Giacomo Susani (Padua, Italy 1995) started playing the guitar at the age of 7 and eventually studied under the direction of Stefano Grondona in Italy where he graduated with the highest marks and honours in 2013. He is currently continuing his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London, with Michael Lewin, where he has completed his Bachelor of Music, gaining First Class Honours and Bache Fund Prize, and is now studying for his Master’s degree. On his entrance to the Academy he was awarded the prestigious Julian Bream Trust Scholarship, after an audition with Julian Bream himself.
Over the years he has taken part in masterclasses and attended advanced courses with leading guitarists such as Paul Galbraith, Oscar Ghiglia, David Russell, Carles Trepat, Fabio Zanon. He has regularly taken part in guitar competitions from an early age, always obtaining excellent results and, on many occasions, winning the first prize. Among the most recent prizes: 1st Prize – London International Guitar Competition, Special Prize for the best performance of a newly commissioned piece – Guitar Masters Competition in Poland, 2nd Prize – Gianni Bergamo Classical Music Award in Switzerland and ESTA Prize for the best performance of a contemporary piece – Forum Gitarre Wien Competition, all of them awarded between September and November 2016. In the same year he was also selected by the International Guitar Foundation for a series of concerts across the UK. In 2017 he was awarded 1st Prize at the Ivor Mairants Guitar Award in London after which he became a Yeoman of The Musicians’ Company. Shortly after, he won the Ian Fleming Award (Help Musicians UK) the Star Award (Countess of Munster Musical Trust) and 1st Prize – David Russell Guitar Award.
As a performer he regularly appears on important venues as a soloist, soloist with orchestra and in chamber ensembles. Since 2017 he has been a part of the EuroStrings Scheme, a collaborative project which will bring him as a guest artist to several festivals around Europe. In 2015 the recording studio Stradivarius published his first solo CD “Giacomo Susani plays Petrassi, Bach, Tansman, Weiss”, which obtained excellent reviews, most notably in “BBC Music”, “Gendai Guitar”, “Il Fronimo”, and “Amadeus”. Besides performing, he works in the field of composition, writing and premiering in London most of his works. He is also the Artistic Director of Momùs-More Music, a Musical Association based in Italy which promotes and organises classical music concerts.
Domenico Savio Mottola (Italy)
“Very young talent with great stage security and considerable executive maturity” (Supereva 2010)
Domenico Savio Mottola was born in Gragnano in 1993. He began to play the guitar in 2004 with M° Fabio Mastroianni and from 2006 with M° Marco Caiazza.
In 2012 he was admitted to the “San Pietro a Majella” Conservatory of Naples where, in 2015, he graduated in the class of M° Vincenzo Amabile receiving an Honours Bachelor’s Degree and special mention.
Currently he is studying with M° Frédéric Zigante at the “Vivaldi” Conservatory of Alessandria to earn his Master’s degree.
From October 2015, he has been perfecting with M° Paolo Pegoraro and M° Adriano del Sal at the Segovia Guitar Academy in Pordenone.
Since 2009, he has been performing concerts as a soloist and playing chamber music in Italy and abroad.
He has been invited to important musical festivals. He took part in masterclasses with international artists including Aniello Desiderio, Leo Brouwer, Marcin Dylla, Frederic Zigante, Lorenzo Micheli, Manuel Barrueco.
In 2017 he won important prizes: the first prize at the “National Art Prize”, established by MIUR: “The National Art Prize is a competition that involves all the Italian Conservatories and Academies, which select their best student for every instrumental and artistic specialty. A jury formed by internationally artists goes on to identify the best candidate for each specialty”; the first prize in the International Guitar Competition “Niccolò Paganini” in Parma and the first prize in the International Guitar Competition in Mottola (TA), which will enable him to make his debut record.
Some of the other awards include: the first prize in the National Guitar Competition “Giulio Rospigliosi” in 2013, the third prize (2014) and the second prize (2015) in the International Mottola Guitar Competition, the first prize in the Andrés Segovia International Guitar Competition (Pescara) in 2014 and the Second International Guitar Competition “Andrés Segovia” (Linares) in 2015, the third place in the competition dedicated to “Claudio Abbado”in Lucca in 2015 and the second place in the “Paris Guitar Foundation” International Guitar Competition in 2016. He has been a jury member in many competitions and has taught masterclasses at guitar festivals.
Giovanni Tomasi (Italy)
Davide Giovanni Tomasi is considered one of the most promising soloists of his generation.
He is the winner of the second prize (first prize not assigned) in ARD International Music Competition in Munich, which is considered one of the most prestigious competitions in the world.
Furthermore, he has won more than twenty-five prizes in international competitions such as the first prize in Tokyo International Guitar Competition, the second prize at Guitar Masters 2016 (Wroclaw, Poland), the first prize in José Tomas International Guitar Competition in Petrer (Spain), Gargnano International Guitar Competition and “Emilio Pujol” International Guitar Competition in Sassari, the first prize and audience prize in Viseu International Guitar Competition (Portugal), the first prize among all instruments at Premio Fondazione CRT in Ivrea, and finally the National Prize Of Arts awarded by the Italian Ministry of Education to the best musicians studying in Italy.
