Jury 2019

Lucio Matarazzo (Italiy) – President of the Jury
Lucio Matarazzo studied with M° E. Caliendo at the Conservatory “D. Cimarosa” in Avellino (Italy), where he graduated “summa cum laude”.  Then he studied with O. Ghiglia, J. Tomas and, subsequently, A.Gilardino, graduating at the “L. Perosi” Academy (Biella, Italy), where he was bestowed the rare honour of Special Mention.  For more than twenty years he was performing in duo with the guitarist Mario Fragnito. The duo won, among others, many international competition. Participations in contemporary music festivals. For the renowned publisher Bèrben Ed., Lucio was asked to undertake the revision and fingering of works by S.Dodgson, A.Ruiz Pipò, A.Piazzolla, F.Farkas and M.Castelnuovo Tedesco for the XXth Century Music Edition edited by A.Gilardino. As a member of the jury in international competitions, Lucio has been instrumental in launching the careers of many young and talented guitarists. In duo with M. Fragnito, Lucio recorded 2 lp’s and 5 CD’s. The duo performed concerts in Europe including numerous world premières. Together with three young guitarists, graduated “cum laude” at the Avellino’s Conservatory, Lucio recently formed the GuitArt Quartet that is critically acclaimed as one of the most original and inventive guitar ensembles performing in the world today. This formation has kindled the interest of today’s most important composers. GQ achieved International recognition in 2001, when Leo Brouwer wrote his Concierto Italico and dedicated the work to them, the first Italians to whom the maestro dedicated one of his concerti. So the GuitArt Quartet joins the ranks of other great musicians, such as Julian Bream, Sharon Isbin and John Williams, for whom Brouwer has composed important works. The Concierto Italico première was held in the Todi International Festival (in this same context, GQ also played a version of the Tango Suite for four guitars and orchestra by Astor Piazzolla) with Maestro Brouwer as conductor. With him, GQ produced a CD and a DVD illustrating the story of this première, widely regarded as “the guitar event of the year”. GQ developed an unprecedented collaboration with Maestro Brouwer, who was the conductor in concerts for the L’Avana International Festival (Cuba) and for the Parma Teatro Regio in 2002. A further example of GQ’s commitment to the promotion of the classical guitar is the quartet’s role as primary directors and editors of GuitArt, widely considered as one of the world’s most important magazines dedicated to guitar. Lucio currently teaches guitar at the Conservatory of Avellino, Italy, where he is the Director of the Guitar Department and of I and II level courses.
Adriano Del Sal (Italy)
Born in 1977, he begins the study of the guitar with Stefano Viola at the “J.Tomadini” conservatory of Udine where he graduates in 1999 with Guido Fichtner. At the same time he attends lessons at “F.Tarrega” accademy of Pordenone improving himself with Stefano Viola and Paolo Pegoraro. He attended masterclasses with important concert artists: David Russell, Manuel Barrueco,Stefano Grondona, Alberto Ponce, Angelo Gilardino and Carlo Marchione. Adriano impressed the juries of important national and international contests winning 12 first prizes. Thanks to the winning of the international competition “Julian Arcas” of Almeria(Spain), he recorded his first solo Cd for the “Radio Nacional de Espana”. In 2003 he recieved the “La chitarra d’oro” ricognition at the international meeting of Alessandria as best young concert artist of the year at international level. In 2004 he won the first prize at the prestigious international competition “Città di Alessandria”.  