ANDREA BISSOLI (b 1982 )
The Italian guitarist Andrea Bissoli had his first lessons with his brothers, later studying with Giuseppe Maderni. When he was thirteen he gave his first recital in his hometown, performing Villa-Lobos’ Cinq Préludes, later adding works by Turina, Albéniz and several of Villa-Lobos’ Études to his repertoire, performances of which won him prizes at competitions for young musicians. At fourteen he retired from competitions to study with Stefano Grondona at the Conservatorio ‘Arrigo Pedrollo’ in Vicenza. After graduating with full marks from high school, he turned to musical studies, completing undergraduate and postgraduate courses at the Vicenza Conservatory cum laude. He studied with Laura Mondiello, Paul Galbraith, Oscar Ghiglia and Alirio Díaz, and has won awards at several guitar competitions in his native Italy, including the Premio Città di Parma, Premio Nazionale delle Arti, Città di Voghera, Città di Arezzo, A.GI.MUS. and Rocco Peruggini.
He has played as a soloist in Italy and Brazil. In 2006 he started the guitar duo Phèdre Adroit with Federica Artuso. They have studied baroque music with Monica Huggett and Sigiswald Kuijken, and also play nineteenth-century music on two period instruments labelled ‘Petitjean’. Their repertoire also includes an all-Villa-Lobos programme of unpublished transcriptions for two guitars made by Andrea Bissoli. He has studied the works of Villa-Lobos for some nine years, and has written articles for Il Fronimo. Bissoli usually plays a J. Vincenti guitar, strung with New Nylgut strings by Aquila.