Pianist, composer, and improviser William Tatge was born of American parents in Umbria, Italy in 1978 and lived in Todi and Florence until 2008, when he moved to New York City. Tatge began studies on violin and piano at age six, and after a storied career as a student (studying classical piano and graduating summa cum laude in 2000 from the L. Cherubini Conservatory of Florence, followed by studies in composition, orchestration and conducting, earning a second degree in 2006, also summa cum laude). During these years Tatge explored improvisation and jazz and from ’96 to ’99 he studied privately with Stefano Bollani and attended the Siena Jazz summer workshops. Later studies included instruction with Enrico Pieranunzi, Franco D’Andrea and Paolo Birro. He also participated in Stefano Battaglia’s Solo Piano and Piano Trio winter seminars in Siena in 2004 and 2005.


Tatge has gone on to fruitful career in the States, releasing two albums (Mutable Enclosures and Borderlands), and performing in clubs, concert venues and festivals throughout Europe, South America, Japan, Canada and the U.S. in solo concerts as well as with several groups, both as leader and sideman. He has collaborated with such diverse artists as bassist Felix Pastorius, visual artist Christine Meisner, clarinetist Massimo Carrozzo, drummer Jeff Hirshfield and many others. Tatge now proudly announces his debut recording for Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records, and the first album to feature his NYC-based trio of Pablo Menares on bass and Nick Anderson on drums, General Cargo, to be released on June 15.