Claudio Parravicini was born in Seregno (Milano), Italy, on the 22nd of February 1967.
He starts to play the Banjo at the age of 16. In a few years he is affirmed on the national scene as he collaborates with the most important bands of that period. In the '90s is voted as best italian Banjoist by the BMAI (Bluegrass Music Association of Italy) and he is considered one of the best Banjoists in Europe. During these years he develops abroad tour in Switzerland, Germany, England, Wales, Japan and United States.
During the U.S.A. tour he knows the most important Bluegrass musician of the world and great Banjoists as Tony Trischka, Scott Vestal, Tony Furtado and Bela Fleck. Bela will be one of the crucial musical influences in his life.
Back in Italy, he plays with the band Country Pride getting successes anywhere, and he divides his own time playing the French Horn, his other musical passion, in with he is graduated in 1995 at the Conservatory G.B.Martini in Bologna.
Ended the studies of classical music at the Conservatory, Claudio is very found of the Latin American rhythms, above all of the Latin Jazz and he is particularly influenced by artists as Arturo Sandoval and Michel Camilo. In this period he starts the collaboration with the guitarist Rudolph Minuto with whom he can translate all of his experiences in a complete way. Together, they still play in the duo Chiaro Scuro.