Fiorenza Gherardi De Candei is a press agent, communication manager and professor of Music management.
For 3 times she has won the Jazzit Award as “Best Communication Agency” of Italian Jazz.
Based in Rome, the business is operating throughout Italy, extending to promote events and artists in Europe.
Since 2003, she has been promoted over 40 editions of Italian festivals, several jazz albums published by major and independent labels, and over 50 Italian and international artists (https://fiorenzagherardi.com/
Among her clients: public bodies, foundations, companies, Italian and foreign festivals, record labels, management, associations and artists working in the cultural and artistic field.
She has created 150 courses (Masters, Higher Education Courses, Workshops, Seminars) for various organizations and companies. Since 2004 she is invited to teach subjects related to: press office, promotion, organization of events, social management and personal branding.
She teaches at University of the West of Scotland (campus in Rome). From 2005 she has been teaching in over 70 Masters and Courses developed by companies, Academies, Universities, Associations and Conservatories in Italy.
In 2020 and 2021 she was the official announcer of the Festival “Il Jazz italiano per le terre del sisma”.
In 2017 and 2018, she participated in the tv show “Variazioni su Tema” (RAI 5 channel), set in the Italian jazz scene, by Gegè Telesforo.
Since October 2021, she has hosted the radio show G PILLS on the Italian Radio Elettrica with the singer/composer/professor Greta Panettieri.
At the age of 22 (in 2005) she founded her first communications company (Delta Comunicazione S.r.l.), together with several other partners. Their clients have included the Municipality of Rome, the Italian Ministry of Education, Volksbank and the Cariparma banking group.
For some years now she has mainly worked freelance, focusing on her passion for music and art. In this role she mainly promotes musical events and artists, but she is also active in the areas of theatre, cinema and literature.
As regards musical promotion, Fiorenza started out in the classical field, collaborating with the Nuovo Coro Lirico Sinfonico Romano Choir and the Coro Petrassi Choir (both of which were involved in national and international events with Ennio Morricone, Roger Waters, Luis Bacalov and Andrea Bocelli) and she continued in the jazz music business, as press agent and/or communication manager of over 40 festivals editions, label and and over 50 artists: https://fiorenzagherardi.com/en/clients/.
In the course of her various professional activities, she has dealt with many international artists who include: Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Ennio Morricone, Roger Waters, Steve Gadd, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Egberto Gismonti, Maria João, Norma Winstone, Ralph Towner, Jack DeJohnette, Gilberto Gil, Joe Lovano, Andrea Bocelli, Luis Bacalov, Gregory Porter and Tuck & Patti.
She has realized video-interviews for RSI – Radio Svizzera Italiana program “Babilonia”.
She regularly collaborates with Appercezioni association, for the promotion of multimedia performances in Denmark, France and Italy.
For her clients, Fiorenza coordinates the realization of graphics, photoshoots, video clips, and video interviews.
She has a passion for photography and video-making, and she herself produces photographic, video, and graphic materials when required.
CORPORATE PRESS OFFICE
From 2005 to 2013, as a corporate press office head, she conceived and developed communication strategies, dealing with the client’s image, the identification of alternative and avant-garde promotional channels, the supervision and expansion of the network of corporate stakeholders, the organization of promotional events and conferences, and the coordination and implementation of online and offline visual communication. All of this was done through her company Delta Comunicazione.
In addition to her promotional activities, over the years Fiorenza has also dealt with the organization and production of events, including the International Jazz Day in partnership with UNESCO, the Rome Jazz Festival, the Jazzit Fest, the Maratea International Film Festival, and the Vergstock Eco Art Project, held at the Tor Vergata University of Rome in 2003. Between 2006 and 2008 she conceived and created ArtèMix, a project for promoting visual artists through media disclosure and exhibitions in the Italian regions of Lazio and Basilicata.
Fiorenza has conceived and created 150 training courses (Masters, Workshops, Seminars and Advanced Training Courses) for her company Delta Comunicazione S.r.l. Most of them were relevant to the sector of communications, and she planned various different educational programs that over the years have been repeated 20 or 30 times, obtaining approval both in terms of quality and as regards the number of participants, with the involvement of several distinguished corporate clients including Cariparma and Volksbank.
Since 2004 she has also been a teacher of subjects related to press office activities and the organization of events connected with Masters, Courses and Seminars (to date she has taught about 60 classes) in the context of companies and organizations such as CS Europa, Phidia and Informagiovani of the Municipality of Rome, as well as for Delta Comunicazione S.r.l. In 2016, as part of the Festival “Rumori nell’Isola” which was held on the island of Ventotene, she carried out a seminar on the subject of Self-Promotion.
EDUCATION, TRAINING AND ARTISTIC PASSIONS
Over the years Fiorenza has specialized in the sector of communication, attending Higher Education courses at various private institutions, on the themes of European planning, fund raising, music journalism, the organization of musical events, and web marketing.
She graduated with honours from the Tor Vergata University of Rome in History, Sciences and Techniques of Music and of the Performing Arts (ex DAMS) with a degree thesis entitled “The Internet, social networks, MySpace and the redefinition of the image of classical music” for which she interviewed several musicians (including Stefano Bollani). It discussed the possible use of the new online resources in order to attract a youthful target market towards the operatic and symphonic music sector, and it was presented at a conference held at the Circolo degli Artisti in Rome as well as during a web broadcast organized by CISCO Systems.
Fiorenza’s commitment in the cultural sector stems from her great passion for music and art, and over the years she has devoted herself to the study of the piano, the guitar, singing, photography and theatre.
In 1997 she obtained a diploma in solfège (solfeggio) from the “L. Refice” Conservatory of Frosinone, and then ended her formal pianoforte studies before the fifth year of the course. From 2004 to 2009 she was as a chorister with the Coro C. Casini choir and the Nuovo Coro Lirico Sinfonico Romano NCLSR choir which sang in concerts organized by Ennio Morricone, Roger Waters and Andrea Bocelli.
Following 2003 she dedicated herself to her photography project Di Nuova Luce – Vita d’Acqua, which involved a series of exhibitions in Rome and New York, and was also presented at several multimedia shows. Some of these photographs were chosen for the graphic designs of jazz records. Fiorenza also used the concept of reflections from this project while shooting the video for the song “I’m in love” by Greta Panettieri, which can be viewed on the website Repubblica TV.