SoloDuo (Lorenzo Micheli & Matteo Mela)

soloduo-solariaSolaria: 20th Century Masterworks for Two Guitars

Release Date: 2007
Genre: Classical: Traditional
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SD Noesis case v4:6PAN1TDGSLV.qxpNoesis: 19th Century Masterworks for Two Guitars

Release Date: 2009
Genre: Classical: Chamber Music
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Matteo Mela and Lorenzo Micheli first met in 2000. Since then, they have shared a number of ideas, musical projects, and travels all over the world. In 2002 they formed a duo that has already performed throughout Europe, Asia, the USA, Canada and Latin America, and has been acclaimed everywhere – from New York’s Carnegie Hall to Seoul’s Sejong Chamber Hall, from Kiev’s Hall of Columns to Vienna’s Konzerthaus – as one of the best ensembles ever heard. About one of their performances, The Washington Post wrote: “Extraordinarily sensitive, with effortless command and an almost unbearable delicacy of touch, the duo’s playing was nothing less than rapturous – profound and unforgettable musicianship of the highest order.”

In addition to classic, romantic and modern repertoire, Matteo and Lorenzo – joined by lutenist Massimo Lonardi – enjoy exploring the early literature for baroque guitar and theorbo. Together, Matteo and Lorenzo have recorded François de Fossa’s Three Quartets, op. 19 (Stradivarius 2004), a CD of 17th century Italian music for baroque guitar, archlute and theorbo (“La Suave Melodia”, Stradivarius 2008), “Solaria”, an anthology of 20th century masterpieces for two guitars (Pomegranate 2007), the Duos Concertants by Antoine De Lhoyer (Naxos 2007), a collection of chamber works by Mauro Giuliani (Amadeus 2008), a collection of 19th century pieces for two guitars (“Noesis”, Pomegranate 2009), the Sonatas of Ferdinand Rebay (Stradivarius 2010) and the 24 Preludes and Fugues by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (Solaria 2011), as well as a dozen solo recordings on the labels Naxos, Brilliant Records, Kookaburra, Mel Bay, and Stradivarius. Matteo resides in Geneva, Switzerland, where he teaches at the Conservatoire Populaire. Lorenzo lives in Milan, Italy, and teaches both at the CSI Conservatory in Lugano, Switzerland, and the Conservatory of Aosta, Italy.

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