Tony Aquino Piano/Keyboards/Singer/Songwriter
Born in Hamilton Ontario, Tony started studying piano in the fall of 1971 and continued classical training for the next sixteen years. He was listening to classical composers, J.S. Bach and Puccini, as well as Elton John and Supertramp. These influences would later be mixed into his own unique writing style. Tony recalls, “I have fond memories of singing with my dad in the choir at St. Anthony’s Church.”
After getting his diploma in Applied Music from Mohawk College in 1987, he was off to Europe to change the world. During this time funds became short and he found a gig as the house pianist in Zermatt, Switzerland and stayed there for six months.
Returning home, he decided to go back to school, completing his Bachelor of Music degree from McMaster University in Hamilton. The highlight of his stay at Mac was being the guest soloist with the McMaster University String Ensemble performing J.S. Bach's Piano Concerto in D minor.
Encouraged by his parents, Tony decided to further his musical education at the University of Toronto and picked up a teaching certificate there. He started teaching music in high school shortly after that and still teaches today at St. Jean de Brebeuf in Hamilton.
In 2001, Tony got a gig playing piano and singing with an eight piece Rhythm and Blues band and for the next eleven years he toured Canada and the U.S. with Powerhouse/ Chicago Transit Authority. “As fate would have it, I was very fortunate to meet Steve Negus (drummer, producer, engineer of Saga fame), who was the drummer in the band.” Steve and Tony became good friends and as time went by, and Powerhouse unraveled (as many bands do), they both moved on to other things. Tony had been writing his own music for quite a while and approached Steve (who has his own studio) about recording an album and in August of 2015 they put the final touches on Tony’s first release,
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