Paolo Cimmino was born in Naples in 1964.

After graduating in 1988, he began his career as a member of the San Carlo Theatre Orchestra of Naples, performing with them for twelve years. During that time he also studied ethnic music and jazz.

Currently, Paolo teaches percussion at G. Martucci Conservatoire in Salerno, frame drums and Principles of Ethnic Music at MusicAteneo of University in Salerno.

He is invited regularly to give master classes throughout Europe in Spain, Croatia, Great Britain, Greece, including the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, Franz Liszt Hochschule fur Musik in Weimar, Music Academy in Bijelovar, Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge The Purcell School Londra and of course in Italy - Trento, Fermo, Parma, Roma, Napoli, Bari etc

Paolo is the co-founder of “Società Italiana Tamburi a Cornice” and is continuously working to introduce the possibilities of frame drums to larger audiences

A passionate educator, Paolo has written a wealth of educational material on the “Tamburello” (Italian tambourine like instrument) and its technique, including the highly acclaimed "A new way of playing Tamburello", published by Note di Merito and "5 tamburello solos Ed. Artemide. Norskmusik Forlag published “Hidden tears (Pianto nascosto)” for marimba and tamburello” and “Il Sorpasso“ for SET UP. Edition Svitzer published “Secret Passion” for marimba , strings and percussions. 
He also published a DVD  "La Tammurriata; ancient traditions and future possibilities" and “Solkattu, Groove & Exercise” for Italian tambourine and Frame drums, produced by MusicAteneo.

In addition to his role as an educator, Paolo purses an active freelance career with regular concerts in Italy and the rest of Europe. 
He is a "solista" also in duo "Clay Drums India" with Ghatam Suresh,
and in "Framed Resonance” ( with marimba player Daniella Ganeva (Royal Collage London) and in MediTamburi Quartet (founded by himself ) (Video).


Lucio Dalla with Orchestra Scarlatti, Tamburi del Vesuvio, Nuova Compagnia di Canto Popolare, Shadows Trio, Jingle & Frames, Ghatam Suresh.


Riccardo Veno, T. De Piscopo, C Faiello, G.Kumar, Astra project, Alfio Antico; Glen Velez, I. Lesnik, Orient Expresto, Aldo Mazza,Rosario Jermano, Nour Eddine, Giovanni Imparato, Alex Acuna, Savio Riccardi, Adria Mortari, Vito Mercurio, Astra project, Tony Esposito, Zohar Fresco (who also played on Paolo’s CD “Invasioni”). Compagnia Enzo Moscato (show “Toledo Suite”), Pebbe Lanzetta, Mariano Rigillo in the show “Black out”.


  • Invasioni realized for Università degli Studi di Salerno
  • La Venere di Willendorf by S Riccardi for Amiata Records
  • Tra il Sole e la Luna by C. Faiello for Rai Trade
  • For Gaya Jingle & Frames for Fairlands Records
  • Suite N.1 Shadows Trio for Radici Music
  • 10 e 25 Tamburi del Vesuvio for 'I cd del Manifesto'
  • Le terre del fuoco by Vito Mercurio and Famiglia d’Arte for Note Di Merito Edizioni


Konnakol for Frame Drums and drumset - Paolo Cimmino, Pasquale Renna, Pellegrino Cirocco


Now on sale the new cd ANTICHI VIAGGIATORI by MediTamburi

foto antichiviaggiatori home copertina antichi-viaggiatori

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