Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble are the three members of IL VOLO.
Their debut dates back to 2009 as individual participants on the talent show “Ti lascio una canzone” on the Italian TV channel RAI 1, where they were spotted by Michele Torpedine, the manager that launched the careers of Andrea Bocelli, Zucchero, Giorgia and Biagio Antonacci, who decided to work for them and with them on their international artistic journey, counting on their extraordinary vocal talents both individually and as a trio. The result was extraordinary, and meant that they were the first Italian artists in history to sign a contract with a major American record label. In 2010, their self-titled debut album went platinum and entered the Billboard Top Ten.
The three young artists appeared on major European and American television shows, including The Tonight Show, American Idol, Good Morning America, the Today Show, Wetten Das in Germany and the MDA Labor DAY Telethon by Jerry Lewis, and were present alongside Unicef at the Venice Film Festival for children in the Horn of Africa. They sold over a million copies of their “Special Christmas Edition” (2010), which was followed by the start of their first international tour and the broadcast of the first of their television specials, which has been repeated over a thousand times.
In 2010, they were the only Italian artists invited by Quincy Jones to “We Are The World for Haiti”, together with 80 international stars including Celine Dion, Bono, Lady Gaga, Carlos Santana, Barbra Streisand, Enrique Iglesias, Usher, Natalie Cole and Will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas. They were nominated for two Latin Grammy awards for their releases. They embarked on a memorable twelve-concert tour with Barbra Streisand in the US and Canada (2012), which preceded the duets recorded from their second album “We Are Love” (2012) with Placido Domingo and Eros Ramazzotti, while the live album “Il Volo Takes Flight” and the album “Il Volo” occupied the top and second spots in the Billboard Classical Crossover chart.
In 2013, advance tickets went on sale for their first concert at the Radio City Music Hall in New York, and they sold 1600 tickets in just 8 hours (the concert sold out within a few days). This event kicked off their tour of the US, Canada, Central and South America, with 50 sold-out concerts, confirming Il Volo as the rising stars of operatic pop. “Buon Natale – The Christmas Album” was their third studio album to be released worldwide and contains some of the best-known Christmas classics. The trio took part in the big Christmas Concert in the Upper Basilica of Assisi, broadcasted by RAI 1 on 25 December after the Pope’s Holy Mass.
2014 was a year of great changes and new projects for Il Volo. On 24 April, they received the Latin Pop Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group award at the Latin Billboard Awards in Miami. On 21 December, the three young artists had the privilege of performing in a charity concert in the Chamber of the Senate of the Republic in Palazzo Madama, broadcasted live on RAI 1, after the Angelus of Pope Francis from St. Peter’s Square.
Il Volo won the 2015 Sanremo Festival with the song “Grande Amore” and SONY released their EP “Sanremo Grande Amore” which brought together famous songs from the history of the Festival reinterpreted with a contemporary, international twist. After their triumph at Sanremo 2015, the success of Il Volo was unstoppable: the group reached #1 on iTunes with their EP, single and accompanying video (which racked up record views on the web) and went straight in at the top of the FIMI/Gfk charts ranking the bestselling albums and singles with “Sanremo Grande Amore” and “Grande Amore” respectively, the former going Double Platinum and the latter Platinum. Il Volo represented Italy at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest and the European television audience rewarded the group, giving it the top spot in the public phone vote, also continuing to support it in the sales charts: the single “Grande Amore” and the album “Sanremo Grande Amore” actually went straight to number one on the iTunes charts of the Eurovision countries. The public’s great fondness for the group was also demonstrated by the audience figures during the trio’s performance in the final, with theirs being the most watched of the evening. The public were not the only ones enthusiastic about Il Volo. Music critics also expressed positive opinions, giving the trio the prestigious Marcel Besançon Award 2015, voted for by the international press. Around the same time, the group’s fourth studio album “L’amore si muove”, was released by SONY in 45 countries, reaching the top of the charts in just a few days and allowing Il Volo to spend a long period in the Italian and international charts with three CD/DVD releases, while sales of their book “Un’avventura straordinaria”, published by Rizzoli, continued to rise.
