David Dyakov, born February 18, 1994 in Braine-le-Comte, Belgium, 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: 1st prize “International Guitar Competition Gevelsberg”, Germany / 2nd prize “6th International Guitar Competition
Enrico Mercatali”, Italy / 2nd prize “International Guitar Competition Petrer”, Spain / 2nd prize “International
Competition Forum Gitarre Wien”, Austria / 3rd prize “International Guitar Competition Iserlohn”, Germany. In 2011
he continued hid most successful career with six 1st prizes such as: 1st prize “Rago International Guitar Competition”,
Germany / 1st prize “7th International Guitar Competition Enrico Mercatali”, Italy / 1st prize “International Guitar Competition
Veria”, Greece / 1st prize “Koblenz International Guitar Competition Hubert Käppel” / 1st prize “International
Competition Forum Gitarre Wien”, Austria / 1st prize “International Guitar Competition Daejong”, Corea. Until 2008
David Dyakov studied guitar with Dimitar Doichinov at the New Bulgarian University in Sofia as the youngest student
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. In 2009 he got a scholarship to
take part at the Bowdoin Music Festival in Brunswick, USA where he took masterclasses with Ricardo Iznaola. In the
same year he was awarded a scholarship to participate at the “Musica Mundi” Chamber festival in Belgium.
In 2010 he has been awarded by Classic FM Radio, the most prestigious radio station, as “Musician of the Year”, an
award which is supposed to be the most outstanding for a musician in Bulgaria.
In 2012 he released his CD “Il Diabolico” with the KSG Exaudio label featuruing his own transcriptions on famous
works from N.Paganini and J.S.Bach.
Since 2013 he continues his studies at the Music University in Koln in the class of Prof.Hubert Kaeppel.In the same
year he is awarded with the Deutschland Stipendium,a scholarship given for extraordinary achievements in the field
of classical music.
Meanwhile he continues his successful competition carrer with the following prizes:
First prize at the “Niksic Guitar Festival”, Montenegro / First prize at the “Aachener Gitarrenpreis Festival”, Germany /
First prize at the “Oberhausen Guitar Festival”, Germany / First prize at the “Omis Guitar Fest”, Croatia. Since 2012
he is regulary invited to China as a guest teacher and a concert artist. 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.
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.
Francesco Scelzo was born in Perù in 1990 and started to study classical guitar at 9 years old. In 2010 he took the “Diploma” and in 2012 the Master Degree in Music at “San Pietro a Majella” Conservatory in Naples. In the same year he won the first prize, in the prestigious “Premio Nazionale delle Arti 2010”.
Francesco won many International Guitar Competitions in Italy and abroad as:
- 1° Prize Ivor Mairants International Guitar Competition – London
- 1° Prize Incontri chitarristici del Mediterraneo – Reggio Calabria
- 1° Prize Rotary-Concorso per giovani talenti musicali-Napoli
- 1°Prize “Claxica” International Guitar Competition –Castel D’Aiano (BO)
- 1°Prize “Festival internazionale della chitarra” -Fiuggi (RO)
- 1°Prize “International Guitar Competition”- Brno (Cezch Republic)
- 1° Prize “Celano International Guitar Competition” -Celano
- 1° Prize “Enrico Mercatali” European Guitar Competition-Gorizia
- 1°Prize “Omis International Guitar Competition” Omis- Croatia
From several years he is invited by many concerts associations like: Ravello Festival, William Walton Foundation, Festival Andres Segovia in Madrid, Fiuggi International Guitar Festival, Associazione Musicare in Nuoro, Omis guitar Festival and Wigmore Hall in London.
Currently, after has been graduated with the Master Course in Performance at Guildhall School of Music and Drama of London, with M° Robert Brightmore, and completed the Master of Pedagogy of Music in “Conservatorio San Pietro a Majella” of Naples is a qualified teacher in the Middle Schools and High Schools.
