Marcello Fantoni classical guitar

"A worthy cultural ambassador of the splendid Italian people for which
I have always felt a deep love and respect" (Eliot Fisk)

Biography

Musician, teacher, researcher and composer, Marcello Fantoni has always alternated his area of interest between research, teaching and giving concerts.

His continuous interest in searching and improving his deeper understanding of the guitar's repertoire led him to rediscover and record many works for and with guitar.

His last CD, released by Dynamic 2018, dealt with the music for solo guitar by the 19th Century guitarist and composer Luigi Moretti (1774-1856 ca.) brother of the most famous Federico Moretti (1760-1839). In fact, for the first time, a demanding and wide research has allowed him to gather together the most important and known music for solo guitar by Luigi Moretti.

In 2014, thanks to the suggestions of the composer Tomás Marco, he could rediscover the wide corpus of music for solo guitar and chamber music with guitar by the Sevillian composer Manuel Castillo (1930- 2005). In 2015, a selected part of these music has been published in "world premiere recording" by Naxos getting since then great relevance and considerable importance in history and musicology, bringing together for the first time, the most important Castillo's guitar works.

As result of this previous collaboration with Naxos, Marcello Fantoni released with the same label two CDs both with music by the great virtuoso guitarist and composer Luigi Rinaldo Legnani (1790-1877). The former, "Rossini Variations", based entirely on Rossini's arias and ouverture themes, reached, in August 2017, the 5th position in the ranking of the best sales of the major Naxos. The latter, "Works for guitar" has been released in January 2018.

In 2011 he focused his reserch and his study to the repertoire by the composer Tomás Marco, releasing for Dynamic label, two CDs: "Works For Guitar" (2012) and "Chamber Works For Guitar" (2013), both entirely dedicated to the music, for solo guitar and ensemble with guitar, by the composer himself. About the first CD Tomas Marco wrote: "... I think it's a wonderful job and I think for that reason it will be a reference recording for the future ...". "Chamber Works For Guitar" contains the world premiere recordings of several Tomas Marco's chamber works. It has been broadcasted on live Radio Rai 3, and on RTVE (Radiotelevisión Española).This Spanish radio station dedicated wide space to the presentation of this record throughout the radio program "Musica viva". A very long interview with the composer has been alternated with hearing of many extracts from the CD. The spanish composer dedicated to Marcello Fantoni two chamber works with guitar: Trio Concertante n. 5 "Cartografias of Melodrama", for flute, viola and guitar, and "Para un Ritual del Olvido" for clarinete and guitar.

Marcello Fantoni started play guitar at eight years old. In 1996, he obtained the Classical Guitar Degree at the Conservatory "G. Verdi" of Milan - graduating brilliantly with the highest grade and with honors in the interpretation test. In the same Institution, he studied for short time composition with Danilo Lorenzini and Davide Anzaghi. Eliot Fisk, with whom he continued his studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg (where he was admitted in 1996), tells about him ".. I consider Marcello Fantoni a cultural ambassador worthy of the great Italian people for whom I have always felt a deep love and respect". During these years, as a student of the Conservatory "G. Verdi" of Milan, he has recorded two contemporary works by the italian composer Davide Gualtieri for IRTEM-Documents Label, playing as well with the Grande Orchestra Sinfonica "Giuseppe Verdi" and recording, with this orchestra, several Bruno Maderna works. The ARAM Association in Rome pointed out him as emerging talent and inviting him to play within its concert season at the Discoteca di Stato in Rome.

He obtained in 2007 the Master Degree with top marks and honors in "Musical Disciplines - Guitar" at the Conservatory "L. Cherubini" in Florence. He studied here with Paolo Paolini and Alfonso Borghese, attending the annual master classes by Eduardo Fernandez (2005), Timo Koronen (2005), Leo Brouwer (2006) and Pavel Steidel (2006) also. Previously, He attended also the Leo Brouwer's master classes in Cordoba and in Siena, at the Accademia Chigiana, the Oscar Ghiglia's ones, winning the scholarship and a Diploma of merit. He took part in several national and international guitar competitions getting always first, second and third prizes. He was also awarded in 1996 with the "Sergio Dragoni" Foundation grantsas "best students of the Conservatory of Milan", as well as the European Competition launched by Berben music editor House, and the already mentioned Accademia Chigiana Scholarship.

