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03/12/2022 à 20:00

First Prize Paganini competition 2021
“Giuseppe Gibboni is one of the most extraordinary talents I have ever met. He has perfect intonation, an amazing technique in all its aspects, a very fascinating sound and a sincere musicality. I'm sure he will have all the success he deserves.”  Salvatore Accardo 

With fawless technique and compelling expressiveness, Giuseppe Gibboni won over the jury and audience of the Paganini Violin Competition in Genoa in October 2021. The violinist, born in 2001, was the frst Italian in 24 years to win the overall prize, as well as the audience choice prize and special prize for the best interpretations of Niccolò Paganini's Capriccios and Violin Concerto. Subsequently, the now 21-year-old musician has begun an extensive concert career. He made his debut with Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under the direction of Lorenzo Viotti. Shortly thereafter, he played with guitarist Carlotta Dalia at the invitation of Italian President Sergio Mattarella at the Quirinal Palace in Rome; the concert was broadcast live on Italian radio. 

Giuseppe Gibboni had already attracted attention with a series of competition successes. He became known to a large television audience in 2016 through his success in the Prodigi – La musica è vita competition broadcast by RAI 1 in collaboration with UNICEF. In the same year he won the frst prize and a special prize at the Andrea Postacchini Violin Competition, followed by successes at the Leonid Kogan International Competition in Brussels (2017), the George Enescu International Competition in Bucharest (2018) and the Valsesia Musica Competition (2020). 

The son of a family of musicians, Giuseppe Gibboni was frst taught by his father Daniele Gibboni before attending the Salerno Conservatory “Martucci”. At the age of 14, he was admitted to the Staufer Academy in Cremona, where he received lessons from Salvatore Accardo. He also successfully graduated with a Diploma of Honor from the Accademia Chigiana in Siena. After a five-year advanced course at the Accademia Perosi in Biella with Pavel Berman, he now studies at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg as a student of Pierre Amoyal. 

Giuseppe Gibboni recorded his debut CD at the age of 15 for the Warner Classics label. Since 2017, he has been sponsored by the New York SI-YO Foundation. He plays on a 1752 Tommaso Balestrieri violin on loan from the collector Stefano Arancio. As winner of the Paganini Competition, he will also have the opportunity to perform on the "Cannone", Niccolò Paganini's favourite instrument built by Guarneri del Gesù in 1743, in the upcoming season. 

“Carlotta Dalia's playing represents the excellence of the Italian tradition - which is at the highest level - and she is on the verge of becoming a world leader in the art of the guitar.” Maestro Angelo Gilardino, Suonare News  

Born in Tuscany in 1999, guitarist Carlotta Dalia is attracting attention with her passionate and deep interpretations, carried by a round and powerful tone. Since giving her first solo concert at the age of twelve, she has won over 40 national and international competitions, including first prizes in Uppsala, Hong Kong, Miami, and Madrid, as well as at the International Competition Niccolò Paganini in Parma. 

She is now a regular guest on concert stages worldwide - tours have taken her to Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria, Portugal, Poland, Hungary, Sweden, Russia, Ireland, Japan, and Switzerland, for example. For some time now, she has been performing regularly as a duo with violinist Giuseppe Gibboni, the current winner of the Paganini Violin Competition in Genoa - the two played, among other places, in Rome's Quirinal Palace at the invitation of Italian President Sergio Mattarella; the concert was broadcast live on Italian radio. Concerts this season will also take Carlotta Dalia throughout Italy as well as to Barcelona, Beirut, Bogota, the Groningen Guitar Festival, and on tour to China.  

She released her first CD Gran Solo with works by Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Scarlatti, Bach, and Sor at the age of 16. A second recording, including compositions by Bach's contemporary Silvius Leopold Weiss, followed in 2018. In 2020, she recorded a sonatina by Angelo Gilardino dedicated to her under the title Angelus, which was released together with works by other composers; in the same year, her recording of the complete guitar works by Ida Presti appeared. For this recording she was awarded the Chitarre d'oro prize in Milan in October 2022.  

Carlotta Dalia began playing the guitar at the age of eight and graduated with distinction in 2017 from the renowned Accademia Chigiana in Siena, where she studied with Oscar Ghiglia. She completed postgraduate studies as a student of Laura Young at the Mozarteum Salzburg in 2022 and has been a D'Addario Artist since 2016. She is supported by the Si-Yo Music Foundation in New York and the Adopt a Musician Foundation in Lugano. Carlotta Dalia performs on a guitar by Andrea Tacchi. 


Nicolò Paganini
Sonata Concertata op. 61
Capricci n. 1, 5, 24 (violino solo)

Francisco Tárrega
Capricho Arabe

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Capriccio n. XVIII

Astor Piazzolla
Histoire du Tango
- Bordell 1900
- Café 1930
- Nightclub 1960

Nicolò Paganini
La Campanella


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