Gianni Virone was born in Chieri (Turin, Italy) in 1980. He is a professional saxophone player, arranger and composer since 2002. Besides playing his compositions with his own trio, he works with many small groups, big bands/orchestras and recording studios as arranger, section player and soloist. His professional activities also include teaching saxophone, improvisation techniques, jazz harmony, composition/arranging and big band class in several schools.
He graduated from “Conservatorio G.Verdi” in 2007/2008 with Prof. Furio Di Castri (summa cum laude). He attended several masterclasses in Italy and abroad with Dave Liebman, Airto Moreira, Jerry Bergonzi, Enrico Rava, Gianluigi Trovesi, Steve Coleman, Ayn Inserto and many others. His jazz studies started at Centro Jazz Torino in 1997.
During the “Siena Jazz Summer Workshop 2002”, he was awarded with a grant for the “Nuoro Jazz Workshop 2003”. The next year in Nuoro, he was selected to play at the “Berchidda Jazz Festival 2004”. In 2003, he also won the “Talens” competition for soloists organized by the “Istituto Musicale di Rivoli”. In this way, he could attend the Summer Workshop of the New School University of New York in Bassano Del Grappa where he was selected for scholarship.
He won the first edition of the national competition “Nuovi Talenti del Jazz Italiano” in 2004. The same year he was a finalist of the “Premio Nazionale Massimo Urbani”. As a big band composer he was a finalist in several international contests like “Barga Jazz 2007” and “Scrivere in Jazz 2010 and 2014”.
He collaborated with various big bands both as an arranger and section player (all saxes, clarinet, bass clarinet and flute) and he played also with: Paolo Fresu, Furio Di Castri, Roberto Gatto, Gianni Basso, John Riley, Fabrizio Bosso, Flavio Boltro, Javier Girotto, Rita Marcotulli, Scott Hamilton, Dusko Gojkovic, Jimmy Cobb, Philip Harper, Terrell Stanford, Eric Vloeimans, Maria Pia De Vito, Danilo Rea, Emanuele Cisi, John De Leo, Nguyèn Lè, Pietro Tonolo and many others.
He is endorser of the Italian saxophone factory Rampone & Cazzani since 2004.