Saturday, February 22, 2014 7:30 pm
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church $34
s SoloDuo, Matteo Mela and Lorenzo Micheli have performed throughout Europe, Asia, the USA, Canada and Latin America, and have been acclaimed everywhere – from New York’s Carnegie Hall to Seoul’s Sejong Chamber Hall, from Kiev’s Hall of Columns to Vienna’s Konzerthaus – as one of the best ensembles ever heard. About one of their performances, The Washington Post wrote: “the duo’s playing was nothing less than rapturous – profound and unforgettable musicianship of the highest order.”
In addition to classic, romantic and modern repertoire, Matteo and Lorenzo – joined by lutenist Massimo Lonardi – enjoy exploring the early literature for baroque guitar and theorbo. Together, Matteo and Lorenzo have recorded François de Fossa’s Three Quartets, op. 19 (Stradivarius 2004), a CD of 17th century Italian music for baroque guitar, archlute and theorbo (“La Suave Melodia”, Stradivarius 2008), “Solaria”, an anthology of 20th century masterpieces for two guitars (Pomegranate 2007), the Duos Concertants by Antoine De Lhoyer (Naxos 2007), a collection of chamber works by Mauro Giuliani (Amadeus 2008), a collection of 19th century pieces for two guitars (“Noesis”, Pomegranate 2009), the Sonatas of Ferdinand Rebay (Stradivarius 2010), the Arias and Cantatas of Alessandro Scarlatti (Stradivarius 2013) and the 24 Preludes and Fugues by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (Solaria 2012), as well as a dozen solo recordings on the labels Naxos, Brilliant Records, Kookaburra, Mel Bay, and Stradivarius.
Matteo resides in Geneva, Switzerland, where he teaches at the Conservatoire Populaire. Lorenzo lives in Milan, Italy, and teaches both at the CSI Conservatory in Lugano, Switzerland, and the Conservatory of Aosta, Italy.
Matteo Mela was born in Imperia in 1971. A student of Renzo Doria Miglietta in his hometown, he moved to Cremona to pursue his studies of musicology at the University. In Cremona he met Giovanni Puddu, who played a major role in his musical education; at the same time, he had the chance to attend the classes of Angelo Gilardino, Alirio Diaz, Oscar Ghiglia, David Russell, the Assad brothers. Moreover, he studied chamber music at the Accademia Pianistica di Imola with Dario De Rosa, Alexander Lonquich, and Pier Narciso Masi.As a member of the Mela-Bandini duo Matteo won – between 1991 and 1998 – the first prize in several prestigious chamber music competitions, such as the Aram (Rome) 1992, the F. Cilea Competition in 1993, the GMI in 1994, the Città di Gubbio, Città di Caltanissetta and Perugia Classico Competitions in 1995. Recently he has been enjoying regular collaboration with Lorenzo Micheli in a number of projects. In 2002 they formed a duo that has already performed throughout Europe, Asia, the US, Canada and Latin America, and has been acclaimed everywhere – from New York’s Carnegie Hall to Seoul’s Sejong Chamber Hall and Vienna’s Konzerthaus – as one of the best ensembles ever heard. About one of their performances, The Washington Post wrote: “Extraordinarily sensitive, with effortless command and an almost unbearable delicacy of touch, the duo’s playing was nothing less than rapturous – profound and unforgettable musicianship of the highest order.”
A teacher at the Conservatoire Populaire de Musique in Geneva (Switzerland), Matteo records regularly for the labels Naxos, Mel Bay, and Stradivarius.
Lorenzo Micheli, theorbist and guitarist, has taken up a busy concert career throughout the world since winning the first prize in some of the most prestigious guitar competitions (Gargnano, Alessandria, Guitar Foundation of America). He has played more than 500 concerts all over Europe, in hundreds of US and Canadian cities, in Africa, Asia and Latin America. As a researcher and scholar, he has written articles and contributions for a number of music journals, including Il Fronimo and Guitar Forum. Since 2002 he has been performing worldwide in duo with Matteo Mela – under the name of “SoloDuo” – in such venues as New York’s Carnegie Hall, Seoul’s Sejong Hall, Kiev’s Hall of Columns and Vienna’s Konzerthaus. Their guitar duo was welcomed by The Washington Post as “extraordinarily sensitive – nothing less than rapturous”.
His discography includes the music of Dionisio Aguado, the Quartets, op. 19, by François de Fossa, the Sonatas by Ferdinand Rebay, a CD of 17th Century Italian music for baroque guitar, archlute and theorbo and a collection of Arias and Cantatas by Alessandro Scarlatti (Stradivarius); the complete guitar Concertos by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (Brilliant); a selection of guitar music by Castelnuovo-Tedesco, the complete works by Miguel Llobet and the Duos Concertants by Antoine de Lhoyer (Naxos); an anthology of chamber works by Mauro Giuliani (Amadeus), two collections of 19th and 20th century masterpieces for two guitars (Noesis and Solaria, Pomegranate), the album Morning in Iowa (with David Knopfler) and Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s 24 Preludes and Fugues for two guitars (Solaria).
Lorenzo is guitar professor at the Conservatory of Aosta (Italy) and the CSI in Lugano (Switzerland).