He was also awarded the ‘Revelation Of The Year’ Golden Guitar at the 22nd International Guitar Convention in Alessandria.
He has been invited to perform at prestigious venues, such as the Auditorium of Museo del Violino in Cremona, National Forum of Music in Wroclaw, Prinzregententheater in Munich, Teatro Coccia in Novara, the Aula Magna of University “La Sapienza” in Rome, Teatro Verdi in Sassari, the Institute of Italian Culture in Paris, Gosser Ehrbar Saal in Vienna, Hakuju Hall in Tokyo and many others.
He has been a D’Addario Artist since 2016.
Davide Giovanni Tomasi was born in 1991 in Pavia, Italy. He graduated cum laude from the conservatory in Novara with M° Guido Fichtner when he was only eighteen years old. Afterwards he was accepted to Chigiana Academy in Siena where he studied with M° Oscar Ghiglia and was awarded a Diploma Of Merit. At present he is attending masterclasses with M° Paolo Pegoraro and M° Adriano Del Sal at the Segovia Academy in Pordenone and a Master’s Degree course with M° Paolo Pegoraro at Kunst Universitaet Graz.
Raphaël Feuillâtre (France)
Raphaël Feuillâtre is a young Paris-based virtuoso of the classical guitar. Born in 1996, he started classical guitar lessons at the age of nine, first with Hacène Addadi at Cholet Conservatory and later with Michel Grizard in Nantes. In 2014, he iwas accepted to Paris National Superior Conservatory of Music and Dance (CNSMDP) into the class of Roland Dyens and his assistant Jean-Marc Zvellenreuther and obtained his Bachelor of Performing Arts degree in 2017 with highest honors. He is currently working on his Master’s Degree in Classical Guitar Performance with Tristan Manoukian. Various internships and training courses contribute to his musical development, in particular those with Arnaud Sans, Gabriel Bianco and Judicaël Perroy, with whom he has been working regularly for the past three years. Raphaël Feuillâtre likes to enrich his repertoire by arranging the works of J.S. Bach, D. Scarlatti and E. Granados, namely Poetic waltzes, for the classical guitar.
In 2017, he won the 1st prize in the International Guitar Competition Jose Tomas – Villa Petrer in Spain, and the 3rd prize in Kutna Hora International Biennial Guitar Competition in the Czech Republic. He is also a laureate of International Guitar competitions in Viseu, Portugal (3rd prize), Coria, Spain (2nd prize) and Fontenay-sous-Bois, France (1st prize).
Raphaël Feuillâtre is regularly invited to perform chamber music at « Folle journée de Nantes » Festival and as a soloist at multiple guitar festivals in France (among others Paris International Guitar Festival, Sul Tasto Festival, Guitars in Picardy Festival and « 6 cordes au fil de l’Allier » Festival).
Among his major solo performances, one can name concerts in Seville, Spain, with Nantes Conservatory String orchestra, and recently a five-concert tour with Pau orchestral ensemble to interpret Aranjuez’ Concerto.
He is soon expected to perform in Spain, Finland, Argentina, Mexico and Brazil.
Antoine Moriniere (France)
Always looking for new repertoire, Antoine Moriniere is invited to play solo concerts, chamber music and concertos all around the world. He performed in many countries like France, Canada (Toronto), Greece (Athens), Cyprus (Nicosia), Belgium, Poland (Olsztyn, Warsaw), Portugal (Casa de Musica de Porto, Barcelos), Romania (Targu Mures, Cluj Napoca), Spain (Madrid, Petrer, Coria, Cheste, Valencia, St Sebastian), Germany (Hamburg, Weimar, Berlin), Austria (Wien), Czech Republic (Kutna Hora) and Danemark (Copenhagen).
Interested in contemporary music, he collaborates with a Japanese composer Rikako Watanabe (composition teacher at in the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris) on the piece “Suite pour guitare” which is also dedicated to him. He premiered this piece during his tour in Spain in November 2012. He also plays composition for guitar and clarinet named “Obscurs”, dedicated to him by an excellent French clarinetist, Raphaël Sévère. During 2017 he will also perform another composition with piano, clarinet and 2 guitars, a piece composed by the pianist Jean Frederic Neuburger with Raphaël Sévère and Thibaud Garcia.
Recently, as the winner of Sevilla and Wien guitar competitions, Antoine is on an international tour with more than 30 concerts all around the world ( Spain, Austria, Thaïland, Germany, Canada, Greece, Austria, Montenegro, England, Slovakia, Danemark…). He also recorded a CD in June 2016 under the label “Contrastes Records” (Naxos Distribution).
Antoine is also involved in chamber music projects as a guitar/clarinet duo with Raphael Sévère and as a guitar duo with Thibaut Garcia (France, Romania…). In 2017 he started a new collaboration with the contemporary dancer named Louis Nam Le Van Ho.
In 2016, Antoine obtained his Master’s degree at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris in Olivier Chassain’s class. He started playing the guitar with Jean Luc Rocchietti, then he continued with Olivier Chassain at the Conservatory of Bordeaux where he graduated with the highest jury distinction. He also received professional guidance from Jeremy Jouve for 2 years. Antoine is now teaching at the St Maur des Fossés Regional Conservatory in France.
