Paolo Pegoraro (Bassano del Grappa, Vicenza, Italy, 9 August 1968) is one of the most appreciated guitar teachers and interpreters on the international scene. Winner of prestigious competitions, he performs throughout Europe, the USA, South America, Africa and Asia. Cuban guitarist and composer Leo Brouwer said of him: “I am happy to know that in the world of guitar there is a man and a musician like Paolo Pegoraro!”. His passion and commitment to teaching led him to found the Segovia Guitar Academy in Pordenone, an internationally renowned teaching center, frequented by students from all over the world. Since 2010 he has been teaching at the University of Graz (Austria). Countless students who have grown artistically at his school have won more than 250 prizes in the major international competitions including Gfa, “Pittaluga”, “Tárrega”, “Arcas”, “Segovia”, Tokyo, “Parkening”, “Sor” and Gargnano . For his extraordinary activity as a teacher in 2019 he received the gold guitar for teaching in Milan. Since 2017 he is Honorary Artist in Residence at the Menuhin School in London. His latest CD earned him, in 2010, the Golden Guitar. He graduated with honors and honors from the Conservatory of Venice in the class of Tommaso de Nardis, specializing with David Russell, Manuel Barrueco and Oscar Ghiglia, achieving the Diploma of Merit with the latter at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena . In 2010 he joined the “D’Addario family”.
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.