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Paolo Cimmino was born in Naples.
He began his career as a member of the San Carlo Theatre Orchestra of Naples, performing with them for 12 years. During that time he also studied ethnic music and jazz.
He teaches percussion at the G. Martucci Conservatoire in Salerno, frame drums and Principles of Ethnic Music at MusicAteneo of University in Salerno. He is invited regularly to present master classes throughout Europe, including the Royal College of Music, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, Franz Liszt Hochschule für Musik Weimer, Music Academy Bijelovar, and various music schools and conservatories in Italy (Trento, Fermo, Parma, Roma, Napoli).
Paolo is the co-founder of ‘Società Italiana Tamburi a Cornice’ and is continuously working to introduce the possibilities of frame drums to larger audiences. A passionate educator, Paolo has written a wealth of educational material on the ‘Tamburello’ (Italian tambourine like instrument) and its technique, including the highly acclaimed ‘A new way of playing tamburello’ published by Note di Merito and Five Tamburello Solos Ed. Artemide (Italy).
He has also produced a DVD ‘La tammurriata, antiche tradizioni e future Possibilità’ (The History and Future of the Tammurriata). The Norsk Musikforlag published ‘Hidden Tears for Marimba and Tambourine’ and il Sorpasso for setup.
The Edition Svitzer published Passione Segreta for Marimba ,tar and string quartet. In addition to his role as an educator, Paolo purses an active freelance career with regular concerts in Italy and around Europe. He performs not only as a soloist but also with duos including Clay Drums India with Ghatam Suresh and Framed Resonance with Daniella Ganeva.