Adriano Sebastiani

Extravaganza et Passione


Active as a performer, musicologist, recording artist and teacher, Italian classical guitarist Adriano Sebastiani is recognised as one of the most important Italian and international experts of guitar discography, history, literature and chamber music. He studied the art of the guitar in Italy: in Florence with Alvaro Company (pupil of Andrés Segovia) and in Rome with Bruno Battisti D’Amario, obtaining his Masters degree in Guitar Performance at the prestigious Conservatory of Music San Pietro a Majella, Naples – the oldest music Academy in Italy. At the same time he completed his cultural education, obtaining his scientific high school Diploma and then a second Masters degree in Agricultural Science at the University of Florence. Recently he obtained his third Master Degree in Musical Pedagogy at the Conservatory of Music “Luigi Cherubini” in Florence. He later attended guitar masterclasses held by acclaimed artists of the lute and guitar world like Leo Brouwer, Sérgio and Odair Assad, Dušan Bogdanovic, Ralph Towner, Oscar Roberto Casares and Hopkinson Smith. As part of a guitar duo he has won four first prizes in national and international competitions. Sebastiani has performed as a soloist and in chamber ensembles and with orchestras in Italy, Europe, Russia and the USA, and has collaborated with singers, violinists, string trios and quartets including Antonia Brown, Silvia Vajente, Siphiwe McKenzie, Stephen Harland, Leonardo De Lisi (singers), Ingolf Turban, Dora Bratchkova, Bin Huang, Franco Mezzena, Fedor Kabelskii, Marco Fornaciari (violinists), Antonello Farulli (violist), Dimitri Illarionov (guitarist) and the Boccherini Ensemble. His wide-ranging and varied repertoire includes original music for guitar of different periods and styles, the unique compositions of Ralph Towner, works for guitar and orchestra, lute music and many other chamber music works. Since 1975 Sebastiani has devoted himself to the study and collection of rare bibliographic and musical sources concerning the history of, and repertoire for, the guitar.

As a musicologist he has collaborated with the most important international guitar magazines, including Guitar Review (New York), Il Fronimo and Seicorde (Milan), Soundboard (California),  Seicorde (Milano) and Guitart (Naples), rediscovering and publishing several important works for and with guitar for the following publishers: Suvini Zerboni of Milan, Berben of Ancona, Philomele of Geneva, and Tuscany Publications of Tampa (U.S.A.). He has also edited the catalogue of Paganini’s compositions for the book Nicolò Paganini, Il Cavaliere Filarmonico by Edward D.R. Neill. His most recent publications are the co-authored book Andrés Segovia e il suo repertorio, published by Grafos of Genoa and the Romantic Lied with Guitar published by Guitart.

His recordings include an acclaimed set of twenty-five discs. Sebastiani is the first guitarist in the world to have recorded the complete works for violin, viola, mandolin and guitar, and the complete trios for strings and guitar by Paganini, a collection of german songs for voice and guitar by Schubert and by Moritz von Dietrichstein, the complete works for voice and guitar by Giuliani, and a selection of songs for voice and guitar by Carulli. Among his latest albums are original solo guitar music by Dušan Bogdanovic, Ralph Towner, Niccolò Paganini and Stefano Casarini 24 Etudes. Bogdanovic and Towner, as well as composers Oliviero Lacagnina, Stefano Casarini, John Hall, Joan Yakkey, Anthony Sidney and Riccardo Riccardi, have all dedicated new works to him. He recently signed a contract with the label Brilliant Classics; his four first releases on this label have been dedicated to the complete songs for Voice and Guitar of Louis Spohr (94274), to the Italian Ariettes by Gioachino Rossini (94628), to the Songs by John Dowland (94480) and to the Complete Sond by Carl Maria von Weber (95323). Sebastiani plays guitars by the Sicilian luthier Antonino Scandurra, Tuscan luthier Luciano Maggi and American luthier Alan Stewart Wilcox. He has taught at the ‘Luigi Boccherini’ Institute in Lucca and at the ‘Luigi Cherubini’ Conservatoire in Florence.