Carlo Maria Nartoni


Pianist, composer.





CARLO MARIA NARTONI began his piano studies at the age of 7 at the Conservatory of Como and continued his musical education at the Conservatory of Milan where he attended courses in Composition.

At this time he became passionate about jazz and took part in a series of studies with pianist Arrigo Cappelletti.  During this period he obtained first prize in the “Tracce sonore” competition with “Lazy's Jack Band”.

In 2005 Carlo attended summer seminars at “Siena Jazz” where he played together with the Enrico Rava Ensemble and received classes with Stefano Battaglia who selected Carlo to participate in the permanent research music workshop for highly qualified solo pianists in Siena.

Due to a serious health condition, he was forced to abandon his musical activities from 2006 till 2010.  After this difficult period his dedication to research and experimentation in jazz became a fundamental part of his work and he concentrated his studies principally on original composition and total improvisation while still collaborating with Stefano Battaglia.




Carlo has played in concerts in Italy, Germany, Switzerland, France and Great Britain.

He has also played in prestigious theatres such as Strehler, Manzoni and Arcimboldi in Milan and clubs, Blue Note in Milan, Casa del Jazz in Rome, B flat in Berlin plus many others.


2002 – 2006 

permanent pianist with the “Civica Jazz Band” Milan directed by Enrico Intra.



pianist with the Franco Ambrosetti Quintet.



pianist with the Camilla Battaglia Quintet.




He played in many festivals, such as: Villa Litta Jazz Festival (2000) – Palatia Jazz Festival (2004) – Milano Film Festival (2005) – Bellano Jazz Festival (2005) – Festival Giuditta Pasta (2005) Festival Franco-Italien de Jazz et Musiques Improvisee (2005) – Biennale di Venezia (2006) – Lario Jazz Festival (2006) – TEDx Lake Como (2010) – Festival Tabula Rosa, Reggio Calabria (2012) – Clusone Jazz Festival (2014), etc.






Together with the Civica Jazz Band and other group formations Carlo has played together with famous musicians such as Franco Ambrosetti, Kenny Wheeler, Franco Cerri, Enrico Rava, Diana Torto, Gianluigi Trovesi, Claudio Fasoli, Giorgio Gaslini, Lennart Aberg, Rosario Giuliani, Furio di Castri, Andrea Dulbecco, Bebo Ferra, Tino Tracanna, Mauro Negri, Paolo Damiani, Wissan Joubran, Mederic Collignon, Marco Tamburini, Gianni Coscia, Michael Rosen etc.




Current Projects


Piano solo – original works and improvisations


Norwegian Trio - original works and free improvisations with Adrian Myhr (bass) e Tore Sandbakken (drums)


Imàgo Duo – original works with the Songwriter Melanie Häner


Improvvisi – original works duos and free improvisations with guitarist Jacopo Bertacco.



(for details please see attached project presentation)