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Born December 10, 1941 in Lugano, Switzerland. Basic musical studies in Lugano (classical piano for more than 8 years). Started his musical career in 1961 when at the age of 20 he made his first public appearance. Made his American debut in 1967 as a member of his father's group (Flavio Ambrosetti, a leading alto saxophone player of the 50's and 60's), performing at the Monterey Jazz Festival.
Franco has since participated in most major festivals throughout the world (such as Montreux, Berlin, Warsaw, S.Remo, Chicago, Pori, London, etc.). In 1966, he won a first prize at the International Jazz Competition held in Vienna. In 1980 and 1982 he received the Special Award from the Montreux Festival for his albums Close Encounter and Heart Bop, and in 1985 RAI (Italian State Broadcasting Company) voted him "Best European Jazz Musician".
From 1963 to 1970 Franco played with his father's quintet (including pianist George Gruntz and drummer Daniel Humair). The group continues its activity today mainly as a quartet with Franco as the band leader. In his longtime cooperation with George Gruntz, Franco has learned to compose in a creative way. Some successful compositions of his are "Pistrophallopus", "Epitaph For A Friend", "Gin And Pentatonic", and "Transfiguration". Recently Franco composed the music score for the movie "Die Reise", directed by Markus Imhof (a German/Swiss production).
In 1972, together with his father Flavio, George Gruntz and Daniel Humair, Franco formed an all-star big band, called THE BAND, later known as the George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band with which he performs regularly.
Today Franco Ambrosetti is active as a free-lance soloist mainly in Europe and sometimes in the U.S. He has worked or recorded with various groups/artists such as Phil Woods' European Rhythm Machine, Dexter Gordon's quartet, the Cannonball Adderley Sextet, Joe Henderson, Michael Brecker, John Scofield - when he is not pursuing his "day gig" as a top industrialist managing his own company in Lugano.
Says Franco: "After a couple of days of intense industrial management I look for a jazz gig. But then again I miss very soon the tension which the business offers. When I play music my head is clear of commercial worries - it is great to be able to choose sidemen and venues to work. I have never done one day of boring studio work. Basically, I try to keep the creativity in both my different worlds on a constantly high level".