Giuliano Belotti, guitarist & composer
Giuliano Belotti has given numerous recitals at prestigious concert halls spanning Asia, Europe, the United States and Mexico. Since 1992, he has played in halls and theaters such as the Weill Carnegie Hall, the Alice Tully Hall and the Juilliard Theater in New York City, the Salle Cortot in Paris, the National Gallery in Washington D.C., the Teatro Gaetano Donizetti in Italy, the Manuel De Falla Auditorium in Seville, the Eric Granados Auditorium in Spain, the Teatro Juárez in Mexico, the DBS Auditorium in Singapore.
Belotti has also played in musical seasons such as the Focus Festival and NYFOS in New York City, the Festival Iberoamericano de las Artes in Puerto Rico, the Musek am Syrdall Festival in Luxembourg, the Società del Quartetto in Italy. He has also performed with several orchestras including the Czech National Orchestra, the Young Symphony Orchestra of Texas, the Orquestra de Cambra del Gran Teatre del Liceu of Barcelona, the Orquestra de Cambra del Principat de Catalunya. On the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of Treaty of Rome, he was invited from the Italian Cultural Institute and the Embassy of Spain to give a solo recital at the Auditorium of the Embassy of Italy in Washington D.C.
In addition, he has released two recordings by M.A.P. in Milan. The first one, “Alma del Sur” is a solo guitar album comprised of works by Spanish and South American composers including Rodrigo, Albéniz, Gismonti, Barrios and Dyens. His second album, “Hawa,” is a duo with the Cuban percussionist Armando Cornell with works by composers Marcel Khalifé, Carlos Jobim, Django Reinhardt, Ariel Ramírez and Belotti’s own original compositions. Classical Guitar Magazine says about this recording: “ [...] Belotti is equally at home with the cool rhythmical jazz swing of the classic Reinhardt composition Nuages as he is with rhythmic complexities of South American music and with the passion and pathos of Alfonsina y el Mar [...]. Recommended.”
Recently, he has released “Milomar”, a DVD/CD, featuring Belotti’s compositions for solo guitar and chamber ensembles. Also, in collaboration with the Orquestra de Cambra del Principat de Catalunya, Belotti released “Vivaldi sulle Sei Corde”, featuring his guitar transcriptions of the integral of lute and mandolin trios and concertos by Antonio Vivaldi. This album is produced by Columna Musica, Spain.
A recipient of a full scholarship at The Juilliard School of Music from 1999 to 2001, Belotti worked under the tutelage of Sharon Isbin. Furthermore, in 1997 he was awarded the Diplôme Supérieur d’Exécution, ‘à l’unanimité’ of the jury, at the Alfred Cortot Ecole Normale de Musiquein Paris. At the time, he studied under the guidance of the celebrated maestro Alberto Ponce who described Belotti as “a guitarist endowed with great musical finesse.”
Giuliano Belotti was born in Bergamo, Italy, in 1974 and graduated from the Conservatory “Gaetano Donizetti” under the mentorship of Giorgio Oltremari, receiving his final diploma with highest honors. During his time in Bergamo, Giuliano Belotti performed in many master classes given by David Russell, Alirio Diaz and Tilman Hoppstock.
Composers like Marcel Khalife, Ricardo Llorca and Simone Iannarelli have dedicated to him some of their own compositions.
As a composer, he has published works with Brotons & Mercadal, Barcelona, and with Les Productions d’Oz, Québec. About his “Guitar Works”, Steve Marsh (Classical Guitar Magazine) writes:” [...] The eight pieces are all written in a contemporary idiom and without exception are attractive, musically accessible and skillful in their construction. [...] It is always a good sign when, after playing through new works by a composer, one se- eks out more from the same name. This is what happened after spending a little time on this book. Guitar Works contain some lovely material for inclusion on concerts or recordings”.
He often gives guitar master classes in different countries.