Anna Paola De Biase

Born in Bari in 1981, Anna Paola started her musical studies on piano at the age of ten, but soon discovered that the saxophone was more suited to her personality, and so began taking lessons.
In 1994, she started classical saxophone studies at the Conservatory of Music in Bari and further continued at the Conservatory of Music in Ferrara where she ultimately received her degree in saxophone performance under the direction of Marco Gerboni. Additionally, she holds a bachelors degree in Science of Communications from the University of Ferrara as well as a post-graduate diploma in Computer Music from the Accademia Musicale Pescarese where she studied under Riccardo Santoboni.
Anna Paola has taken part in several national and international master classes with famous soloists such as Jean Marie Londeix, Eugène Rousseau, Claude Delangle, Daniel Gauthier, Henk van Twillert, Achim Rinke-B., Lucy Derosier, Federico Mondelci, Massimo Mazzoni, and Mario Marzi. She has also attended the Veneto Jazz Workshop held by the teachers of the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York.
Anna Paola has also received awards at music competitions such as second prize in the chamber music category at the Giulio Rospigliosi competition in Lamporecchio, and third prize in the soloist B category at the First National Saxophone Competition, Città di Camerino.
As a regular performer, she participates in concert tours playing as a soloist, with saxophone ensembles, full orchestras, mixed instrument ensembles, and with the Elise Hall Saxophone Quartet on tenor saxophone. She has also worked with Teatro Verdi Orchestra in Triese, conducted by Daniel Oren, and also promotes contemporary music with the Freon Ensemble in Rome, directed by Stefano Cardi. With the Stereophonic Orchestra, she has performed the sound tracks for the Rai tv format “Premio per il lavoro 2010″.
To expand her chamber music repertoire for saxophone and piano, Anna Paola has also collaborated with Bruno Canino at the School of Music in Fiesole (Florence) as well as pianist Elisa Franco. However, without completely leaving the classical and contemporary styles behind, she has also started to specialize in new and more flexible musical styles and idioms, focusing on improvisation and creating new projects which fuse various forms of artistic expression. As a teacher, she has been working since 2005 has been teaching saxophone in both private and public schools.