Barco Teatro organises the First International Guitar Festival “Homenaje” dedicated to the classical guitar from 4th to 12th of September 2021.

A week of activities fully immersed in the extraordinary world of the guitar, in its history, its repertoire and with some of its leading figures. Musical events (solo and duo guitar recitals) and opportunities for in-depth training (conferences, masterclasses), in which some of most important international guitarists and interesting young Italian talents, composers and guitar makers will be invited.

The city of Padua will be the perfect landscape for the Festival with some of its most beautiful and prestigious music halls, in a conjoint project to make this instrument known to the city of Padua and, vice-versa, this wonderful city experienced by the great invited artists.

This edition will be the first of an annual recurring appointment, in order to identify Padua as a place of reference for guitarists across the world.

CONCERTS - 6 different recitals with 3 of the most recognised guitarists and ensembles from the UK, Italy and Spain (David Russell, SoloDuo, Marco Socías ) as well as 3 of the most interesting young Italian talents (Pietro Locatto, Tomasi – Musso Guitar Duo, Giacomo Susani).
All the recitals will be introduced by Alessandro Tommasi, a brillant young music critic who will briefly but exhaustively get in the musical themes and repertoires, for a better involvement of the public.

MASTERCLASSES - 6 different masterclasses given by all the performers and addressed to guitar students and professionals; they will be take place in public, on the theatre’s stage.

CONFERENCES – 2 different meetings focused on the organology of the guitar (The Torres model: stories and variations in the relationship with composition) and on the field of composition for guitar (Composition for guitar - An interview with Stephen Goss), with the participation of important Italian luthiers (Luigi Locatto and Gabriele Lodi,) and internationally recognised scholars and composers (Stephen Goss, Marco Ramelli, Giacomo Susani), which represent further opportunities for in-depth analysis, discussion and public meeting.


Saturday, September 4th
• 8:00 pm: Concert: David Russell (Auditorium Pollini)

Sunday, September 5th
• morning/afternoon: David Russell Masterclass (Barco Teatro)
• evening: Concert: Giacomo Susani (Barco Teatro)

Monday, September 6th
• morning/afternoon: Giacomo Susani masterclass (Barco Teatro)
• evening: night off

Tuesday, September 7th
• morning: The Torres model: stories and variations in the relationship with composition (Lecturers: Gabriele Lodi, Luigi Locatto) (Barco Teatro)
• afternoon: Michael Lewin masterclass (Barco Teatro)
• evening: Concert: Davide Tomasi/Marco Musso (Barco Teatro)

Wednesday, September 8th
• morning/afternoon: Davide Tomasi/Marco Musso Masterclass (Barco Teatro)
• evening: Concert: Pietro Locatto (Barco Teatro)

Thursday, September 9th
• morning/afternoon: Pietro Locatto masterclass (Barco Teatro)
• evening: Concert: Marco Socías (Auditorium Pollini)

Friday, September 10th
• morning: Marco Socías masterclass
• afternoon: Stephen Goss Masterclass (Barco Teatro)
• evening: night off

Saturday, September, 11th
• morning: Composition for guitar - An interview with Stephen Goss
(Lecturers: S. Goss, M.Ramelli, G. Susani) (Barco Teatro)
• evening: Concert: Solo Duo (Auditorium Pollini)

Sunday September 12h
• morning/afternoon: SoloDuo masterclass (Barco Teatro)
Closing remarks


David Russell

David Russell played at the Sala dei Giganti in the 1970s, when he was invited by the Centro Chitarristico Veneto at the beginning of his career. It is now not only a great honour for the Festival to feature his concert, but also a moment of great emotion and memory for the city of Padua, as well as for the guitarist himself.

Grammy Award winner in 2005 for his CD “Aire Latino” in the category of best instrumental soloist in classical music, with an Honorary Doctorate in Music by the University of Arizona in Tucson in 2014 and inducted into the Guitar Foundation of America Hall of Fame in 2018, classical guitarist David Russell is world-renowned for his musical and artistic sensibility. He has received numerous and prestigious awards worldwide, of which we will only mention a few: he was nominated a member of the Royal Academy of Music of London in 1997; in 2003, he was awarded the honour of being made "adopted son" of Es Migjor, the city of Menorca where he grew up (which later named a street after him, "Avinguda David Russell"); in November 2003 he was awarded the Medal of Honour by the Conservatory of the Balearics; in 2005 the Vigo Auditorium was named after him and in 2009 he was named honorary member of "Amigos de la Guitarra", the oldest guitar society in Spain. David Russell has released more than 17 solo albums.

