Piero is the oldest member of Il Volo. He was born on June 24, 1993, and his hometown is Naro, Agrigento, Sicily [pop 8700]. He has an older brother, Francis, and a younger sister, Maria Grazia.
He got his passion for singing from his blind grandfather who discovered Piero’s voice when he was 3 years old. His grandpa wrote songs, and Piero sang with him. He said that singing with his grandpa was at first a joke and just for fun, but it soon became a passion.
He gives credit to his father for helping him realize his dream. In an Italian TV show interview he was asked about singing in church at weddings to make money to pay for singing lessons. He studied piano at this time as well, and his father was glad to help, but Piero said, “It felt good to pay for myself. ” He also plays the drums.
To Piero, music is everything, “Like food and oxygen.” Growing up he listened to the music of Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo, his first album purchase being one of Pavarotti’s. He has said that highlight of his musical experience so far was singing and recording with Placido Domingo, his idol, on the group’s rendition of “Il Canto.”
Ignazio calls Piero the “intelligent part” of Il Volo, his favorite subject in school being Math. He likes race cars and has said that he would like to be a Formula One Race Car Driver. Horror movies are his favorite, but his dream leading lady was not chosen from among them. When asked who his celebrity crush is, his answer is, “Sorry Brad; it’s Angelina Jolie.”
He is known by Il Volo fans for his red eyeglasses and owns more than 25 pairs of glasses in total.
Myron Heaton, our own vocal coach in The Flight Crew, wrote this to describe Piero’s voice:
“In America he might be called tenor to tenor-baritone. In Europe he would be called Heldentenor, in German, Heroic tenor. This type of voice was made famous by the composer Richard Wagner in his operas. A robust voice with a clarion texture or timber with unusual endurance. A voice that can stand out over the chorus if needed.
“At his age, it is possible that his voice will keep dropping in range, and he ends up being a tenor-baritone going forward. A lot depends on how he and his voice coach handle the sound which can…become tight and closed in.
“Piero is a very fine musician…”
Note: Mr. Heaton is not a vocal coach for any member of Il Volo, but speaks from his own experience as a teacher.