Marco Tamayo (Havana, Cuba, 5 September 1973) is humanely recognized as one of the greatest guitarists of our time. Winner of the most important international awards including the “Segovia” Competition in Granada, the “Pittaluga” in Alexandria, the “Brouwer” of Havana. He has played as a soloist with highly prestigious orchestras such as the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Culiacán Philharmonic, the Havana Philharmonic, the Oulu Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Ennio and Andrea Morricone, Philipe Bender, Leo Brouwer, Gordon Campbell, Kurt Redel , Hannu Lintu. His discography includes six albums, three of which are published by Naxos, received with extraordinary enthusiasm by critics. Eliot Fisk said of him: “Marco Tamayo demonstrates perfect technical development and extraordinary musical intelligence”. Tamayo is regularly invited to the juries of international competitions and holds master classes in conservatories and universities around the world. From 2014 the “Marco Tamayo Edition” was born, a series of publications from the guitar repertoire, enriched with his personal fingering. He teaches at the Mozarteum in Salzburg (Austria) and at the Carinthian Conservatory (Austria). His students are winners of international competitions and are heading towards important artistic careers.
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.