Olen Cesari, class 1975, began studying the violin at the age of three thanks to the concert mother and violin teacher in Durres.
Called a "child prodigy" for his excellent interpretative qualities, he performed in public for the first time at the age of five and at thirteen he graduated with honors from the Conservatory of Tirana, the Higher Institute of Art and won the medal of gold as the best instrumentalist in the Balkan country.
Arrived in Italy thanks to a scholarship, at 17 years he graduated from the S. Cecilia Conservatory in Rome, once again obtaining the highest marks with honors and becoming the youngest violinist graduated in the history of the Roman conservatory.
The following year he won the "MOZART AWARD" competition: he enters the renowned Mozarteum of Salzburg and, under the guidance of the Italian-American Maestro Ruggiero Ricci, collects in all the competitions in which he participates in coveted first prizes, as in the case of international prize "FOYER DES ARTISTES" for the high interpretation of Paganini's works.
After the Austrian experience he moved to the United States, to Detroit, where for a year he dedicated himself to the activity of classical concert soloist between Detroit, in fact, and Chicago. Despite his young age, his talent soon made the rounds of the most prestigious European and world theaters. In 1993, back in Italy called by Pippo Baudo to participate in the "national television contest for instrumentalists" on Rai Uno, in the program "Double Match", where he won the first prize.
The following year he returned to America again and moved to New York where he began to compete with all kinds of music: from jazz to black, from soul to hip hop, from rap to country. His places of reference become the "Tabac Cafe" and the "Time Cafe" where every evening he performs with artists, at the time still emerging, such as Maroon 5, Lenny Kravitz and Sheryl Crow.
Playing with these personalities broadens his horizons as a violinist and as a multi-purpose musician and gives him a way to understand that he is also attracted by pop and contemporary music. In New York he also has the opportunity to collaborate with the famous composer Danny Helfman.
Back in Italy he repeats the New York experience in Rome where, for several years, he plays in "Il Locale" which soon becomes the native source of the school of Roman singer-songwriters. "Il Locale" sees him perform, among others, with Daniele Silvestri, Max Gazzè, Neffa, Alex Britti, Carmen Consoli and Sergio Cammeriere.
In some of these concerts he performs alongside Jacob Dylan and Pearl Jam. In this same period he creates the trio "Liebhaber Konzert Trio" composed precisely by violin (Cesari), guitar (Pistone) and transverse flute (D'Andrea). With this training he toured all of Europe for two years playing a repertoire completely adapted and rearranged by the three young people, which included among others: Mozart, Rossini, Haydn, Debussy and Piazzolla.
In the 1997 he meets Lucio Dalla who, struck by a listening to the talents of the young violinist, immediately asks him to leave for the world tour that leads him to play in the most prestigious theaters of the world until the exhibition in front of the Holy Father, Giovanni Paolo II, on the occasion of the concert for the Eucharistic Congress in Bologna in front of over 2 million people. On this occasion he also plays with world rock legend Bob Dylan and the brilliant jazz pianist Michel Petrucciani.
The experience with Dalla continues in San Remo where he is invited as a guest of honor. From Lucio Dalla he learns the "know how" of musical productions and this is extremely useful to him in the following years when he opens his record company. In the following years, in Spain, Portugal and Switzerland he took part in numerous television programs as a special guest and in Italy he participated as a solo violinist in: Domenica In, In Bocca al Lupo e Novecento.
During the different episodes he has the privilege of playing with the likes of Andrea Bocelli, Tina Turner, Michael Bolton, and Marc Anthony ... In this same period he also plays with Franco Califano and in the 2001 he starts the tour with Anna Oxa which will last a year. After the concert held at the "Sporting Club" in Montecarlo, a jam session with Prince at the "Stardust" is not missed.
In the 2000 he began his career as a musician-producer with the Roman singer-songwriter Veronica Lock with whom he published the album "Come un satellite che va", for Warner Music Italia, which took place in the top ten of MTV. During the MTV Music Awards held in Rome in 2004 he met and formed a solid friendship with Pharrell Williams, well-known American producer and rapper, with whom he organized an incredible jam session with, among others, Anastacia, Alicia Keys, Usher and Beyoncè. He takes part in San Remo, in the 2003, accompanying Luca Barbarossa as a soloist violinist and in the meantime he writes and produces the soundtrack for the film "L'italiano" by Ennio De Dominicis, together with Sergio Cammariere with whom he collaborates and has been playing for years now.
For the films "Nonfare qui" by Maria Sole Tognazzi and "Il tempo dell'amore" by Giacomo Campiotti, he signed a part of the soundtracks. His film scores include the one for the film "Diamonds, bullets and fate", winner of the Gold Grand Jury Award at the Houston Texas Film Festival in the 2005. In 2003 he founded OlenArt, his record company, with which he produced the album entitled "On the Wings of Music" by the artist Enrico Giaretta.
In this project he collaborates with musicians of the caliber of Pharrell Williams, Tony Levin, legendary bassist of Peter Gabriel, Fabrizio Bosso and Daniele di Bonaventura. In 2004 he produces the video for Giaretta's first single "The Cloud Factory" in New York, shot under the Brooklin Bridge. He then undertook a series of concerts in duo with Giaretta, a refined pianist and songwriter, which led him to play around the world and in numerous avant-garde venues, including the renowned "Blue Note" in Milan and the famous "Piano's " from New York.
One of the songs he wrote contained in the Giaretta album, "Tutto la vita in un momento", translated into English with the title "Back in town" and sung by Canadian Matt Dusk, climbed the charts of half the world and got the first place in Japan, Canada and the Netherlands and joins top100 International. In 2005 he meets Simone Cristicchi with whom he begins a collaboration that still lasts, for him he writes the bows of the winning piece of San Remo 2007 "I'll give you a rose".
Participate as guest of honor with Eliza Dushku at the Euro Video Gran Prix in the 2006. The 2007 summer saw him on tour with Sergio Cammariere, Simone Cristicchi and Enrico Giaretta. Olen Cesari's violin can be heard on all the albums of Sergio Cammariere and Simone Cristicchi, on many records by Lucio Dalla and Anna Oxa as well as on some pieces of Articolo 31, Bungaro, Daniele Groff, Gerardina Trovato, Giuseppe Povia, by Massimo di Cataldo, Paola Turci, Nino d'Angelo, Riccardo Sinigallia, Samuele Bersani and many others. Meanwhile he is writing the script for his first film "Domino man" and is preparing his first solo album.
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