Aniello Desiderio (Napoli, Italy 13 May 1971) began studying classical guitar at the age of 6. His teachers were Pietro Piscitelli, Bruno Battisti D’Amario and Stefano Aruta; attending for several years masterclasses held by the Cuban composer Leo Brouwer. He graduated in 1992 with full marks and honors at the “A. Vivaldi ”of Alessandria. He held his first concert at the age of 8, and since then he has won 18 national and international first prizes including the First Prize and Special Prize for the best interpretation of Tarrega’s works at the “Francisco Tarrega” International Competition in Benicasim, Spain and the First Prize at the Dona Cristina “JJ Guerrero, of Madrid, Spain (1994). His international career began in 1989 performing all over the world: Switzerland, Japan, USA, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Germany, Turkey, France, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Spain, Venezuela, Brazil, Cuba, Mexico, Austria , Poland, Russia, Indonesia, Hungary, Colombia, Holland, Italy both as a soloist and with various orchestras including: Berliner Philarmonie, Rundfunk-Orchester, Wiener KammerOrchester, Bach Collegium, Pomeriggi Musicali and I Virtuosi di Mosca “directed by M ° Vladimir Spivakov “. In November 1996 he made his New York debut at the Manhattan School of Music. In September 1999 he received the “Artist in Residence” award from the German radio DLF and the Bremen Musikfest together with the famous violinist Gidon Kremer. In 2010 he was on tour with one of the classical guitar legends Angel Romero with whom he interpreted the concert “Madrigal” by Joaquin Rodrigo. Famous guitarist John McLaughlin chose him for the World Premiere of his concert for guitar and orchestra “Thieves and Poets” which was held at the International Festival in Koblenz, Germany. Since 2010 he has been teaching for the Summer International Academy at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. In 2014 he made his debut at Carnegie Hall in New York. He teaches guitar at the Domenico Cimarosa Conservatory of Avellino.
Giulio Tampalini (Brescia, Italy 19 November 1971) in 2014 received the Arts and Culture Award in Milan. He is considered by critics to be one of the most innovative and charismatic interpreters of the music scene. After graduating with honors at the Conservatory of Cuneo, he won the major international guitar awards, the Sanremo “Yepes” competition, the “Sor” in Rome, twice the Rome International Music Competition, the “De Bonis” ”Of Cosenza. He won two gold guitars for the best album: in 2003 with Tárrega: Complete works for guitar and in 2018 for the Castelnuovo-Tedesco album: Complete Works for Soprano and Guitar. He performs in Europe, Asia and the United States as a soloist and with orchestra. In his impressive record production there are CDs dedicated to the Italian twentieth century, the complete work for solo guitar by Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, a monograph on Gilardino, Giuliani’s Six Rossini, Concerto n. 1, the Quintet and Romancero Gitano of Castelnuovo-Tedesco and four integrals: Tárrega, Llobet, Matiegka and Villa-Lobos. With Giovanni Podera he is curator of the series “The Masters of the Guitar” (Curci Editions). He is a guitar professor at the Foundation Imola International Academy “Incontri con il Maestro”, director of the International Guitar Academy of Brescia, he holds very popular masterclasses in Italy, Europe, Asia and America. He’s a D’Addario Artist and he plays guitars made by Philip Woodfield.