A lifelong never-ending process is needed to keep the flame of art and music burning brightly. It was in 2006 that Leonardo Barilaro completed his 32-year-long artistic marathon by mastering the piano. For the first time ever, he’s decided to open up about his journey.
Italian-born Leonardo Barilaro learns to play the piano at six years old and astronomy at nine. While reading Isaac Asimov and playing Beethoven and Bach at the age of 12, he decided that he would one day travel to the stars to perform his music. Because of this, he became a pianist and an aerospace engineer at the same time.”
In addition to talking about his most recent album, he also discussed his entire musical career.
What is your real name?
Hello! My real name is Leonardo Barilaro.
What’s your official Showbiz name?
Leonardo the Space Pianist.
How did you get into music?
The very first memory I have is the perception of myself at 3 years old playing with a yellow toy piano. I realized that I wanted to become a pianist when I was 6 years old, I remember there was another kid playing an old upright piano at school. I have vivid in my mind that I played my first real piano key, thinking: Wow!
So, a few months later, I started my music journey. When I was 12 years old I decided to train professionally and I met my first real master, concert pianist and efficient, beautiful teacher.
What field or genre are you into and how would you describe it?
I can describe my creations as Space Contemporary Music. It has cinematic, nostalgic and often epic nuances.
What were your first project and the people you worked with and which year?
I started very early, I think I created my first composition when I was 7 years old. Later, from middle school, the projects I took part in are countless.
I like to remember the project where I was playing the keyboard, starting in 2002. It was a progressive metal band, Hypnotic Suggestions. We had many nice memories and concerts together.
Who or what inspires you or motivates you? And why?
I have many inspirations. A huge one comes from astronomy and space travel.
Any models you look up to? With reason(s) why?
In music for sure a great model is Johann Sebastian Bach, because, as Beethoven said, he is the Immortal God of Harmony.
What do you look out for in this line of business?
I pay attention to fake promoters trying to scam naïve artists and, more in general, to lazy people.
What are some of the challenges you face in your career path?
Following the full production and release process from the beginning to the end is a real challenge every time.
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
Internet and social media opened opportunities that in the past were not available to most artists. The improvement of technology is leading to having more and more of a digital presence and this can be a powerful tool.
Do you have any advice for aspiring songwriters?
I suggest practising every single day the art in every aspect, it is like training muscles.
What is your current project about?
“Space Piano Music Everyday” is a year-long journey. I release every single day a new track on Spotify and all main music digital distribution platforms, with the related video clips.
The flame of Art, and so Music must be kept alive day after day, in a lifelong never-ending process. I started to play the piano 32 years ago and had a full realization of this artistic marathon in 2006. Now I decided to share with everyone the process of this journey.
The inspiration for this venture originates from my mantra, Nullo Die Sine Nota – Not a day without a note. In Art there are no shortcuts, the grinding brings me nearer to the first concert on Mars, step by step. The music released every day is for piano solo, prepared piano, synths and embedding a wide range of experimentations.
What are your hobbies?
I don’t have hobbies, I have passions. I am really passionate about freediving, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, photography and videography.
What do you do aside from this profession?
Besides being the Space Pianist, I enjoy the beauty of Life.
What is one message you would give to your fans?
Art is a real game-changer for society. Follow my journey on my social media channels.