The Italian guitarist, Luigi Attademo, received his guitar performance degree with the highest marks in 1992, from Turin’s G. Verdi Conservatory. He studied with the guitarist-composer Angelo Gilardino from 1990 to 1993 at the Accademia Superiore L. Perosi in Biella, where he received another degree with the highest marks. He has attended many seminars and master-classes with, among others, Oscar Ghiglia, Dusan Bogdanovic, Tilman Hoppstock, David Russell, Thomas Müller-Pering. Other master-classes:1994: Composition in music for film, with Ennio Morricone at Accademia Chigiana, Siena 1995-1996; Conducting with Julius Kalmar at Accademia “H. Swaroski”, Milano 2004; Composition with Alessandro Solbiati at GAMO Firenze. He also studied Baroque music with the harpsichord player Emilia Fadini. He was awarded in several national and international competitions, including: Concorso Internazionale di Interpretazione di Musica per chitarra del XX secolo in Lagonegro, Italy (2nd prize, 1992),Concours International d’Exécution Musicale (CIEM) in Geneva (3rd prize, 1995)and the Concorso Internazionale De Bonis in Cosenza, Italy (1st prize, 1998).
Luigi Attademo has been invited as a guest in several festivals and he has given the first performance of many contemporary works, as Angelo Gilardino’s Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra Leçons de Ténèbres, or the Four Studies for guitar by Alessandro Solbiati. He has also played on Italian publi Radio3 RAI and Rete Toscana Classica. He works in chamber music with important partners as Fabio Bagnoli, Francesco Dillon, Francesco Gesualdi, Stefano Parrino, Cristiano Rossi, Nuovo Contrappunto Ensemble and Quartetto di Cremona.
Luigi Attademo worked in the archive of the Andrés Segovia’s Foundation (Linares- Spain), cataloguing manuscripts (published on the Spanish musicological review The Roseta), discovering unknown manuscripts of important composers, such as Jaume Pahissa, Alexandre Tansman, Gaspar Cassadò and others. After the discovery of new compositions in the Segovia’s Archive, he gave the first performance of several works like the Sonatina by Cyril Scott (Alessandria, September 2001), the first manuscript of Suite Compostelana and Cancion y Danza n.10 by Federico Mompou, the Quatre pièces by Lennox Berkeley, the Thème et variations by Fernande Peyrot, and others.
Luigi Attademo recorded a CD dedicated to Scarlatti’s Sonatas in 1999, and a CD with Bach transcriptions in 2000, both published by the Italian label Niccolò. His 3rd CD, including the Variations on Folias theme, was published in 2001. He also recorded a CD including the most important Segovia Archive’s works, published by the Italian magazine Seicorde in 2002. The latest CD’s are dedicated to Boccherini Quintets and the Segovia’s Repertoire. In the 2007, Guitar Review dedicated an interview and a CD to his works. In 2011 a new 2-CD album dedicated to the complete Suites for Guitar of J.S. Bach was published by Brilliant Classics.
Luigi Attademo plays guitars by Enrique Garcia (1897), Francisco Simplicio (1926), Emilio Pascual (1927), and René Lacote (1830).
Luigi Attademo holds a Doctorate in Philosophy with a dissertation on musical interpretation. He is contributor to several specialised magazines, as Guitart, Seicorde, Suonare News, Il Giornale della Musica, Filosofia, he published the book about music and interpretation Musica e interpretazione: conoscenza e soggettività nell’esecuzione musicale (Trauben, Torino 2002). He composed music for theatre (Il canto della Tenebra, Berlin 2004, dedicated to Italian poet Dino Campana) and a piece for guitar and tape Erbarme dich, mein Gott (2004).
Luigi Attademo was recently invited to teach a master-class at the Conservatoire superieur de Musique de Genève.