Andrea Dieci graduated “cum laude” with special distinction at the “Verdi” Conservatoire of Milan. He studied with Oscar Ghiglia at the Summer Classes held at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena (always with Diploma of Merit distinction) and at the Musikakademie in Basle, Switzerland, where he earned the “Solistendiplom”. He has also attended masterclasses with Julian Bream.
He has won First Prize in the International Competition of Gargnano, the International Competition of Lagonegro (dedicated to 20th century guitar music) and the “De Bonis” International Competition of Cosenza. Moreover, he was awarded a Special Prize at the ARD-Musikwettbewerb held in Munich in 1989. Andrea Dieci has been described as “an impressive guitarist” by the Times Herald and “a true star of the classical guitar” by Corriere della Sera. He has performed extensively for prestigious music societies all over Europe, in the USA, Central and South America, Africa and Asia. He has appeared at such famous events as the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds, the Festival of the Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) and the Singapore International Festival, and at music festivals in Milan, Madrid, London, Athens, Istanbul, Los Angeles, Tokyo, among others. He has been invited to perform Henze’s Royal Winter Music at the Royal Conservatory Concert Hall in Brussels within a Tribute Festival for the 85 years of Julian Bream. Mr Dieci’s performances have been broadcast by major radio and TV companies including Italian Radio-Television (RAI), Vatican Radio, Radio Nacional Española, Swiss-Italian Radio-Television, Euroradio and the BBC.
His 14 CDs, released under MAP, Nuova Era, Bèrben, DotGuitar and Brilliant Classics labels, include a CD of Manuel Ponce’s guitar music and albums dedicated to Nicola Jappelli, Astor Piazzolla, Mauro Giuliani and Fernando Sor (Complete Sonatas for Guitar). He has recorded the complete works for solo guitar by Toru Takemitsu (MAP, 2004 – awarded the “Golden Guitar” 2005 for the best CD of the year at the International Guitar Convention of Alessandria), Heitor Villa-Lobos (MAP, 2009) and Hans Werner Henze (Brilliant Classics, 2016 - awarded the “Golden Guitar” 2017 for the best CD of the year at the International Guitar Convention of Alessandria). He is the only guitarist to have recorded the complete solo works by these three important composers. His last solo releases with Brilliant Classics are a completely new recording of Takemitsu’s complete works and a CD dedicated to English Guitar Music of the 20th Century (works by Berkeley, Britten, Scott and Walton).
In addition to being in demand as a performer, Dieci is also a renowned teacher. He has presented masterclasses at important music institutions throughout Europe and in Brazil, Mexico, Singapore, Japan and the USA, including the Royal Academy of Music of London, the Royal Conservatoire of Brussels, the Nihon Guitar Conservatory in Japan, the University of Santa Maria in Brazil and several Universities in the USA. He is currently based at the Vecchi-Tonelli Conservatoire in Modena, also teaching yearly masterclasses at the Regondi Guitar Academy in Milan.
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