Chiara Pancaldi was born and raised in Bologna, a small town in the North of Italy. She started classical piano studies at 10, and singing since her very early childhood. She soon developed an interest in jazz, singing along with the records and jamming with friends.
Chiara graduated from the University of Bologna in 2008 with a Master’s Degree in Anthropology, then graduated from the Conservatory of Bologna in 2012 with a Master’s Degree in Jazz Music. She attended many workshops with great artists such as Michele Hendricks, Rachel Gould, Roberta Gambarini, Jeremy Pelt, Harold Mabern, Barry Harris, Vincent Harring, Bob Stoloff, Sheila Jordan, Dena DeRose. For several years she also practiced Drupad, a kind of North Indian Classical music, studying in Italy with Francesca Cassio and in Varanasi (India) with Ritwick Sanyal.
Chiara has performed live in clubs and festivals in Italy and abroad: Umbria Jazz, London Jazz Festival, CrossRoads Jazz Festival, Sunset Sunside Jazz Club, Jazzkeller Jazz Club, Porgy and Bess Jazz Club, Unterfahrt Jazz Club, Teatro Giordano, Ancona Jazz Festival, Bologna Jazz Festival, Muze, Torrione Jazz Club, Alexander Plaz Jazz Club, Cantina Bentivoglio Jazz Club, Orsara Jazz Festival, Paradiso Jazz Festival, Calagonone Jazz Festival, Padova Jazz, Staddttheater, and many more.
She has sung with many great Italian and American jazz musicians such as Cyrus Chestnut, John Webber, Joe Farnsworth, Darryl Hall, Kirk Lightsey, Jeremy Pelt, Laurent Maur, Don Menza, Bernd Reiter, Fabrizio Bosso, Piero Odorici, Luca Bulgarelli, Nico Gori, Marc Abrams, Nicola Muresu, Nico Menci, Stefano Senni, and many others.
In 2012 she released her debut album titled THE SONG IS YOU with the Italian label DODICILUNE. In 2015 she released her second album, I WALK A LITTLE FASTER, having Chiara performing alongside an excellent trio, with Cyrus Chestnut on piano, John Webber on bass and Joe Farnsworth on drums. The record, released by the dutch label Challenge Records, has been awarded Best Vocal Jazz Album 2015 by the Japanese magazine Jazz Critique Magazine.
Her last album WHAT IS THERE TO SAY (Challenge Records International) features the legendary Kirk Lightsey on piano and Darryl Hall on bass. Two special guests enrich the session, both on two ballads: Jeremy Pelt who played on What is there to say, the track that gives the title at the record, and Laurent Maur who played on A timeless place (The peacocks).