Salvatore Fragapane was born in Alcara Li Fusi, Messina, Italy. He graduated from the Conservatory Arcangelo Corelli in Messina where he studied trombone, under the guidance of Professor Sebastiano Insane. He also studied Jazz Music at the Conservatory Santa Cecilia in Rome.
Salvatore attended specialization courses with the Orchestra Sperimentale of Spoleto. He studied under Professor Basilio Sanfilippo and subsequently with Michael Mulcahy, Charles Vernon, Joseph Alessi, Jacques Mauger, Andrea Conti, with the tuba player Rex Martin and euphoniumist Steven Mead.
He won several auditions with a number of prestigious Italian orchestras such as Massimo Vincenzo Bellini in Catania and Vittorio Emanuele in Messina. He is qualified to play with the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, the Italian Youth Orchestra and the Orchestra Umberto Giordano of Foggia. In addition, Salvatore was a finalist at the contest for 1st trombone at Teatro San Carlo in Naples.
He participated in various competitions, winning for two consecutive years at the Brass Festival in Novara di Sicilia.
He has performed with several orchestras, for example, the National Academy of Santa Cecilia, Teatro Massimo Vincenzo Bellini, Teatro Vittorio Emanuele, the Regional Orchestra of Lazio, the Rome Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra Sperimentale of Spoleto, Sicilian Youth Orchestra and the Brass Ensemble of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia, collaborating with famous conductors such as, Sinopoli, Nagano, Chung, Noseda, Pappano and Oren.
He has toured in Japan, England, Austria, Germany, Greece, Switzerland and Spain.
(Photo of Monica Leggio)