After his debut album “Welcome” (2012) edited by the Wakepress label, Francesco is now completing his new work, an Homage to the great guitar composer Roland Dyens and to his love for the Jazz music.
Gian Marco Ciampa
Gian Marco Ciampa was born in Rome in 1990. After studying with high-calibre teachers
such as Bruno Battisti d’Amario, Fabrizio Verile, Fernando Lepri and Celestino Dionisi,
he graduated with top marks, distinction and Special Mention with M° Arturo Tallini from “Santa Cecilia” Conservatoire in Rome.
Since he was a child he has taken part in and won several music competitions both in
Italy and abroad (“Melbourne International Guitar Competition”[Australia], “Omis International Guitar Competition”[Croazia], International Competition “Alirio Diaz”,”International Competition “Ferdinando Carulli”, International Competition “Giulio Rospigliosi”), receiving in recent years also prestigious awards: among others, the first prize at the European Classical Guitar Competition “Enrico Mercatali” (Gorizia, Italy) in 2013 and at the International Competition “Niccolò Paganini” (Parma, Italy) in 2012.
In 2016, Gian Marco will be on Tour for more than 40 concerts in Australia, Germany, Denmark, Netherlands, Croatia and Italy.
The Australian Tour is made up from more than 10 events including concerts and masterclasses in prestigious avenues as the Glebe Sydney Festival, the Melbourne Conservatorium, Knox Hall of Gosford and Brisbane International Guitar Festival.
In May 2015 he left for China with #CiampaBeijingTour that sees him perform with great success in concert and hold Masterclass at the “Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing,” the prestigious “Academy of Opera” of Peking University and the beautiful Auditorium of ‘Italian Cultural Institute of the Italian Embassy.
During the summer of 2014 he won a scholarship to attend the prestigious “New York
Mannes College” and is engaged in a series of concerts in the USA that led him to perform
even for the famous NEW YORK CLASSICAL GUITAR SOCIETY at the Manhattan
Theatre in New York.
In the same year he won the third prize in the prestigious “International Competition Michele Pittaluga” and Scientific Committee of the same competition awarded him the prestigious “Golden Guitar” as best young talent.
Since he was very young Gian Marco has played concerts at important venues and
festivals all over Italy and abroad: at the Manhattan Theatre of New York for the “New
York City Classical Guitar Society”, at the Omis International Guitar Festival, at the
“Sala Sinopoli” of the Auditorium Parco della Musica and the Sala Accademica of the
“Santa Cecilia” Conservatoire in Rome, at the San Giacomo Festival (Bologna), at the
“Casa della Musica” (Parma), at the Chitarrissima Guitar Festival(Torino), at the Teatro
Manzoni (Pistoia), at the Accademia Chigiana (Siena).
Several important Italian newspapers and magazines (La Repubblica, La Nazione, Il
Tempo, Il Corriere Della Sera, Dotguitar, Le Cool etc.) have featured articles and
interviews about Gian Marco and his talent.
In 2006 he was chosen – out of thousands of applicants – as one of two young guitarists
who were invited to perform live on the Italian TV show “Domenica In – Ieri, oggi e
domani” (Rai 1), hosted by famous Italian TV presenter Pippo Baudo under the musical
direction of Maestro Pippo Caruso.
In 2011 he was selected to take part in the guitar course held by Maestro Oscar Ghiglia at
the prestigious Accademia Chigiana in Siena, where he graduated with merit as well as
receiving a scholarship as one of the best students.
His performance in front of the highest Italian political authorities at the Quirinale Palace
in Rome on the International Holocaust Remembrance Day (27 January 2013) was
broadcast live on Italian national television (Rai 3).
Besides classical guitar, Gian Marco has always played the electric guitar as well. As an
electric guitarist he has performed, among others, at the Acoustic International Guitar
Festival in Sarzana, Circolo degli artisti, Stazione Birra, Big Mama, Le Scimmie, as well as in recording studios with both his own band (the Libra) and as a session player with other bands, ranging from rock to jazz music, from pop to electronic music.
