Pierluigi Villani was born in Naples on 17th January 1971 and he is following his father's footsteps. His father Virgilio Villani was an actor, a singer and a producer of Master R. De Simone's company.
Pierluigi started studying drums very early, when he was only 12 years old, under Master A. Romano's guidance and got Percussion Diploma in 1992 at "San Pietro a Majella" Academy of Music in Naples. In 2000 Pierluigi got Jazz Music Diploma from Master Bruno Tommaso at the same Academy of Music.
In 2007 he graduated with first class honours in Jazz Music at "N. Piccinni" Academy of Music in Bari. Pierluigi improved his musical performance studying drums together with Alfredo Golino and attending seminaries with important artists such as Jack De Johnette, Peter Erskine, Steve Gadd, Danny Gottlieb, Dave Weckl, Steve Smith, Sonny Emory, Greg Bissonette, Vinnie Colaiuta, Roberto Gatto, Christian Mayer.
Pierluigi Villani took part in the Baronissi International Competition together with the Jazz a Majella (J.a.M.) Orchestra coming second. Again together with J.a.M Orchestra, he worked as instrumentalist and author for the soundtrack of "Silent Movie" by Mel Brooks. In autumn 2000 Pierluigi Villani worked as author and interpreter for "Memoria Futura" multimedial project by OSA and for putting works by Furio Sandrini into music (whose first volume "0-24 Divieto di Sosta" – book and CD - has already been published).
He cooperated with: Magia delle Percussioni, Jazz Reunion, Media Aetas, Napoli ''91, Solis String Quartet, Nao Band, Poli Opposti ,Nuevo Tango Ensamble.
Vincenzo Salemme (La Gente vuole ridere, music by Germano Mazzocchetti), Francesco Paolantoni, Antonello Paliotti, Roberto De Simone (Il Canto de li cunti, "Le tarantelle del Rimorso, Dedicato a Maria , "Festa di Requiem" (text Nicola Violante), "L'idolo Cinese , "Da Dioniso ad Apollo , "Populorum Progressio" (Michele Placido RAI1), "La Gatta Cenerentola , "Messa di Requiem in memoria di Pier Paolo Pasolini),L'ultima corsa di Fred (Giuseppe Miale), music by Floriano Bocchino, Paolo Di Sarcina. Furthermore, he took part as drummer in several classical productions at S. Carlo Theatre in Naples.
Randy Crawford, Alex Britti, Meg, Jenny B, Angelica Sepe (Conductor Renato Serio), Irene Fargo, Tony Esposito, Francesco Calabrese, Mario Castiglia, Bruce Johnson, Tania Michelle Smith, Sergio Endrigo, James Senese,Mario Rosini, Luca Sepe, Lino Cannavacciuolo, Patty Conte, Enzo Caradonna, Sergio Donati, Bruce Lester Johnson.
B.Tommaso,E. Pieranunzi, S. Bollani, R. Ottaviano,J.Girotto, A. Faraò, R. Giuliani, A. Tavolazzi, T. Tracanna, P. Silvestri, M. P. De Vito,G.Falzone, A. Zanchi, D. Sepe, G.Mirabassi,A. Onorato, D. Scannapieco, G. Del Re, F. Nastro, M. Raja, E. Nini, G. Renzi, V. Pepe, M. Contardi, P. Balducci, G. Partipilo, M. Signorile, P. Bardaro, F. Lo Cascio, V. Di Modugno, M. La Spina, P. Iodice, C. Blenzig, C. Sidoum, G. Fewell, A. Miles, Y. Rieu, M. Mejri.
Mito Festival, Villa Campolieto, Monteroduni Jazz Festival, Music Festival in Madrid, Milan and Naples, 376° Festino di S. Rosalia, Settembre al Borgo, Sangiazz, S. Chiara Festival, Villa di S. Marco, Orsara Jazz, Jezziamoci (Matera International Festival), Roccella Jonica, International Festival from improvisation to Jazz and Classical Music, Jazznet, 3rd Concert Season 2001, Jazz in Parks (Nocera Inferiore), Andria Festival, Siena Jazz 2004, Siena 2006, Termoli Jazz Festival, Folkest, Castellana Grotte Jazz, Archeo Jazz , Summerfest Capurso, Mar del Jazz 2006, 2007 e 2009, Barga Jazz, Serravalle Jazz, Festival dei Monti Dauni, Foggia Festival Jazz, Locomotive Jazz Festival, Corato Jazz Festival,Bari InJazz 2012, Multiculturita jazz Festival 2013, Festival Jazzowi(Crakow) 2013.
Special Project (M.De Vito, G.Falzone,V.Scrignoli, F.Villani, J.Bodilsen),Francesco Villani Trio, Marco Contardi 4et, Giuseppe Del Re, Pierluigi Balducci Ensamble.
Pierluigi Villani is leader of the following groups: Pierluigi Villani Group "Tempus Transit" ,THE4, and the last G.Bardaro-P.Villani trio.
Pierluigi Villani works hard teaching at several Italian state schools: Academies of Music (Conservatorio N.Piccinni –Bari) and experimental musical schools.
- He is endorser Taye drums Studio Maple
- He is endorser Promark drumsticks
- He has been endorser for "Bosphorus" cymbals since 2006
- He has been voted at Jazz Music 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 Referendum as best year instrumentalist - drum section "First Flight" by Small Band Villani - Contardi has been voted as Best Group of the Year and Best Album of the Year.
- He published five books for "Four Edition":
- "Beat for Two"
- "Metodo per Batteria Vol.1"
- "In the Other's Land"
- "Studio per 2 Tamburi"
- "Metodo per Batteria Vol.II - Guida al Fraseggio Jazz"