CARLO DOMENICONI (b 1947 )
Carlo Domeniconi, born in Cesena, Italy in 1947, began studying the guitar at the age of 13 with Carmen Lenzi Mozzani, granddaughter of the virtuoso guitarist, Luigi Mozzani (1869–1943). He later studied at the Rossini Conservatoire in Pesaro, Italy, and in Berlin at the Hochschule für Musik under the German composer and harpsichordist Heinz Friedrich Hartig (1907–1969).
During subsequent years, though with a teaching post in Berlin, he made many trips to Turkey and became fascinated by its music and culture. He founded the classical guitar course at the Istanbul University State Conservatoire and became internationally known both as a concert performer and as a leading contemporary composer for guitar with over 150 compositions published. His works include solo and ensemble pieces, chamber music and concertos, as well as compositions written for pedagogic purposes. Michael Lydon, writing in the prestigious guitar journal Soundboard, commented that ‘Domeniconi’s music seeks repeatedly the synthesis of East and West. He seems able to take the quintessence of different cultures and tell them anew. A hypnotic inevitability goes through his music.’