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Italian Drum Student at Berklee Wins Zildjian Award

From left: John Ramsay (Chair of Berklee Percussion Dept.), Alessandro Lombardo, Craigie Zildjian (CEO of ZIldjian), Yoron Israel (Assistant Chair Berklee Percussion Dept.)

Craigie Zildjian, CEO of the famous Zildjian drum company, was at the Berklee College of Music this week to award this year’s Armand Zildjian Percussion Award and the Avedis Zildjian Endowed Scholarship.

The first award presented was the Armand Zildjian Percussion Award, awarded to Alessandro Lombardo from Italy. The second award went to Gabriel Smithwho was awarded the Avedis Zildjian Endowed Scholarship. Both students showed exemplary skill in the art of percussion and are well deserved of their awards.

The first award presented was the Armand Zildjian Percussion Award which was awarded to Alessandro Lombardo from Italy. The second award went to Gabriel Smithwho was awarded the Avedis Zildjian Endowed Scholarship. Both students showed exemplary skill in the art of percussion and are well deserved of their awards.

Alessandro Lombardo is a native of Milan. His first approach with music began at the age of 3, listening to classical music.

After graduating from high school and CEMM jazz music school, he decided to join Berklee College of Music in Boston. Some of his teachers include Terri Lyne Carrington, Dave Di Censo, Sergio Bellotti, Hal Crook, Jon Hazilla and Casey Scheuerell. So far, Alessandro has collaborated as performer and arranger with various artists: Mission Hill, Dennis Montgomery, Bobby McFerrin, Sara Pagiaro, Giorgia Renosto, Italian Last Line, Quintocerchio, Diego Giaimi, Sergio Sgrilli, The Crowd, Ex Animo, Ozone e Alex Mastromarino, David Allen Bunn. He performed at Grenoble Jazz Festival and at Washington Square Festival.

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