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Giuseppe Torrisi Guitarist of the "Teatro Massimo Bellini" in Catania-Italy

Was born in Catania, and is a self-taught classical guitarist. In 1986 he graduated in the conservatory "Tito Schipa" in Lecce.
He attended several postgraduate studies with world-famous teachers such as A. Diaz, R. Chiesa ed A. Minella.

Since 1983 he is a good assistant of the E.A.R- Massimo Bellini Theatre in Catania giving substantial contributions for the realization of operas, ballets and symphonic concerts, one of many is "Bozzetto Siciliano", theatrical production of the composer Sylvano Bussotti performed in 1990 on first worldwide release.He’s been engaged several times as mandolin player (e.g. in the W. A. Mozart’s opera “Don Giovanni”), as banjo professor (in some G. Gershwin’s works ) and, recently, also as bouzouki and charango soloist (e.g. M. Theodorakis’ "Zorba il Greco" ballet and Ariel Ramirez’s "Misa Criolla")

He has appeared on live television and participated to radio programmes performing live, and in 1986 he was awarded the special “Show Prize”.He writes lots of transcriptions and arrangements for the classical guitar.

In 1999 he released a solo CD ("Dalla Sicilia al Sud-America...") in which there can be found personal guitar re-examinations of renowned tunes during an imaginary trip through different popular cultures.In recent times he has performed concerts in Romany and Germany achieving widespread support both from audiences and reviews.

In parallel to the soloist activity, Giuseppe Torrisi works together with some musical groups in order to re-discover and bring out Sicilian musical popular traditions.

Amongst these groups there can be mentioned:
The "Ensemble a plettro Siciliano", the "Siculae Res" and the "Armòs", a vocal – instrumental group in which there are played exclusively ancient musical instruments such as the lute, the vihuela, the chitarrino, and so on.Moreover, he is a member of the "Flam.& Co.", a musical group that goes along a musical itinerary passing through Latin culture and its derivations. The group has released the CD "Ondanuova".

He is also part of the vocal-instrumental group "Voce 'e Popolo" which, through refined instrumental arrangements, proposes a particular re-examinations of renowned melodies of the Sicilian and Neapolitan popular tradition.

Giuseppe Torrisi carries out a fully private teaching profession and, on this way, he has initiated some students to a professional artistic activity.He is on the teaching staff - musical class - of the intermediate schools "Raffaello Sanzio" in Tremestieri Etneo (Catania) .





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