Originally from the city of Molfetta in the south of Italy, Ginacarlo de Trizio started playing piano at the age of 9 and drums when he was 12. After studying drums for 2 years with Rino Corrieri, he was admitted at the Music Conservatory “Noccolo’ Piccini” in Bari where he graduated in 2007 with Summa cum Laude under the guidance of M. Beniamino Forestiere. In 2006 he won the International Snare Drum Competition (Bari) and the International Competition for Percussion Instruments and Drum Set sponsored by the P.A.S. (Fermo).
As a scholarship recipient, Giancarlo decided to further his studies at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. Here he had a chance to study with Terri Lynn Carrington, Kenwood Dennard, Mark Walker, Tony “Thunder” Smith and collaborate with Gabrielle Goodman, Lawrence Watson, Janice Pendarvis, Prince Charles Alexander, among many others.
While at Berklee, he became one of the most in demand drummers in the Boston area and received numerous awards:
- Most Improved Drummer ’07, Vater Drum Set Award ‘10 (Berklee College of Music).
-Steve Ettleson Scholarship ’08 (Percussive Arts Society).
-New England Urban Music Award ’11 (Rajdulari Jazz Project).
A big part of Giancarlo’s work in Boston has been performing for Musical Theatre, including shows such as West Side Story, Parade, Aida, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Nine and The Drowsy Chaperone.
A special mention is also deserved to Giancarlo’s collaboration with John “JR” Robinson (drummer for Michael Jackson, Chaka Khan and Quincy Jones), Ben E, King (writer of the 60’s hit song “Stand by Me”), Angelique Kidjo (Grammy award-winning recording artist), Alan Silvestri (composer of Back to the Future and Forest Gump) and Wataru Hokoyama (Resident Evil, Africa).
He graduated from Berklee College of Music in Drum Set Performance with Summa Cum Laude in Agust 2010 and moved to New York City right after. Here he was selected to be the drummer on the 2nd National Tour of the award-winning Broadway musical “In The Heights” (Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album and winner of 4 Tony Awards, including Best Musical).
In 2012/2013 he held the drum chair for the 1st National Tour of the award-winning Broadway musical “The Book of Mormon” (Grammy Award winner for Best Musical Theatre Album and winner of 9 Tony Awards, including Best Musical).
In 2014 he was the drummer for the New York premiere of Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money, inspired by Christopher Paul Curtis’ book, and with music written by Motown legend, Golden Globe winner and three time Grammy Award winner, Lamont Dozier. The musical was nominated for Best Family show by the Off-Broadway Alliance.
In addition to being such an in-demant performer, Giancarlo is also an active clinician having taught at Musicians Institute (Los Angeles, CA), Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA), University of Central Florida (Orlando, Fl) and University of South Florida (Tampa, FL).
He has also been featured in several magazines and websites, including The Huffington Post, Broadway World and on Berklee.edu.