Adriano is the winner of the historic “Certamen F.Tarrega” Benicassim, Spain in 2009. His cd’s are distibuited by Naxos. He played at the most important international festivals in Italy,Germany,Mexico,Russia,Ucraina and Slovenja. In 2001, in an interview, David Russell mentioned him as one of the best concert artists of the moment. Currently he teaches at the Guitar Accademy Tarrega in Pordenone, Liceo Musicale in Udine, and at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz.
Maroje Brčić (Croatia)
Maroje Brčić started playing the guitar at the age of 7 under the guidance of his father Stefanin Brčić. He finished highschool in the class of prof. István Römer and graduated classical guitar at the Music Academy in the class of prof. Darko Petrinjak. He teaches guitar at the Art Academy of the Split University and regulary gives masterclasses and lectures as well as participates in juries at croatian and international competitions. As a soloist and member of the different chamber ensembles he has performed at all major festivals and concert halls in Croatia, and has also appeared in several European countries (Austria, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, France, Italy, Latvia, Hungary, the Netherlands, Germany, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden) and in the USA (New York, Miami, Washington, Monterey, Los Angeles, San Francisco). He played guitar concertos with important orchestras. He received a prize from the President of University in Zagreb, „Milka Trnina“ diploma with Dubrovnik Guitar Trio and together with Zoran Dukić was awarded with a distinguished Orlando Prize for the best music performance at the Dubrovnik Summer Festival. He has released six compact discs for labels in Croatia and Austria, and one book.
Ðani Šehu (Bosnia)
Ðani Šehu received his primary education in his hometown of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He studied guitar with professor Rafael Andia at the Ecole Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot in Paris, France. In 2000, Šehu continued his education at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, Austria. He studied with professors Konrad Ragossnig and Alexander Swete and graduated in 2006 at the concert department for guitar. He earned his master’s degree in 2010 studying under professor Alexander Swete. Throughout his education, Šehu attended several seminars and master classes with world-class professors and artists.As a soloist and chamber musician, Šehu has performed throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, Austria, France, Sweden, Italy and Germany. He has performed as a soloist with the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra (Bosnia and Herzegovina), the Tonart Simfonietta (Austria), and the Dubrovnik string quartet (Croatia).Šehu has served as guitar professor at the Music Academy of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2006. His students have gained worldwide attention with their successes at international competitions and concerts throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina and abroad. In addition to his active concert schedule, Šehu is a guest of many festivals internationally as a master class clinician and serving as a member of the juries. He is director of the Sarajevo International Guitar Festival and International “SIGF Summer School”.
Hubert Käppel (Germany)

