Guitarist, Composer and Teacher
Rocco Romano is a guitarist and composer, born in 1996 in the province of Lecce, in South Italy.
After a first musical experience with an electric bass, he started studying jazz guitar at the age of 14 inspired by the classic jazz records of his parents. He had individual lessons for five years and at the same time he had the opportunity to attend several masterclasses and confront himself with some of the greatest Italian jazz players, having also different experiences in other environments (Umbria Jazz Clinics in 2013 and the Five Weeks program at the Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2014, for which he won a scholarship).
In 2015 Rocco won a contest for young jazz musicians organized by the Locomotive Jazz Festival that gave him the opportunity to play opening concerts for great musicians such as Paolo Fresu, Omar Sosa, Lars Danielsson and more, and to take part of a live recorded album (the “Locomotive Jazz Compilation”) labeled by “Workin’ Label” (Lecce).
In 2015, fascinated by the north european musical scene, he decided to study guitar abroad, attending the Bachelor program at the ArtEZ School of Music in Arnhem. Here he had the opportunity to develop his own ideas and to play in several collaborations with both students and teachers.
In June 2019 he graduated in Jazz & Pop Guitar playing for the first time his own audiovisual immersive performance called “The Cave Project”.
Rocco is currently based in Cologne (DE).
During the past years he took part of several music festivals such as NorthSea Jazz Festival, Lowlands, Pneumo-Jazz, MusicMeeting, Moers Festival, Locomotive Jazz, Make It Jazz and more.