Artists Maurizio Grandinetti

The guitarist Maurizio Grandinetti is engaged in exploring and extending the boundaries of his instrument. His activities span across solo recitals, contemporary and chamber music and improvisations, performing also on electric guitars, and accompanying himself with several electronic devices. He performs the classical and romantic repertoire on an 1820 Lacote instrument.

Maurizio Grandinetti graduated cum laude at the Bari Music Conservatory (Italy), he transferred to Switzerland to continue his training under the guidance of Oscar Ghiglia at the Hochschule für Musik in Basel and with Frank Bungarten at the Lucerne Music Conservatory, where he got his soloist diploma. He then went on to Basel to study with the lutenist Hopkinson Smith at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, where he perfectionated in early music and original instruments.

His vast, poliedric repertoire is particularly oriented towards contemporary and avant-gard music. He has done several premier performances of works by Rebecca Saunders, Vinko Globokar, Jürg Wyttenbach, Alex Buess, Wolfgang Heininger, Tim Hodgkinson, Gwyn Pritchard, Rudolf Kelterborn, and Heinz Holliger.

He has performed several guitar concertos with the Basel Sinfonietta, the Katowice Chamber Orchestra, the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, and the Milano Classica Orchestra, among others.

He has composed music for several theatre and dance productions and works closely with the German director Joachim Schlömer (Engel der Verzweiflung at Theater Freiburg, Nostalgia at Festspielhaus St Pölten, A Clear View of Heaven at the Lucerne Festival). During the season 2010-11 he was Artist in Residence at the Festspielhaus St Pölten.

He has been invited to play across Europe, Brasil, USA and China as soloist by prestigious organizations: the Lucerne International Festival, the Venitian Fenice Theatre, Radio Bremen, Output Festival Amstrdam, Silesian days of Contemporary Music Katowice. He is a member of the Basel Phoenix Ensemble and often plays with important European Ensembles. One of his latest performances was Pli selon Pli under the baton of composer/conductor Pierre Boulez. In 2003 a new CD with music for the solo guitar by John Cage & John Dowland, was released by the Italian CD del Manifesto. More of his recordings can be found under the German Collegno label.

Maurizio Grandinetti teaches at the Como Music Conservatory (Italy) and the MusikHochschule Karksruhe (Germany) runs workshops on contemporary music. He held Masterslasses in summer at the Europäische Akademie in Montepulciano (Italy).

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Maurizio Grandinetti

Lamezia Terme (Italy), 1964

Residence: Basel (Switzerland)

  • Composer
  • Performer (guitar)

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Main releases

empreintes DIGITALes / IMED 17143, IMED 17143_NUM / 2017

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