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2019 International Classical Guitar Masterclasses

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Hubert Käppel (Germany) – Musical Interpretation

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Hubert Käppel is not only a rare exception among the leading guitarists of today, but his interpretations, and virtuoso technique has set the standard for a whole guitar generation. On the occasion of his North American debut in Ottawa and Toronto the Ottawa Citizen wrote : “It would be difficult to imagine a guitar player more sensitive, more musically aware than Hubert Käppel.”

Born in Cologne, Germany, he studied guitar with Hartmut Dentler, Tadashi Sasaki, Konrad Ragossnig and Oscar Ghiglia in Cologne and Basel. Since his exciting transcription and recording of Bach’s 6th Partita for keyboard (“Some of the best real Bach ever heard on the guitar”, Colin Cooper, Classical Guitar), he has been touring as a soloist, with orchestra or chamber music ensemble, throughout Europe, North and South America, Africa and Asia.

Käppel has given concerts and master classes in many international music and guitar festivals and has often sat as a jury member in the major guitar competitions. He has made numerous recordings and live appearances for many national and international Radio and TV networks. Several CDs have been released by Zweitausendeins, GSP San Franciso, FSM Exaudio, KSGEXAUDIO and MARA Records.

Being one of the most important guitar teachers of our time Mr. Käppel has produced more than 50 first prize winning guitarists at the “Hochschule für Musik Köln”. From 1994 to 1997 he was also guest professor at the “Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt” in Weimar. Besides his university activities he is in great demand for masterclasses at conservatories, universities and music festivals worldwide.

 In 2004 he was honored by the committee of the Koblenz International Guitar Competition which then renamed the competition, “Koblenz International Guitar Competition Hubert Käppel”. Hubert Käppel is a member of the “Fénix International Guitar Quartet” (Sotiris Malasiotis, Luciano Marziali, Pirai Vaca), founded by himself in 2001, and of the “Delos Trio” (Gudrum Höbold, violin and Dietmar Berger, violoncello).

 In 2001 he founded with Georg Schmitz, composer and director of the “Koblenz International Guitar Festival”, the “Koblenz International Guitaracademy”, an institution specified on guitar studies.


For 10 years he was artistic director of the “International Guitar Competition and Seminar” in Frechen/Cologne which is continued since 2001 by the “International Guitar Festival Gevelsberg”, Germany. In 1996 his new guitar method “Introducing the Guitar” was published, followed by 3 collections of studies all produced by AMA, Germany.

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Giulio Tampalini (Italy) – Musical Interpretation

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Giulio Tampalini has been hailed internationally as one of the most popular and charismatic classical guitarists, and as such he tours regularly and extensively in his country and abroad (La Fenice Opera Theatre Venice, Rome Parco della Musica, Shubert Theatre Tremont Boston U.S.A., Teatro Renascença Porto Alegre Brazil, Ithaca College New York U.S.A., Qintai Grand Theatre Wuhan China, Cearte Arts Centre Baja California Mexico, Muhsin Ertuğrul Theatre Istanbul Turkey, Safadi Foundation Lebanon, Nadine Chaudier Thetare Avignon France, Musée international de la Croix-Rouge Geneve Switzerland,  Salle Jacques Huisman Théâtre National Bruxelles Belgium).

Winner of the Arts and Culture Prize (Milan, Italy 2014), he is a Warner Classics Artist, has recorded over 25 CDs and he has played more than 2000 concerts all over the world. He has won many prizes at major international guitar competitions such as the “Narciso Yepes” Competition in Sanremo (chairman: Narciso Yepes); the International Rome Competition in 1996 and 2000; “De Bonis” International Competition in Cosenza; “Pittaluga” International Competition in Alessandria; “Fernando Sor” International Competiton in Rome and the “Andrés Segovia” International Competiton in Granada. In 2001 he performed at the Christmas concert in the Vatican in honour of the Pope. He plays the guitar as a solo performer, but also in chamber music, with orchestra, choir, strings, percussions, saxophone and many other different ensembles. His musical collaborations include the Soloists of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. In 2003 his double CD “Francisco Tarrega: Complete Works for Guitar” was awarded the Golden Guitar at the International Guitar Meeting in Alessandria as “Best CD of the year”. Among his other notable CDs are: the “Concierto de Aranjuez” by Joaquin Rodrigo for guitar and orchestra, recorded with the Orchestra “Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli”; all the major guitar works by Angelo Gilardino; the complete Six Rossinianas by Mauro Giuliani; the Concerto no. 1 op. 99, the Quintet Op. 143 and the Romancero Gitano by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, recorded with the Haydn Symphony Orchestra; the complete works for guitar by Miguel Llobet; and a DVD containing the complete solo guitar works by Heitor Villa-Lobos.

Giulio Tampalini is a Professor at the Adria Conservatory of Music (Italy) and he is regularly invited to give masterclasses all over Europe. He plays guitars made by the English guitar maker Philip Woodfield. In 2017 he has published the CD “The Spanish Guitar” for Warner Classics.

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Adriano Del Sal (Italy) – Musical Interpretation

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Exceptional musical talent, deep artistic sensitivity, and complete technical mastery of his instrument make Adriano Del Sal’s playing unique and unforgettable.

He studied with Stefano Viola and Paolo Pegoraro at the Francisco Tàrrega Academy of Pordenone and at the J. Tomadini Conservatory in Udine, and attended several master-classes with important concert players, including David Russell, Manuel Barrueco, Stefano Grondona, Angelo Giardino, Alberto Ponce and Carlo Marchione.

Adriano Del Sal has won twelve important international competitions, including the Julian Arcas in Almeria (Spain, 2001), the Michele Pittaluga -Città di Alessandria- (Italy, 2004) and the Certamen Francisco Tárrega in Benicassim, (Spain, 2009). He was also awarded La chitarra d’oro (The Gold Guitar Prize), as the best international young concert player of the year.

