Mario Padovani began singing along with Mario Lanza records at age 5, studying voice at age 7 and began performing professionally at age 9. At age 12 he performed a vocal recital in the Gold Ballroom of the Academy of Music in Philadelphia for The Matinee Musical Club of Philadelphia (Philadelphia PA, USA). Thoughout his teen years he performed extensively singing the National Anthem for sporting events including the Budweiser 500 at Dover Downs Raceway in 1983 and again in 1984, appearing in community theater, as a soloist for weddings, as the lead vocalist for numerous bands and apearing as a guest for numerous local television programs.
Born with Poland Syndrome he was told as a child by several music instructors he would only play piano with one hand. Quitting lessons after 3 months with the blessing of his parents he continued to teach himself using both hands. Today he is professional multi-instrumentalist playing piano, guitar, bass, harmonica, mandolin and violin.
In 2004 Mario released his debut CD, A Letter to Your Heart, on the Matchbox Recordings Label (UK). Since then has composed the soundtracks for two independent films, including Eye of the Beholder from Siberian Productions which features the theme song, Take Me As I Am. In 2010 Mario shared his story of living with Poland Syndrome and how it has influenced his music as well as his outlook on life in the book, P.S. You Are Loved: Living the Life of Inspiration from author and Bodybonding coach, Cynthia Sharp. Proceeds from the book go to helping others with Poland Syndrome. Mario is currently involved with the making of "The Poland Syndrome Documentary" from film-maker, Woody Bavota. Mario will be sharing his experience with Poland Syndrome on film as well composing and performing the soundtrack for the documentary. Mario is currently recording a new CD of original songs slated for release in 2013.
When he's not recording, performing or teaching music Mario is active in his community as a song leader at St. Anthony of Padua R.C. Church (Wilmington DE, USA) and as the organist for his Masonic lodge, Christiana #35, A.F. & A.M. (New Castle DE, USA). He volunteers each week at the Helen F. Graham Cancer (Newark DE, USA) playing the piano for patients, their families and the staff.