ABOUT

Musician, he owes his training to Mariano Andreolli.

He took the certificate in guitar at the Conservatory of Trento and then he received the Degree in Classical Guitar with a specialization in Chamber Music with full marks at the same conservatory.

He attended several masterclasses with guitarists of international fame as Oscar Ghiglia, Massimo Lonardi, Andrea Dieci, Lorenzo Micheli, Giulio Tampalini, Piero Bonaguri, Paolo Cherici, Florindo Baldissera, Leopoldo Saracino, Simone Fontanelli, Matteo Mela,Leo Brouwer, Eliot Fisk.

He studied with Giulio Tampalini at the Guitar Academy in Brescia deepening the solo repertoire and since 2010 he had been studying for three years at Giulio Regondi Academy in Milan with Andrea Dieci  and Bruno Giuffredi, continuing his mastery for soloists.

He focuses his activity mainly in chamber music, in various ensembles and performs in numerous concerts in Italy and abroad.

In summer 2011 he toured Balkans performing and giving masterclasses in Prijedor (Bosnia-Erzegovina), Kraljevo (Serbia) and Peja/Pec (Kossovo).

He performed at guitar festivals, recently at the Ultrapadum Festival in Pavia and at San Giacomo Festival in Bologna, and accompanied celebrities from the world of arts and show business as David Grossman and Gigi Proietti (IDEM, Verona).

He is interested in music beyond the instrumental area and during the years of his education he deepened composition study with Nicola Straffelini.

Meeting Nadir Vassena was crucial, with whom first he studied at the Master of Advanced Studies in Music Composition at the Musikhochschule in Lugano in Switzerland and then at the Master of Arts in Music Composition and Theory. In that course he perfection also orchestration with Giovanni Verrando and electronic techniques with Sylviane Sapir and graduated with full marks.

Now he studies electronic music with Luca Richelli.

He attended seminars and masterclasses with important personalities of contemporary music as Johannes Schöllhorn, Harrison Birtwistle, Mike Svoboda, Jérôme Combier, Franck Bedrossian, Mats Scheidegger, Helmut Lachenmann, Dmitri Kourliandski, José María Sánchez-Verdú, Pierre Alexandre Tremblay, Betsy Jolas, Antonio Politano, Dieter Mack, Daniela Terranova, Stefano Gervasoni; moreover he attended courses for ensemble conductor with Marc Kissoczy.

Award-winner in national and international composition competitions, he received commissions from Corde d’Autunno Guitar Festival, Eutopia Ensemble.

In 2016 he won Celloloft call for scores, obtaining a commission for a piece that was performed in Petaluma - San Francisco.

During 2016 Locarno Film Festival his music will be the soundtrack of the "La danza delle macchine" short film.

In 2018 he was selected as a Composer in Residence for a week in Salorno to write a piece inspired by the "Skulpturengarten" performed by musicians of Alessandria and Bolzano Conservatory.

His music is performed in Italy and abroad by musicians as Andrea Dieci, Giovanni Maselli, Chris Moy, Federica Canta, Lorenzo Marcolongo, Pauline Tardy, Maura Marinucci, Miguel Angel Pérez Diego, Giulia Vazzoler, EnArmonia Guitar Ensemble, Trio Contrasti, Ensemble Performance, Silvia Cignoli, Quatuor Chouette, Kugel Saxophone Ensemble, Les Amis de Rossini saxophone quartet, Antonio Politano, Margherita Berlanda, Emanuele Dalmaso and in the course of Festivals as Pordenone Guitar Festival, Corde d’Autunno Guitar Festival, SuonoChitarraNatura, Festival Nuovi Orizzonti Sonori, Segovia Guitar Week, Festival Internazionale Musica negli Horti, Associazione Athenaeum, Le strade del Suono Contemporary Music Festival, XVIII World Saxophone Congress, Concerti d'Autunno Pesaro, LuganoMusica.

He is also interested in didactical writing and he often works together  with musicians for the productions of educational compositions for their instruments.

With the label Diffusione Arte he published a cd with didactical music for guitar, performed by EnArmonia Guitar Ensemble and by students of Segovia Guitar Academy in Pordenone.

In 2015 his music for guitar was the subject of a degree thesis in the Conservatory of Milan.

His works were published by Bèrben, Glissato, Cidea, Sconfinarte, Sinfonica, Armelin, Eufonia Editions. Since 2017 they have been published by DaVinci Editions and Diaphonia Editions.

Always persuaded that teaching is an enrichment and an integral part of being a musician, he graduated in Instrumental Didactics at the Conservatory of Bolzano in 2009.

Currently he teaches classical guitar, harmony and composition and he is invited as a judge in national and international competitions. 

He was also adjunct professor of guitar at the conservatory of Ferrara.

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