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Gian Paolo Lopresti


Gian Paolo Lopresti
“[…] today he lives in a dimension of the guitarist/composer, who is attentive to the many stylistic influences imposed in our time, sensitive to the thousands of messages, receptive and adaptable, and to even more than the world of sound that it offers. [...]”
(Maurizio Colonna, Guitar Club, March 2003)
Guitar teacher at a middle school in Torino, Italy and at the “Laboratorio del Suono” (Sermig), holds a diploma in Guitar, under the guidance of Maestro Maurizio Colonna, awarded highest honors in Teaching Music.
From 2009 to the present, with maximum marks, received the “Diploma di Secondo Livello per la Formazione Docenti di Strumento Musicale”, from the Conservatorio di Torino.
He attended master classes, with among others, Alirio Diaz and Leo Brouwer and has won both national and international awards.
From 2006 he collaborated with the “Fondazione Tancredi di Barolo - Museo della Scuola e del Libro per l’infanzia” for the planning and realization of a Musical Workshop, “Giocosuonoimparo” (Play, play, learn), developed in association with the Workshop of the Teatro Regio di Torino.
Together with the flautist Alessandro Molinaro, produced the CD “Musiques enchantées” for the publishers Niccolò, of French composers of the 1800’s and 1900’s.
For the publishers “Sinfonica” from Milan (distrib. Nuova Carisch), he produced "Fantasia I" for guitar and “Notturno” for flute and guitar.
His musical career as a soloist, has led him to work in collaboration both in chamber and full orchestras including the Filarmonica ‘900 del Teatro Regio di Torino, Unione Musicale, Accademia Calatina, Festival di Bordighera, A.GI.MUS. etc.
Along with the l'Orchestra dell'Arsenale della Pace (Sermig) he performed in the Sala Paolo VI, in the Vatican, in the presence of Pope Giovanni Paolo II, and under the direction of Salvatore Accardo, at the Sermig Auditorium of Torino.

Massimo Riva

A guitarist awarded a diploma with honors in 2002 at the Conservatorio “G. Verdi” di Torino, under the guidance of Maestro Pier Luigi Cimma. In 2006 he completed his studies, graduating in Musical Disciplines with Maestro Paolo Garganese.
From 2002 to 2003 he attended Masterclasses of “Musica en Compostela” a Santiago de Compostela (Spain), which, from 1957 has dealt with training professional performers and students from all over the world in classical Spanish musical repertoire with the participation of some of the greatest national musicians, including Andrès Segovia, who firstly, taught as head professor of guitar, and now with a Maestro of the Conservatory of Madrid, Jose Luis Rodrigo.
He has participated in other various Masterclasses with Alirio Diaz, Wolfgang Lendle, Leo Brouwer and Leonardo De Angelis.
His real interest is in medieval music, a knowledge of which he seeks to deepen, and studies Renaissance lute with Hopkinson Smith, and the Theorbo with Mario D’Agosto, working with l’Ensemble Barocco del Conservatorio di Torino.
His musical career as a soloist has taken him to many important events, such as in 2002 at the Piccolo Regio di Torino, of which he was the highest qualified guitarist of the year; at the Auditorium del Conservatorio di Torino in various seasonal concerts and the Wednesday concert lectures at the Conservatorio; in 2004 for Settembre Musica, as a performer of the works of Goffredo Petrassi, in the commemorative year of the death of the composer; at Santiago de Compostela and in Galizia; as a performer, also at the Perugia Classica show in 2003.
In the same year, he was the promoter and organizer of numerous events at the International Festival of Guitar and Lute, “Nova Camerata dei Bardi”, in Bardonecchia, north western Italy near Torino; a project born in association with Maestro Pier Luigi Cimma, he procured the participation of some of the most authoritative and well known artists of the international concert scene, including Leonardo De Angelis.