Giuseppe Chiaramonte is an artist living in Italy. If he wasn’t a musician, he would be a writer or a painter—he couldn’t live without producing art with his hands. But music is the art that captured his passion, and it’s so much more than a hobby. To be a musician, to Giuseppe, is a mission.
As a child, Giuseppe would listen to anything relating to classical music on the radio or television, enthralled by the world of music. He found his dream to be a concert performer at age fifteen when he first began performing. He asked his parents for a concert guitar and was given one built by guitar maker Mario Grimaldi…… Let’s read more about him –
WHAT PROJECTS ARE YOU WORKING ON RIGHT NOW THAT BEST SHOWCASE THEM?
For many years I worked with my instrument in order to reach a unique sound, something rare, through the technique and the choice of repertoire. A sound that, at the same time, had a volume capable of filling a concert hall without microphones. I worked on this from the beginning, with Maestro Capistrano, then by myself. A good sound leads to record beautiful CDs, a large volume gives the possibility to play for hundreds of people. If you put your musicality and a smart choice of repertoire, that’s it. I like to work for objectives and to carry out record publications periodically, let’s say a CD every a couple of years. In 2019, Dutch label Brilliant Classics released my last CD, a monographic work about the most important (and very demanding, at the same time) fantasias for solo guitar by Johann Kaspar Mertz. With the same Label I just made an agreement for a new recording, dedicated to the most important composers for vihuela of the Spanish Renaissance (works transcribed for guitar).
WHAT OBSTACLES HAVE YOU OVERCOME TO GET WHERE YOU ARE TODAY?
To be a musician is a mission, first of all. Very often people around you don’t understand that. I had to struggle a lot (and I still do) to the mentality of those who consider music only a hobby. It is a job, as well as a great passion, and it requires many sacrifices: you often stay at home to study, while your friends are out relaxing seaside.
WHAT ESSENTIAL LESSONS HAVE YOU LEARNED FROM SOME OF YOUR MISTAKES?
When you build a career, you make a lot of mistakes in the beginning. For example, you start the concert with the most demanding piece you have in the schedule! Or perform the entire program an hour before the concert in the empty concert hall, what an occasion in which you can play very well with no anxiety but … you get to the real concert tired because you’ve already given all!
HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR TIME OUTSIDE OF WORK?
When I don’t have the guitar in my hands I like cooking, I love doing outdoor sports and trips to the most beautiful villages in Italy.
WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS?
My goal now is to expand my concert career abroad, I would love to play in the USA and Japan.
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