Giacomo Susani

Giacomo Susani was born in 1995, in Padua, Italy.  He started playing guitar at age 7 and eventually studied under the direction of Stefano Grondona at the Conservatorio Arrigo Pedrollo in Vicenza where he graduated with the highest marks and honours in 2013. He is currently continuing his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London, under Michael Lewin, where he has completed his Bachelor of Music, gaining First Class Honours and the discretionary Bache Fund Prize, and is now studying for his Master’s degree. On his entrance to the Academy, after an audition with Julian Bream, he was awarded the prestigious Julian Bream Trust Scholarship.

Over the years he has also taken part in masterclasses and attended advanced courses with leading guitarists such as Paul Galbraith, Oscar Ghiglia, David Russell, Carles Trepat, and Fabio Zanon.  In particular he obtained scholarships and diplomas of merit in Oscar Ghiglia's renowned guitar courses at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena.

He has regularly taken part in guitar competitions from an early age, always obtaining excellent results and, on many occasions, winning first prize.  In October 2016 he won first prize at the London International Guitar Competition playing on this occasion the première of ‘Orpheus’ by Graham Lynch for guitar and orchestra.  As a performer he regularly appears in important venues in Italy and other countries as soloist, soloist with orchestra and in chamber ensembles, the most important venues including London, Cambridge, Canterbury, Barcelona, Wien, Milan, and Venice.   In February 2015 the recording studio Stradivarius brought out his first solo CD “Giacomo Susani  plays Petrassi, Bach, Tansman, Weiss”, which obtained excellent reviews from the public and critics alike published most notably in ‘BBC Music’, ‘Gendai Guitar’, ‘Il Fronimo’,and  ‘Amadeus’.    In 2016 he was selected by the International Guitar Federation under their ‘ Young Artist Platform Scheme’ for a series of concerts across the UK.  

Besides performing, he works in the field of composition, composing most recently ‘ Quintet’, for guitar and strings, ‘Songs of Elegance and Wisdom’ for guitar and voice, and ‘Five Miniatures’ for two guitars (all 2016).  He is also the Artistic Director of Momùs-More Music, a Musical Association based in Italy which promotes and organizes classical music concerts.

He plays guitars made by David Rubio (1996) and Domingo Esteso (1926).