Antonio Padovano was born in Gallipoli where he started to play the trumpet at the age of seven. In 2001, he received his Diploma in Trumpet at the Titus Schipa Conservatory of Lecce with one of the votes cast by M. De Mitis (former first trumpet of the Petruzzelli Theater of Bari). From here, his artistic career has been constantly increasing.
He has taken part in various national-regional competitions and exposures by performing as a classical trumpet player while receiving consistent critical acclaim. In the meantime, he attended several master classes. In 2002, he obtained his Diploma in trumpet at the Santa Cecilia Academy under the guidance of M. Cassone. In the same year, he won the selection for the First Trumpet soloist of the wind orchestra with whom he travels throughout Europe producing memorable music.
In 2003, after he won a scholarship from the University of Music in Rome, he continued his path of development under the guidance of M Applembaume. In the meantime, he maintained his career as a classical soloist throughout the country by winning numerous prizes. From 2004 to 2005, he continued his career as a classical soloist at the national level, winning various prizes and alternates between obligations in orchestras and in several television programs.
In that period, he has collaborated with the Pure Utopia light music group with whom he performs in various international events including Sanremo Off, Music Box, and May Day all year.
In 2006, thanks to the influence of trumpet friends, Fabrizio Bosso and Oscar Gabriel Rosati, he approached Jazz music. In 2007, he was selected by the Siena Jazz Foundation which representes many national jazz festivals. In the summer of 2007, he took part in a summer seminar of Umbria Jazz 2007, where he was awarded by the Berklee College of Music. After an audition in 2008, he was chosen by the famous Big Band of M. Demo Morselli, with whom he began a fruitful collaboration.
In 2009, always in constant search for new musical experiences, he discovered the world of Musicals: chosen by Stage Entertainment Italy as first trumpet for the musical The Beauty and the Beast at the National Theater of Milan and the following year at the Brancaccio Theater in Rome, for a total of over 500 showings. In 2012 at the National Theater, over 100 showings of Saturday Night Fever. He collaborated as 1st trumpet and soloist with various Italian big bands, including the Big Band of M. Pregadio, the Saint Louis Big Band directed by Maestro Solimene, the Polyphonia Big Band directed by Carlo Maria Cordio, Bandalarga directed by Elvio Ghigliordini, and the IALS Big Band directed by maestro Gianni Oddi. He has also collaborated with various record labels.