Aniello Desiderio

Italy

In 1992 Aniello Desiderio graduated with honours from the Conservatory of Music in Alessandria.
At the age of eight, he performed in public for the first time, displaying such outstanding gifts that
music critics started to speak of him as an “enfant prodige,” “wunderkind,” “a genius,” “the Orpheus of
the guitar,” “a guitarist of the century,” and “il Fenomeno.”
He has won 18 first International Awards in both national and international competitions, including 1st
Prize and Special Prize for the best interpretation of South American music at the International Guitar
Competition in Havana, Cuba (1988); “Neapolitan of the Year” Award, Italy (1988); 1st Prize and
Special Prize of the best interpretation of Tarrega’s music at the International Francisco Tarrega
Competition, Benicasim, Spain (1992); and 1st Prize at the International “Guerrero” Competition,
Madrid, Spain (1995).
He performs as a recitalist and soloist with orchestras in North and South Americas, Europe, Asia,
and Africa; regularly in the most important theaters of the world including Carnegie Hall, Palau de La
Musica, Munich Philarmonie, Alte Opera, Tonhalle, Teatro delle Palme, Radio France, Die Gloke,
Istanbul Philarmonie, Berlin, Philarmonie, and Opera House Wien.
Mr. Desiderio has performed with Virtuosi di Mosca with Vladimir Spivakov, RSO Berliner, Deutche
Kammerphilarmonie, Alessandro Scarlatti, I Pomeriggi Musicali, Bach Collegium, Wiener
Kammerorchester, and some of the most prestigious music festivals all over the world.
In 1999, the German Television BR/ARD produced a music film and a portrait of Mr. Desiderio in
Naples, that was broadcast throughout Europe. Also, he received the “Artist in Residence Award
1999” from the German Radio DLF and the Musikfest Bremen together with Gidon Kremer. Mr.
Desiderio was invited to the 70th birthday Gala of Maestro Lorn Maazel by the Bavarian Radio and
Television station. Together with his brothers Gennaro and Gaetano Desiderio, and other famous
Neapolitan musicians, he founded the group Passione Napoletana, performing the highly emotional
music of his home town Naples: “Serenate, Tanghi, Danze, Canzoni e Tarantelle Napoletane.”
Recent appearances included performances with the Bavarian Chamber Orchestra and Romulo
Larrea (Bandoneon) Tango con Passion, in Germany and with the Istanbul State Symphony
Orchestra in Turkey. He records for FRAME; WAKU MUSIC; KOCH-UNIVERSAL; and since 2006,
he records for his own company ADORO RECORDS.
In fall 2009, he created his recording project: “Quartetto Furioso” with violinist Gennaro Desiderio,
pianist Gaetano Desiderio and percussionist Salvatore Minale playing a program consisting of
Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” and Piazzolla’s “Four Seasons of Buenos Aires” and realized the

production of a CD of this project for the famous German label Termidor, which includes artists such
as Paquito D’ Rivera and Sabine Mayer.
In 2010, Aniello performed the “Concerto Madrigal” of J. Rodrigo with legendary classical guitarist
Angel Romero. Since then, he gives summer masterclass at the International Academy for
Mozarteum (Salzburg, Austria). Renowned guitarist John McLaughlin chose Mr. Desiderio for the
European Premier of his Concerto “Thieves and Poets.” In high demand as a teacher, he’s a
professor at the Conservatorio Domenico Cimarosa of Avellino (Italy). In 2017 he created his latest
record “ Nocturnal” for Accelerando Music Production in Germany.