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Andrea Monarda

Andrea Monarda

Called ‘guitar virtuoso’ by La Repubblica and ‘a twenty-fingered guitarist!’ by composer Luis De Pablo, Andrea Monarda is one of the most interesting guitarists of his generation. Committed to the diffusion of both traditional and contemporary guitar repertoire, Andrea Monarda received the Golden Guitar Award as a young talent at the 18th International Guitar Conference of Alessandria.

He recently made a film, produced by himself, on Luciano Berio’s Sequenza XI, based on the idea that the piece should also be seen, as well as heard. Graduated as a translator and interpreter at the University of Trieste, he has recently published articles on the polyphonic perception of Sequenza XI for the musicological journal Il Fronimo, with which he also collaborates as a translator.

His constant commitment to the creation of a new repertoire for guitar has led him to collaborate with well-known Italian and American composers, including Bosco, Colombo Taccani, Gaslini and Levine, who have dedicated their most recent works to him, for solo guitar and for two guitars, giving him first performances. Among the works performed in the first Italian performance, the work Turris Eburnea by composer Luis De Pablo stands out, who writes of Andrea Monarda: “I listened to a doubled guitar: two instruments, even more, in one. Different forms of attack, register and sound matter, all evolving in clear speed: a twenty-fingered guitarist! »

After receiving awards in major international competitions (Alirio Diaz, Venezuela and Andrés Segovia, Spain), he has been invited to national and international festivals such as Festival MITO, Festival della Valle d’Itria, Festival Duni, Festival Mozart, Turin Classic Music Festival, URTIcanti and the Kamermuziek Festival in Hoorn, The Netherlands.

He tours in Italy and abroad, giving concerts in prestigious halls such as the Alirio Diaz Theatre in Carora, Venezuela, the Donizetti Theatre in Bergamo, the Gobetti Theatre in Turin and the Central Library of History and Archaeology in Rome. His solo activity has led him to debut in 2014 with the Orquesta de la Universidad de Granada.

He collaborates constantly with soprano Ludmila Ignatova, ranging from Renaissance to 20th century music: the duo is regularly invited to the National Chamber Music Festivals, such as the Mozart Festival and the Turin Classic Music Festival.

Recently active in the composition of music for guitar, he published for the Edizioni Sinfonica the Sette Studi for two guitars (reviewed with five stars by the magazine Seicorde, which defined them seven studies of great musical intelligence) and the Fuguette for four guitars. Graduated cum laude in music didactics, he teaches pre-academic guitar courses at the “P. Mascagni” Institute of Music Studies in Livorno.