Hubert Käppel is among the most influential teachers and guitarists of his generation. Born in Bensberg, Germany, he is the only German guitarist ever to win the International Interpretation Competition in Gargano, Italy. After training at the Cologne College of Music, he completed his classical guitar studies with Konrad Ragossnig at the Music Academy in Basel, Switzerland and with Oscar Ghiglia in Italy. Since completing his studies, Hubert Käppel has established himself as a leading performer and teacher of the guitar, touring extensively as a recitalist, orchestral soloist, and chamber player throughout Europe, Asia, and North and South America. He has given concerts and master classes at many international music and guitar festivals, as well as served on juries in most of the major guitar competitions. Hubert Käppel has made many recordings, and performed on numerous national and international radio and television broadcasts. Currently, he directs a guitar program at the Musikhochschule, one of the most successful guitar classes in Europe. Many students from this class have been international competition winners. In 2001, Hubert Käppel and composer George Schmitz created the Koblenz Guitar Academy, a school devoted to nurturing the development of exceptionally talented young guitarists. He has also written a guitar method published by AMA Musikverlag.

Neno Munitić (Croatia)
Born in 1972 in Split, Croatia, he obtains his Master Degree at Music Academy „Ino Mirkovic“ in Lovran, in class of prof. Goran Listes. In 2002 he won the first absolute prize at 8th International Guitar Competition „Citta di Casarza Ligure“, Italy and the second prize on the International guitar competition “Lario in Musica” Varrena, Italy, 2002. Holder of a variety of prizes by the Croatian Ministry of Education and by International Comissions, for brilliant success of his students, not to mention the domestic ones. He performs as a soloist at various concerts through Croatia and abroad. He was also a member of Trio Nata Bene (accordion and domra), in the various duos with flutists and violinists. He is a member of jury in different classical guitar competitions. He worked also as an assistant of professor Carlo Marchione at the Music academy in Lovran, Croatia. Afterwards, he continues working with the class as a lecturer and as a high lecturer on the same academy. He holds the Master classes in numerous Music schools and guitar festivals in Croatia, Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Pier Luigi Corona (Italy)
Pier Luigi Corona was born in Rome, where he began his musical studies with Mario Cerquozzi and Sergio Notaro. He then realized his professional and musical formation under the guidance of J.Bream and O.Ghiglia. With Maestro Ghiglia in particular he studied for three years by the “Accademia Musicale Chigiana” where he was awarded three merit degrees. Even before graduating with full-honours he had already began an intense concert activity. As soloist he performed with many different orchestras as the Orchestra RAI of Rome, the Udine Philarmonic Orchestra, the Ensemble Laboratory, the International Chamber Orchestra, the Treviso Orchestra and the “Ferruccio Busoni” Orchestra. He has been invited to prestigious International Festivals like Salisbury Festival, Ljubljana, Zagreb and Bucharest. He played in important concert sites both in Italy and abroad. Among them: New York, Boston, Washington, Buenos Aires, La Plata, Mar Del Plata, Madrid, Barcellona, Sevilla, Cordoba, Malaga, Huelva, Praga, Bruxelles, Wien, Klagenfurt, Colonia, Monaco, Luxembourg, Tripoli, Nairobi, collecting a list of fifteen foreign countries. He has made several recordings with RAI, BBC and German radio-television. Since 2004 he is a soloist of “Gorizia Guitar Orchestra” with which he made several tours: Austria, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Montenegro, and has recorded a CD dedicated to the famous concerts of J. Rodrigo “Fantasia para un gentilhombre” and “Concierto de Aranquez”. He recorded for RAI, BBC, German Radio and Television and Radio Koper. As winner of a public competitive exam he holds the chair of guitar at the State Music School “Giuseppe Tartini” in Trieste.
Monica Bulgarelli (Italy)
Guitarist, harpist, singer and composer. He graduated from the Conservatory of Music “L.Marenzio” in Brescia under the guidance of Maestro Eros Roselli. She followed the classical harp courses, Baroque and Celtic at the “F.E. Dall’Abaco Verona specializing in the Renaissance repertoire, Scottish and Irish. He studied classical singing and modern with the mother, the mezzo-soprano Livia Matassi. She attended seminars and Stage on Fingerstyle and Flatpicking techniques with renowned guitarists internazionale. She has performed in numerous guitar festivals and music events both in Italy and abroad. She performs concerts throughout Italy, in chamber music and with orchestra ICHITARRISSIMI she founded in 2001 and has obtained excellent results, winning first prizes in national and international competitions and certificates of appreciation with relative scholarships. At the moment she teaches at the guitar music school “ICHITARRISSIMI” founded by herself.
Nikolay Mihaylov (Bulgaria)
Nikolay Lyudmilov Mihaylov was born in Pleven, Bulgaria. He began learning to play the guitar when he was fourteen. In 2012 he graduated from the National Academy of Music “Prof. Pantcho Vladigerov” – Sofia, in Rosen Balkanski’s guitar class. During his education he founded many formations with which he’s won many prizes:
1st prize in “Author-composer” category at the Cled’or International Competition in Plovdiv with the band Threemystic (2006);
1st prize in “Chamber music” category at the Acad. Marin Goleminov International Competition for classical guitar in Kyustendil with guitar duo NOI (2011);
2nd prize in “Chamber music” category at the Acad. Marin Goleminov International Competition for classical guitar in Kyustendil with the guitar quartet to the National Academy of Music “Prof. Pantcho Vladigerov” – Sofia (2012).
He’s been teaching classical guitar, chamber music and chamber ensemble at the International Arts School “Panayot Pipkov” – Pleven since 2011.

