the teacher

Carlo explaining the articulation of the middle part of Bach's BWV 998 Fugue in Iserlohn (Germany), 2010.

Conservatory of Music, Maastricht

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Dear visitor,


   First of all thank you so much for visiting my new web-site. I would like to give to you some information about my activity as a teacher. I started to teach immediately after my diplom-exam at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Roma in 1983 and since then I never stopped to do it anymore, as I do really love teaching (at all levels) and, beside this, I am convinced that this has been an absolutely necessary step for my development into a complete musician.


   During my teacher-activity I have been teaching kids and major people in many music schools of different countries, which thought to me the gift to be patience and to explain concepts, sometimes even difficult ones, in a plain and comprehensible way, but I also have been teaching absolute top players, that tought to me a difficult skill, which I like to compare with the skill of Federer's  trainer, e.g. to teach to play better to somebody who already plays better than yourself... If you will have the courtesy to scroll the list below you will immediately understand what I mean. I had namely the honor to work together with amazing players such Duo Melis, Marcin Dylla, Goran Krivocapic, Irina Koulikova, Vladimir Gorbach, Florian Larousse (among many others), I think we both learned a lot from each other and I will be eternaly thankful to them for having trusted me, as a person and as a teacher as well.


   Since 1997 I am teaching at High  schools. First in Leipzig, where I received from the Dean and the Council of the Institute (during a simple but touching cerimony) the title of Honorary Professor for educational merits. In the same time I was also teaching at the Music Academy ´Ino Mirkovic´ in Lovran (Croatia). This school was a branch of the prestigious Moscow´s Conservatory ´P.I.Tchaikowsky´. Here, besides teaching wonderful players like Adriano Del Sal, I also had the possibility to meet outstanding personalities of the music, like Ivo Pogorelich. With many of them I had the honor and pleasure to talk over music (and international kitchen), which enriched me enormously as a musician and as a person (and also as a chef). In 2002 than I received the professorship at the Conservatory of Music in Maastricht (Netherland). Since more than 10 years, thus, I continue here to bring forward my educational project, the aim of which is to look after students who do not play the same piece in the same way (or even worst: like I play it), but to give to them (no matter if Bachelor or Master ones) the instrumental and cognitive skills to find their own way to study and play a piece, any piece. Besides this, I try - when necessary - to convince them that musical-playing has nothing to do with eccentricity. 

   The fact that, during these 17 years, students of my class have achieved to bring home more than 60 prizes from top Competitions around the world (among them we can proudly point out over 40 1st prizes), that until now students from not less than over 30 countries decided to come to Maastricht to work together and, finally, that many students are nowadays themselves teachers at Conservatories around the world and `colleagues´ at the most prestigious Guitar Festivals shows unequivocally the quality of our job. I write `our job` because without the patience, trust and talent of my students this would never have been possible.



Yours sincerely,




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