“He is a guitarist of myriads colours and bold sensitivity” BBC Music Magazine
Giacomo Susani is a guitarist and composer. Borne in Padova (Italy) in 1995, he is now based in London. As a guitarist he is in high demand internationally, performing regularly as a soloist, chamber musician and soloist with the orchestra. He is the winner of several international awards, among which the 1st Prize at the London International Guitar Competition and The Julian Bream Trust Scholarship, which gave him the opportunity to work closely with Julian Bream for four years.
As a composer, his music received international praise and is played all around the world. His compositions have been performed by some of the leading professionals of the musical scene, among whom are Grammy Awards winners David Russell and Jason Vieaux, as well as Creu de Sant Jordi awardee Stefano Grondona.
He studied with Stefano Grondona, Michael Lewin and Stephen Goss. He is now a guitar teacher at the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music in London and is artistic director of Barco Teatro and the “Homenaje” International Guitar Festival in Padova.
Official website: https://www.giacomosusani.com/
Enhancing the idiom: Composing for the Guitar in the 21st Century
In times unprecedentedly interconnected as today, the guitar stands on privileged ground. As a mean of musical expression, its popularity is at its peak worldwide, across countless cultures. Drawing from such a diverse “Guitarscape” (Dawe, 2010), my research studies the guitar as a compositional tool and aims at developing its idiom towards hitherto unexplored directions.
By composing new pieces for the guitar, the project wishes to produce a portfolio of innovative compositions of both artistic and pedagogical value. Through the collaboration with leading guitar makers, it also encourages the construction of new instruments capable of expressing the sonorities and aesthetic ideas developed in my composition practice.
* Dawe, K. (2010). The New Guitarscape in Critical Theory, Cultural Practice and Musical Performance. Ashgate Publishing