June 12. 19:00
House of Blackheads

Il fenomeno

Aniello Desiderio (Italy)

Eurostrings Stars Guitar Orchestra
conductor Thomas Offermann

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“Aniello Desiderio sweeps away the audience with enthusiasm - as the great virtuosi Paganini, Liszt, Regondi or Giuliani of the 19th century did - racing through breath-taking changes of register, acrobatic arpeggios and scales of extraordinary brilliance and elegance like a Ferrari.”


“Actually he knocked me out...”

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“Now I know the real sound of guitar”


“...nothing is impossible for Aniello with his instrument”

Classical Guitar/ England

“...he is very young, but he plays like an angel”

Les Cahiers de la Guitare/ France

“At the age of eight, he performed in public for the first time, displaying such outstanding gifts that music critics started to speak of him as an “enfant prodige”... Wunderkind... a genius,... the Orpheus of the Guitar....
a guitarist of the Century... il Fenomeno....

In 1992 he graduated with honours from the Conservatory of Music in Alessandria.

He won 18 first Prizes in both national and international competitions, including...

  • First Prize and Special Prize for the best interpretation of southamerican music at the International Guitar Competition in Habana, Cuba (1988);
  • "Neapolitan of the Year" Award for Mr. Desiderio, Italy (1988)
  • First Prize and Special Prize of best interpretation of Tarrega’s music at the International Francisco Tarrega Competition Benicasim, Spain (1992)
  • First Prize at the International "Guerrero,, Competition Madrid, Spain (1995).

He has performed as a soloist and with orchestras all over the world, North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and in many of the most important Theatres of the world such as: Carnegie Hall, Munich Philarmonie, Alte Opera, Tonhalle, Teatro delle Palme, Radio France, Die Gloke, Istanbul Philarmonie, Berlin Philarmonie, Opera House Wien.

Mr. Desiderio has performed with Virtuosos of Moscow with Vladimir Spivakov, RSO Berliner, Deutche Kammerphilarmonie, Alessandro Scarlatti, I Pomeriggi Musicali, Bach Collegium, Wiener Kammerorchester, and some of the most prestigious music festivals all over the world such as: Rhengau MusikFest, Bremen Musikfest, Ludwigsburger Schlosfest-spiele, Mosel Musikfest.

In May 1999 the German Television BR/ARD produced a music film (45 min.) and a portrait (45 min.) of Mr. Desiderio in Naples. It was broadcast more than 10 times Europe wide. In Sept. 99 he received the „Artist in Residence Award 1999“ from the German Radio DLF and the Musikfest Bremen together with Gidon Kremer.

Mr. Desiderio was invited to the 70th birthday Gala of Maestro LORIN MAAZEL by the Bavarian Radio & TV.

He founded together with his brothers Gennaro and Gaetano Desiderio and other famous Neapolitan musicians the group Passione Napoletana, performing the highly emotional music of his home town Naples - "Serenate, Tanghi, Danze, Canzoni e Tarantelle Napoletane" . He was one of the performing artists of a prestigious German TV show - ZDF (German 2nd canal) which was broadcast Europe wide.

He also performed with the Bavarian Chamber Orchestra & Romulo Larrea (Bandoneon) Tango con Passion, in Germany and in Turkey with the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra.

He records for FRAME; WAKU MUSIC; KOCH-UNIVERSAL; and since 2006 he record for his own company ADORO RECORDS

In fall 2009 he has create his last project: Aniello Desiderio’s “Quartetto Furioso” play with Gennaro Desiderio violin, Gaetano Desiderio piano and Salvatore Minale drums and percussion the programme of: Vivaldi 4 and 4 Piazzolla Seasons and he released the cd of this project for the famous german lable TERMIDOR which has as well artist as Paquito D’ Rivera and Sabine Mayer.

In the 2010 Aniello performed the Concerto Madrigal of J. Rodrigo with one of the legend of classical guitar Angel ROMERO.

John McLaughlin chosen Mr. Desiderio for the European Premier of his Concerto “Thieves and Poets”

From 2010 he give masterclass during the Summer International Academy for Mozarteum (Salszburg)

Eurostrings Stars Guitar Orchestra, conductor

Thomas Offermann

Prof. Dr. Thomas Offermann counts today as one of the internationally most regarded guitar pedagogues in Europe and further afield. As soloist, with orchestra and as member of the internationally acclaimed DUO SONARE, one of the outstanding guitar duos of recent times, he has toured in over forty counties worldwide and participated at the most prestigious Guitar Festivals. Numerous Radio and Television broadcasts, together with Eight internationally appraised CD recordings provide a worthy documentation to the quality of his work.

Through his work with DUO SONARE, Thomas Offermann opened new ground for the classical guitar repertoire with the adaption of music by such figures as Chick Corea, Frank Zappa and Mike Oldfield. Chick Corea himself praised these interpretations for "so much feeling and beauty".

In recent years Thomas Offermann has also been active as a conductor of guitar orchestras; composers such as René Eespere, Marco de Biasi, Carlo Domeniconi and Benjamin Verdery wrote works for Guitar Ensembles for him.

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