Giacomo Susani is an Italian guitarist (Padua, 29 April 1995). He is currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London in Michael Lewin’s class where, in 2016, he obtained his Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours and the discretionary Bache Fund Prize; since the following academic year he has been attending here his Master of Arts.
On his entrance to the prestigious Academy, and after an audition with Julian Bream, he received the Julian Bream Trust Scholarship (also confirmed for the following academic years).
In the 2016-17 academic year he is being kindly supported by Calleva Foundation.
He completed his musical training studies in Italy: he enrolled at the Arrigo Pedrollo Conservatory in Stefano Grondona’s class and he graduated at the age of 18 with special mention. He also attended the Composition Course at the same High Musical Education Institute.
Over the years he has taken part in various masterclasses and advanced courses with important guitarists (Giuseppe Carrer, Paul Galbraith, Oscar Ghiglia, Laura Mondiello, David Russell, Carles Trepat, Fabio Zanon). In particular he obtained scholarships and diplomas of merit in Laura Mondiello’s Guitar Masterclasses in Ponte in Valtellina (2009, 2010, 2011) and in Oscar Ghiglia’s Guitar Masterclasses and Chamber music at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena (2013, 2015, 2016; during this last year he obtained a Scholarship from the Siena’s Rotary Club).
In 2014 he received the Luca Salvadori Scholarship, dedicated to the friend guitarist died prematurely: “Not a prize but a light to follow and offer, in order that the merit is not only an achievement but an expression of the man value, which in itself holds all the others. A call to do things in the best way possible”.
In 2014 he received the “Marfa Maggioli Prize” as a representative of Veneto Region at the “Young music talents – Alda Rossi da Rios” National Competition in Venice.
In 2016 he was selected from the IGF Young Artist Platform Scheme for a series of concerts across the UK.
Right from when he was very young, he took part in several Guitar competition always obtaining excellent results and, on many occasions, winning the First Prize. Of particular note was his win, just 17 years old, of the Second Prize (no First Prize assigned) and of the Audience Award at the Ruggero Chiesa International Guitar Competition in Camogli (IT). The judge Fabio Zanon wrote: “Vou prestar atenção no Giacomo Susani, un rapaz de apenas 17 anos que tocou com mais maturidade que a maioria dos outros concorrentes” (Resultado do concourso R. Chiesa na Italia,
in September 2016, he was awarded the Contemporary music Special ESTA Prize at the 21st International Guitar Competition, Forum Wien Guitar (in Wien, Austria) and the 2nd Prize at the Gianni Bergamo Classic Music Award (honours outstanding talents in the different sectors of classical music) in Lugano (Switzerland).
In October 2016 he got First Prize at the London International Guitar Competition: in this occasion he played the première of “Orpheus” by Graham Lynch (for Guitar and Orchestra).
Also in October he was awarded a special recognition for the best performance of the set work “Phosphenes (after Sylvius Leopold Weiss)” by Marek Pasieczny at I Guitar Master Competition, Wroclaw (Poland).
In April 2017 he was awarded 1st Prize at the Ivor Mairants Guitar Award in London, after which he became a Yeoman of the Musicians’ Company. Shortly after, he won the Ian Fleming Award following an audition for Help Musicians UK.
The Solo concerts which he performed, both in Italy and abroad, have always seen an increasingly involved, concentrated public during the performance and enthusiastic and convinced at the end. We should mention, amongst the solo performances, the “Debut concert” at the 15th International “Michele Pittaluga” Guitar Competition just 15 years old, the Solo concerts at the Casa Luthier Guitarras in Barcelona (2012) and at the St. John College in Cambridge (2013), a series of concerts as a Young Artist of the International Guitar Foundation (Bath Guitar Festival in Bath, and King’s Place in London), for the Guitar Societies of Bristol and Canterbury during 2016; amongst the Chamber music and as a soloist with Orchestra experiences, a Concert for two Guitars at Casa Console in Poschiavo (CH 2011), the “Concerto n.1 op. 99” by M. Castelnuovo Tedesco (Vicenza 2011), the “Double Concerto for Guitar, Bandoneon and String orchestra” by Astor Piazzolla performed in various Italian theaters (2012) and his own composition, “Quintet“, for Guitar and Strings at the Royal Academy of Music (2016).
Amongst future engagements we should mention a series of concerts of Chamber music a (Duo with Cello, a Duo with Piano and a Duo with Voice) and with Orchestra (“Concierto de Aranjuez by J. Rodrigo) in Italy (February/March 2017).
Giacomo Susani conducts important research with the Guitar in the field of composition (“Songs of Elegance and Wisdom”, for Guitar and Voice, 2015; “Quintet, for Guitar and Strings, 2016; “Five miniatures”, for two Guitars, 2016).
In February 2015 the recording studio Stradivarius brought out his first solo CD “Giacomo Susani plays Petrassi, Bach, Tansman, Weiss”, which obtained excellent reviews from the public and critics (“Classical Guitar”, “BBC Music”, “Gendai Guitar”, “Il Fronimo”, “Amadeus” among the others).
Giacomo Susani also took part in the “J. S. Bach. The four Suites for Lute” (Stradivarius 2016), a recording project conducted by Stefano Grondona.
Giacomo Susani is the Artistic Director of Momùs-More Music, a Musical Association based in Italy promoting and organizing classical music concerts.