Banca dati musicale
nato il 2.12.1928 a Puerto Cabello, Carabobo, Venezuela
morto il 12.3.2011 a Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela
Italo Pizzolante (2 December 1928 – 12 March 2011) was a Venezuelan poet, composer, musician, professor and engineer of Italian descent. Author of famous songs like Motivos, Mi Puerto Cabello, among others. Pizzolante was married to Nelly Negrón.
His musical vocation started at home, often during family reunions, and following his father's musical bent. Perhaps his most memorable song is Motivos, which has been performed by many artists, including, La Rondalla Venezolana, Los Panchos, Chucho Avellanet, Armando Manzanero, Alfredo Sadel, Vicente Fernández and most recently Luis Miguel. The history of this song, is quite special. Italo composed it on December 1, 1965, for a reunion of friends, was his gift to them.
Another popular song of Pizzolante's repertoire is Mi Puerto Cabello, dedicated to his native town. It was popularized in the 1960s by Felipe Pirela along with the Billos Caracas Boys. In August, 1998 the song was decreed the Official City Anthem.
He gained his first recognition by winning the First Venezuelan Music Contest of the Central University of Venezuela with the song Provincianita.
Italo represented Venezuela in 1992 at the Bolero Festival in Havana, Cuba, obtaining first prize.
He has received numerous awards and tributes of both public and private institutions including the degree of knight of the Italian Republic. In addition the Order Italo Pizzolante was created in his honor at the Puerto Cabello School of Engineering.
Other recognition includes the awards, Merit for the Work, Andrés Bello, II Class, the Naval Merit II Class and Francisco de Miranda I Class, Diego de Losada, I Class, Sol de Carabobo, and by the city of Puerto Cabello, Bartolomé Salom, Comandante en Jefe Juan Jose Flores and the sash Toma de Puerto Cabello, among others.
Also he has received tributes in Valencia, Caracas, San Felipe, Barquisimeto, Valera, San Cristóbal, Maracaibo, Calabozo, Guarenas and Cumaná.
In 2001, he received an award at the Teresa Carreño Cultural Complex, along with other Venezuelan musicians.
Pizzolante died on 12 March 2011 in Puerto Cabello, Carabobo, at the age of 82.
- Venezuelan music
- Talento Venezolano blog
- TV program Biografías (Globovisión, September 22, 2007)