LORENZO MICHELI (b 1975 )
Hailed by the musical critics as “virtuoso extraordinaire” (Nice Matin), “absolutely astonishing” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram), “prodigious talent” (Soundboard), Lorenzo Micheli burst onto the international guitar scene in 1999 when he won the Guitar Foundation of America’s annual competition in Charleston, South Carolina. Since then, Micheli has maintained an active touring and teaching schedule that have brought him all over North America, Europe, Africa, and Latin America. Prior to the GFA win, he also captured first prize at competitions such as Gargnano (1996), Alessandria (1997) and ARAM (Rome, 1999). He has given master classes throughout North America, South America and Europe and is currently on faculty at the Conservatory of Aosta in the Italian Alps region. As SoloDuo, Lorenzo Micheli has formed with Matteo Mela a critically acclaimed guitar duo that has been welcomed by The Washington Post as “extraordinarily sensitive, with effortless command and an almost unbearable delicacy of touch: nothing less than rapturous - profound and unforgettable musicianship of the highest order”.
Having studied with Paola Coppi, Frédéric Zigante, and Oscar Ghiglia, Micheli is a graduate of both the Conservatory of Trieste and the Musik-Akademie of Basel, Switzerland. Lorenzo has recorded numerous works of the guitar repertoire, including the music of Dionisio Aguado (Stradivarius), a selection of guitar works by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (Naxos), the Three Quartets, op. 19, by François de Fossa (Stradivarius), the complete works for solo guitar by Miguel Llobet (Naxos), the complete guitar Concertos by Castelnuovo-Tedesco (Brilliant), a CD of Italian Music from the 17th Century for theorbo, baroque guitar, and archlute (Stradivarius), a double CD of chamber music by Mauro Giuliani (Amadeus), a couple of live DVD’s (Mel Bay), “Solaria”, an anthology of 20th Century masterworks for two guitars (Pomegranate Music), and Antoine de Lhoyer’s works for two guitars (Naxos).