Peter Cincotti

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Peter Cincotti
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Background information
Born (1983-07-11) July 11, 1983 (age 36)
New York City, U.S.
GenresPop, rock, vocal jazz
InstrumentsVocals, piano
Years active2000–present
Labels Concord, 143 Records

Peter Cincotti (born July 11, 1983) is an American singer-songwriter. He began playing piano at the age of three. While in high school, he regularly performed in clubs throughout Manhattan. In 2003, Cincotti's debut album, produced by Phil Ramone, reached No. 1 on the Billboard jazz chart, [1] making Cincotti the youngest musician to do so. [2] This led to performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall, L'Olympia, Queen Elizabeth Hall, and the Montreux Jazz Festival where he won an award in the piano competition. Cincotti's style blends pop, rock, blues, and jazz.


Life and career

Born in New York City in an Italian-American family, [3] from Cervinara, a little town in province of Avellino where he is an honorary citizen. [4] Cincotti started playing a toy piano at the age of three. While in high school, he regularly performed at clubs throughout Manhattan and performed at the White House. At the 2000 Montreux Jazz Festival, he won an award for a rendition of Dizzy Gillespie's A Night in Tunisia .

His self-titled debut album is a compilation of traditional jazz songs, and included collaborations with his mother, sister, and brother on Are You the One? and "Lovers, Secrets, Lies." [5] His second album, On the Moon , featured some of the artist's own songs. Combining elements of pop, jazz, funk and, rock, his third studio album, East of Angel Town , features original works and was released in 2007 in Europe and in January 2009 in the United States. This project began when Cincotti joined record producer David Foster (who signed him to a contract with 143 Records), producer Humberto Gatica, and producer Jochem van der Saag. He toured around the world, promoting the album with his single "Goodbye Philadelphia" and later joined Seal on tour in the U.S. In 2008, he collaborated with French DJ David Guetta and they appeared on the finale of Star Academy , performing Love Is Gone . Combining pop, jazz, rock and dance, Cincotti created his fourth studio album, Metropolis, produced by John Fields and released worldwide in the spring of 2012. In 2016, Cincotti released the EP Exit 105, a song renamed Long Way from Home from his fifth studio album entitled Long Way from Home that was released the following year on October 13, 2017. It was released only in Italy.

In July 2012, he and his sister Pia Cincotti wrote and produced the musical How Deep Is the Ocean? with music and lyrics by Peter Cincotti and book by Pia Cincotti. It debuted at the New York Musical Theatre Festival. In 2013 he participated in the Festival of Sanremo, singing the song La Felicità (The Happiness) with Simona Molinari. Later that year, Cincotti was named the first male ambassador for Italian luxury designer Tods and collaborated with the brand on the music video "Madeline", which was featured in the Italian edition of Vanity Fair magazine. In 2014 Cincotti wrote, arranged, and produced the soundtrack for the Italian film Le Leggi Del Desiderio (Laws of Desire) directed by Silvio Muccino.

Cincotti appeared in a small role in the 2004 film Beyond the Sea about Bobby Darrin and contributed to the film's soundtrack. He had a small role as the piano player in the Hayden Planetarium in Spider-Man 2 . His song December Boys is featured in the 2007 film December Boys starring Daniel Radcliffe. He appeared as himself in Season 3 (2015) of the Netflix series House of Cards , singing a duet with President Francis Underwood (played by Kevin Spacey). [6] In April 2015 he performed with Sting and Annie Lennox at The Old Vic Gala in a tribute to Spacey.

He is a Dramatists Guild of America musical theater fellow and part of the Johnny Mercer Writing Colony at Goodspeed Musicals.

In 2017, he released the music video for his single, "Made for Me". [7]


DVD and video

Chart history

Peak Chart Position

Trad. Jazz LP


Top 200


iTunes Top 100

2003Peter Ciccotti1 [1] 118 [8] 75 [9]
2004On the Moon128 [10] 35 [11] 21 [12]
2007East of Angel Town30 [13] 22 [14] 59 [15] 16 [15] 26 [16]
2007"Goodbye Philadelphia"28 [17] 10 [18] 10 [19] 21 [20] 7 [21] 21 [22] 67 [21]
2011"In cerca di te"41 [23] 28
2013"La felicità"13
2013"Dr. Jekyll Mr. Hide"96
2016"Le leggi del desiderio"38 [24]

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