the Berlin Symphony, the Dallas Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He collaborated with tenor Luciano Pavarotti in his numerous benefit concerts and played with internationally renowned pop music artists like Sting and Elton John. Together with Roberto Molinelli he composed and arranged “Barilla 90”, a very emotional piece with warm sonority, expressly commissioned for the sound track of the second advertising campaign made by Young & Rubicam by the title of “Dove c’è Barilla c’è casa” (Where there’s Barilla there’s home) that started in 1999.

Cecilia Farinelli


LEVRINI Lucio (edited by), Correggesi in prima pagina (Correcting oneself on the first page), I. Correggio, GSC, 2001, pp. 118-121.