Pietro Ballestrero, guitar player and composer, was born in 1973. He has been studying music since he was ten years old, taking classical and jazz classes with different teachers in Italy and abroad.
Pietro underwent musical training with many varied experiences. He enjoyed four editions of Siena Jazz summer courses, various workshops, such as the ones with Dave Liebman, John Abercrombie, John Stowell, and a three day master class with Ralph Towner within the Nuoro Jazz summer courses. This last experience and some lessons with Brazilian guitar player Nelson Veras have been highly influential in the creation of his style, particularly strengthened by the choice of using mostly acoustic guitars.
Along with his musical studies, Ballestrero studied Mathematics in the University of Turin (Italy), where he graduated with full marks in 1997.
Between 2003 and 2006 Pietro joined in the “Permanent workshop of musical research” led by Stefano Battaglia within the “Siena Jazz foundation”.
In 2008 he took a diploma in Jazz Music at the Conservatory “G.Verdi” of Torino (Italy), with full marks.
His musical activity began in 1999. Pietro has recorded four records as a leader and various other works as a sideman. He played in important festivals in Italy and abroad, such as “Linguaggi jazz” (Italy), “I suoni delle Dolomiti” (Italy), “ECK” (Poland), “Miasto” (Poland), “Chalon dans la rue” (France). He has composed music for theatre, working together with the company “Stalker” (Italy).
Pietro Ballestrero has given concerts together with Andrea Ayassot, Achille Succi, Alex Rolle, Marco tardito, Furio di Castri, Gianluca Petrella, Aldo Mella, Lucia Minetti, Marco Decimo, Gabriele Mirabassi and many others.
In the field of contemporary music Ballestrero has worked together with Ezio Bosso, Giacomo Agazzini, Claudia Ravetto, Roberta Bua, Roberto Tarenzi, Valerio Iaccio and with the ensemble “Orchestra da tre soldi”.
Pietro Ballestrero worked as a teacher in guitar and improvisation technique in the school “Centro Jazz Torino” from 1999 to 2012.
Since September 2012, he’s been teaching in the new “Jazz school Torino” and in the civic school “Pietro Canonica” of Moncalieri (Torino).
Since 2007 he has been working in the summer musical courses in Perinaldo (IM, Italy), teaching jazz guitar, ensemble music and improvisation techniques for classical musicians.