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Guitar at the Opera - Federico Quercia Recital

Guitar at the Opera - Federico Quercia Recital

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  • Sun 24 Jun ’12, 11:00am
  • Sat 24 Nov ’12, 11:00am


Raroa Normal Intermediate School, 37 Haumia St, Johnsonville, Wellington


All Ages

Federico began playing the guitar at the age of 12 under his father’s guidance. Then he continued his studies under the supervision of the guitarist-composer Raimondo Di Sandro at the prestigious Conservatorium of Music San Pietro a Majella of Naples where he obtained a Master of Music with First Class Honours in Classical Guitar Performance.

As part of his graduate and postgraduate training Federico studied with world renowned guitarists, such as Aniello Desiderio in Italy, and Gianni Palazzo in Buenos Aires. He has also attended Master classes with such famous names as Manuel Barrueco, Sergio and Odair Assad, Elliot Fisk and Marco Socias.

Federico debuted as a soloist at the age of 18 at the Circolo Artistico Politecnico of Naples. Since then he has been active as a soloist and as part of chamber music orchestras in Europe, North America, South America, Australia and New Zealand, and has appeared on radio and TV programs in a number of countries.

In 1991 Federico moved to Los Angeles for one year. Here he met Laurindo Almeida, one of the most important composers and performers of classical Brazilian music, who introduced Federico into the study of harmony and the art of arrangement. He has performed the Almeida's works at the Sherwood Auditorium of la Jolla in California. That was his debut in USA. Besides his interest in European classical music, Federico has developed an expertise in South American classical and popular music.

Since Federico moved to New Zealand in January 2004 he has given guitar recitals in various venues such as Canterbury University, Lincoln University, Nelson School of Music, Burnside High School, James Hay Theatre in the Christchurch Town Hall, the Great Hall in The Arts Centre of Christchurch and the Ray Freedman Arts Centre of Auckland.

In 2005 was appointed Head of Classical Guitar at Auckland University where he taught until 2009. In 2009 he held the same position at Waikato University.

At the end of 2009 Federico moved to Santiago in Chile where he was appointed professor in classical guitar at the Universidad de las Americas in 2010. In Santiago he has also attended an intensive course of 80 hours, at The University of Chile, focused on the composition and the interpretation of the contemporary music, held by the Italian composer Luca Belcastro.

Federico has also taken part of COPIU, a project directed by the same composer, Luca Belcastro. The project involve compositors and interpreters from all the Latin American's countries. Federico, who has been selected as one of the interpreters, has performed works by the Brazilian composer Radamès Gnattali.

In Santiago Federico has also collaborated with Universidad Academia de Humanismo Cristiano where his Masterclass on the Latin American contemporary music, was highly acclaimed from the students and the staff.

Last year Federico has been the Head of Guitar at "G.Pascoli" Music Institute of Siena (italy) and at S.S. Annunziata Institute of the Poggio Imperiale of Florence (Italy),

Federico often gives Masterclasses in Australia, New Zealand and EU.

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