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.
He took several European master classes (from 1991 to 1997) with Cuban composer and conductor Leo Brouwer, which allowed him to perfect his performance and composing skills.
As a composer, he has sought to develop a new and original style that is a fusion of various influences, from expressionism to minimalism, and focuses on form and on the clarity and emphasis of the material. His music reveals a curiosity and respect for styles from different periods. Inspired by these roots, Jappelli has taken his ideas and elaborated them with a profound awareness of his times and training, which primarily occurred outside of the usual academic environment.
The J. MacMillan master class that he took in 2005 in Milan allowed him to further develop his compositional style.
He won the “Opera Prima” competition sponsored by Casa Ricordi in 2002, and his composition was performed at Piccolo Teatro in Milan by Ensemble Sentieri Selvaggi. He was invited to perform his works in 2004 and 2006 on the “Piazza Verdi” radio show broadcast by RAI RADIO 3.
In 2005 he also began composing music for the theater for stage director Beppe Arena.
His works published by Italian music publishers Rugginenti and Sinfonica and German music publisher Daminus have been well received by international critics. He has written works for various instruments and groups (solo guitar, two guitars, guitar and flute, guitar and clarinet, guitar and string orchestra, piano, organ, harp, orchestra, chorus, string quartet, and other chamber ensembles).
His compositions have been performed by internationally acclaimed soloists and ensembles worldwide in Japan (Tokyo, Nagoya, Nara, Okayama), United States (Los Angeles, Northridge, Laguna Beach CA), Mexico (Merida), Brazil (Santa Maria), England (Plymouth, Falmouth, Marazion, Saltash, Truro), Slovakia (Nitra), Greece (Hermoupolis, Atene), Tanzania (Dar Es Salaam), and Poland.
In Italy, his works have been performed at Piccolo Teatro in Milan, Teatro Eden in Treviso, the Auditorium in Rome for Programma Alimentare Mondiale, the Bramante Sacristy in S.Maria delle Grazie in Milan, Chiaravalle Abby in Milan, S.Simpliciano Basilica in Milan, S.Gaudenzio Basilica in Novara, palacongressi in Arona, teatro binario 7 in Monza, and the Conservatories of Novara, Bologna, Foggia, Frosinone, and Latina.