June 2014 Meeting: SoloDuo Masterclass


Due to time constraints, there will be no open-mic playing time at this meeting. NYCCGS Member Events are free and open to all members and first-time guests, and are supported by a generous grant from the D’Addario Music Foundation.

Thursday, June 5, 2014, 7:00 PM

Manhattan Theatre Club Creative Center
311 West 43rd Street, 8th floor, between 8th and 9th Ave. (map)
New York City

As SoloDuo, Matteo Mela and Lorenzo Micheli have performed throughout Europe, Asia, the United States, Canada and Latin America, and have been acclaimed everywhere — from New York’s Carnegie Hall to Seoul’s Sejong Chamber Hall, from Kiev’s Hall of Columns to Vienna’s Konzerthaus — as one of the best ensembles ever heard. About one of their performances, The Washington Post wrote: “The duo’s playing was nothing less than rapturous — profound and unforgettable musicianship of the highest order.”

In addition to classic, romantic and modern repertoire, Matteo and Lorenzo — joined by lutenist Massimo Lonardi — enjoy exploring the early literature for baroque guitar and theorbo. Together, Matteo and Lorenzo have recorded François de Fossa’s Three Quartets, Op. 19 (Stradivarius, 2004), a CD of 17th century Italian music for baroque guitar, archlute and theorbo (La Suave Melodia, Stradivarius, 2008), Solaria, an anthology of 20th century masterpieces for two guitars (Pomegranate, 2007), the Duos Concertants by Antoine De Lhoyer (Naxos, 2007), a collection of chamber works by Mauro Giuliani (Amadeus, 2008), a collection of 19th century pieces for two guitars (Noesis, Pomegranate, 2009), the Sonatas of Ferdinand Rebay (Stradivarius, 2010), the Arias and Cantatas of Alessandro Scarlatti (Stradivarius, 2013) and the 24 Preludes and Fugues of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (Solaria, 2012), as well as a dozen solo recordings on the labels Naxos, Brilliant Records, Kookaburra, Mel Bay, and Stradivarius.

Matteo resides in Geneva, Switzerland, where he teaches at the Conservatoire Populaire. Lorenzo lives in Milan, Italy, and teaches both at the CSI Conservatory in Lugano, Switzerland, and the Conservatory of Aosta, Italy.