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Pietro Locatto

Pietro Locatto received his music education under the guidance of Stefano Grondona and
perfected his skills with Frédéric Zigante, Oscar Ghiglia and Lorenzo Micheli, receiving
scholarships and special awards, including five Diploma di Merito from the Accademia Musicale
Chigiana in Siena.
During his studies he was a scholar at the Associazione "De Sono" and he stood out by winning
several international competitions in different countries, of which we would like tomention the first
prize at the "Gianni Bergamo Music Award" in Lugano (in the only edition dedicated to the guitar).
Golden guitar as "youngpromise" at the Convegno Internazionale di Chitarra di Milano, he
collaborated as solist with the Orchestra Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini in Parma and Orchestra
Sinfonica d’Este in Ferrara (performing Concierto de Aranjuez and Concerto n.1 by Castelnuovo-
Tedesco). Invited by the pianist Michele Campanella to perform as the only guitarist at Festival
Spinacorona he held solo recitals in international festivals in Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Portugal,
England, Croatia, Belgium, Greece, Australia and Mexico.
His profound interest for Spanish music for guitar from the first half of the '900 brought to a first
monographic album based on the work from Federico Moreno Torroba (Stradivarius) and a second
album focused on the characters of Llobet, Asencio and Mompou, greatly received by the critics
both in Italy and internationally (Rai Radio 3,American Record Guide, Discover Classical, Gendai
Guitar, Guitar Classique,Musica, Amadeus…).
His research on Iberian music was expanded thanks to the partnership with the cellist Martina
Biondi, with whom he started Duo Evocaciones and a program on the music of Cassadó, Albéniz,
Granados and De Falla. Concurrently, invited by the magazine Seicorde, he created an album
dedicated to bachian transcriptions from harpsichord, lute, and cello, published for the series "I
Maestri della chitarra".
In 2019 he was the only guitarist to win a collaboration with the Teatro Regio of Turin. He has been
interested in teaching for many years and he is currently working as a teacher at the Conservatorio
di Bergamo, as a visiting professor at the LPMAM of London, besides being invited to hold
masterclasses in several Italian festivals and other occasions.
Pietro Locatto plays instruments built by Luigi Locatto, his father and luthier: one inspired by the
Enrique Garcia from 1904 played by Francisco Tarrega in his last concert and an other one derived
from Francisco Simplicio.

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