Andrea Bocelli was born on September 22, 1958, in Lajatico, Tuscany. He is an Italian tenor, composer, and music producer who released his debut album “Il Mare Calmo Della Sera” in 1994 and has sold over 70 million copies worldwide, receiving over 20 awards and honors — making him the most acclaimed artist in classical music and one of the great legends of our time.
September 22, 1958
Andrea Bocelli was born to Alessandro and Edi Bocelli on September 22, 1958, in Tuscany, Italy. He was born with congenital glaucoma and tragically lost his vision completely by age of 12 in an accident. He is a music legend and one of the world’s most famous tenors, whose gift and charisma have won millions of fans, awards, and honors. At the age of six, he was already living his love for music through piano, flute, saxophone, harp, guitar, and drum lessons. At the age of 12, he had his first victory in a music competition, taking the Margherita d’Oro prize, in Viareggio, with the song ‘O Sole Mio.’
His career took off in 1992 when he crossed paths with Zucchero Fornaciari, an Italian singer who was holding a series of auditions to find a tenor to share vocals on the song ‘Miserere.’ Bocelli accompanied Fornaciari on his tour of Europe, and let the world know and be enchanted by his voice. In 1994, Bocelli performed at the San Remo Festival, where he won with the song ‘Il Mare Calmo Della Sera.’ He released his second studio album, “Bocelli,” in 1995, and with “Viaggio Italiano,” his third album, he received the ECHO Klassik “Bestseller of the Year” award. After an iconic performance at the White House, the American audience was taken. In the following years, Bocelli would sell over 20 million copies worldwide and receive several nominations, including a Grammy for Best New Artist of 1999.
In 2000, he won the “Album of the Year” category at the BRIT Awards with the album “Sacred Arias.” From then on, his tours and concerts around the world never stopped happening. In 2016, Bocelli re-released his album “Romanza” (1997), his fourth album and the best-selling classical album in the world, which was turning 20. In April 2020, on Easter Sunday, Bocelli brought emotional tears to the eyes of the world as he performed at Milan Cathedral. Bocelli is currently touring the world, where songs such as ‘Time to Say Goodbye (Con te partirò),’ ‘Canto Della Terra,’ and ‘Ave Maria’ are sung to the public’s delight.
Andrea Bocelli performs at the San Remo Festival, where he wins with the song ‘Il Mare Calmo Della Sera.’
Bocelli wins two World Music Awards in Monte Carlo for “Best Italian Singer” and “Best Classical Performance.”
Bocelli is nominated in the “New Artist” category at the Grammy Awards.
He wins the "Album of the year" category for the album "Sacred Arias" and also wins an Echo Klassik Award (Germany) in the "Best Seller of the Year" category.
He receives the prize of “Best of the World” at the American Music Awards and receives the World Music Award for “Best Classical Interpretation.”
The album "Amore" wins the “Latin Pop Album of the Year.”
Andrea Bocelli creates a foundation that supports communities in situations of poverty and social exclusion.
Andrea Bocelli performs at the "Music for Hope" concert at Milan Cathedral.
Why We Love Andrea Bocelli
He has a humanitarian heart
Through his foundation, the Andrea Bocelli Foundation, he supports projects around the world that help people overcome situations of social exclusion. Working for charitable causes has made him dearer to his fans.
He lends his voice to help charitable causes
Andrea Bocelli has performed at benefit concerts around the world, including the Memorial Concert at Ground Zero and the Music of Asia festival for India's tsunami appeal. He works for social causes.
His story is inspiring
It is simply inspiring and utterly touching that, even though completely blind since the age of 12, Bocelli has not given up on his dreams and nothing has stopped him from becoming one of the biggest names in music. He is a great inspiration to all of us.
5 Surprising Facts
The voice of God
Singer Celine Dion summed up Andrea Bocelli's talent by saying, "If God was going to sing, he'd have to sound a lot like Andrea Bocelli."
His idol was Franco Corelli
Thanks to Corelli's work, Bocelli was inspired to become a tenor.
Graduated in Law
Andrea attended the University of Pisa to study Law, graduated and became a court-appointed lawyer.
He played pianos in bars
He would play in bars for some extra cash, often to pay for his music lessons.
Andrea opened in Lajatico, an Italian city in Tuscany, a multifunctional space called "Officine Bocelli" that brings together a restaurant, cafe, wine shop, and museum in one place.
Andrea Bocelli FAQs
Who is Andrea Bocelli's wife?
Andrea Bocelli has been married to Veronica Berti since 2014.
Does Andrea Bocelli have children?
He has three children — Amos, Virginia, and Matteo Bocelli.
How many times was Andrea Bocelli married?
Two. His first marriage was in 1992, to Enrica Cenzatti. He married Veronica Berti in 2014, to whom he is still married.
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