Nicola Jappelli

Nicola Jappelli was born in Milan in 1975. He studied Classical Guitar with Paolo Paolini at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan, where received his diploma in 1996.
His encounter in 1991 with Cuban composer and guitarist Leo Brouwer and his participation in Brouwer´s master classes throughout Europe allowed him to perfect his creativity and expressiveness as an interpreter.
His interest in antique guitars led him to study with the great Bohemian guitarist Pavel Steidl and specialize in music from the Romantic Period performed on antique instruments. He attended Steidl´s master classes in Innsbruck (1999), Weikersheim and Zwolle (2002), and Florence (2006). He also received a scholarship for a special course held by L. Alvini and P. Steidl at the Cini Foundation of Venice in 2004.

Early on, he participated in and won several national and international competitions (most recently, he won First Prize at the Paganini Competition of Parma). His professional career began in 1992, with concerts in Italy, England, Spain, Germany, and Switzerland.

He has performed in many concerts and musical events as a soloist and with various chamber ensembles (from duos to quintets), including “Società dei concerti” in Milan, Salone Estense in Varese, “Lyceum pro Musica” in Florence, “Festival Pucciniano" in Forte dei Marmi, Festival Chitarristico in Pordenone, Festival Paganini in Parma, Face International Guitar Series in Falmouth (England), Fondazione Cini in Venice, Mendelssohn-Stiftung in Leipzig (Germany), Musica nelle dimore storiche della Toscana in Florence, Teatro Dal Verme in Milan, University of Valencia (Spain), Conservatory of Florence, and the “Musica Rara” concert series held in the Sacristy of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, Instituto Cervantes Manila (Filippine), Instituto Cervantes Palermo, Incontri con la Chitarra Palazzina Liberty Milano, XXIII° International Guitar Festival Mikulov (Repubblica Ceca), Fondazione "Arts Academy" Roma.

In 2005 he collaborated with the Sentieri Selvaggi Ensemble, an important organization within the international contemporary music.
Still on chamber music, he duets with Matteo Staffini offering an unrhetorical and innovative guitar repertoire.
In 2004 and 2006 he was invited to perform works of his own and of other composers on live broadcasts by RAI RADIO 3 devoted to the theater and music.

In 2002 he recorded a CD of music by 19th century composer Fernando Sor for the Frame Record Company of Florence, which specializes in editions of great stylistic and technical quality. Glowing reviews appeared in the “Amadeus”, “American record guide”, “Suonare news” magazines, in E. Siciliano´s music column in the “Repubblica” newspaper, and on the website

Together with the Spanish soprano Pilar Moral he investigates the Italian and Iberian vocalism between eighteenth and early nineteenth century, proposing himself in highly appreciated concerts. In 2004, this co-operation leads him to the realization of his second album featuring voice and guitar melodies inspired to Sor´s, Castro´s and Moretti´s Spanish early nineteenth century, once again for Frame.
For both recordings, he played a guitar from the Romantic Period, a copy of the “Legnani model” Stauffer of 1830, built by German luthier B. Kresse.

“ Nicola Jappelli gives an excellent performance of the eighteen pieces on this Frame recording. There is a feeling of weightlessness and ease to his playing which brings out the lyricism that characterizes so much of Sor´s music. Nowhere on this CD does Jappelli try to dazzle us with pyrotechnic virtuosity: rather, he brings to the music a quality of gentleness and a feeling of serenity. Overall, despite the fact that all but four of the selections are in triple time, I found this a very satisfying recording”., David Rastall

“ Jappelli brings these slight works to life on the instrument, delivering interpretations that range from light - hearted to darkly expressive”.

“ The period instrument´s voice and Jappelli´s avoidance of concert - size - gestures gives a clear sense of the drawing room intimacy of the music”.

American Record Guide

“This nice album by young Jappelli is able to recall the essence of the early nineteenth century social life in a polite and intelligent way”.

Musica e dischi

“This very young musician, Nicola Jappelli, creates his sonorities with excellent technique, musicality and intelligence”.

Dino Gatti, La Cittadella

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