Riccardo Castellani was born in Rome and his musical training began at the age of 14. From 2003 to 2006, he studied drums with Ettore Mancini
and Marco Volpe. In 2010, he graduated from Conservatorio Licino Refice in Frosinone, where he studied amongst others with Ettore Fioravanti, with a BA(Hons) in Jazz Music. Since graduating, he moved to London where he has pursued a career as a drummer and teacher. His musical experience includes playing with lots of Pop-Rock bands, small Jazz groups and orchestras, Funk function bands and Tribute bands. He has also worked in recording studios realizing albums with producers like Rob Ellis and many international session musicians. His musical capabilities go beyond then simply playing the drums; he is equally as good arranging music for original bands or solo song-writers. As a performer, Riccardo has played at international festivals in Italy and around England. During the last 5 years, he also taught in public and private schools. Riccardo’s private tuition is custom built around the student’s needs, spacing around multiple styles (Rock, Pop, Funk, Blues, Jazz, Big Band): The lessons are for beginners, intermediates and advanced students. They include hand/foot technique and drum music notation/sight reading. Riccardo is working closely with his students to ensure that each pupil reaches the sound of their favourite drummer. The lessons can be held at the student’s home or at Riccardo’s private studio.