May 11, 2018
Vinny Raniolo Guitarist, Musician and Entrepreneur of Raniolo Music LLC was just selected as Top Musician of the Year for 2018 by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) for his outstanding leadership, dynamic playing and performances.
While inclusion with the International Association of Top Professionals is an honor in itself, only a few members in each discipline are chosen for this distinction. These special honorees are distinguished based on their professional accomplishments, academic achievements, leadership abilities, longevity in the field, other affiliations and contributions to their communities. All honorees are invited to attend the IAOTP’s annual award gala at the end of this year for a night to honor their achievements. .
With over 2 decades of professional experience in music, Vinny has certainly proven himself as an accomplished professional and expert in the field. As a dynamic results-driven leader, Vinny has demonstrated success not only as a high demand guitarist, but he is also a teacher and entrepreneur.
Vinny’s dynamic playing has brought him to 14 countries on three continents, having performed in some of the world’s most illustrious venues, including the Sydney Opera House in Australia, The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, New York’s Lincoln Center and the world’s oldest indoor concert hall, Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, Italy. While keeping a busy touring schedule in a variety of musical settings, Vinny has also become a familiar figure on Public Television. He was featured previously on three popular shows, including the heavily programmed Tommy Emmanuel and Friends, in Frank Vignola's Four Generations of Guitar as the youngest generation in the lineage of jazz guitarists with veteran Bucky Pizzarelli and in the Music Gone Public series. Recording credits include soundtracks for HBO's Boardwalk Empire and Woody Allen's film Café Society.
Vinny was selected by Frank Vignola to be part of a team to perform for a run of guitar nights at New York’s Cutting Room. Vinny recalls Frank calling ‘all of the Italian guitar players that he could get,’ he said with a wink at the club. Vinny and Frank Vignola have had a longtime musical partnership. The two of them together are a force of nature: superior, simpatico, entertaining players with a wide-ranging repertoire and off-the-charts facility” said JazzTimes. “Vignola and Raniolo’s dual acoustic guitars blend like espresso and gelato. From the first notes of “It Might As Well Be Spring,” the players leap with acrobatic precision from strummed triplets to descending diminished scale runs. On mellower takes Vignola and Raniolo recall the frisky interplay of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli.” – The Christian Century
Vinny earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from SUNY Purchase. The President of IAOTP, Stephanie Cirami stated that “Choosing Vinny for this award was an easy decision for our panel to make. He is a brilliant, talented musician who his passionate at not only showing the world what he can do, but also passionate in teaching others. He was exactly what we were looking for and we know we will be seeing more outstanding things from this man. We also would like him to perform at our gala this year at the Plaza Hotel in NYC.”
Throughout his illustrious career, Vinny has been active in his community and has received awards, accolades’ and has become a familiar figure in Public Television. For 2019 he is being considered for a feature in T.I.P (Top Industry Professionals) Magazine and for the Visionary of the Year Award by the International Association of Top Professionals. For 2018, he was named Top Musician of the Year by IAOTP. He just recently held a CD Release Party for “Air Guitar” at the Cradle of Aviation Air and Space Museum on Long Island NY.
Looking back, Vinny attributes his success to his perseverance, mentors he has had along and staying passionate in all his endeavors. Vinny says he has been blessed and fortunate to travel the planet playing guitar alongside some of the world’s top musicians and feels this is just the beginning. For the future, Vinny will continue to thrive as an entrepreneur and musician and hopes to continue to inspire and make a difference in people’s lives anyway that he can.
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