Since winning the first prize in some of the most prestigious international guitar competitions (notably the "Guitar Foundation of America Competition” in 1999), Lorenzo Micheli has taken up a busy concert career throughout the world. Over the past 25 years he has played more than 800 concerts all over Europe, in two hundred US and Canadian cities, in Africa, Asia, Australia and Latin America, as a soloist and with orchestra. Since 2002 he has been performing worldwide in duo with Matteo Mela – under the name of “SoloDuo” – in such venues as New York’s Carnegie Hall, Seoul’s Sejong Hall, Kiev’s Hall of Columns and Vienna’s Konzerthaus. Their duo was welcomed by “The Washington Post” as “extraordinarily sensitive – nothing less than rapturous”.
His discography (more than 20 titles on the labels Decca, Naxos, Stradivarius, Pomegranate, Soundset and Amadeus) includes the music of Dionisio Aguado, the Quartets, op. 19, by François de Fossa, the Sonatas by Viennese composer Ferdinand Rebay, a CD of 17th Century Italian music for baroque guitar, archlute and theorbo, a collection of Arias and Cantatas by Alessandro Scarlatti, the complete guitar Concertos and the 24 Preludes and Fugues for two guitars by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, a double CD of chamber masterpieces by Mauro Giuliani, the complete guitar works of Miguel Llobet, Antoine de Lhoyer’s Duos Concertants, three anthologies of music for two guitars (“Noesis”, “Solaria” and “Metamorphoses”), and the albums “Morning in Iowa” (with David Knopfler) and”Autumn of the Soul”. His latest CD, “Beethoven for two”, featuring a selection of Beethoven’s Sonatas for two guitars in his own arrangement, was released by Decca.
A very active editor and researcher, he is in charge of a collection of music for two guitars for the Canadian publisher “Les Productions d'Oz”.
Lorenzo studied Greek and Latin literature at the University of Milan. He taught guitar at the Conservatoire de la Vallée d’Aoste, Italy, from 2005 to 2014. Currently he is guitar professor and Co-Head of the Performance Department at the University School of Music in Lugano, Switzerland. He regularly gives lectures and masterclass in some of the major Music schools around the world, including USC, University of Austin, Peabody Conservatory, Kunstuniversität Graz, Amsterdam Conservatory, San Francisco Conservatory, Cleveland Institute of Music, Shanghai Conservatory, Northwestern University, University of Toronto, Conservatorio “G. Verdi” in Milan, Sibelius Academy Helsinki. His further pedagogic commitments include an annual Residency at both the University of Colorado Boulder and Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia. He has also served as guest faculty at the “Universidad Pablo de Olavide” in Sevilla, Spain, the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and the Conservatorio “A. Boito” in Parma, Italy. For further info, please visit www.lorenzomicheli.com and www.soloduo.it.