He has always been interested in many non-European musical genres also, playing as a soloist together with many musicians with different musical backgrounds and giving concerts both in Italy and abroad facing a repertoire ranging from Renaissance music up to jazz and contemporary music.As composer, his compositions have been published by Sinfonica: "Perpetuum - (tribute to Egberto Gismonti)" for classical guitar solo, and "Music for Flute And Guitar of Marcello Fantoni" (with an attached CD recording of the same pieces performed together with flutist Daniela Pisano (Tribute to Michel Petrucciani "," Tribute to Manuel de Falla "and" Sonata Simple (Simple Song / Air / Choro Simple).

Teaching has always been one of the most important and predominant activities along his career. He gained a very huge experience in teaching classical guitar, beginning to do it since in a very young age. He has always paid particular attention to chamber music with guitar and to guitars ensembles. This experience allowed him to set up the IDN Consort, an ensemble consisting of 8 guitars, chorus and wind instruments, directing it in many events in the Milan area including the stage of the Expo Open Theater in 2016.

Since 2017 he has teached classical guitar in Pre-Afam coursesat the "Giacomo Puccini" Music Conservatory in Gallarate (VA). In 2018 he was the lecturer for AFAM chamber music for guitar course in the same musical institution.

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Publication

Marcello Fantoni

COMING SOON

worldwide released by November 2018



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LUIGI RINALDO LEGNANI (1790-1877):

1) Works for guitar

COMING SOON

worldwide released by January 2018

TRACKS:
Op. 1 Terremoto con variazioni
Op. 3 Gran ricercario o studio
Op. 4 Tema con variazioni sul terzetto "Pria che l'impegno" di Joseph Weigl (based on a Joseph Weigl's theme)
Op. 6 Gran Capriccio
Op. 10 Scherzo con Variazioni [Scherzo / ossia / quattro Variazioni]
Op. 11 RONDEAU pour la guitarre
Op. 12 Gran Variazioni sopra un Motivo Tirolese
Op. 16 Gran variazioni sul duetto, "Nel cor piu non mi sento," nell'opera "La Molinara" (based on a Giovanni Paisiello's theme)


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LUIGI RINALDO LEGNANI (1790-1877):

2) Works for guitar based on Rossini's operas

released by July 2017

TRACKS:
Ouverture de l'Italien a Alger [Gran Sinfonia] Op. 2
Andante & Allegro dell 'overtura nell' Opera Guglielmo Tell Op. 202
5 Duetto Ai Capricci della sorte Nell Opera L'Italiana in Algeri, Op. 5
Cavatina "Languir per una bella" Nell Opera L'Italiana in Algeri, Op. 7
Coro e rondo "Pensa alla patria" nell'opera "L'Italiana in Algeri", Op. 8
Cavatine (Oh quante Lagrime) de l'opera "La dame du lac", Op. 18
Introduzione e Variazioni sopra la Cavatina "Sorte Secondami" nell'opera Zelmira, Op. 21
Variazioni sopra la marcia nell'opera La donna del Lago, Op. 24
Variations agréables sur la Romance Favorite de Cendrillon , Op. 30
4 Variazioni sul tema dell'Armida "Cara per te quest'anima.

MARCELLO FANTONI solo Guitar



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"Manuel Castillo Guitar Music"

worldwide released by march 2015

Sonata para Guitarra, Kasidas de Alcazar, Tres Preludios, Vientecillo de Primavera, Qunteto con Guitarra, Cancion de Cuna

FEATURING:

Castillo String Quartet (Elton Tola,Marco Corsini, Matteo Del Soldà , Andrea Anzalone)

Marco Ramelli (guitar)

Eleonora Mosca (Voice)



MARCELLO FANTONI

Tomás Marco: Chamber Works for Guitar

La Nuit De Bordeaux, Imprecación De Tindaya, Verde Viento, Partita De Espejos,Tapices y Disparates

FEATURING:

Archimia String Quartet

Davide Gandino (Flute)

Marco Ramelli and Stefano Sanzogni (Guitars)

Piercarlo Sacco (Violin).



