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Andrea Chezzi was born in Colorno, Parma.He began studying music with his uncle, Lino Chezzi, member of the Teatro alla Scala Orchestra in Milan. He continued his musical training at the A.Boito Conservatory in Parma, graduating in Organ and Organ Composition under Stefano Innocenti in 1997 and in Harpischord under Maria Pia Iacobini in 2000. Hefurthered his harpischord studies under the guidance of Professor Bob van Asperen at the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten.

Alongside his instrumental studies, he graduated in Composition under Luigi Abate at the A.Boito Conservatory in Parma in 2002.

He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern Literature from the University of Parma, 2007. His thesis discussed musical life at the Bourbon court of the Duchy of Parma and Piacenza in the late sevententh century. He also specialised in librarianship and antiquarian cataloguing at La Biblioteca Estense, University of Modena.

He has taken courses in the performance practice of early music with L. F. Tagliavini, W. van de Pol, Ch. Stembridge, G. Murray, A. Marcon and Ch. Rousset at the Accademia Chigiana, Siena.

Andrea Chezzi has given concert performances both as soloist and with chamber orchestras in cities throughout Italy, earning invitations from prestigious public bodies and cultural associations to perform at classical music festivals. These include: Soli deo gloria (Reggio Emilia), Musica intorno al Fiume (Reggio Emilia), Festival Ferdinandeo (Parma), Antichi Organi (Piacenza), Armonie tra Musica e Architettura (Modena), Itinerari organistici (Modena), Musicomania (Trento), Organi storici mantovani, Le voci della città (Milan), Milano Arte Musica, Cantantibus Organi (Milan), I concerti di san Torpete (Genova), Festival Organistico Internazionale Vicenza, Rassegna organistica Valsassinese (LC), Festival Organistico dell’Alta Maremma (GR), Organi Storici in Cadore (BL), San Giacomo Festival (BO), Organalia (TO), I Concerti di Camapagna (Roma), Un sistema armonico (BO-MO), Festival Organistico Internazionale Rapallo (GE), Vespri d’Organo a San Giorgio Maggiore (VE). He has also given recitals in Parma, at 'La Camera di San Paolo', in Mantua, at the Basilica Palatina di Santa Barbara and in the Ducal Palaces of Colorno and Sassuolo. He has collaborated with various musical ensembles for voice and instrument such as Gli orfei Farnesiani, l’Ensemble Guidantus, I Musici di Parma, Il Continuo.

He has made CD recordings on the restored historic organs Traeri (1734, Mezzano Rondani, Parma, where he was titular organist), Montesanti (1813, Acquanegra sul Chiese, Mantua) for the classical music label MV Cremona, Benedetti (1765, Brescello, Reggio Emilia) for Fugatto (Metz France). He has also made CD recordings on the harpsichord (Galuppi's sonatas) for Brilliant. His Cds won acclaimed reviews from specialist publications (Suonare news, 5 Stelle Amadeus, 5 Stelle Choir & Organ).

In 2013, the Dutch classical music label Brilliant Classics selected him as harpsichordist from among the musicians who had contributed to the production of the Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Edition on the 300th anniversary of the composer's birth. For the same label he recorded the Sonatas op. 1 for harpsichord by Baldassare Galuppi.

His essay on the Bourbon Duke Ferdinand's musical relationship with music appeared in the third volume of the Italian organ magazine 'Arte organaria italiana'.

He is artistic director of Colorno's cultural association 'La Compagnia del Lorno' and co-founder of the 'Associazione Culturale Giuseppe Serassi' whose aim is to promote and foster appreciation of the organ and early instruments.

Writing in the French music magazine ResMusica, F.Munoz says of Andrea;

«La virtuosité de l’interprète est totale, il défend cette musique comme personne, dans des tempi parfois incroyables».