Documentary of the 6th edition of Festival

Lago Maggiore Festival di Chitarra Part 1.

Lago Maggiore Festival di Chitarra Part 2.

Lago Maggiore Festival di Chitarra Part 3.

Il Festival

Chamber Music

The Lago Maggiore Festival di Chitarra VII Edition 2022 Summer Edition is open to musicians of all ages and levels. The Lago Maggiore (large lake) is situated in the Piemonte region, in northern Italy. It is located between the cities of Turin and Milan, not far from Switzerland, Germany and France, and it is only 45 minutes away from Malpensa airport. We welcome participants who are willing to exchange music experiences, rehearse and perform concerts in the city of Verbania. In the past editions, we wellcomed guitar, voice, piano, and flute players from countries such as Switzerland, England and France. The in-person component of the Festival will take place from the 13th to the 17th and 25th and 26th of june. Due to the The focus of the program is to improve guitar playing skills through chamber music practice and masterclasses. Although players of all instruments are welcome, most chamber music groups formed during the festival include, at least, one guitar. Like in previous editions, there will be concerts every night where participants will be invited to play before the faculty’s concerts. Coaches will play in various chamber music formations such as classical guitar duos, trios with piano, and an Early Music Concert with the duo Sandro Volta (Lute) and Maurizia Barazzoni (Soprano). Players will also perform the music created in collaboration with composers during the closing concert of the festival.

Restrictions will be respected in order to attend to the winter edition of the festival.


Since the beginning of the Festival in 2015, we offer a composition component, where participants have the chance to write their own pieces with the supervision of a composition teacher. These pieces are eventually performed at the end of the festival. So, besides fostering chamber music practice, the festival also creates opportunities for expanding its repertoire, especially the one suited for every level of playing. Additionally, having a composer in residence helps participants to get better insights into chamber music playing while participating in a valuable collaborative creative experience.


Christian Cocolicchio, guitar and Artistic Director

guitar and artistic director, started his studies at Palestrina Conservatory, Porto Alegre, Brazil. During this period, he developed extensive concert activity, representing both the city and the conservatory abroad, an achievement for which he was awarded the Comenda Palestrina. From 1997 to 2002, Christian attended the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, where he studied guitar with legendary jazz guitarist Gene Bertoncini (NYU and Eastman), and harmony with Greg Hopkins (Berklee College), trumpet player and arranger of Buddy Rich’s big band. He got his bachelor and masters degree in guitar pedagogy from A. Vivaldi Conservatory, Alessandria, Italy. Since 2012, Mr. Cocolicchio has been a guitar and ensemble teacher at Rina Monti Stella Institute, Verbania, Italy. As an artistic director, he has been responsible for the Concorso Internazionale di Musica Città di Stresa. since 2016, an event that attracts students and ensembles from several parts of the globe. He is also director of the Lago Maggiore Festival di Chitarra, an event that blends composition, guitar, chamber, and music practice. He also oversees the Stresa Concert Season. Mr. Cocolicchio actively collaborates with composers, commissioning and having pieces dedicated to him. He has performed and premiered works in countries such as Brazil, USA, Switzerland, Slovakia, and Italy.

Mauro Bonelli, guitar and composition

studied guitar at the Paganini Conservatory, Genova, and Composition at the Luigi Cherubini Conservatory, in Florence. Music teacher at the Conservatories A. Vivaldi, Alessandria, and N. Rota, Bari, and the Accademia di Musica Moderna, Genova. Eclectic musician has worked as performer and arranger with Amii Stewart and Lou Reed. He is also a performer and researcher of the Early and Romantic guitar. Mauro has recorded works by Ferdinando Carulli for two guitars with Sandro Volta. Among the labels that Bonelli is featured are Tactus, Guitart, Map Lyra Classica, Gendai, Dryno and Airplane. His works have been published in Italy, Germany and Japan. Some of his works for Harpsichord are in the catalog of the important Harpsichord Association of Bologna. He wrote the piece Epico in 2010 for orchestra, commissioned by the Palazzo Ducale Fondazione per la Cultura in Genova. Bonelli’s works have been performed in Italy, France, Switzerland, U.K. , China, Brazil and Venezuela. He has been president of the Classical Guitar Jury of the Concorso Internazionale di Musica Città di Stresa since 2016. Since 2012, Bonelli has been the guitarist (Professor di Orchestra) of the Theatre Carlo Felice in Genova. He currently teaches guitar and chamber music at the school De Andre in Liguria.

