Virginia & Andrea Bocelli (Via Satellite)

ANDREA BOCELLI

Recognised around the world as an icon of the greatest Italian vocal tradition, to date Andrea Bocelli has sold over 90 million records. He improved his singing skills under the guidance of his mentor, Franco Corelli, and initially became widely famous for winning the Sanremo Music Festival in 1994. At the same time, he started his dazzling classical career, performing masterpieces from the opera repertoire on stage – conducted by Lorin Maazel, Seiji Ozawa and Zubin Mehta. The more recent recordings of the Tuscan tenor include Manon Lescaut conducted by Plácido Domingo, Turandot and – released in 2016 – Aida conducted by Zubin Mehta. In 2017, Bocelli recorded La forza del Destino and in 2018 he recorded – and performed in theatre – Lucia di Lammermoor.

The record-breaking artist who sees his concerts attended by huge crowds has broken every record in the industry. His countless acknowledgments include a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which he was honoured with in 2010.

Throughout his career, Andrea Bocelli has received 6 Grammy Award nominations and 6 Latin Grammy Award nominations. He has performed for four Presidents of the United States of America, three Popes, the British Royal Family, many Prime Ministers and also at the ceremonies of the Olympic Games, the Universal Expo in Shanghai in 2010 and at the Universal Expo in Milan in 2015 (with the Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala). He has been the only artist to take part in the prestigious National Prayer Breakfast event twice (2013 and 2016) – in the presence of the President of the United States, Barack Obama, and many Heads of State from around the world – as both an artist and founder of the Andrea Bocelli Foundation. On both occasions, his performance and his speech were received with two standing ovations.

In 2015, Bocelli was called to write an editorial for TIME magazine, while on December 11 2017, he was invited to the NASDAQ Stock Market in New York, marking the start of trade on the global stock market with the famous “ringing of the bell”. In the fall of 2017, the movie “The Music of Silence” – inspired by the autobiographical novel of the same name, written by Bocelli himself – was a resounding success among the general public and gained critical acclaim. The movie, directed by Michael Radford, featured actors like Antonio Banderas and Toby Sebastian. On October 26, 2018, his new pop album of unpublished songs, “Sì”, was released in over 60 countries, which was preceded at the beginning of the summer by the publication of the single “If Only” and then the song “Fall on me”, the duet that marked the recording debut of the artist’s son, Matteo Bocelli. The new album – which features duets with Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa, Aida Garifullina and Josh Groban – simultaneously took first place in the UK and US charts, thus making history (never before has an Italian artist obtained such results). On November 8, 2019, a special edition of the album was released, entitled “Sì Forever: The Diamond Edition”, which contains two unreleased tracks with Jennifer Garnet and with Ellie Goulding, in addition to three new songs. These include “Ode to Joy”, which was recorded to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth, and a new recording of “Ragazzo Mio” based on the traditional Irish tune “Danny Boy”.

On Easter Day, April 12, 2020, the Maestro performed at the deserted Duomo of Milan, on the invitation of the city and the Archdiocese of Milan. The “Music for Hope” event was conceived as a moment of prayer and hope and is considered to be one of the biggest musical live stream performances of all-time, with over 2.8 million peak concurrent viewers and boasts the largest simultaneous audience for a classical live stream in YouTube history. The video received more than 28 million views in its first 24 hours. Andrea Bocelli’s album “Believe” was released globally on November 13, 2020 to a rapturous response. It is a complex and exciting recording project that is symbolically linked to “Music for Hope”, aiming to celebrate music as a privileged tool for soothing the soul and for fostering spiritual growth. The album features famous songs (from “Hallelujah”, to “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and “Amazing Grace”), as well as tracks from the most genuine popular religious repertoire and original songs – composed by Bocelli himself and Ennio Morricone, among others – which share the common thread of faith and an impetus towards the transcendent.


VIRGINIA BOCELLI

As the daughter of the world’s most celebrated tenor, ten-year-old Virginia Bocelli is a dedicated student with a natural gift for the arts.

While studying classical piano in school, Virginia has toured the world with her father, Andrea. She made her professional debut in the acclaimed ‘Believe in Christmas’ concert from Parma in December 2020. Performing via livestream, Virginia was the breakout star of the show, charming a global audience of over 350,000 people. The father and daughter duo performed a show-stopping rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”, which has amassed over 15 million views on YouTube to date.

In April 2021, Virginia joined her father on stage once again during a televised concert at the Hegra World Heritage Site in the northwestern Saudi city of al-Ula. The stunning performance has achieved international press coverage.

Virginia is delighted to be part of A Family Christmas alongside her father, Andrea and brother, Matteo. Her debut release hits stores October 21 2022.

Outside of the arts, Virginia also excels on the mat. She was a competitor in the 2021 UISP Italian National Championship, winning first place in the free body gymnastics category. At home in Italy, Virginia embraces her studies – she will continue her education and welcome future opportunities as an actor and performer.