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Pietro Cernuto
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Graduated in saxophone with honors at the Conservatory "A. Corelli "of Messina under the guidance of Maestro Vito Soranno, winner of 32 first prizes of various national and international music competitions, is currently the first tenor saxophone of the National Band of the Italian Army.
Since the age of 10 he has approached the study of Zampogna in Paro Messinese and Friscaletto Siciliano, devoting himself to these with great constancy and interest.
Thanks to the experience of his grandfather, a former bagpiper who has passed on to him this passion, he met and attended almost all the elderly zampognari of Messina who taught him the techniques of execution and interpretation, the musical repertoire of these instruments.
Winner of numerous bagpipe matches, reviews of popular music, which take place regularly in Sicily and beyond the Strait, in 2002 he won the Zampogna D'oro award at the international popular music festival held in Erice (TP).
He is currently part of the Unavantaluna group of Sicilian folk music, with which he regularly participates in important events and music festivals in the sector, both in Italy and abroad.
In Italy they deserve to be mentioned: Festival Pifferi muse and zampogne of Arezzo; Zampogna Festival of Maranola and Scapoli; Tarantella Power in Caulonia; Forlimpopoli; Naples in Piazza del Plebiscito; Intermundia Festival in Rome, and many others.
Abroad, always with the Unavantaluna, important were the performances at the Sete festival in France; in Lisbon at the Sete Sois Sete Luas festival ; Manresa and Valencia in Spain; at the Innovantiqua festival in Wintertour in Switzerland; in Friborg and at the Nuremberg Music Academy in Germany.
In Rome and always with the same formation, important are the concerts held at the Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions, at Villa Ada on the occasion of the Rome Festival meets the world , and lastly, at the Auditorium Parco della Musica.
With this group, he participates in radio and television programs for RAI 1, RAI 2, RAI 3, RADIO 2, RADIO 3, Radio Vaticana, Radio Popolare, SAT 2000, Radio in Blu, and other minors.
Still with the Unavantaluna, he recorded two CDs, of which the first was published with Finisterrae and the second with Helikonia.
He constantly collaborates with musicians such as Ian Harrison, Nando Citarella, Mario Incudine, Tenores di Neoneli, Carlo Muratori, and others.
Among the other groups he collaborates with: Ciuri Ciuri Jazz , Sicilian music arranged in a jazz key, and with which he performed, among other things, at the Blue Note in Milan and at Villa Celimontana in Rome.
He also collaborates with Alessandro Mazziotti.
Since 2006 he has been artistic director of the Festival of the ancient trades and traditions of the city of Fiumedinisi (ME), and of the Ramp of the bagpipe dedicated to the memory of the dean of the bagpipers from Messina, Nino CannistrĂ .
Through this last initiative, according to the critics, he managed to rekindle the enthusiasm of the elderly bagpipers of the province of Messina, being able to make appreciate and approach the instrument many young musicians.
He holds courses and stages of Sicilian friscaletto and zampogna in paro in various parts of Italy and abroad.
In this regard, the participation in the Forlimpopoli Folk Music School, the Pomarolo festival in Trentino, the bagpipe festival in Maranola, the Tamburimundi festival in Freiburg in Germany, and in February 2011, an internship on the Sicilian friscaletto held at the Conservatoire deserve to be mentioned. Nuremberg in Germany.

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