Vicente Avella

Pianist and composer Vicente Avella has been writing and performing internationally since 1998. Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, with his production company Pandora's Boombox, he has scored numerous independent films, orchestrated and worked on music production for major network television shows including Family Guy (FOX) and American Dad (FOX), and written music for worldwide advertising including Intel, Aramco (Saudi Arabia), Red Bull Air Race World Championship (Brazil), and official branding for FPC Sports Channel (Colombia).

In 2013, Avella released his debut CD, All the Days of My Life: The Wedding Album, produced by Grammy Award winner Will Ackerman, founder of Windham Hill Records. The record received multiple awards including Best Solo Piano Album from One World Music Awards and an Award of Excellence for Instrumental Performance Solo from Global Music Awards. Global Music Awards called it "Stunningly performed, fresh, beautifully arranged and magical." The single "Bridal March" charts at #1 on iTunes and it is also the #1 "Bridal March" on YouTube.

After All the Days of My Life, Vicente started composing the music for a new project. Several years later, he now returns with Rising, his second album. Emotional and full of life, Rising is also a collection of instrumental music that features the piano but goes even further by incorporating strings, guitars, vocals, percussion and electronics. Neither classical nor pop but rather lying somewhere in between, Rising called for an engineer that would understand this delicate balance. Vicente was thrilled to have Michael Seberich (Ludovico Einaudi, Claudio Abbado) mix the album, as he knew Seberich would truly understand the music.

Avella's music continues to win accolades including the prestigious ASCAP Award every year from 2006 to 2013, honors at the International Composition Competition ALEA III, the Bernard and Rose Sernoffsky Composition Prize from Eastman School of Music, and honors from the international competition Waging Peace through Singing. He was given the title of Distinguished Musician by the IBLA International Music Foundation, and is the recipient of a Meet the Composer grant from New Music USA.

He is an adjunct faculty at Antelope Valley College and an instructor at Berklee College of Music’s Online Extension. He holds a post as Liturgical Music Minister at St. Andrews Church in Pasadena, California.

He is the recipient of a fellowship from Eastman School of Music, where he completed his master's degree in music composition; he received his bachelor's degree in piano performance from Indiana University. Avella currently resides with his wife and children in Los Angeles.

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