MARCELLO FANTONI

Tomás Marco: Works for Guitar

22 Tarots, Presto Mormorando, Sonata de Fuego

LISTEN TO EXCERPTS

PLAY Agni

PLAY Fiammetta

PLAY Llamarada

PLAY Gli innamorati

PLAY Il carro

PLAY La giustizia

PLAY L'eremita

PLAY La ruota della fortuna

PLAY La forza

PLAY La morte

PLAY La stella

PLAY La luna

PLAY Il mondo

PLAY Presto mormorando



Marcello Fantoni (guit.) e Elena Ceranini (voice)

Davide Gualtieri: Notte di sobborgo

Featuring: l'Irtem Ensemble: A. Alberti, F. Chimienti, G. Hoffer, M. Fantoni, S. Rossi, C. Sacchi, R. Vicchi

LISTEN TO EXCERPTS

PLAY Corri come il vento dell'alba

PLAY Il Danubio scorreva



Marcello Fantoni

Luigi Moretti, Ouverture, Corrente



Marcello Fantoni

Works for flute and guitar

Ed. Sinfonica

>> buy score

LISTEN TO EXCERPTS

PLAY Canzone semplice

PLAY A scuola

PLAY Una canzone semplice a scuola

PLAY Omaggio a Manuel De Falla

PLAY Omaggio a Michel Petrucciani





Marcello Fantoni

Perpetuum

Ed. Sinfonica



Multimedia

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  • Tomàs Marco - La Justice

    Tomàs Marco

    La Justice

    Marcello Fantoni, chitarra

  • Tomàs Marco - L'Hermite

    Tomàs Marco

    L'Hermite

    Marcello Fantoni, chitarra

  • Tomás Marco - Le Bateleur

    Tomàs Marco

    Le Bateleur

    Marcello Fantoni, chitarra

  • Tomàs Marco - Le Monde

    Tomàs Marco

    Le Monde

    Marcello Fantoni, chitarra

  • Tomàs Marco - Le Chariot

    Tomàs Marco

    Le Chariot

    Marcello Fantoni, chitarra

  • Miguel Llobet - Canço del Lladre

    Miguel Llobet

    Canço del Lladre

    Marcello Fantoni, chitarra

  • Canço de Cuna

    Canço de Cuna

    Marcello Fantoni, chitarra

  • Astor Piazzola - Bordel 1900

    Astor Piazzola

    Bordel 1900

    Marcello Fantoni, chitarra | Davide Gandino, flauto

  • Astor Piazzola - Café 1930

    Astor Piazzola

    Café 1930

    Marcello Fantoni, chitarra | Davide Gandino, flauto

  • Astor Piazzola - Nightclub 1960

    Astor Piazzola

    Nightclub 1960

    Marcello Fantoni, chitarra | Davide Gandino, flauto

  • M.D. Pujol Suite Buenos Aires «Palermo»

    C. Machado

    Musiques populaires brésiliennes "Parçoco" (Choro)

    Daniela Pisano, flauto | Marcello Fantoni, chitarra
    Tratto dal concerto "Flauto e chitarra in caffè concert"

Reviews

What They Say About Us

Francesco Biraghi

Fronimo n.159 - July 2012 (p. 58/59)

review of CD "Tomàs Marco: Works For Guitar" - Dynamic 2012

"... Brilliant and eclectic guitarist who trained in Milan under the guidance of Paolo Paolini..."

"... The twenty-two pieces performed at the opening of the program find  in Fantoni an interpreter of great valu..."

"... Songs like The Justice or L'Hermite are in fact played ​​with excellent poetic vision, and when there is to show off  a formidable instrumental virtuosity, Fantoni does not seem to have complex, as for example in The Chariot whose rapid chromatics notes are truly wondrous fast..."

"... With a very fiery reading of the entire work (Sonata de Fuego)... In summary this is a very good value CD, with an interpretation of his most electrifying technical... and with frequent moments of poetry..."

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Marco Riboni

Amadeus - July/August 2012

review of CD "Tomàs Marco: Works For Guitar" - Dynamic 2012

"... Fantoni does present an excellent interpretation, displaying remarkable musical gift and virtuosic quality  sometimes really spectacular and fireworks, absolutely necessary to face the great difficulty of this music."

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Melómano - June 2012

review of CD "Tomàs Marco: Works For Guitar" - Dynamic 2012

"... a proverbial Fantoni'CD that he defends with sweeping emotion ability through very balanced domain of technique and expression..."

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2Javier Suárez-Pajares

diverdi.com - May 2012

review of CD "Tomàs Marco: Works For Guitar" - Dynamic 2012

"The program chosen by the Italian guitarist Marcello Fantoni for this monographic work and in which shows a high technical expertise and considerable interpretive skills necessary for a music that must always be kept in a delicate balance over the void of vulgarity."

News

Hy! This is a great day for me! I just knew that my last CD on Legnani's music Works for guitar based on on Rossini's Operas music is at the 5th position of the August Twenty Naxos best Sellers! I hope you will really enjoy it!

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