Born in Naples (Italy) on March 5th 1989, Francesco Ciniglio started playing the drums at age 6 under the tutelage of Maestro Sergio Di Natale. As a teenager, while studying the drums, he also worked on learning foreign languages at high school, and travelled throughout Europe and South Africa as translator and interpreter for his school. In 2010 he moved to New York on a student visa, as an undergraduate student at the City College of New York – Jazz Department (CCNY). Here he had the opportunity to study with John Patitucci, Fred Hersch, Mike Holober, Dan Carillo and Scott Reeves, as well as taking private lessons with Gregory Hutchinson.
On January 2015, 1 year after graduating from college in 2014, Francesco moved to Rome and on March 2015 he recorded his first EP with Aaron Parks on piano and Joe Sanders on Upright Bass. The album, out on March 2016 with Fresh Sound New Talent, was recorded at the Bunker Studios, Brooklyn (NY) and it’s made of Francesco’s original compositions, together with jazz standards and free improvisations.
Since he started working as a professional musician, around the age of 18, he got to share the stage with some of the main jazz musicians active worldwide today. In March 2015 he toured Northern Europe with Aaron Parks’ “Little Big”, featuring Charles Altura on guitar and Anders Christensen on electric bass; then on May 15th 2015 he played with Joe Sanders’ Infinity Band at the Duc Des Lombards Jazz Club in Paris, featuring Logan Richardson on alto sax and Laurent Coq on piano; on November 5th 2015 he played with the Shai Maestro Trio, feat. Jorge Roeder on bass, at the Jazz & Blues Festival in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Other collaborations worth mentioning are: Dayna Stephens, Joel Frahm, Donny McCaslin, Scott Colley, Sheila Jordan, John Ellis, Peter Slavov, Mark Sherman, Vincent Gardner, Wayne Tucker, Melissa Aldana, Jure Pukl, Dida Pelled, Alex Claffy, Alan Hampton, Harish Raghavan, Ari Roland, Mike Karn, Cyrille Aimee, Stefano Di Battista, Rosario Giuliani, Alessandro Presti, Alessandro Lanzoni, Gabriele Evangelista and Daniele Tittarelli to mention some.
Now Francesco is a touring musician based in Rome. He’s a freelance jazz drummer, reference point for world touring artists.