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Graduating in piano under the guidance of Daniela Morelli at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome, Cittadini studied jazz improvisation with vibrophonist Nino de Rose at Testaccio School of Music (SPMT). He explored the world of light music for three years as part of trumpeter Nini Rosso’s band, while at the same time working with the best musicians various line-ups in Rome’s main jazz clubs. Here he had the opportunity to play with trumpeter Valery Ponomarev, singer Dominique Eadeand drummer Jimmy Cobb.
As part of Nino de Rose’s quartet he played various concert seasons for musical associations throughout Italy, recording four albums over the course of ten years.
He has also worked free-lance, making recordings for theatre. For many years he has led a trio with which he performs regularly in jazz clubs, and he has been guest of various societies (including Italy-Russia). Together with guitarist Roberto Nicoletti he founded the Movie Jazz Quartet, which has recorded the CD Tracks and composed and executed the soundtrack for a television film. Another experience in the realm of cinema was the co-writing and execution of the music for director Francesca Archibugi’s first short together with guitarist Battista Lena.
He also works regularly with singer Giuppi Paone, with whom he has recorded the album Cinema Italiano and taken part in various festivals (including Atina Jazz), and played and recorded for various organizations (State Music Archive) and initiatives (Estate Romana,Roma Europa Festival).
He teaches at two music schools in Rome: CIAC (since 1983) and Testaccio (since 1988), where in addition to teaching he has also conducted a jazz trio workshop (piano, bass and drums) for several years. He has also conducted seminars at the Atina Jazz Festival. He has published a manual on improvisation Guida Essenziale all’Improvvisazione, ed. Domani Musica.
He has recently recorded the album Voyage with guitarist Massimo Lattanzi.
He has also given a series of concerts in trio at the Auditorio del Seraphicum and at Palazzo Chigi sponsored by the “Frederick Chopin” Italy-Poland Society.
His principal stylistic influence is the playing of Bill Evans, with its introspective exploration and classical rigour.