He also started the “David Russell y Marìa Jesùs” NGO, providing support to developing countries (including by financing projects for water extraction and access to safe drinking water in Africa).

He is an active concert artist, appearing regularly in some of the world’s most prestigious venues (incuding New York, London, Tokyo, Los Angeles, Madrid, Toronto and Seoul) and holding popular masterclasses.

“... Mr. Russell made his mastery evident without ever deviating from an approach that places musical values above mere display. It was apparent to the audience throughout the recital that Mr. Russell possesses a talent of extraordinary dimension" (“The New York Times”).
After hearing it, in London, Andrés Segovia wrote: "My congratulations on your musicality and guitaristic technique".

Duo SoloDuo (Lorenzo Micheli, Matteo Mela)

Guitar chamber music offers a surprising variety of sounds and repertoires; our Festival is honoured to feature one of the most active and brilliant duos on the international scene and proud of their Italian origin and education.

As SoloDuo, Matteo Mela and Lorenzo Micheli have played all over Europe, in the United States and Canada, in Asia and Latin America, from New York's Carnegie Hall to the Wiener Konzerthaus, the Sejong Hall in Seoul and the Kiev Hall of Columns. About them, the Washington Post wrote: “Extraordinarily sensitive, with effortless command and an almost unbearable delicacy of touch”.

Their discography includes the three Quartets Op. 19 by François de Fossa (Stradivarius), Antoine de Lhoyer's “Duos Concertants” (Naxos), the three anthologies “Solaria”,Noesis” and “Metamorphoses” (Pomegranate), an album on 17th century Italian music for theorbo and baroque guitar (Stradivarius), a collection of chamber pieces by Mauro Giuliani (Amadeus), Ferdinand Rebay’s Sonatas (Stradivarius), the 24 preludes and fugues by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (Solaria) and an album on Alessandro Scarlatti’s cantantas (Stradivarius), as well as a dozen solo works for the labels Brilliant, Kookaburra, Naxos and Stradivarius.

Matteo and Lorenzo created a music series for two guitars for Canadian publisher D’Oz, and teach at the Conservatoire Populaire in Geneva and at the Lugano Conservatory of Italian Switzerland respectively.

Marco Socías

Joaquín Rodrigo praised the CD “Elogio de la guitarra”, which includes some of his solo pieces and recorded by Marco Socías in 1997, as follows: “Marco Socías offers a profound and emotional journey through some of my most emblematic works with genuine musicality and a powerful technique.” Joaquín Rodrigo, January 1998.

From Spain, one of the most authentic performers and deep connoisseurs of the sound of the Spanish guitarFrom Spain, one of the most authentic performers and deep connoisseurs of the sound of the Spanish guitar.

Born in Málaga (Spain) into a family of pianists, Marco Socías received here his musical education and afterwards in many masterclasses and at the Musikhochschule Cologne (Germany). Among the most significant personalities for his development are Carmen Gallardo, Antonio Company, José Tomás, José Miguel Moreno, Hubert Käppel and David Russell. He became at the age of 21 the youngest guitar professor in Spain, and has been awarded in some of the most prestigious international competitions, as the Infanta Cristina (Fundación Guerrero, Madrid) where he got the first prize, Le Printemps de la Guitare (Belgium) and Concorso Internazionale di Gargnano (Italy). Marco Socías is regularly invited to renowned International Guitar Festivals and, besides his intense activity as a soloist around practically whole Europe, Near East, Japan, Korea, South America and USA, he performs very frequently in chamber groups and as soloist with orchestra and has performed in important concert halls around Europe and abroad. Among the conductors he has performed with, are to be mentioned Sir Neville Marriner, Josep Pons, Víctor Pablo Pérez, Odón Alonso and Leo Brouwer. Until now he has recorded eight Compact Discs: Giuliani’s guitar concerto Op.30, “Concerto Meditarraneo” for two guitars and orchestra by Carlo Domeniconi -together with the composer-, a CD with Catalan music (Pujol, Llobet, Mompou), a selection of pieces by Joaquín Rodrigo, the “Álbum de Colien” (contemporary Spanish and Portuguese music), and Spanish songs (Falla, Lorca and Gerhard) with soprano Juanita Lascarro. The most recent ones are solo guitar works by Joaquín Rodrigo for the label EMI, and the “Concierto de Aranjuez” and “Fantasía para un Gentilhombre” for Harmonia Mundi, with the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada conducted by Josep Pons.

