Luigi Bruti

Biography of Luigi Bruti, much of which was in the nomination of Luigi Bruti for the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) Merit Award

Born in Montemonaco, in the Marche region, in September of 1960.

In the music field he obtained diplomas in Music Theory, Harmony, Electronic Music, Piano and Accordion.

He began studying accordion under the teaching of Prof. Annamaria Pirozzi and Prof. Euro Teodori, continuing his training under the supervision of the Masters like Peppino Principe, Bio Boccosi and Gervasio Marcosignori.

He won countless competitions for accordion up to the "Sora" Italian Championship in 1976 and the "Recanati" International Championship in 1977.

At the end of the '70s he was the founder and a member of two "pop" bands which he made several record productions with and has participated in important national television programs as "Domenica In", "Disco Ring", "Festival Bar".

From 1978 to 1980, Luigi Bruti works for a record label as a composer, performer and experienced synthesizers programmer for the creation of movie soundtracks like "Passion of Love" by Ettore Scola for which he composed the soundtrack together with the famous Armando Trovajoli, performed by Luigi Bruti playing the Accordion.

During the same years, he starts to work with SIEL, an Italian company manufacturer of electronic musical instruments, becoming Roland Europe in 1987.

In his professional career he was music consultant, head of music division, director of Research and Development and finally Marketing Director.

As music division manager in Roland Europe, he designed the music section of the whole "arranger keyboard" instrument series which there are countless musical data in, he composed and industrial patents registered in Europe, USA and Japan of which he is the inventor.

While working in the field of keyboards and synthesizers, since 1990 Luigi Bruti has harbored the dream to create a Digital Accordion, temporarily he had to stand-by with this dream because of insufficient technology available in those years.

Luigi Bruti repeatedly proposed his idea of the project concerning the Virtual Accordion to the founder of Roland Corporation, Mr. Ikutaro Kakehashi who finally in 1995 approves the project. It will take a few more years before the ideas of Luigi could be implemented with regard of existing technologies.

Meanwhile, Luigi Bruti realizes numerous patents that are filed on his behalf, he implements all the musical project, the database of sound recording and the demonstration in Japan, to the founder of Roland, of the first working prototype, with his extreme satisfaction.

In 2004 the first Roland digital accordion, the FR-7, was born, assembled in the production lines of Acquaviva Picena and was presented at the Frankfurt Music Messe of the same year. Luigi Bruti, playing with FR-7, creates an audio CD called "Garage Tango" which aims to encourage the use of the accordion on music genres with contemporary arrangements like "garage tango", "house polka", "euro trance" and "commercial".

Luigi Bruti participates at all the most important music trade shows like Frankfurt, Tokyo and Los Angeles, where he presents the new instrument with growing enthusiasm and involvement of many accordionists who attended.

He demonstrates the new V-Accordion to the musicians of the "Cirque du Soleil" in Las Vegas, Macau and Toronto, instrument today officially used in their shows.

Luigi Bruti is mentioned with pictures in the book "I believe in music" about the life of Ikutaro Kakehashi, founder of Roland Corporation, with respect to the innovative design of the V-Accordion of which he is the author and researcher.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) dedicates an article in its magazine "Computer Music Journal" to the innovation of the V-Accordion based on the new "Physical Behavior Modeling" technology designed by Luigi.

As a composer and record producer, working through his recording studio and his music publishing called "MR Studio", he cooperates with Italian singers and bands, winning the coveted prize of the music critics at the 54th Sanremo Festival in 2004, for the composition and the arrangement of the song "Aria Sole Terra e Mare" sang by "Linda".

Appointed by the founder of Roland Corporation specifically to deal in promotion of the new born V- Accordion line-up, Luigi Bruti, among other activities, designs the idea of the V-Accordion Festival, a competition which is established in 2007 and now is on its 7th edition always under his artistic direction.

In the same period he starts the cooperation with the CIA and C.M.A. for the establishment of digital categories within their respective acoustic accordion competitions.

Luigi Bruti was involved in the design of the various successive models of V-Accordion such as the small FR-1x, the diatonic FR-18d and the FR-7x which he created a new music CD for, entitled "Queen of Sea" and published on i-Tunes.

In April 2013 at the Frankfurt Music Messe, he introduced the new flagship of the V-Accordion, the FR-8x, where the innovative function of the proportional bellows was designed and protected thanks to a new industrial patents of which Luigi Bruti is the inventor.

On October 2013, the digital accordion becomes, as the world's first electronic instrument, part of the official classrom of the Moscow Conservatory.

In March 2014, the Roland Corporation decides to close many plants worldwide and among them also that of Roland Europe in Italy.

2014 November the 28th, in Salzburg the International Confederation des Accordionistes (CIA) presents the prestigious "CIA Merit Award" to Luigi Bruti for his contribution to the international accordion movement.

Not to discharge all the "knowledge and experience" gained in the design of electronic musical instruments for over 35 years, Luigi Bruti recruits 12 of the best engineers and musicians of former Roland Europe.

Along with this new group begins the creation of two new innovative technologies:
- "True to Life" (T2L) for a new sound generation with revolutionary features;
- "Poly-Harmony Fragmentor" (HPF) for a 'musical APP’ dedicated to "smartphones and tablets" unique in the world for the management of audio accompaniments controlled by musical chords.

These two new projects attract the attention of the CEO of the Proel company (Ing. Fabrizio Sorbi) who decides to take over the old ROLAND EUROPE company with all its facilities and start a collaboration with a group of engineers and musicians from former Roland Europe.

Luigi Bruti is the "Business Developer" of the DEXIBELL new brand for a new product line-up called VIVO and a musical APP called XMURE.

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