Born: March 25th, 1955, Crema (Italy)
An autodidact, Lucio Fabbri mastered the violin, guitar, and piano at a young age. In the 1970s, he became involved in the progressive music scene in Italy, playing as a session musician or as a member of the accompanying band of Alan Sorrenti, Fabrizio De André, and Claudio Rocchi. In 1978, he recorded a solo instrumental album, ‘Amarena’. Fabbri was a member of the group Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) from 1979 until its dissolution in 1987; he rejoined the group when it was re-established in 2001. From the late 1980s onwards, he has extensively worked as an arranger and producer with Italian pop artists such as Umberto Tozzi, Fiorella Mannoia, Nada, Milva, Dolcenera, Massimo Ranieri, Milva, and many more; moreover, he also wrote arrangements for international stars such as Demis Roussos, Nik Kershaw, Patrick Hernandez, and Randy Crawford. He conducted in all 1990s editions of the Sanremo Festival, being part of the winning teams of 1997 (with Jalisse, ‘Fiumi di parole’) and 1998 (with Annalisa Minetti, ‘Senza te o con te’). Lucio Fabbri regularly writes music to televised advertisements and is the musical director of the Italian X Factor.
When Jalisse won the 1997 Sanremo Festival, the duo was invited to be the Italian representatives in that year’s Eurovision Song Contest, held in Dublin. Like in Sanremo, it was Lucio Fabbri who conducted the orchestra for ‘Fiumi di parole’, which had to be cut to three minutes to fit Eurovision rules. Jalisse finished fourth in Dublin. It was the first Italian participation since 1993 and has been the last to date.
In due course, a more extensive biography of Lucio Fabbri will be published on this website
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