Italian composer Carlo Domeniconi has written for him the works “Incontro”, “Sonata, quasi una sinfonia”, and his Guitar Concerto n.13.

Nowadays Marco Socías lives in Málaga, and is professor at the Centro Superior de Música “Musikene” in the Basque Country (San Sebastián, Spain).

Pietro Locatto

The second group of concerts that will take place at the Scuola della Carità will be open by a very interesting young Italian talent.

Pietro Locatto was born in Turin in 1990 and grew up under the musical guidance of Stefano Grondona. He later specialised with Frédéric Zigante at the Conservatory of Alessandria (where he also specialised in music teaching), with Oscar Ghiglia at Accademia Musicale Chigiana of Siena and with Lorenzo Micheli at the Lugano Conservatory. He also attended courses by Pablo Marquez, Paul Galbraith, Laura Mondiello, Carles Trepat, Arturo Tallini and Pavel Steidl. He won numerous national and international awards, including: 1st Prize at the "Niccolò Paganini" competition in Parma, “Gianni Bergamo” in Lugano, “Bale-Valle” in Croatia, and the “Adelaide Guitar Competition” in Australia; 2nd Prize at the “Brussels Intenational Competition”, the “Stefano Strata-Città Di Pisa”, the “Comarca el condado” in Jaen; 3rd Prize at the “Ruggero Chiesa” competition in Camogli, the “London International Competition” in London and the Gargnano guitar performance competition. He also received the “Chitarra d’oro” Award as a “young promise” at the 25th International Guitar Convention in Milan. He performed in recitals in Spain, Switzerland, Portugal, England, Croatia, Belgium and in many festivals and cities, as a soloist and in chamber ensembles. After receiving a scholarship from the De Sono Association, he has collaborated with the Teatro Regio of Turin since 2018 and has been working as assistant teacher at the Alessandria Conservatory since 2012.

His interest in Spanish music of the first half of the 20th century has led to his first monographic album based on pieces by Federico Moreno Torroba (Stradivarius) and a second album focusing on Llobet, Asencio and Mompou (DotGuitar).

Tomasi-Musso Guitar Duo (Davide Tomasi, Marco Musso)

The Tomasi-Musso Guitar Duo was founded by the Italian guitarists Davide Giovanni Tomasi and Marco Musso in 2016.

Despite their young age, they have already performed in three continents: from Japan to Mexico, from Russia to Taiwan, in North and South America, and all over Europe. They have been invited to play as soloists and as a duo in prestigious halls such as the Philharmonie Berlin, the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, the Prinzregententheater in Munich, the International House of Music in Moscow, the Italian Institute of Culture in Tokyo, the Munetsugu Hall in Nagoya, the Conjunto Santander in Guadalajara. Moreover, they are often requested to give masterclasses at conservatories and universities in Italy and abroad.

They have both received international awards and acknowledgements: from 2013 to 2015 Marco was given a grant by the De Sono Trust, while in 2017 Davide won the ARD International Music Competition in Munich, one of the most prestigious competitions in the world.

Their musical vision and their constant research for new possibilities have led them to create a whole new repertoire for this ensemble, mostly based on original transcriptions of works for piano solo. This concept has given birth to "Miroirs", their first album, published by BAM Music International in 2019 and dedicated to masterpieces by Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel. In addition to French Impressionism, their repertoire includes a selection of works for keyboard by Johann Sebastian Bach, all-time classics by Isaac Albéniz, original compositions for two guitars by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.

After having studied abroad with Paolo Pegoraro, Adriano del Sal, Lorenzo Micheli and Matteo Mela, they are now both based in Italy.


