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February 8, 2019

Matteo Bocelli, musical DNA

The second son of the great Tuscan tenor, tells us about himself

A year ago, for the first time, the voices of Andrea Bocelli and son, Matteo, age 20, from the singer’s first marriage, came together officially for the show at the Teatro del Silenzio, in Il Trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi.

Do you remember when music first entered your life?
I started studying music at age six. The first encouragement came from my father who directed me toward the piano.  

At what point are you in your music studies right now?
I had to leave them for university, at least the conservatory, temporarily, but I play the piano whenever I have some free time.

Which classical composers do you love the most?
Liszt, Rachmaninov, Vivaldi and of course Bach, although Chopin is closest to my romantic soul.

Your favorite band or artist at the moment, on the other hand?
A contemporary artist ... Ed Sheeran.

What is the most useful and important thing your father has taught you?
There is one thing in particular that has been useful so far, which is, “in life you can’t always do what you love, but you also have to learn to love what you do.”

What are your great passions apart from music?
I love driving a lot. It doesn’t matter if I’m at the wheel of a car, at the helm of a boat, or on a horse, with the reins in my hands; the important thing is that there’s something to be directed, to take to a destination.

Your family lives in Versilia. What are your favorite beach spots?
It doesn’t happen often but if I have breakfast out I definitely go to Angelo’s pastry shop and on summer evenings, the meeting point for all the guys is definitely Morin!

The Tuscan place you love the most?
The first is Lajatico, because it’s right in the heart of the region, and it’s important to remember the Tuscan countryside since it is the most beautiful. And then Versilia, which is a wonderful place surrounded by mountains and overlooking the sea.


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