Mauro Colombis is an Italian classically trained musician with international concert experience. He holds two masters in piano performance (from Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory in 1998 and Venice Conservatory in 2005) and a Bachelor of Art, Music and Spectacle from the University of Bologna.
In the last decade Colombis has specialised in the live accompaniment of silent cinema, bringing together his own captivating compositions and improvisational methods. He regularly plays major film festivals around the world including the famed Le Giornate del Cinema Muto, the leading international silent film festival in Italy, alongside festivals in Thailand and Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide and Brisbane).
In 2006 he was commissioned by the National Film and Sound Archive to create a piano accompaniment for the beloved Australian silent The Story of the Kelly Gang (Charles Tait, 1906), released on DVD in 2007.