Boyan Doychev (Bulgaria)
Born in 1988 in Varna, Bulgaria, Boyan Doychev took his first musical steps at “Marin Drinov” school under Stanimir Dikov. Later between 1998 and 2006, he studied at the National Music School “Dobri Hristov” under Liuben Haralambiev, Neli Nedeva and Sevdalin Stefanov. He graduated from the National Music Academy “Pancho Vladigerov” Sofia under Rossen Balkanski in 2012.
As a student, Boyan was honored with three distinguished awards: one from the National Music School, one from the festival “Days of classical guitar” and one from the Mayor of Varna City. He received these special awards for his contribution in fields of music and art, where he was recognized as one of the most gifted and promising students. With more than twenty years of experience, Boyan has won many awards in international competitions worldwide and is titled one of the most talented and prominent musicians of his age. His concert activity has seen him playing an important role in famous musical events in Bulgaria and abroad.
Boyan is a pedagogue at a private school and teaches master classes, seminars and academies. He is a member of the “Friends of Classical Guitar” association and also plays a major part in organizing “Days of Classical Guitar” Festival in Varna, whose history dates back 30 years. He is also a well-known and welcomed guest at many music forums, where he performs, teaches and is a jury member. He is often described by the musical media as charismatic, a performer with a big heart and a great attitude towards the audience. Boyan is often invited as a soloist by Pleven Philharmonic, New Symphonic Orchestra, State Orchestra of National Music Academy and others. Recently he composed two masterpieces for solo guitar, which is to be published soon.
Vedran Vujica (BiH)
Vedran Vujica was born in Zenica in 1993 (BiH), where he finished Elementary and Secondary Music School in the class of professor Lejla Ekinović and Igor Mijatović. He graduated in 2016 at the Music academy in Sarajevo in the class of professor Đani Šehu.
During his studies, he participated in many national and international competitions (BiH, Croatia, Montenegro, Italy) where he received numerous awards. He is a member of the Sarajevo Guitar Quartet, with which he performed a series of concerts. The Quartet has also performed at three international competitions where they won two first places and one third, and a special prize at the Federal competition. Guitarras Contreras generously loaned their guitar to him for the EuroStrings Guitar Festival collaboration.
He is currently studying for his Master’s Degree of Musical Arts in Sarajevo, BiH.
Antero Pellikka (Finland)
Antero Pellikka, born in 1988, is a Finnish guitarist. He had his first guitar at the age of 7 and soon after he started his guitar studies under the guidance of Esko Virtanen. After graduating from the Music Institute, Pellikka studied with Petri Kumela at the Helsinki Conservatory and Metropolia University of Applied Studies. In 2016 he finished his Master’s degree at the Royal Conservatoire in the Hague with distinctions under the guidance of Zoran Dukić and is currently finishing his studies at the Sibelius Academy in Finland.
To complement his studies, Pellikka has attended masterclasses with such teachers as Eliot Fisk, Marcin Dylla, Ricardo Gallén, Carlo Marchione, and many others. He is also involved in various chamber music ensembles as well as a variety of contemporary music projects. Pellikka has been awarded in various competitions as a soloist and as a part of an ensemble.
Nicola Montella (Italy)
Born in 1987, Nicola Montella has been studying classical guitar since he was eight, under Master G. M. Fontanella’s guidance.
In 2005 he obtained his first-class school-leaving certificate. During the academic year 2008/2009, he obtained his first-class Second Level Experimental Academic Degree at the “Gesualdo da Venosa” Conservatory in Potenza – Italy, studying Musical Disciplines – Specialized Biennium for the Teachers’ Education (Guitar) and at the “Domenico Cimarosa” Conservatory in Avellino – Italy – under Master Lucio Matarazzo’s guidance, he obtained in 2011 his first-class Specialist Degree in Musical Explanatory and Compositional Disciplines for the Guitar, Nineteenth Century Concert Area.
His concert activity has seen him playing an important role in famous musical events in Italy and abroad. Among the most recent are the following: concerts at the Girona International Classic Guitar Festival, at the Aranda de Duero International Classic Guitar Festival (Spain 2013-2015) and S. Giacomo Guitar Festival (Bologna-Italy 2015), concerts in China in April 2015, held at some of the most prestigious Beijing’s theatre halls (Centennial Hua, Beijing University, Sunrise Concert Hall, BUAA, The Club House – Chateau Regalia, The Club House – Shadow Creek) and his opening concerts: at the “Città di Celano” Guitar Festival (March 2014) and at the Fiuggi Guitar Festival (July 2013 and 2012).
Over the years, he has been awarded at several important national and international guitar festivals and contests.
In 2011 he was awarded the Avellino prize in Music, as Master Aniello Desiderio’s best student for the interpretation of guitar works and guitar techniques.
He is a D’Addario artist.
In 2015, the Scientific Committee of the International Guitar Congress gathered in Alessandria – Italy, after a careful evaluation of his professional and artistic activity, awarded him with the prestigious The Golden Guitar Award for the best up-and-coming guitarist.