Get To Know The Musical Genius Behind Andrea Bocelli
The sound of Andrea Bocelli’s voice is the very essence of beauty itself. Having transcended geographic, cultural and generational borders, Bocelli is one of classical music’s biggest selling artists and the only one to have achieved 10 albums in the top 10.
Perhaps more importantly, his heartfelt performances strike an emotional chord among audiences around the world. Bocelli and his long-time engineer, Pierpaolo Guerrini, depend on Antelope Audio’s studio clocking technology in the studio to bring his recordings as close as possible to the authentic live performance.
Bocelli’s Early Life
Andrea Bocelli was born to Alessandro and Edi Bocelli on 22 September 1958. Doctors advised Alessandro and Edi to abort him as they anticipated that the child would be born with a disability. It was evident at birth that Andrea had numerous problems with his sight. He was eventually diagnosed with congenital glaucoma. He said that his mother’s decision to give birth to him and overrule the doctor’s advice was the motivation for him to oppose abortion.
Andrea grew up on his family’s farm where they sold farm machinery and made wine in the small village of La Sterza, which is a frazione of Lajatico, Tuscany, Italy. This village is about 40 km (25 mi) south of Pisa. His mother and his younger brother Alberto still live in the family home. His father passed away in 2000.
Falling In Love With Music
Bocelli demonstrated a great passion for music as a very young boy. His mother has been heard saying that music was the only thing that would comfort him. He began piano lessons at age six. Andrea later learned to play the flute, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, guitar and the drums.
His nanny Oriana gifted him the first record of Franco Corelli. He started to show interest in pursuing the career of a tenor. By the age of 7, he was able to recognise the famous voices of the time and tried to emulate the great singers.
Andrea Bocelli’s Early Career
Despite the setback with his sight, the young Andrea showed massive potential as a singer. He won his first competition aged just 14 with a rendition of ‘O Sole Mio’. However, it didn’t seem that music was quite the right career choice for Bocelli – he attended the University of Pisa in order to study law – but kept singing in bars for extra money.
A Love Which Never Dies – Bocelli’s Life In Italy
After 1997, Bocelli’s career has been rising. In 2017, the film The Music of Silence transported his life onto the big screen. In 2021, he and his son (who is also a singer) travelled to China so that he could perform at the Spring Festival.
He’s truly a global talent however he always comes back to his beloved Milan, which is his adopted city. He could’ve relocated in Los Angeles, as the most famous living Italian singer. He could’ve put roots anywhere. But he remains in Italy and lives in Tuscany.
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