Aniello Desiderio

In 1992, Aniello Desiderio graduated with honours from the Conservatory of Music in Alessandria, age of eight, he performed in public for the first time, displaying such outstanding gifts that music critics began to refer to 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 place international awards in both national and international competitions, including the 1st Prize and Special Prize for 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 for best interpretation of Tarrega’s music at the International Francisco Tarrega Competition, Benicasim, Spain (1992); and the 1st Prize at the International “Guerrero” Competition, Madrid, Spain (1995).

He has performed as solist with orchestras in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa and regularly plays in the world’s most important theaters 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.

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