About Francesco Parrino

Francesco Parrino is an Italian pianist, composer and arranger who loves writing piano scores only by ear. He is gifted with absolute pitch (aka perfect pitch) and music is his greatest passion. He began to play piano at the age of 4. After a few years of classical formal training at the local conservatory‘s music school, private lessons and countless hours of practise, he started his career with his first amateur album “Night Planet”, which featured 10 original compositions. He opened his Youtube channel in June 2011.

He enjoys listening to all kinds of songs and then creating a new arrangement for them. He usually writes down the score after the arrangement has been finalised, as soon as he’s got enough time. On his Youtube channel, you will find tens of videos featuring Francesco playing a variety of piano adaptations from radio to music soundtracks and few of his own compositions. On this website, you probably guessed it, you can find all his available scores!

Francesco also plays the piano and sings with “Earthist”, a developing band from Italy. Earthist’s debut album “Lightward” was released worldwide via Epictronic/Plastic Head Distribution LTD at the beginning of 2015. Nevertheless, he continues his piano solo activity autonomously.

From November 2016 to February 2017, Francesco was a contestant on the 16th Season of the Italian TV / Talent Show “Amici di Maria de Filippi“, in the “Singer” category. He is also a third-year university student in Physiotherapy.

In September 2017, Francesco published his first album “The Covers” on all major online platforms. The album features 13 high quality re-recordings of some of his most popular Youtube arrangements. A second and third album are already scheduled for release by the end of the year.

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About Francesco

I started when I was four years old. Check my media section, there are few very old pictures! I used to arrange songs I’d listen while travelling with my parents, then I started my classical piano training when I was about 7 years old.

Yes, I am a physiotherapy student at my local university. However, I work as a pianist on a casual basis!

Your Music

I usually listen to a song, then I prepare the piano arrangement just made by ear. When I am happy with the arrangement I make the transcription at the PC using the music theory knowledge I learnt at the music school. So I write them all by myself, using a specific notation software.

Only three years, plus about two years of private lessons. I didn’t enjoy the local music school that much 😉

I got a lot of requests for tutorials. I mean, a lot! In April 2017 I eventually started uploading Synthesia video tutorials. I bought all the required software thanks to your donations and I am now fully committed to uploading many of them. You can find a playlist of all the available ones here. Do not forget that I provide sheet music for most of my covers, therefore you can learn my arrangements using those as well. I know, it might take a while but… it’s worth it! Also, many of you ask why I don’t use different colours for left and right hand. Turth is, different people have different hands and different levels of technique. My sheet music already tells how to play “exactly” but those with hands smaller than mine might want to change something. I received many comments about my scores and my “wide” chords. Instead of putting down the “right” colours for “my” hands, I think you’d better slow down the video and decide for yourself how you feel comfortable playing my arrangement 😉

Your Piano

It’s a 20-years old Technics SX-PX 554. It is now discontinued but it’s still a great piano. Rather heavy and bulky but very stable and with a touch response and a key action that are still better than many modern models.

The piano is connected to a USB Audio Interface via MIDI cable. The same Audio Interface is connected to the camera. In this way the piano acts just like a MIDI Controller. The PC runs Kontakt 5 and a Piano Virtual Instrument (a VSTi) that has been customized to sound like a Bosendorfer 290 Imperial. The software provides me with unlimited possibilities and sound options, as well as a virtually unlimited polyphony. I keep working on the sound to improve it at each recording. Also the synth sounds (e.g. the strings you hear in my version of Chevaliers de Sangreal) are generated by the same software.

My videos are really simple because of time and budget constraints. The sound generated by the computer is captured by the Canon DSLR camera that records the video… and that’s it! I hope I will be able to improve the videos and get better equipment, though. If you wish to support me, please consider making a donation!

Can I Hire You?

Yes of course I am! Just contact me so that we can discuss all the options. I am available for functions, weddings, or any situation where my extensive repertoire can be suitable. I have my own equipment and a stage piano I can easily transport. I mostly work in Italy but if you have other ideas, let me know.

Yes you can. Writing a score from scratch requires a lot of time, but if you provide me with an audio file / video I will be able to prepare an arrangement and a score for you. Contact me to discuss about the different options!

I am super-busy at the moment. However, if you have a serious offer and a good idea, please get in touch with me!