Born in Hershey, PA into a musically rich family, Fred began playing guitar in his early teens. At 18 he started playing Central Pennsylvania night spots performing popular 70's acoustic music; Neil Young, James Taylor, The Eagles. CSN. He then moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music to study jazz guitar performance. After a year there he transferred to the University of Miami School of Music to continue studying guitar while also moving into recording studio audio engineering. During this time the tiki bars, clubs, and cruise ships popular in that area were where he worked as a musician. After several years in South Florida the Philadelphia and New York City's famous 'Village' music scene became the next challenge and he returned to the Northeast to perform.
Pellegrini has shared stages with several nationally recognized acts: Richie Havens, Eddie Murphy, Todd Rundgren, Marshall Tucker Band, Little Feat, Kansas, and Rusted Root are a few. The Tin Angel and the Point in Philadelphia, the Bitter End and CBGB's in NYC are a few of the famous stages he has played on.
When performing solo, guitar and vocals are his forte, though piano is often included depending on the stage and event. A typical performance includes standards by James Taylor, The Eagles, Eric Clapton, CSNY, Jackson Brown and other acoustic artists with occasional bits of Motown or reggae thrown in for variety. Pellegrini has released a solo CD of original material as well, titled 'Roots', and it is available on iTunes, Amazon and other internet music outlets. As a composer Fred has also written songs for nationally released movies and jingles.
With a main job as a freelance recording engineer, Pellegrini has produced records for many nationally recognized artists and has had 2 works submitted for Grammy awards. He is the Lead Audio Recording Engineer of the annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The Allman Brothers Band, Blues Traveler, Toots and the Maytals, Arlo Guthrie, Ellis Marsalis, Dark Star Orchestra, and the Black Crows are just a few of the bands or acts he has worked with.