Lorenzo Sandi is a NYC-based classical and jazz double bassist. Raised in northern Italy, he received his Maestro di Contrabbasso degree in Classical Double Bass Performance from the Conservatorio di Musica Niccolò Paganini in Genoa, Italy, as well as a master’s degree in History, cum laude, from the Università di Genova.
Since moving to NYC in 2011, Sandi has graced the stages of the city’s most renowned classical and jazz music venues: Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall, Garage, Fat Cat, Smalls, Smoke, Minton’s, and everything in between.
Sandi has performed with jazz luminaries Paul Jeffrey, Billy Kaye, George Garzone, Bill Smith, Dado Moroni, Howard Williams, Riccardo Zegna, Saul Rubin, Giampaolo Casati, Ed Cherry, Carlo Atti, Michael Howell, Jed Levy, and countless others. Studio work includes recording sessions in Europe and the US as a sideman.
Festival performances include 1st prize at the Victor de Sabata Competition, 2nd prize at Tuscia in Jazz, Open Jazz Club Palermo, Due Laghi Jazz Festival, Sansepolcro Jazz Festival, and others across North America, Europe, and the Middle East.
Recent classical collaborations include Ensemble Du Monde, New England Symphonic Ensemble, and Mimesis Ensemble. Recent tours include Sarah Brightman, Il Volo, 2Cellos, and Evanescence.
Sandi gratefully acknowledges the influence of teachers and mentors he’s worked with over the years.
Classical bass teachers include Kurt Muroki of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; Lou Kosma of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; Gregg August of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra; Jordan Frazier of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra; Andrea Lumachi, principal bassist of the Orchestra del Teatro Carlo Felice and student of the legendary Ludwig Streicher; and Franco Petracchi, double bass luminary.
Jazz mentors include Aldo Zunino, Benny Golson, Jimmy Cobb, Jesse Davis, Buster Williams, Bobby Durham, and Christian McBride, who have shared their wisdom and insight in all things jazz; and lastly, Maestro Ron Carter, whose lessons and guidance, in music and in life, have influenced and inspired him immeasurably.