Marcello Fantoni


Musician, teacher, researcher and composer, Marcello Fantoni has always alternated his area of interest between research, teaching and giving concerts, paying particular attention to chamber music with guitar written by 20th Century Composers. His continuous interest in searching and improving his deeper understanding of the guitar's repertoire led him, in 2014, to rediscover and record the works for and with guitar by the Sevillian composer Manuel Castillo (1930- 2005). In 2015, this musical corpus has been published in the world premiere recording by Naxos Records label getting since then great relevance and considerable importance in history and musicology. This CD, in fact, has succeeded in bringing together, for the first time, the most important Castillo's guitar works. As result of this previous collaboration with Naxos, he has signed two new agreements with the same label to record and release two CDs both with music by the great virtuoso guitarist and composer Luigi Rinaldo Legnani (1790-1877). The former, based entirely on Rossini's Opera themes, Arias and Ouverture themes, has just published in July 2017. The latter will be relased in January 2018. In 2014 the composer Tomás Marco dedicated to Marcello Fantoni the last chamber work for guitar, the Trio Concertante n. 5 "Cartografias of Melodrama" (for flute, viola and guitar). Previously, he focused to the same madrid composer particular attention publishing, for DYNAMIC label, two CDs: the former "Works For Guitar" (2012) and the latter "Chamber Works For Guitar" (2013), entirely dedicated to the music for solo guitar and ensemble with guitar by the composer himself. The first CD the same Tomas Marco writes: "... I think it's a wonderful job and I think for that reason it will be a reference recording for the future ...". "Chamber Works For Guitar" contains the world premiere recordings of several Tomas Marco's chamber works. It has been broadcasted on live Radio Rai 3, on 17th September 2013, by Valentina Lo Surdo during the program "First Movement". On 8th December 2013, RTVE (Radiotelevisión Española) has dedicated wide space to the presentation of this record work throughout the radio program "Musica viva". A long interview with the composer has been alternated with hearing of extracts from the CD (it's possible to download and listen to it from the RTVE Spanish website). He obtained in 2007 the Master Degree with top marks and honors in "Musical Disciplines - Guitar" at the Conservatory "L. Cherubini" in Florence. He studied here with Paolo Paolini and Alfonso Borghese, attending the annual master classes by Eduardo Fernandez (2005), Timo Koronen (2005), Leo Brouwer (2006) and Pavel Steidel (2006) also. Previously, in 1996, he obtained the Classical Guitar Degree at the Conservatory "G. Verdi" of Milan - graduating brilliantly achieving the highest grades and honors in interpretation test. Here, in the same Institution, he studied for a short time composition with Danilo Lorenzini and Davide Anzaghi. Eliot Fisk, with whom he continued his studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg (where he was admitted in 1996), tells about him ".. I consider Marcello Fantoni a cultural ambassador worthy of the great Italian people for whom I have always felt a deep love and respect." He attended also the Leo Brouwer's master classes in Cordoba and in Siena, at the Accademia Chigiana, the Oscar Ghiglia ones, winning the scholarship and a diploma of merit. During these years, as a student of the Conservatory "G. Verdi" of Milan, he has recorded two contemporary works by the italian composer Davide Gualtieri for IRTEM-Documents Label, playing as well with the Grande Orchestra Sinfonica "Giuseppe Verdi" during the recording of several Bruno Maderna works. The ARAM Association in Rome pointed out him as emerging talent and inviting him to play within its concert season at the Discoteca di Stato in Rome. His compositions have been published by Sinfonica: "Perpetuum - (tribute to Egberto Gismonti)" for classical guitar solo, and "Music for Flute And Guitar of Marcello Fantoni" (with a CD recording of the same pieces performed together with flutist Daniela Pisano (Tribute to Michel Petrucciani "," Tribute to Manuel de Falla "and" Sonata Simple (Simple Song / Air / Choro Simple). He won in 1996 the "Sergio Dragoni" Foundation grants for the best students of the Conservatory of Milan as well as the European Competition launched by Berben music editor House, and the already mentioned Accademia Chigiana Scholarship.

He took part in several national and international guitar competitions getting the following prizes:

1997, 1st Prize 3rd National Guitar Competition "Giulio Rospigliosi" Lamporecchio

1997, 2nd Prize National Competition Of MUSICAL INTERPRETATION "Racconigi City"

1997, 2nd Prize International Competition "Rovere d'Oro" San Bartolomeo al Mare - Imperia

1995, 3rd Prize 6th International Competition city of Lodi

1994, 1st Prize in XIII Genoa National Guitar Competition P.TARAFFO

1994, 3rd Prize The National Competition AGIMUS Varenna

1991, 3rd Prize 26 th international competition "the conquest of the classical guitar" - Academy of Classical Guitar - Milano

He has always been interested in many non-European musical genres also, playing as a soloist together with many musicians with different musical backgrounds and giving concerts both in Italy and abroad facing a repertoire ranging from Renaissance music up to jazz and contemporary music. His CDs are released worldwide by Naxos getting always great appreciations and praises.

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