World Classical Music Awards 2023 S3 Grand Prize Winner
“Bravo, Carmine! […] You play with dexterity, an excellent sense of voicing, and a rich, resonant tone. […] You have a wonderful command of the guitar and you are an expressive musician.” (Dr. Erik Anderson, Professor for Cello & Bass, Minot State University, USA)
“Carmine Catalano is a wonderful musician. He has incredible technical abilities, combined with a deep creative musical insight, in an innovative repertoire.” (Pierre Beaudry, Concert Guitarist and Professor at Tiziano Rossetti International Music Academy, CH)
Carmine Catalano was born in 1995 in Benevento (Italy). In 2006 he started to play the classical guitar under the guidance of Silvia Cavalli. In 2017, he obtained summa cum laude his master's degree in classical guitar performance from the "Nicola Sala" State Conservatory of Music (class of Prof. Paolo Lambiase, additional lessons with Prof. Christian Saggese). After graduation, he attended the training course in music pedagogy and didactics at the same conservatory, which he completed with the highest grade. In the following years he trained under Prof. Eliot Fisk at the University Mozarteum Salzburg and at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, where he was awarded the Diploma di merito.
He attended masterclasses and seminars with Lorenzo Micheli, Zaira Meneses, Pavel Steidl, Carlo Marchione, Jerome Mouffe, Bruce Holzman, Benjamin Verdery, Carles Trepat, Giampaolo Bandini, Mario Fragnito, Duo Lambiase-Viti, Giulio Tampalini, Douglas James, Stefan Hackl, Antoinette Perry among others. He also holds a master's degree in law (with distinction) from the University of Sannio, and he is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree with major in instrumental music pedagogy at the University Mozarteum in cooperation with the Tiroler Landeskonservatorium.
In the last year he started participating in music competitions and pursuing a regular concert activity that has so far led him to perform in Italy, Austria, Belgium and the USA among others in concert halls such as the Wiener Saal, Schloss Höch, BOZAR and Carnegie Hall. Recent awards include 2nd prize in the 1st Caneres International Music Competition Vienna, Gold Prize and Special Prize for excellent technique at Manchester International Music Competition 2022, Gold Prize at Franz Schubert International Music Competition 2022, 2nd Prize at 2023 Charleston International Classical Music Competition 2023, 1st Prize and Unique Interpretation special Award at UK International Music competition, Gold Prize at 2023 Sibelius Music Competition, Bronze Prize at Euterpe Music Awards 2022, 1st Prize at Fanny Mendelssohn International Music Competition, 2nd Prize at X Odin International Music Competition, 4th Prize at International Mozart Competition Vienna, 3rd Prize at London Classical Music Competition 2022, Gold Prize at European Classical Music Strings Award, Gold Prize London Young Musician, 2nd Prize International Moscow Music Competition, 1 st Prize with Excellence Nomination at Vivaldi International Music Competition, 2 nd Prize at MAP-International Music Competition, 3 rd Prize American International Music Competition Cleveland 2023, Grand Prize at New York Classical Music Competition 2023, Grand Prize and Platinum Prize at World Classical Music Awards, 1st Prize winner at Grand Prize Virtuoso 2023 and 1st Prize Winner at 2023 Golden Classical Music Awards.
As a winner of the career prize of the Lugano International Music Competition he entered the class of Prof. Pierre Beaudry, under whom he recently started taking private classes and refining his skills at the Tiziano Rossetti International Music Academy (Lugano, CH).
Since 2020 he leads a classical guitar class as full-time instructor at Tiroler Musikschulwerk, the network of the Tyrolean regional music schools. He plays on a Torres model guitar (2011) by Neapolitan luthier Gianni Battelli and a cedar top concert guitar by Toscana based luthier Gioachino Giussani (2004).