I was born in Andria, Apulia, on the 8th of March 1985.
Music entered pretty soon in my life, even if I can’t say exactly when.
I’ve been told I should write here about my qualifications, prizes and awards, but I feel all that stuff it’s only a minimal part of my professional history. For sure an important part, but not the main one.
The main part, the most important to me, it’s the ‘miracle’ to turn a blank paper sheet in a musical score.
So I’d rather not write about that gifted child everybody said I was, the tiny little girl that used to caress the piano-keys delighting the audience, winning important competitions, never afraid to face difficult scores.
The most important factor was definitely all the musicians I met and played with, since I was just 11 years old.
At that time, I remember myself facing unbearable difficulties to play a Mozart Sonata, but I didn’t know why.
Then, an important Maestro showed me the way: to pay attention to the ‘man’ behind the score, try to feel like that anguished man that wrote it on the spot, when his mother passed away.
Suddenly, everything got better: I felt myself immediately immerse in the composer mood, and finally, I made it !
I think there are special moments that mark our life, like milestones. And there are also special people that forge our way to experience music, get into it and offer to others with respect and feeling.
So if everything started simply following my child-curiosity, after few years, I changed my approach: I stopped to just read and memorize the musical scores and I started following my heart.
At the beginning, I started this process working alone, then with a tiny circle of friends, then again with a lot of professional around me. I played first in my friends houses, than in small pubs and venues, then – after I conducted at the Sanremo Italian Song Festival - in bigger concert halls and important recording studios.
Musicians I met and I worked with are my most important qualifications, prizes and awards!
Here’s a list of some beautiful moments:
----- 2003: Second Prize - Short Movies Contest Corto per Andria; Special Prize for Original Soundtrack.
----- 2008: Critics’ Award at “Festival di Ghedi (BS)” for the track “Madama Fiume”, written and orchestrated for the band “Lafé du Cafè”.
----- 2009: Finalist with Lafé du Cafè for “Premio Bindi” in Santa Margherita Ligure (Genoa).
----- 2010: Winner of “Best New Talent Award” - What’s Up Magazine.
----- 2011: Finalist at the Venice Internazional Film Festival (Sezione Orizzonti) e at the Italian ‘Nastri d’Argento Awards’ with the soundrack for “La Sala” short movie (directed by Alessio Giannone).
----- 2014: Nomination as “Best Original Score” at International Movie Contest 48 Hours Film Project for the soundtrack of short movie “L’Ospedale delle bambole” (directed by Francesco Felli).
----- 2015: Finalist at BFI British Film Industry Award - London, with the soundtrack of short movie “Fare Thee Wheel”.
----- 2016: Selected at ‘World Soundtrack Awards – Gent (Belgium)’, and at the ‘Mise-En Music’ Festival - New York City (USA)
Her first musical project was Lafé du Cafè, in collaboration with the singer and actress Laura Seragusa, an ambitious theatrical production that mixed Italian swing melodies from ’30-’40’s with lyrics based on contemporary news.
2009: She signed her first recording contract with Warner Music Italia as pianist, composer and orchestra conductor.
17-21 Febbraio 2009: In February 2009, she was the orchestra conductor for the two winning songs at the 59th Sanremo Song Festival: “Sincerità” (sung by Arisa) and “La Forza Mia” (sung by Marco Carta).
In September 2009, Warner published her first piano solo album: Federica Fornabaio.
2011: The Italian singer-songwriter, Roberto Vecchioni, commited to Federica the musical arrangement and the recording of Love Song (Despedida), a song included in his double platinum album “Chiamami ancora amore”.
2012: She founded the Federica Fornabaio Quartet, featuring Angelo Olivieri (trumpet), Claudio Sbrolli (drums) and Sergio Scherillo (double bass). The band played new swing arrangements of music standards, famous soundtracks along with brand new songs, all reminishing the old sound of Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller Orchestra.
2013: She wrote the soundtrack for the documentary “Pontif-Ex” (Rai Cinema).
2015: Believe Digital published the digital EP ‘Christmas Tales’, that reached the ‘Top 10’ of I Tunes Classical Music Chart.
2016: She took part along with jazz trumpetist Angelo Olivieri to important Italian Jazz Festival as ‘Atina Jazz Festival’ and ‘Jazzerie’.
2017: She signed a new recording contract with Sony Classical Italia (Sony Music).
2018: Sony Classical published Unpeaceful, her second album (for piano and ‘petit ensamble’).
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