Andrea was born in Viareggio (Lucca, Italy) on July 26, 1965. Mentioned on Wikipedia in 5 languages and in many other music books and encyclopedias, he began to study music and trumpet in 1975 in the wind ensemble of his village Torre del Lago Puccini with some musicians close to Dean Benedetti, the famous italo-american jazz saxophonist mentioned in all official Charlie Parker biographies. In 1979, at the age of 14, Andrea started working locally with some professional big bands and commercial music groups, and in 1981 he began performing professionally in the classical music field too, while simultaneously attending the Conservatory at the “Istituto Musicale Pareggiato L. Boccherini” in Lucca (Italy). In 1987 Andrea finished his Conservatory studies with highest full marks, graduating cum laude. That same year he studied with Armando Ghitalla (soloist trumpet with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and teacher at the University of Michigan) and consolidated his jazz studies with O. Valdambrini and S. Fanni, trumpet soloists of the RAI Television Orchestras in Rome and Milan.
In the jazz music field, Andrea has performed with great jazz musicians like Maynard Ferguson and his Big Bop Nouveau Band (in Italy, London and United States 2000/03/05/06), Randy Brecker and Claudio Roditi (Luxemburg Trumpet Summit 2007, ITG 2012), Peter Erskine (1996 Italian Tour), Gino Vannelli (Italian Tours 2012 and 2016), Kenny Wheeler, Tom Harrell, Paul Jeffrey, Dave Liebman, Steve Swallow, Eric Marienthal, Brad Leali, Butch Miles, Carmen Bradford, Dusko Gojkovich, Frank Foster, Till Brönner, New York Voices, Valery Ponomarev, Carl Anderson, Lee Konitz, John Taylor, Palle Daniellson, Denis DiBlasio, Lew Soloff as well as the greatest italian jazzmen like Enrico Rava, Bruno Tommaso, Massimo Nunzi, Paolo Fresu, Gianni Basso, Stefano Bollani, Giorgio Gaslini, Gianluigi Trovesi, Henghel Gualdi and many others.
He performed as soloist and/or lead trumpet also with the Atlanta Seventeen Big Band, Joe Gransden Big Band, Rowan University Big Band, New England Jazz Ensemble, San Diego State University Jazz Band, RCC Wind Ensemble Honor Band, Upland HS Jazz Band, Deer Valley HS Jazz Band (USA), Sandvika Storband (Norway), Yuzo Kataoka All-Star Big Band (Japan), Ralph Pyl’s All-Star Big Band (Australia), Luxembourg Jazz Orchestra, Opus78 Big Band, Harmonie Bascharage (Luxemburg), Dani Felber Big Band, SMZ Big Band, ZHdK Big Band (Switzerland) e Jazzorchester Karlsruhe (Germany).
On September 20th, 2006, he has been invited to perform as soloist at the “Maynard Ferguson Tribute” at the Touhill Performing Arts Center in St. Louis (Usa), now released also in dvd (2007). Moreover, in 2014 Andrea accepted to join the authoritative “Board of Directors” of the International Trumpet Guild and has been elected until 2019 by official votation of the ITG international members. He performed as soloist at the ITG Conferences in 2008 (Banff Center, Canada), 2010 (Sidney, Australia) and 2012 (Columbus University, Georgia, USA) and 2015 (Columbus, Ohio, USA). In 2018 he joins the team of artists/clinicians of the prestigious “World & European Brass Association” founded by Otto Sauter, based in Germany with worldwide concerts.
In 2008 he received the Visa O-1 for Extraordinary Ability in the Arts from the United States of America Government.