Terms like "dense lyricism" and "emotional impact" are used to describe the playing of Tonino Miano. While his scientist's mind (he holds a degree in physics from the City College of New York) parses logical progressions for his improvisations, his artist's soul compelled one reviewer to call his work, "Very beautiful and very, very sophisticated."

He has performed in venues such as Abrons Art Center, NYU, Knitting Factory, WKCR, Roulette, Binnenpret, Apollohuis, Stork Music Festival and his list of collaborations include Brian Groder, Mirio Cosottini, Andrea Melani, Dinu Ghezzo, Edoardo Marraffa, Frantz Loriot, Jaap Blonk, Marco Cappelli, Lorenzo Brusci, Alessio Pisani and Jim Pugliese. He also holds a Degree in Musicology from the University of Bologna and a Degree in Classical Piano Performance with maximum honors from the V. Bellini Conservatory in Caltanissetta (Italy). He lives and teaches in New York since 1993, and he has been the co- curator of the AVANT POST, a New York monthly series dedicated to avant garde/improvisational music hosted by Temple M.
 
Among Mr. Miano’s releases CARDINAL (Grimedia/Impressus, 2009) has received critical acclaim and has appeared in two European top ten lists, as well as being included in the list of most notable CDs of the decade by AllAboutJazz/Italia. His latest projects are: FluiDensity, a collaboration with trumpeter/composer Brian Groder, and The Inner Life Of Residue with Mirio Cosottini.  Tonino Miano is also the author of the highly praised  Non-Tonal Technical Studies for Piano, a two-volume collection of pattern-studies deemed  “Fascinating” by Stephen Hough, “Highly recommended” by Richie Beirach and hailed by International Piano Magazine as an "exhaustive, comprehensive and extraordinary labour of love”.