He enjoys a busy career with concerts in the most important international festivals in Italy, Germany, Mexico, Russia, the United States, Ukraine and Slovenia.

From 2015 he his teacher at the “Universitat für Musik und darstellende Kunst” in Vienna (Austria). He plays a guitar by the German maker Matthias Dammann, with D’Addario strings.

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David Dyakov (Bulgaria) – Advanced guitar techniques

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David Dyakov was born to a Russian mother and a Bulgarian father in the Belgian town Braine-le-Comte in 1994. His exceptional talent for the guitar began to show early. With only 10 years, he began to play solo concerts and orchestra concerts.

He studied guitar with Dimitar Doichinov at the New University in Sofia and attended master classes with Konrad Ragossnig, Aniello Desiderio, David Russel and many others. At the beginning of 2011 he went to Germany to study at the Koblenz International Guitar Academy with Hubert Käppel.

David Dyakov emerged as the winner from many international competitions: the 7th International Guitar Competition Verio (Greece), the International Guitar Competition Daejong (Korea) and the International Competition Forum Gitarre Wien to name only some.

At the 19th International Koblenz Guitar Festival & Academy (2011) the jury also awarded him the 1st prize. As a part of the prize, he was able to record a CD with KSG EXAUDIO which was presented to the public in an afternoon concert at the 20thKoblenz International Guitar Festival & Academy on May 22nd 2012.

A special honor was bestowed on the young artist in 2010, when the most prominent Bulgarian radio broadcasting station selected him as “Musician of the Year”.

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Lucio Matarazzo (Italy) Interpretazione Musicale.

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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, the International Competition of Stresa, Palmi, Forte dei Marmi, Trapani and Berlin. Participations in contemporary music festivals include those held in Pescara (“Musica del nostro secolo”), Ferrara (“Aterforum”), and Berlin (“T. Yamashita Festival”).

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 including the “Segovia” c. (Maiorca, Spain), “Yamashita” c. (Berlin, Germany), “De Bonis” c. (Cosenza, Italy), “Pittaluga” c. (Alessandria, Italy), 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 for Lira Records, Ducale and Edi-Pan editions. The duo performed concerts in Europe including numerous world premières, such as the M.Castelnuovo Tedesco’s 24 Preludes and Fugues (whose new 4 vol. edition Lucio is presently completing for Berben).

 He is now involved, as a soloist, in a comprehensive project of recording that includes guitar studies by authors of the 19th and 20th centuries. Three successive CDs, dedicated to M.Carcassi (Studies op. 60 and Capricci op. 26), L.Legnani (36 Capricci op. 20), and M.Giuliani (Studies and works) have been published by Arkadia-Agorà and Niccolò, respectively, and have garnered unprecedented praise in the highest echelon of the guitar world. The Giuliani CD was awarded as the best CD in 1999 in Bisceglie, where Giuliani was born.

In 2001, Lucio played some pieces from “Le marteau sans maître”, by P.Boulez, at the San Carlo Theatre in Naples, in a concert dedicated to the Author, who was assisting.

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. Angelo Gilardino composed the Concerto Italiano for four guitars and orchestra (première in 1999); in 2001 Gerard Drozd wrote the Concerto Rapsodico op.80 for four guitars and orchestra, premièred by GQ in the Lublin (Poland) International Festival in the same year.

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.

In 2002 the English magazine Classical Guitar dedicated their front cover and an extensive interview by Colin Cooper, and M. Summerfield included this ensemble in the prestigious publication “The Classical Guitar”, that chronicles all of the most important guitar artists since 1800.

GQ performed in major international festivals, including Madrid, Lublin, Gliwice, León, Cuba, Santo Tirso, L’Avana, Barcelona, Ciudad Real, Cordoba, Rome to name but a few.

GQ was also involved in more non-traditional performances, such as the realization of Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint for “Musica e Oltre” in Pisa and the participation in the 2000 Guitar Event with Steve Hackett (founder of Genesis), Frank Gambale (ex-Chick Corea band member) and Maurizio Colonna.

In 2007 GQ has undertaken a collaboration with the famous singer Antonella Ruggiero, participating in the event “Un uomo in frac”, homage to Domenico Modugno, held at the Roman Theatre in Benevento, broadcasted by RaiUno and Rai International and seen worldwide by about 45 million people. Furthermore GQ participated as “guest stars” in the CD “Genova la superba”, recorded by the artist, accompanying her in the piece “Ma se ghe pensu”.

In 2002, GQ carried out a successful tour in the US, making their début with the Hartford Festival Orchestra conducted by Brian Sparks for the Connecticut Classical Guitar Society, and held two guitar and chamber music masterclasses  for the Hartt School (University of Hartford). In 2003 they made a success in the Iserlohn Festival, in Germany.

In 2005 GQ performed, in the prestigious Festival of Cordoba, the world premiere of Concerto Brasileiro, second concerto written by L. Brouwer on themes by E. Gismonti.

The GQ debut CD From Spain to South America (Niccolò label) – of which the French magazine Les cahiers de la guitare said “And always reigns this very full impression due to the ensemble’s brilliant interpretation and masterful use of color and expression” “…les interprètes sont géniaux…” -, including works by Albéniz, de Falla and Piazzolla, is distributed worldwide. Furthermore GQ realized (with Leo Brouwer) the DVD Diario Italico and recently recorded the entire repertoire of guitar music, including the world première of Concierto Italico, conducted by the Author.

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.

Lucio Matarazzo plays with a ”Leonardo” guitar (cedar/cypress) by M° G.Giussani, with Exagon tuning machine and  D’Addario EXP strings.

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