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Recital for violin and guitar



Recital for violin and guitar

Massimo Scattolin (guitar) and Paolo Tagliamento (violin)

The Italian Cultural Institute is pleased to present a recital for violin and guitar with Duo Massimo Scattolin (guitar) and Paolo Tagliamento (violin), who will perform music by Niccolò Paganini, Mauro Giuliani and Pablo de Sarasate.

It is said that Niccolò Paganini, Gioachino Rossini and Mauro Giuliani got together in Rome in 1818. To celebrate Carnival they decided to disguise themselves as blind men and sing a little song along the streets of the capital, with Paganini playing the guitar to the amusement of passers-by. The majority of the recital’s programme is indeed focused on Paganini and Giuliani, leading figures of Italian chamber music of the time. Violin virtuoso Paganini knew how to play the guitar equally well, so much so that he almost always used it as an accompaniment in his compositions. We can therefore find it in the first sonata from the Centone and in the Cantabile, where the solo part is played on the violin. In the Sonata Concertata, on the other hand, the two instruments are given equal prominence, demonstrating the composer's profound knowledge of the guitar technique. Even in the Gran Duo Concertante op.85 by Giuliani the two instruments often exchange roles, but in a different way, giving preference to the part of the violin, and leaving only certain virtuosic passages to the guitar. In some parts of the work, although exquisitely Italian, one can clearly feel the influence that Vienna had on Giuliani while he lived there. Spanish composer Pablo de Sarasate, great violin virtuoso, was in Budapest to give a series of concerts, and here he was able to appreciate the culture and folklore expressed in particular in the gypsy music played by the Roma people. This allowed Sarasate to find the inspiration for a new piece, a collection of gypsy arias and tunes, which he called Zigeunerweisen. The arrangement for guitar of the original piano part is by Massimo Scattolin.

After a number of meetings with Andres Segovia, Massimo Scattolin began his concert career as a soloist, since developing his scattolinchamber music and orchestral activities to include some of the best-known concertos for guitar and orchestra. Composers such as Andrea Morricone, Astor Piazzolla and Violet Archer have written concertos for him. Massimo thus rose to the attention of European, Asian, North and South American and Australian audiences and has been described by critics as being one of the best guitarists of our times. He has worked with the main European television networks, as well as with great theatre actors such as Cucciolla, Pagliai and Gassman. He regularly takes part in international festivals and is the first Italian guitarist to have held master classes at the “Mozarteum” in Salzburg. For the last few years Massimo Scattolin has been increasingly involved in composing works, first for solo guitar, and lately for symphony orchestra. He has released more than 45 recordings, with orchestra, as soloist and in collaboration with musicians such as violinists Giuliano Carmignola, Domenico Nordio and Franco Mezzena, cellists Patick Demenga, Arturo Bonucci and Julius Berger, flautist Roberto Fabbriciani, the Amati and the Aron quartets, pianist Massimiliano Damerini, guitarists Carlos Bonell and Andrea Vettoretti, tenor Francesco Grollo, soprano Stefania Bellamio, percussionist Tullio De Piscopo and the famous Cuban group “Buena Vista Social Club”. Massimo plays a “lattice braced” guitar, made by Enzo Guido, with Dogal “Maestrale” strings.

tagliamentoPaolo Tagliamento was born in Italy in 1997, and completed his violin studies at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan with high distinction, at the age of just 15. In September 2015 he won the 34th “Premio Rodolfo Lipizer” International Violin Competition, becoming the first Italian ever to have won the competition. The young violinist has already attended numerous masterclasses, for example at the Accademia Perosi (Biella), the Eilat Chamber Music Festival (Israel), the “Claudio Monteverdi” Bolzano Conservatory, the Accademia Musicale Chigiana (Siena), the Accademia Perosi (Biella), Kronberg Academye in Gstaad, Menuhin Festival and Academy. At the Accademia Chigiana in Siena and at the Accademia Walter Stauffer in Cremona he studied with famous Italian violinist Salvatore Accardo. He has performed on Italian radio and television (RAI 1, RAI 2, RAI 3). As a soloist, he has already performed many times in Italy and abroad, including concerts in Milan, Rome, Naples, Turin, Venice, Florence, Parma, Piacenza, Trieste, Cremona, Orvieto, Bolzano, Como, Treviso, Udine, Vicenza, Ravenna, Assisi, Toulouse, Paris, Valletta, Athens, Dublin, Colombo, Burgos, Santander, Madrid, Barcelona and Brussels, and has appeared in concert with various orchestras, including the “Orchestra Regionale Filarmonia Veneta”, the “Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali”, “I Solisti di Radio Veneto Uno”, the Chamber Music Society of Colombo, the “Orquesta Sinfónica Freixenet Madrid”, the Trio Nielsen and the “Cuarteto Haendel de Puertos del Estado”. In 2013, as a winner at the “XXII Concorso Società Umanitaria” competition, he performed Ludwig van Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No. 8 in G major, op. 30 and Pablo de Sarasate’s “Gypsy Airs”, op. 20, and in January 2014, as a winner of the “XXVII Rassegna migliori diplomati dei Conservatori e degli Istituti Musicali d’Italia”, he performed Eugène Ysaÿe’s Violin Sonata, op. 2, No. 27, and Niccolò Paganini’s Caprice No. 24. Paolo Tagliamento plays a 1701 Pietro Rogeri violin, on loan from the Pro Canale foundation (Milan), which has in the past been played by David Oistrakh.


  • IIC members: Free
  • Non-members: $20 (contribution fee to support the partial recovery of event costs)

Limited seats. Booking essential:


Date: Thursday, February 06, 2020

Time: From 6:00 pm To 8:00 pm

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Entrance : With fee


Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Sydney