The 2015 Italian tour took the trio’s concerts to the most prestigious venues, including Pompeii, where the extraordinary event was recorded by the US national television network PBS and broadcast in all states. The tour ended on 21 September at the Verona Arena and was broadcast live on RAI 1. It marked the start of an extremely long tour in the US and South America and a European tour that sold out in the major capitals.
2016 and 2017 were years dedicated to the “Notte magica” project, a tribute to the 1990 event where the THREE TENORS, José Carreras, Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti, enchanted the whole world from the stage of the Baths of Caracalla. Piazza Santa Croce in Florence was the extraordinary setting for the “Notte Magica – A Tribute to the Three Tenors” concert, broadcast on television on Canale 5, with the extraordinary participation of Placido Domingo, who has always been a true admirer of the group, taking part as a conductor. This concert marked the beginning of a triumphant world tour which in 2017, after 15 sold-out dates in the US, saw the group perform approximately 25 dates in Italy with equally successful sales, then continuing with a tour in Latin America and around the world. As well as being shown on primetime television on Canale 5, “Notte magica” was also filmed and broadcast in the US by the national PBS television network, as well as in over 500 cinemas in Italy and around the world. The worldwide publication of the CD and DVD containing the live recording of the concert went four times platinum in Italy. The numbers speak for themselves: Few if any Italian artists have achieved the scale of global success reached by Il Volo.
In 2018, the group embarked on an international tour in Japan and Eastern Europe (Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia and Croatia). They met with peacekeeping forces in Lebanon at UNIFIL bases and dedicated their Christmas concert to them at the SHAMA base and at the Tyre Theatre, broadcast by RAI 1 on 25 December with very high audience figures. Their end-of-year tribute in the programme “L’anno che verrà”, broadcast by RAI on 31 December, met with similar public appreciation.
2019 marks ten years in the business for Il Volo. This important anniversary has seen them get involved in World Youth Day at the end of January in Panama, where they dedicated their “Ave Maria” to the Pope, during the ceremony in which young people from all over the world donate a special statue of the Virgin Mary to the pontiff. The trio took to the stage at the Ariston Theatre in Sanremo, the place where the three artists started out back in 2009, competing at the Festival with the song “Musica che resta”, written by Gianna Nannini, Emilio Munda, Piero Romitelli and Antonello Carozza.
This was only the beginning of the celebrations that will see the three young artists spending their ten-year anniversary involved in projects in Italy but especially around the world.
Il Volo just finished their Eastern European and Russian live tour, after selling out the previous Italian and Japanese tour leg with great sold out concerts!
In October 2019 the three young talents will storm over Latin America with their tour covering the whole region from Mexico to Argentina. In February 2020 The USA and Canadian tour will start and history is yet to be written!
From their debut in 2011 to the present day, the three young artists have performed over 300 concerts in 210 cities on 3 continents, mostly sold out, with plans for future tours throughout Asia, Africa, Australia and New Zealand. A total of over 2.000,000 paying audience members have attended their concerts. In the US and Canada, they have held 156 Concerts (12 with Barbra Streisand) in 30 states. In Europe, they have performed on tour for 84 shows, 35 of which in Italy, all sold out. In Latin America, their tours covered 21 states with 88 concerts. In terms of social media data, the latest figures show 2,211,341 fans, an increase of 561,000, and 220,000 interactions per week with an average coverage of 1.7 million. The trio have 709,482 Vevo subscribers. “Grande amore”, their Sanremo Hit, has been viewed 123,502,000 times. Over the past 28 days, 2.11 million impressions have been recorded, along with 25,000 mentions and 105,000 profile visits. In terms of record sales, the group passed the 3,500,000 mark for CDs and DVDs some time ago. The numbers also reward them when it comes to television audiences, where each performance breaks records set by their singer colleagues, sometimes injecting life into television features and programmes that boast excellent viewing figures but never at the level of those when Il Volo appear.