Patrizio Buanne Biography
Dean Martin, Paul Anka, Tom Jones, along with the traditional Italian singers – these are the men he idolizes. Unfashionable? Perhaps, on first impression. But as they say: style is temporary and class is permanent. “Less is more – those artists perform great melodies – it’s so fantastic to go onstage performing beautiful melodies with an orchestra behind you.”
Raised in Naples, he moved to Vienna at the age of six when his father opened Austria’s first pizzeria. But his fiercely patriotic father would play only Italian music at home.
When he was 8 his parents bought him a guitar and at 11 years old Patrizio made his first public performance at a talent contest for schools. Patrizio then began to enter more talent competitions – and always won first prize. At the age of 17 Patrizio was invited to sing for the Pope in Poland, performing in front of his biggest audience yet – 85,000 people – which led to a recording contract shortly thereafter at age 17. However, tragedy soon followed when his beloved father died shortly after Patrizio’s 17th birthday. But one thing made Patrizio determined to survive. “I had promised my father I would be a superstar and make my name – his name – famous. It is always music that reminds me of my father and makes me happy.”
In 1999 Patrizio took up on an uncle’s offer to return to Italy and, after winning yet another talent show, found himself offered a job as a TV entertainer. Soon he was one of the most popular young faces on Italian television, hosting his own show in between studying languages at a university in Rome. But his dream was still to be a recording artist – and most of all to be successful in Great Britain and America.”
In 2003 Patrizio was introduced to music producer Christian Seitz. They both shared the same passion and vision for music, so bravely quitting his burgeoning TV career they went to work on the album – going into London’s world famous Abbey Road studios with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to realize his dream. 18 months later the result is “L’Italiano” (The Italian”), an album mixing traditional Neapolitan romance and singing tradition with Italian standards from the 50’s and 60’s – songs barely known outside of Italy but destined to become favorites for a new generation.
To listen to Patrizio is to immerse yourself in the soundtrack of a world familiar from film and television – from Federico Fellini, Sophia Loren to the Godfather, Goodfellas and The Sopranos. “My music is as Italian as pasta in an Italian kitchen,” says Patrizio. These songs are timeless classics. To me, crooning is more than a way of singing; it’s a way of life! And I want to share that with a new audience.”
Eddie O’Louglhin of Next Plateau was introduced to Patrizio by Christian Seitz in 2003 and was so impressed he immediately orchestrated an arrangement for Patrizio worldwide with Universal Records. Patrizio’s album The Italian will be released in the U.S. January 2006 on Next Plateau / Universal Records.