Ermanno Novali majored in classical piano in Bergamo with Marco Giovanetti and dedicated himself to free improvisation at the musical research permanent laboratory in Siena led by Stefano Battaglia. He studied jazz improvisation with Claudio Angeleri at CDpM in Bergamo, attended the Siena Jazz Summer Workshops with Franco D’Andrea, Kenny Werner, John Taylor and Ben Street and masterclasses with Chick Corea, Craig Taborn, Bob Moses, Lenny White and Thomas Morgan.
He had the opportunity to play, among others, with Steven Bernstein, Gianluigi Trovesi, Rob Sudduth, Carlo Muscat, Garrison Fewell, Kaja Draksler and Novara Jazz collective; he played with singers Sarah Jane Morris, Antonella Ruggiero, Simona Molinari, Paola Folli and Joyce Elaine Yuille and played, among others venues, in Malta International Jazz Festival, Bergamo Jazz Festival in a solo set and in a double set with Tingvall Trio, Notti di Luce and International Jazz Day in Bergamo and in many italian clubs including, multiple times, Blue Note in Milan. Among active collaborations, the one with the saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist and composer Sandro Cerino in his original music quartet and projects dedicated to Vivaldi – in collaboration with the Verdi Baroque directed by Ruben Jais – to Tango and Jazz Today, hosted in 2013, 2014 and 2017 at the Auditorium Verdi in Milan. He won in 2017 the first prize for international composition contest “P.Arzano” for International Jazz Day 2017 with “Two souls” from the Ermanno Novali Trio album “Passacaglia” published by Emme Record Label.
Among the main projects, Ermanno Novali trio with Luca Pissavini on double bass and Matteo Milesi on drums, international improvisation collective #tuscanymusicrevolution, and the piano solo.