He has been regularly taking part in master classes both in Italy and abroad (Germany,
France,U.S.A.) held by world-class guitarists (Carlo Marchione, Judicael Perroy, Bruno Battisti
d’Amario, Aniello Desiderio, Marcin Dylla, Nuccio d’Angelo, Fabio Zanon).
In 2013 is the founder and creator of the “SUPERNOVA”, an ensemble of guitars consisting of 8 young Italian guitarists winners of international competitions.
Over the past few years Gian Marco has also been teaching both classical and electric guitar in several music schools in Rome such as the Civica Scuola delle Arti, the Cantiere della Musica, the Accademia Romana di Musica, the International Music Institute.
Campbell Diamond (Australia) is an internationally award winning classical guitarist currently studying in Cologne at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz with Hubert Käppel. In 2015 he studied at the Koblenz International Guitar Academy, and prior he studied as a student of Timothy Kain and Minh Le Hoang at the ANU School of Music in Canberra, Australia. He began studying the classical guitar at the late age of 17, and now 7 years later, he is developing a reputation as one of the leading guitarists of the younger generation. Campbell has greatly benefited from significant study periods at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena with Oscar Ghiglia, with Carlo Marchione and with Harald Schoneweg (Cherubini Quartett). He has had the privilege of participating in numerous masterclasses with musicians and scholars such as David Russell, Roberto Aussel, Zoran Dukic, Marcin Dylla, Denis Azabagic, Aniello Desiderio, Franz Halasz, Ricardo Gallén, Judicaël Perroy, Thomas Müller-Pering, Pavel Steidl, Roland Dyens. He has given concerts all around Australia and in Japan, Korea, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, India, Italy, Portugal, France, China, Austria, Serbia, Romania and Greece as a soloist and a chamber musician. He has appeared on ABC Classic FM, ABC Radio National, Radio Uruguay, Fine Music FM and ArtSound radio performing as a soloist and also as part of the Canberra Guitar Quartet, alongside Andrey Lebedev, Callum Henshaw and Andrew Blanch.
Campbell plays on an Antonius Müller Guitar with D’Addario strings.
He has been a prize winner in many National and International competitions, including:
1st prize, Bach Prize and Brouwer Prize, 25th Koblenz International Guitar Competition, Germany 2017
1st prize Gorizia International Guitar Competition “Enrico Mercatali”, Italy 2017
1st prize Amarante International Guitar Competition, Portugal 2016
1st prize Oberhausen International Guitar Competition, Germany 2016
1st prize 5th Arion Guitar Academy International Competition, Greece 2016
1st prize International Aachener Gitarrenpreis, Germany 2015
1st prize Calcutta International Guitar Competition “Roland Dyens” 2014
1st prize Open Victorian Guitar Competition 2013
1st prize Australian National Eisteddfod Open Guitar Competition 2013
1st prize Melbourne Guitar Foundation Annual Scholarship 2015
1st prize Sydney Eisteddfod Open Instrumental Duo competition (with Callum Henshaw) 2013
2nd prize 40th Gargnano International Competition, Italy 2015
2nd prize Nordhorn International Guitar Competition 2016
2nd prize Gevelsberg International Guitar Competition 2016
- 2nd prize (no 1st awarded) Oberhausen International Guitar Competition 2014
2nd prize Oberhausen International Guitar Competition 2015
- 2nd prize (no 1st awarded) Altheim International Guitar Competition, Austria 2015
2nd prize 18th Fundatia Romana de Chitara International Competition Bucharest 2013
3rd prize and the Kellner Prize 23rd Koblenz International Guitar Competition, Germany 2015
3rd prize “Enrico Mercatali” International Guitar Competition Gorizia, Italy 2015
3rd prize Rust International Guitar Competition “Alirio Diaz” Austria 2015
3rd prize Daejeon International Guitar Competition 2014