Riccardo Chiaberta is a London-based drummer, pianist, composer and educator.
He is currently part of the jazz/electronic duo project Moonfish along with the rising star artist Maria Chiara Argirò, the contemporary jazz quartet Dugong (which features some of the finest musicians Andrea Di Biase, Michele Caiati and Nicolò Ricci) and the new project by Maria Chiara Argirò for her album Forest City released by the LA-based record label Innovative Leisure (BADBADNOTGOOD). He is a co-founder of Kino Trio, along with Bruno Heinen (professor at Trinity Laban) on piano and Michele Tacchi on electric bass. They released their critically acclaimed debut album Il Cielo Sopra Berlino in 2019 (Babel Label). Riccardo is also part of the multi-awarded Palestinian singer Reem Kelani’s band and the Future Changes Quartet led by the renowned Italian double bass player Paolino Dalla Porta (Pat Metheny, Oregon, Kenny Wheeler) which features also the multi-awarded Nicolò Ricci on tenor saxophone and the producer Dario Trapani on electric guitar. The debut album Moonlanding has been released in 2016 by Tuk Music (Paolo Fresu label).
Riccardo has released a single and two albums under his name: Camden Town, A Bird Told Me (pianist/composer) and Lux (drummer/composer) - released by Honolulu Records, a label founded together with seven musicians currently living in Milan, Brussels and Amsterdam. Camden Town (2020) is a continuation of the concept behind his first piano solo album A Bird Told Me (2018). Both the recordings have been tape-recorded on his grandfather's piano in the North of Italy. Lux (2015) is a contemporary jazz album composed for a 6 piece band featuring some of the most talented young musicians from Italy.
Riccardo has worked with artists such as: Ivo Neame, Bruno Heinen, Maria Chiara Argirò, Alex Hitchcock, Andrea Di Biase, David Friedman, Antonio Zambrini, Simone Daclon, Paolino Dalla Porta, Andrea Dulbecco, Simona Severini, Achille Succi, Emanuele Cisi, Pietro Tonolo, Tino Tracanna, Gaetano Partipilo, Guido Bombardieri, Giovanni Falzone and Alberto Mandarini amongst others.
Performing highlights include Glastonbury Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, London Jazz Festival, Umbria Jazz, Ronnie Scott’s, Eurosonic Festival, The Jazz Cafe, Blue Note Milano, WOMAD Festival, Pizza Express Jazz Club, The Vortex Jazz Club, Tones On The Stones and MITO Milano.
He graduated in Jazz (Bachelor Degree) with highest honours at the Conservatory “G. Verdi” in Como. He achieved a Master's Degree in Jazz with highest honours at the Conservatory “G. Verdi” in Milan. He studied piano with Ramberto Ciammarughi (Miroslav Vitous, Randy Brecker, Vinnie Colaiuta) and drums with Fabrizio Sferra (Chet Baker, Lee Konitz, Enrico Pieranunzi). He attended many master-classes and workshops such as Siena Jazz, Gregory Hutchinson, John Riley, Roberto Gatto, Massimo Manzi, Mike Manieri, Andrea Dulbecco, Matteo Moretti, Stefano Battaglia and Summer Jazz School di Fara Music.
Riccardo achieved the highest ranks in many Italian jazz contests. He won the first prize at Chicco Bettinardi Contest 2015, Jazz by the Pool Competition 2012, Contest Fara Music 2010 (winning a scholarship for best musician) and at Concorso Percfest 2010. He won the second prize at Conad Jazz Contest 2015, Conad Jazz Contest 2014 and Conad Jazz Contest 2013 of Umbria Jazz, and at Jimmy Woode Contest of Tuscia in Jazz 2013.
Riccardo Chiaberta is an endorser of Bosphorus Cymbals.