Nino D’Amico – Italy

Nino D’Amico (EUROSTRINGS ARTIST 2019/2020), was born in Ottaviano (Naples) on the 6th of May 1997, was graduated in Enogastronomic and began studying classical at the age of 12 directed by his father. Later, for more than 5 years had been followed by Prof. Marco Caiazza, known for his studies on the virtuoso technique for guitar, and was admitted to the Conservatory “San Pietro a Majella” in Naples (2013), where he became part of the class of Prof. Vincenzo Amabile. Nino has undertaken his first chamber music workshop held by the Professors Sergio and Dora Cantella in 2013. In April 2014 he took part in his first masterclass, with the Cuban composer, guitarist and conductor LEO BROUWER, and later, after a great period of study, he had the opportunity to attend various other masterclasses held by renowned Masters, such as Marco Caiazza, Giulio Tampalini, Frédéric Zigante, Aniello Desiderio, Andrea De Vitis, Antonio Rugolo, Gabriel Bianco, Peter Graneis, David Pavlovits, Csaki Andras, Giran Peter, Lucio Matarazzo, Giovanni Podera, Alvaro Pierri, Marcin Dylla, Fabio Zanon,  Paolo Pegoraro and Christian Saggese, moreover, Throughout the course Eurostrings he has the precious opportunity to participate in numerous masterclasses, held by the great world-famous Masters, such as Rovshan Mamedkuliev, Anton Baranov, Tilman Hoppstock, Goran Krivokapic, Mats Bergstrom, Judicael Perroy, Andras Csaki, Anabel Montesinos and Zoran Dukic .
For several years he attended the guitar seminar of the Castellaneta Civic School (Taranto) with Prof. Frédéric Zigante and Antonio Rugolo. On April the 1st, 2019, he obtained the Bachelor Diploma, with the highest marks and praise. In the same year he attended the Masterclasses held at the Stefano Strata under the guidance of M° Aniello Desiderio, who awarded him the “Roberto Borghini” scholarship as the best student of the course. In November 2019 he will access the biennium under the guidance of M° Aniello Desiderio.
On May the 28th 2019, Nino is winner of the EUROSTRINGS Scholarship that gave him the opportunity to partecipate in the INTERNATIONAL GUITAR FESTIVAL Harmonia Cordis (ROMANIA / Targu Mures) as part of the Competition and the MasterClass. Subsequently he gains access to the finals (ROMANIA) and with immense gratitude he wins the FIRST PRIZE at the prestigious international competition by redeeming the EUROSTRINGS ARTIST 2019/2020 plate and winning a fabulous guitar worth € 5,000 by the guitar maker Vasilis Sigletos. Through interviews and performances, Nino starts the EUROSTRINGS experience by touring Europe competing with guitarists from all over the classical world.
In 2020, Nino starts his concert career in Europe thanks to the collaboration with the European Guitar Festival EUROSTRINGS, getting great successes in numerous competitions and concerts and obtaining prestigious prizes.  Despite the pandemic period, he makes his debut in the most renowned festivals and participates in famous online events.
– On March 18, 2020 he publishes an online video, inviting musicians, especially guitarists, to stay at home and concentrate on the study and technique of the instrument; that video gets great feedback from many users.
– On April 6, 2020 he collaborates with many guitarists on the platform for the creation of a streaming concert for ensamble music, given by the union of the videos of the individual performances – a real exciting project. Moreover , he is the sponsor of important ( great) festivals involved in the project, sharing thoughts, tastes and everything related to the circle of classical music in Europe.
– On May 20, 2020 he performs his first online live concert, which is very successful, also thanks to the sharing by many users and Festivals. The program boasts one of the most beautiful pieces of the Baroque repertoire: Bach’s CIACCONA. According to the regulations in force for the containment of the pandemic, Nino begins a path of live concerts and competitions all over the world, highlighting his professional figure and thus increasing his gratitude towards the magnificent instrument that is the guitar.
– From 8 to 12 September 2020 he has the opportunity to play two live concerts in the beautiful city of Targu Mures, Romania, in collaboration with the HARMONIA CORDIS Festival. He performs in the suggestive Kis SZENT TERÉZ church, in Odorhei Secuiesc and in the CETATEA MEDIEVAL castle; hence his concert activities, rich in masterclasses and with multiple didactic commitments.
– On 27 September 2020 he performs in an online concert in collaboration with ZAGREB GUITAR FESTIVAL (Zagreb), participating in masterclasses and other activities.
– From 7 to 12 October 2020 He leaves to the city of Uppsala, Sweden, to perform in a wonderful concert in the Konsert and Kongress of the city, obtaining the great praise of the whole classical guitar community, collaborating with the UPPSALA International Guitar Festival .
– On October 18th 2020 he takes part in the online concert with M ° Judical Perroy, within the SZEGED GUITAR FESTIVAL.
– On 25 October 2020 he debuts in online concerts from Germany, for the NUERTINGEN INTERNATIONAL GUITAR FESTIVAL.
On October 29, 2020 he performs an online concert with the collaboration of GuitArt Festival Plovdiv.