He is a member of “Art close to me” association, founder and main organizer of Pleven Guitar Festival NIkolay is part of an international jury in Bulgaria and abroad. In 2014 Nikolay Mihaylov was awarded for outstanding contribution in the filed
of art by Pleven Municipality and in 2015 he was honoured with a prize in the sphere of culture.

Angela Tagliariol (Italy)
She has held various courses, masterclass and chamber music workshops and is guitar teacher at the “Giuseppe Lozer” Secondary School in Pordenone.

She is the creator and manager, together with her husband Paolo Pegoraro, of the Segovia Guitar Academy in Pordenone. Apart from the customary lessons for the instrument, numerous other activities are organized from the harmonious team of teachers: concerts, workshops, guitar ensemble, seminars, all with a view to encouraging the artistic and cultural growth of the pupils in the widest and most complete sense possible.
Her pupils have been winners of first prizes at national and international competitions, according to age group, and she has received numerous awards in recognition of her work.
Over the years she has made many concert performances especially in chamber music groups such as guitar duos, trios and quartets, flute and guitar duo, flute, clarinet and guitar trio, and voice and guitar duo with the Japanese soprano Chizuko Yoshida, winning First and Second Prizes at the Stresa, Genova, Foggia and Viareggio Competitions.
With the “Italian Guitar Consort” and the soprano Lorna Windsor, she has also performed in a great many concerts and has recorded the CD “Viva Sevilla” published by the Guitart magazine.

Franco Saretta (Italy)
Franco Saretta after completing his musical studies with the diploma in Classic Guitar, he achieved two second level academic diplomas in teaching music and teaching guitar at the Conservatory of Castelfranco Veneto (TV). He has got two first-class honours degrees at the university of Venice: master in Musicology and a four years degree in Conservation of Cultural Heritage. He has carried out musicological researches in several cities and currently he is performing in concerts (duo with flutist Gabriele Guglielmi).  As a teacher he has supervised the preparation of several students who have won or qualified in national or international competitions, both as soloists and chamber ensembles, in particular duo and guitar quartet. Now he teaches guitar in many schools; he is also a professor of music history at the high school “Giorgione” in Castelfranco Veneto. He is the artistic director of the guitar festival “Six strings of autumn” which takes place annualy in Camposampiero (PD).
David Dyakov (Bulgaria)
David Dyakov is a young russian-bulgarian concert guitarist. He started playing guitar at the age of 8 and gave his first concert with orchestra at the age of 10 performing Giuliani’s Concerto in A major op. 30. Since then he has given more than 150 recitals and more than 30 Concertos with orchestra performing besides Giuliani, concertos by Carulli (E-minor), Vivaldi (D-major) and Rodrigo (Concierto de Aranjuez). David Dyakov is one of the most outstanding guitarist of the youngest generation. At the age of 9 he received his first award at the International Guitar festival in Kiustendil. Until the age of 13 he had won already 6 International prizes for young artists including the pretigious first prize at the Sinaya Guitar Competition in Romania.In 2009 at the age of 15 he received the 1st prize at the Zwolle International Guitar Competition (Holland). In 2010 several prizes and awards followed Until 2008 David Dyakov studied guitar with Dimitar Doichinov at the New Bulgarian University in Sofia as the youngest student of Bulgaria. In 2009 he moved to Germany to continue his studies with Hubert Kaeppel in his concertclass at the “Koblenz International Guitar Academy”. Besides his regular studies he attended masterclassses with Aniello Desiderio, Konrad Ragossnig, David Russell, Georgi Vassilev and Carlo Marchione,Maxim Vengerov,Gavriel Lipkind. Since he moved to Germany, David Dyakov has established himself as a leading performer of the guitar, touring extensively as a recitalist, orchestral soloist, and chamber player throughout Italy, Spain, Germany, Croatia, Belgium, Holland, Greece, Slovakia, Czech Republic, South Korea, USA, China, Montenegro, Austria.