Sandro Volta, guitar, lute, and theorbo

An eclectic musician, Sandro Volta is a reference on early music performance. Has has appeared in concerts all over Europe and North America. Guitarist and researcher of the italian baroque and classical repertoire, Sandro recorded a large number of titles with a deep personal interpretation. Awarded by Diapason, Le Monde de la Musique and Alta fedeltà, has won The Gran Prix Du Disque de Paris in 1994 under the direction of Claudio Abbado. Sandro has recorded for Arion, Tactus and Brilliant with broadcasts aired by Radio France, BBC, ABC, Radio Beethoven, just to name a few. He is responsible for the first recording of Oratorio San Giovanni Battista by Antonio Maria Bononcini. He conducted the great opera drama Tamerlano by G. F. Handel and also the Coronation of Poppea at the Sabbioneta Theatre with Nigel Rogers as Nerone. With Maurizia Barazzoni, Sandro has recorded the complete serie “Nuove Musiche” by Giulio Caccini and “Le Musiche da Cantar solo” by Sigismondo D’India. Also recorded music by Kasperger, De Viseè, Roncalli, Paganini, Giuliani and F. Carulli (published by Gendai Guitar, Tokio). An active teacher, he is featured as teacher on several festivals and masterclasses such as Ravello, Stresa, Zurich and Budapest. Sandro plays historical instruments made by Charpitel, PetitJean, Panormo, and Fabbricatore.

Matteo Bertolina,piano and composition

born in Valfurva, Italy, he studied piano, electronic music and composition at the A. Vivaldi Conservatory, Alessandria, where he also participated in the exchange program with University of Georgia (USA). Matteo has participated in several composition competitions and events such as Festival 5 Giornate (Milan), Shanghai Electronic Music Week, Fifteen Minutes of Fame (New York), and Festival de Música Contemporanea Brasileira. He won the first prize in V Concorso Internazionale di Musica AMIGDALA, and the second prize in Fratelli Pedrotti Composers Competition in Trento (Italy). His works have been performed in countries such Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, China, and USA. Matteo is conductor of the Coro Stelvio, and President of the Academic Committee of the Concorso Internazionale de Musica Città di Stresa.

Maurizia Barazzoni, soprano

graduated from the Martini Conservatory, Bologna, with high marks. Maurizia was one of the first sopranos devoted to early vocal performance research and has interpreted most of the Italian Baroque composers. Among many of her recordings is the complete madrigals and arias of Giulio Caccini (Arion France: 1992) along with Sandro Volta, which was awarded the Diapason Dor. She is also heard on the soundtrack of the 1996 film “The Portrait of a Lady”, by the australian movie director Campion. In 2011, Maurizia published her Method of Italian Singing: from recitar cantando to Rossini (UT Orpheus). She has taught early music international courses at the Urbino Early Music.

Andrea Leveratto, guitar

born in Genova. He holds a degree in classical guitar from Paganini Conservatory, Genova. He attended masterclasses with Guillermo Fierens, Gianni Nuti e Tilman Hoppstock. Andrea was awarded first prize at important national and international guitar competitions such as Pasquale Taraffo, Jupiter, and Città Casarza. Along with Mauro Bonelli, he recorded Capolavori del Barocco, an album featuring baroque harpsichord masterpieces transcribed for two guitars. Andrea published Bach’s Italian Concert transcribed for two guitars (Berben, 1997). He is currently classical guitar and chamber music teacher at the Recagno School, Liguria.

Blagovest Georgiev, guitar

started his guitar studies in his native Bulgaria. After obtaining his baccalaureate, he moved to France to join the class of Pascal Polidori, a disciple of Alexander Lagoya, where he graduated with the highest distinction. He received his masters degree in concert classical guitar from the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts of Plovdiv, where he studied with Stella Miteva-Dinkova and graduated with full excellence. Additional music training includes classes with Marco Tamayo and Aniello Desiderio, besides numerous training courses with great masters such as David Russell, Manuel Barrueco, Emanuel Rossfelder, and Frederick Zigante. His soloist and chamber activities have taken him to different countries in Europe, Asia and the Balkans. Blagovest performed Rodrigo’s Fantasia para un Gentilhombre with the Nice Philharmonic Orchestra. He was recently invited as a soloist by the Wind Orchestra of Grasse, France, and participated in projects with the Symphonique Orchestra of Vence with whom he played Franz Schubert’s Sonata Arpeggione and Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto in D major. Since 2009, he has taught classical guitar at the city of Conservatoire de Nice at Beaulieu-sur-Mer, alongside Laurent Blanquart and Isabelle Lo Presti. He is regularly invited to teach and give master classes at festivals and summer academies in France, Italy and Bulgaria. He is particularly involved in chamber music and participates in many projects in collaboration with different musicians and various instruments in diverse musical genres and formations such as a duet, trio and quartet. In 2018, he performed at the State Opera of Nice with the Municipal Guard Orchestra of Nice.

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