Giacomo Susani

Born in Padua in 1995 and raised in a family that valued music, Giacomo won numerous awards, achieved recognitions and supports to his career (The Julian Bream Trust, The Calleva Foundation, The Countess of Munster Musical Trust -Star Award-, Help Musicians UK -Ian Fleming Award-, The Worshipful Company of Musicians -Yeoman programme-, The Park Lane Group, The City of Music Foundation). In 2016 he was selected by IGF – International Guitar Foundation – Young Artists Platform for a concert tour in the UK and in 2018 by EuroStrings – European Guitar Festival Collaborative which gave him the opportunity to perform and teach masterclasses in numerous guitar festivals around Europe as a “Young Star”.
He took part in several international guitar competitions, always achieving remarkable results: in particular, he was awarded 1st Prize at the 2016 London International Guitar Competition, at the 19th Ivor Mairants Award and at the David Russell Guitar Prize (2017).
He pursues a busy performing career as a soloist, chamber musician and soloist with orchestra.
He recorded two solo albums for the label Stradivarius: “Giacomo Susani plays Petrassi, Bach, Tansman, Weiss” (2015) and “Gebeth. Romantic music for Guitar. Mertz, Regondi” (2018)
As well as performing, he successfully works in the field of composition. His output, for guitar solo and with an ensemble, has been performed in Italy and abroad (the “Concerto for Guitar and Small Orchestra” won II place at 2020 Respighi Prize in New York).
He has been Artistic Director of MoMùs-More Music musical association since 2016 and of Barco Teatro since 2018.
He studied guitar in Italy with Stefano Grondona and in England with Michael Lewin, and graduated from the respective institutions with the following results: “Diploma V. O. con lode e menzione d’onore” (Conservatorio Arrigo Pedrollo, Vicenza 2013), “Bachelor of Music”, First Class Degree and Bache Fund Prize (Royal Academy of Music, London 2016), “Master of Arts”, with Distinction, DipRAM “for an outstanding Final Recital” and Gershon Ellenbogen/Maccabaen Award (Royal Academy of Music, 2018), “Advanced Diploma” in Guitar Performance and August Mann Prize (Royal Academy of Music, 2019).
Since 2021 he has been admitted to the Music PhD at the University of Surrey.
He has attended masterclasses with internationally acclaimed artists such as Leo Brouwer, Paul Galbraith, Oscar Ghiglia, Laura Mondiello, David Russell, Fabio Zanon, obtaining Scholarships and Diplomas of Merit.
He also had the privilege of working closely with Julian Bream for 4 years in a series of one-to-one meetings as part of The Julian Bream Trust Scholarship.
He has been a guitar teacher at the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music since 2019.
He has been a D’Addario Artist since 2018.

Stephen Goss

The participation of the Welsh guitarist and composer Stephen Goss will add an international edge and state-of-the art research to the Festival.

Among other things, Stephen Goss composed many of the pieces performed in the Festival’s concerts. His music is played by the world’s major classical guitarists, who have also commissioned many works from him. These include David Russell, SoloDuo, Zoran Dukić, Aniello Desiderio, Miloš Karadaglić and Xuefei Yang (including chamber works with cellist Natalie Clein and tenor Ian Bostridge).

As a guitarist, he has worked with Takemitsu, Henze, Peter Maxwell Davies and Elliott Carter and has performed and recorded with several ensembles including the Tetra Guitar Quartet, as well as a soloist.

Recent projects have included the legendary guitarist John Williams, who recorded and toured his “Guitar Concerto” (2012) with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 2014. Some of the world’s major orchestras have performed his works.

He has released over 80 albums with more than a dozen record labels, including EMI, Decca, Telarc, Virgin Classics, Naxos and Deutsche Grammophon. His oeuvre includes large-scale orchestral compositions, choral works, chamber music and solo pieces.

Stephen Goss is currently Professor of Composition and Director of the International Guitar Research Centre at the University of Surrey, UK, and a Professor of Guitar at the Royal Academy of Music in London. In 2018 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music, an honour limited to 300 living people.

He was born in Wales on February 2, 1964.

Marco Ramelli

Marco Ramelli is an eclectic artist in today's music scene. Along with Giacomo Susani, he will represent the new generation of Italian guitarists and composers of international renown at the Festival. He is recognised as an outstanding performer, teacher, organiser, academic and composer.

