IVANO LEVA was born in 1975 in Naples, Italy. He studied piano with Alexandra Brucher at the Conservatory of Campobasso and composition with Gaetano Panariello at the Conservatory of Naples. Having been interested even in improvising approaches and jazz music since his youthful years, he also attended regular courses of jazz piano with pianists Francesco D’Errico, Francesco Nastro and Enrico Pieranunzi.
An esteemed, award-winning composer, he currently receives commissions from important authorities and his works have been premiered in several places in the world, from Australia (Geelong Performing Arts Centre, Melbourne Recital Centre) to France (Auditorium M.Ravel, Académie Diplomatique -Paris) and Italy (Goethe Institut, Auditorium Scarlatti – Naples).
As piano player or real-time improviser he has appeared at many festivals and concert seasons (Katerinburg Jazz, Festival dei due mondi, Camerata Musicale Barese, Festival Oboe Paris, Nick La Rocca Festival, Pietà de’ Turchini, Piano City Napoli), enumerating also several exhibitions in tv and radio programs for the Italian national channel RAI. For a long time committed to exploring the possibility of merging classical music and real-time composition into an own unique style, he recently released a cd of original compositions, L’ala del silenzio, focused on the balance between the typical formal architecture of the piano quintet and elements of pure improvisation.
He also works as music tutor and lecturer, teaching both classical and jazz piano, harmony, and theory at the pre-academic courses of the Conservatory of Salerno.