His guitar/concert career began in 2014, with his performance in many competitions:
• Participates in the first national competition “Giovani Promesse” Città di Acerra (NA), achieving the 3rd Prize Ex-Equo, after only 6 months of study;
• 3rd Award in the Acerra Guitar Meetings;
• 3rd Prize at the international Bor Guitar competition, July 2019;
• 2nd Prize at the NapoliNova National Competition;
• 2nd Prize at the international competition of Acerra Guitar Meetings in 2018;
• 2nd Prize at the National EduGuitar Program 2019 guitar competition;
• 2nd Prize (first prize not awarded) in the International Music Competition of the City of Stresa;
• 2nd Prize in the International Competition City of Baronissi (Baronissiline).
• 1st Prize at the NapoliNova national competition, 2014;
• 1st Prize at the XXI National Competition “Giulio Rospigliosi” of Lamporecchio;
• 1st Prize at the 10th national competition “La Chitarra Volante” (Rome);
• first prize at the VI international festival of the Adriatic;
• 1st Prize EduGuitar Competition;
• 1st Absolute Prize at the XXII international competition “Young Guitarists” city of Mottola in 2016;
• 1st Absolute Prize at the V European contest “Jacopo Napoli”;
• 1st Absolute Prize in the “Media Musicale” competition;
• 1st Absolute Prize at the 10th national competition “Mirabello in musica”;
• 1st Absolute Prize at the XXVIII international competition for young musicians “Città di Barletta”;
• 1st Absolute Prize (100/100) at the 1st edition of the “Franco Di Franco” competition, Positano;
• 1st Prize for the category with no age limit at the international competition for musical performances in the city of Baronissi (Sa);
• 1st Prize for the category Up to 25 years of age within the XI Mirabello in Musica national music competition.
• Special Prize at the International Paganini Guitar Festival competition as Best Interpretation of a piece by Paganini (category with no age limit) in Parma, May 2019;
• 1st prize in INTERNATIONAL GUITAR FESTIVAL Award Harmonia Cordis in TARGU MURES (Romania);
In the meantime of this advanced guitarist training, he begins to participate in numerous online competitions, obtaining world-class prizes, including:
• 1st Prize at the ALBANIA GUITAR FESTIVAL international competition;
• 1st Prize + Grand Prix at the INTERNATIONAL MOSCOW MUSIC COMPETITION in Russia;
• 2nd Prize at the INTERNATIONAL GUITAR TALENT ONLINE COMPETITION (China), in collaboration with the Fringe Association;
• 2nd Prize at the PLEVEN GUITAR FESTIVAL international competition in Bulgaria.

In 2021 he began his success by publishing the preview of his first CD dedicated to “Agustin Barrios Mangore” in collaboration with the DotGuitar record company followed by Maestro Lucio Matarazzo, Aniello Desiderio and Mauro Tamburrini entitled “AGUSTIN BARRIOS WORKS”!

– Subsequently he receives an important recognition as “Golden Guitar” as Revelation of the year 2021 at the 26th International Guitar Convention in Milan.

Subsequently he gets other victories in several international competitions:
• 1st Absolute Prize in “X International Music Competition AMIGDALA 2021” with a score of 100/100;
• 1st Absolute Prize in “V International Guitar Competition Gaetano Marziale 2021;
• 1st Prize in Danubia Talents  3rd “Wiener Klassiker” International Online Music Competition in Hungary;
• 1st Absolute Prize in IscArt International Music Competition in Lugano, Switzerland.
• 1st Absolute Prize  in Digital Edition of EduGuitarProgram 2021 with special prize for participation in the Koblenz International Guitar Festival & Academy.
•  2nd Prize in 18th Altamira Gorizia Guitar Competition Enrico Mercatali Prize in the section without age limits.
• 1st Absolute Prize with 100/100 points in the Domenico Cimarosa Conservatory (Av), Cimarosa Conservatory Prize.
•  1st Prize in the final of “Gara D’Onore” held in the Verdi Theater in Pisa, resulting the winner among the 6 StrataMaster Editions (2016 – 2021) with M ° Aniello Desiderio (President), M ° Lucio Matarazzo and director of the Strata academy, Marco Borghini.
•  1st Prize at the International Guitar Festival in Uppsala 2021 edition XVIII also obtaining the Audience Award.

During his artistic maturity, he reveals a great musical affinity for Agustín Pío Barrios Mangoré, whose compositions he performs great guitar interpretations, as well as for other composers, such as: Giulio Regondi, Mauro Giuliani, Johann Sebastian Bach, Napoléon Coste, Domenico Scarlatti, Dionisio Aguado, Carlo Domeniconi, Johann Kaspar Mertz, Miguel Llobet, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (Goya), Joaquín Rodrigo, Alexandre Tansman.
He has played / is playing for some of the most prestigious national and international musical associations. He debuted at his first concert at the Auser Association “M. Giuliano” of Salerno in 2014, then he performed at “Sala Filangieri “at the State Archives of Naples, achieving the Diploma of Merit. Participates in multiple concerts throughout Italy obtained from the awards of the competitions, winning scholarships for the most deserving students and more.

He plays on a guitar made by Alessandro Marseglia in 2021.