President Artistic Jury
Winner of a wide array of awards, professor, and director of various Italian and international institutions, Paolo Fresu has performed around the world with the most important names of Afro-American music over the past 30 years.
He has participated in over 350 recordings, some as a leader, others as a sideman, and still other projects mixing ethnic, jazz, world music, contemporary, and ancient music.
Mr. Fresu is artistic director of the Berchidda Festival Time In Jazz and – as teacher – leaded for 25 years the Jazz Seminars in Nuoro (Sardinia).
He is also involved in the production of numerous multimedia projects, cooperating with actors, dancers, painters, sculptors, and poets, as well as writing music for film, documentary, video, ballet, and theater pieces.
Mr. Fresu lives between Paris, Bologna and Sardinia. His unique trumpet sound is recognized as one of the most distinctive in the contemporary jazz scene.
He was honored with the important honoris causa degree in Social Psychology at Università Bicocca of Milano, Italy and the historical “Sigillo di Ateneo” by Urbino University.