Cristiano Micalizzi was born in Rome. He started here his first musical studies under the guide of his father, the composer Franco Micalizzi, with whom Cristiano collaborated in recording studio as a drummer and percussionist. At the same time, he played with various jazz and fusion ensembles in many roman clubs and theaters.
In march 1990, during the “First young talents European jazz contest” (announced by RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana and sponsored by Yves Saint Laurent) Micalizzi was chosen from an international jury to join the orchestra directed by the american arranger and flutist James Newton. In July, he participated in the Boston Berklee College of Music clinics during Umbria Jazz, winning a scholarship for the american school where he took the Bachelor’s Degree in Performance.
During his stay in the USA, Micalizzi had the opportunity to play with various rising artists like the bass player Matt Garrison and the guitarist Torsten De Winkel. In the same years, he recorded with the band an album for the Accurate Records (AC-4800) along with the band “Oversize quartet” and took part in many concerts with a prestigious big band from Boston directed by Tom Roli Junior with which he participated in the Montreal International Jazz Festival. When he came back to Italy, he collaborated as an assistant of the american teachers in the Berklee clinics at Umbria Jazz and he started successfully to play with different artists and bands in different musical contests. He has hitherto played with: Eros Ramazzotti, Laura Pausini, Max Gazzé, Carmen Consoli, Daniele Silvestri, Ron, Loredana Berté, Ornella Vanoni, Riccardo Cocciante, Gianni Morandi, Massimo Ranieri, Anna Oxa, Maurizio Lauzi, Tiziana Rivale, Francesca Alotta, Scialpi, Silvia Salemi, Gianni Togni, Neri per caso, Eramo e Passavanti, Bungaro, Tiromancino,The Rolling Stones Project (Darryl Jones, Bernard Fowler, Tim Ries), Frank McComb, Crystal White, Herbie Goins, Jim Kelly, Bruce Bartlett, Jean-Pierre Como (Jean-Luc Ponty), Joy Malcolm (Incognito), Dave Binney, Lynley Marthe (Joe Zawinul Syndicate), Z-Star, Sharlene Hector (Basement Jaxx), Belinda Skinner, Deitra Farr, Ben Sidran, Tollak Ollestad, Stefano Di Battista, Marcello Rosa, Gegé Telesforo, Pippo Matino and Rocco Zifarelli.
He also did studio perfomances where he recorded for Polygram, Sony, Virgin and Universal both in Italy and abroad, collaborating also with Bobby Kimball, Abraham Laboriel, Carlos Rios, Luis Conte, Tim Pierce, Phil Palmer, e Ivan Lins. He took part in TV shows like “Ti Lascio Una Canzone” presented by Antonella Clerici, “Domenica In” presented by Paolo Bonolis, “Carramba che sorpresa” presented by Raffaella Carrà, with the RAI orchestra (Rai 1); “The Voice of Italy” presented by Federico Russo, “L’ottavo nano” presented by Serena Dandini (Rai 2); “Novecento” (Rai 3); “Che cos’è la musica” directed by Pupi Avati with Giovanni Tommaso and Danilo Rea (RaiSat 2000), “Amici” with the orchestra directed by peppe Vessicchio (CANALE 5), and “Tira e Molla” (ITALIA 1).
He published thirteen drum method books edited by Ricordi entitled Drumming System, Drumming System 2, Drumming System 3, Rhythmic Reading, Rudiment Reading, Drum set Reading, Enciclopedia dei ritmi per batteria e basso (Drum and Bass Rhythms Encyclopedia), The Drummer’s Reading, The Drummer’s Technique, The Drummer’s Rhythms and Fills, The Drummer’s Plat-Along, Il primo metodo di batteria (The First Drum Method), Il primo metodo di percussioni (The First Percussions Method) and Grooves for drums and bass released in the USA by Hal Leonard.