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Bio: Melissa Petitto is a bassist, double bassist and singer from Italy. As a child, show great interest for music and when she was 11 starts to play the flute. After only a month and half she joined into Music Association “V. Longobardi”, with wich she will participate in numerous concert as soloist or covering main parts. Growing up, she starts to get interested for the electric bass and start to study it as a self-taught. In 2012 she began the study of double bass under the guidance of Mº Nello Nicotra, classical double bass teacher at the "Vincenzo Bellini" Institute of Musical Studies of Catania (which has formed among the greatest double bass players in Italy and abroad), making admission for pre-academic courses. Subsequently, she is admitted to the conservatory for three years and is about to graduate. 

In 2013 she joined the youth orchestra of the conservatory of Catania playing in numerous concerts in various theaters, events, etc. Recently she began to study electric bass with Mº Dino Fiorenza, one of the most appreciated bassists in the world. Later she met the great bassist Massimo Moriconi (among the most famous bassists, historical bassist of Mina who boasts international collaborations) with whom she lectures and acquires fundamental teachings on bass and groove. As a bassist she has collaborated with various musical projects that have led her to perform in many concerts in squares, theaters and various events. 

Among the many worthy of particular attention are the collaborations with a wind orchestra and rhythmic/electric section accompanying the contestants of the television format "Ti lascio una canzone" and Stefania Cento in various concerts around Sicily, the "Lupo d'oro" prize aired on Mediterranean Sat with Vittorio Sgarbi, Tuccio Musumeci, Giancarlo Abete (FIGC president), Antonio Pulvirenti (Catania football), Marella Ferrera, Nello Musumeci etc. Several newspapers tell about the artistic life of Melissa Petitto and various projects where she takes part as a bassist. “La Sicilia” and “Gazzetta del Calatino” dedicate articles to the band The Sunday, which sees Melissa on the electric bass. 

Her videos only with bass and vocals, have had a large following on social so much to be published on the page Music Crowns (London music magazine with over 2 million likes, awarded as the best Facebook page of 2015), and shared by pages like ScottBassLessons.com, Bass Love, Rock Music Crowns, Bass Musician Magazine, Music Covers & Creations and others, as well as thousands of people around the world. Her videos have hundreds of thousands of views. She is currently the bass player and singer of Chiedo Venia, a duo of bass, voice and drums with Flaviano Pennisi (Suonare Unniedderè Project) and is the bassist of Samuel Storm, fourth at X-Factor 2018. 

Recently, she was a guest of Radio Etna Espresso where, in addition to the interview, she played live with the project Chiedo Venia. Subsequently, again with Chiedo Venia, she was a guest of Radio Fantastica with the conducting of Ruggero Sardo, where they were interviewed and performed live on radio. The newspaper "La Sicilia", insert District of the Calatino, has dedicated an article to Melissa Petitto and to her artistic life. The magazine "Bass Guitar Magazine", the most important magazine for bass players in the United Kingdom and among the first in importance in the world, dedicates a page to publish her interview. The French website "Music Covers & Creations" has published an interview on the front page. Recently she was awarded the calatini award in the "Gazebo d'oro" for the distinguished musician nationally and internationally. The newspaper "La Gazzetta del Calatino" published an article about Melissa. In August 2018, the Pro Loco of San Cono (CT), Melissa's home country, presented her with a merit award as excellence in the field of music. She uses Fender Jazz Bass USA, Aguilar Tone Hammer 500 and Aguilar DB112, Galli strings.

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