Carlo Curatolo (Grottaglie, Italy) learned the basics of classical guitar from Pino Forresu, Francesco Taranto, Stefano Palamidessi. In 2010 he graduated with full marks at the Conservatory of Taranto and in 2016 he achieved a master’s degree in Physics at Sapienza University of Rome. He continued his musical studies at Segovia Guitar Academy in Pordenone with Paolo Pegoraro and Adriano del Sal, and at Accademia Chigiana in Siena with Oscar Ghiglia. He is currently enrolled in a postgraduate specialization course in advanced studies in music performance and interpretation at the Conservatory of Parma, held by Lorenzo Micheli, Stefano Grondona, Giampaolo Bandini, Massimo Felici, Oscar Ghiglia, Thomas Müller-Pering, among others. He also attended separate masterclasses with Carlo Domeniconi, Judicael Perroy, Jorge Cardoso, Leo Brouwer, Carlo Marchione.
He has been awarded as ﬁrst, second or third prize in more than 30 international competitions in Italy and abroad, among which: International Guitar Competition J.K. Mertz in Bratislava (Slovakia), Alirio Diaz International Guitar Competition in Rust (Austria), Enrico Mercatali International Guitar Competition in Gorizia (Italy), International Guitar Competition of Coria (Spain), Gargnano International Guitar Competition (Italy), Ruggero Chiesa International Guitar Competition in Camogli (Italy), London International Guitar Competition (UK).
Just during 2019 he has been awarded as ﬁrst prize at Twents International Guitar Competition in Enschede (Netherlands), International Guitar Competition of Mottola (Italy) and at Seville International Guitar Competition (Spain). He’s been selected to participate as EuroStrings Artist to the the prestigious project EuroStrings European Guitar Festival Collaborative for the year 2020.
Since 2006 he has been invited to perform in several cultural events both as soloist and in ensemble. He held soloist recitals in Italy, Austria, Portugal, Slovakia, Hungary. He combines his performing career with his well-attended teaching profession in Rome. Carlo Curatolo plays a guitar made by Mirko Migliorini (Lecco, Italy).
Lovro Peretić (Zagreb, 1995) started studying guitar at the music school in Zagreb with prof. Xhevdet Sahatxhija. After that, he graduated at the Music academy in Zagreb in class of prof. Darko Petrinjak spending one year in a student exchange program at L’École Supérieure Musique et Danse Hauts-de-France – Lille with prof. Judicaël Perroy. He is one of the promising guitarists of younger generation, which is confirmed by excellent results from national and international competitions. Some of them are first prizes at Andres Segovia in Velbert (Germany), Anna Amalia in Weimar (Germany), Zagreb Guitar Festival (Croatia), Boris Papandopulo in Zagreb (Croatia), Peja guitar festival (Kosovo), Antwerpen guitar festival (Belgium), Enrico Mercatali in Gorizia (Italy), Split Guitar Festival (Croatia), Sarajevo International Guitar Festival (B&H), Porečki tirando (Croatia), International guitar competition in Grožnjan (Croatia), second prizes on Fernando Sor in Rome (Italy) and Volos guitar competition (Greece) and third prize at Concours international de guitare d’Antony (France).
He represented Croatia in many significant festivals such as Vladimir Spivakov International Foundation’s festival in Moscow (Russia) and EMCY’s Young hearts for music (Austria and Germany). Besides as a soloist, he regularly performs in various chamber music groups among which the most significant are duo with violinist Katarina Kutnar and guitar trio Evocación. He performed with symphony orchestra of Croatian radio television, Dubrovnik symphony orchestra, Zagreb soloists etc. Lovro is awarded with Dean’s and Rector’s prizes of University in Zagreb.
His musical career began as a boy with the South London based choir “Libera” singing on multiple TV appearances, recordings and concerts across the country and abroad. George’s self taught beginnings later became an all-consuming passion which led him to his studies with Robert Brightmore and David Miller as a scholarship student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he graduated with first-class honours in 2015.
He has made an appearance on BBC Radio 3’s “Late Junction” and later in 2015 performed the Concierto de Aranjuez with the Cerddorfa Dinas Powys Orchestra. After his studies George pursued an ensemble career with three Guildhall alumni forming the Mela Guitar Quartet. The quartet have since released their 2017 Naxos CD of Stephen Dodgson’s ‘Guitar Chamber Works’ and also their 2018 self released album ‘Pluck, Strum, and Hammer’. Mela will be releasing their second CD with Naxos in 2020 playing the guitar quartet works of Anthony Burgess.
Recent highlights include first prize in the ‘London International Guitar Competition’ as a soloist, first prize in the Acerra Guitar Festivals Ensemble competition, finalists at the Royal Overseas League’s String ensemble competition, a sell out concert at Southbank’s Purcell Room and a tour of China with the Mela Guitar Quartet performing in some of the countries most prestigious concert halls.
David Fellegi was born on August 6th of 1995 in Pécs. He started studying the guitar at the age of 8 in Erika Sára’s class. He entered numerous competitions where he won numerous prizes. In 2010, he was accepted at the High School of Arts of Pécs where he continued his studies with Tamás Straub. He started showing interests in composition, music theory and solfége, so he visited private classes to learn more about them. During this time he took part in lots of festivals, masterclasses and competitions. In 2014, he graduated with distinctions, and at the same time he got accepted to the Franz Liszt Academy of Music with the maximum score to study in Professor András Csáki’s and Professor József Eötvös’s studio. After he graduated from his BA studies with honors, he got accepted in the MA studies in the same institution, which he graduated from in the summer of 2019. His desire is to be a well-accomplished artist both in the classical and jazz fields as well, while pursuing the career of becoming a university professor.
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