He started studying guitar with Prof. Andrea Dieci and graduated from the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory of Music in Milan. He later obtained a post-graduate diploma (with honours and distinction) from the Luca Marenzio Conservatory of Music in Darfo (IT). He obtained a Master Degree of Performance (APEL) with honours in composition from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and then a postgraduate degree in “Chamber Music” with honours and a PhD in Performing Arts from the University of St. Andrews (UK).

As a performer, he received several first prizes at major international competitions in Italy, Spain, United Kingdom and France and was invited to perform around the world.

After his début album “Energico” (Nimbus Alliance) in 2013, he released an album with Brilliant Classics in 2018 with complete solo music by Federico Mompou and Roberto Gerhard and has made several recordings for Naxos, Dynamic Records and Radio di Las Palmas.

As a composer, he won the prestigious World Guitar Composition Competition and his music is performed by some of the most internationally acclaimed soloists.

He has lectured in several schools and festivals, including the Hong Kong Guitar Symposium, Royal Conservatory of Scotland, DIT Conservatory, RNCM Manchester, the “Rinaldo Franci” Music School and the “Luigi Boccherini” School in Lucca.

He is the Artistic Director of several music festivals in Italy, the Czech Republic and Ireland, including the Corde d'Autunno Festival in Milan and the Touch the Sound Project in Carpi (Mo).

He received the 2018 Golden Guitar Award for promotion by the Scientific Committee of the “Michele Pittaluga” International Guitar Conference.

He gives masterclasses at major music schools in Italy, Ireland, Spain, United Kingdom, Greece, China and USA. He is currently a teacher at the TU Dublin Conservatoire.

Gabriele Lodi

Gabriele Lodi's guitars are loved by leading international concert players and by young students alike.

Born in 1976, he learned the art of guitar making from the age of 13 in the workshop of his father Maurizio and uncle Leandro in Carpi. In the afternoons after school, Gabriele would learn by observing the work done by his father and uncle and he gradually grew to master the craft. At the age of 20 he was officially active full time in the F.lli Lodi workshop.

In recent years, Gabriele has worked hard to promote his work at national and international exhibitions, offering his instruments to a growing international market. Thanks to his commitment, he has developed important relationships with Japan, China, Canada, USA, Australia and Argentina.

Gabriele continues the research work he started in the family workshop on historical instruments, not only by continuing the art of restoring and recovering old guitars, but also by launching his own project to reinterpret the instrument and bring innovation, starting from the most unique and significant characteristics that have made the history of the guitar.

Gabriele has been a professor of “history and development of plucked string instruments” at the Frescobaldi Conservatory of Ferrara since 2010. He has organised exhibitions of ancient musical instruments and conferences in prestigious locations including MondoMusica in Cremona.

"The Lodi lutherie places a strong focus on the relationship with the musicians who come to our workshop. We constantly work with them to seek the truest and most practical musical meaning of the guitar today. We also believe that we need to study and understand the past so we can do our work better”.

Luigi Locatto

Born in Turin in 1953, Luigi Locatto completed classical studies and was trained under the musical guidance of Guido Margaria, Sergio Notaro and Oscar Ghiglia. With a degree from the Conservatory of Alessandria, he performed in concerts for a few years, including with the Rai orchestra and the Teatro Regio in Turin. He taught in many music schools, such as the Music Training Courses of the Municipality of Turin and the Corelli School. At the same time, he had also been an amateur guitar builder from a young age. In 1984 he was admitted to Josè Ramirez's guitar workshops in Madrid, where he attended a short course on the maintenance of the instruments built there. After the mid-1980s, guitar making gradually became his main job. He has restored guitars by famous luthers (Panormo, Arias, Garcia, Simplicio, Fleta, Santos Hernandez, Domingo Esteso, Manuel Ramirez) and copies of the same instruments, some of them commissioned by Italian conservatoires (Novara, Trieste, Bologna). For a few years now, the design and style of his guitars have been inspired by Garcia and Simplicio. Many albums have been recorded using his guitars (Lorenzo Micheli, Frédéric Zigante, Shin-Ichi Fukuda, Davide Ficco, Antonio Rugolo, among others). His instruments are sold by major retailers in the United States, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, France, China.

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