Internationally Acclaimed Guitar Soloist to Perform at IUP

Posted on 3/10/2015 2:18:17 PM

Paolo SchianchiThe College of Fine Arts and Department of Music will host internationally acclaimed guitarist Paolo Schianchi in a free recital on Sunday, March 22, 2015, at 8:00 p.m. The performance will be held in Gorell Recital Hall, located on the second floor of Sutton Hall.

Paolo Schianchi is considered by many as one of the best Italian musicians of his generation. In TV, Sorrisi, e Canzoni—the most popular weekly magazine in Italy—critic Alessandro Rostagno defined him as the “best out of the talented youngsters to perform live for the Rai Nuovi Talenti project.”

When Alberto Radius, Italy’s guitar legend, heard him play live for the first time on Italy’s main television broadcaster RaiUno, he subsequently stated, “I’ve been playing for 50 years. I know what I’m talking about, but he’s the only person I know who makes my hair . . . stand on end. That's what it’s all about: feeling the music.”

Schianchi is a musician, composer, researcher, and inventor. He has received numerous national and international awards, including Giovani Talenti, Rovere D'Oro, Ermo Colle, both as guitarist and composer. He has gained experience with several of the world’s most renowned guitarists and plays all existing variations of the guitar.

Schianchi graduated with full marks from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia with his first degree and also a 10-year diploma in guitar, to which he then added a second post-diploma master with honors in music and guitar. He continued on to receive a third master at II level, again with the top grade, in instrumental teaching. He has written music both for solo guitar and for various orchestral ensembles and concerts. He has also written for theatrical performances, the most recent of which was Canto Popolare with Maddalena Crippa on a long tour starting in 2008.

He is the first musician of our age to have retrieved, restored, and transcribed part of the Renaissance composer Santino Garsi’s music with research carried out together with the lutenist Massimo Lonardi. Inspired by these same manuscripts, he wrote the music for the concert-show Cambi di Tempo (Changes In Time), reshaping Garsi’s works and transferring them to jazz, rock, and progressive re-elaborations, demonstrating that genre has no confines.

He has been performing in concerts and teaching on both a national and international scale at a number of schools and academies such as the Conservatorio Statale di Musica F. Venezze di Rovigo, and has been invited to hold master classes in prestigious schools and universities internationally.

Paolo Schianchi is currently guitar instructor at the Liceo Musicale “Attilio Bertolucci” in Parma, Italy.

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