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CARLOTTA DALIA

"Carlotta Dalia's playing represents the excellence of the Italian tradition - which is at the highest level - and she is on the verge of becoming a world leader in the art of the guitar".

Maestro Angelo Gilardino. Play News

 

Born in Tuscany in 1999, guitarist Carlotta Dalia is attracting attention with her passionate and soulful interpretations, underpinned by a round and powerful sound. Since giving her first solo concert at the age of twelve, she has won over 40 national and international competitions, including first prizes in Uppsala, Hong Kong, Miami and Madrid, as well as at the Niccolo Paganini International Competition in Parma.

She is now a regular guest on stages around the world; Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria, Portugal, Poland, Hungary, Sweden, Russia, Ireland, Japan and Switzerland...

For some time now she has performed regularly in duo with the violinist Giuseppe Gibboni, winner of the Paganini Violin Competition in Genoa. The duo has also played at the Quirinale in Rome invited from the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella; the concert was broadcast live on Italian radio.

The concerts of this season will bring Carlotta Dalia to perform as well as in various Italian cities in Barcelona, ​​Beirut, Bogotà, at the Groningen Guitar Festival, and on tour in China.

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She released his first CD "Gran Solo" with works by Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Scarlatti, Bach and Sor at the age of 16; a second recording followed in 2018 dedicated to compositions by Silvius Leopold Weiss, a contemporary  of Bach.

 

In 2020, she recorded a sonatina by Angelo Gilardino dedicated to her under the title Angelus, which was released together with works by other composers; in the same year the recording of the complete work for guitar by Ida Presti was released.

For this recording he received the "Chitarra d'oro" award in Milan in October 2022.

Carlotta Dalia started playing the guitar at the age of eight and graduated with honors in 2017 from the renowned Accademia Chigiana in Siena, where she studied with Oscar Ghiglia.

 

She completed her postgraduate studies as a student of Laura Young at the Salzburg Mozarteum in 2022 and has been a D'Addario Artist since 2016.

She is supported by the "Si-Yo Music Foundation" of New York and the "Adopt a Musician Foundation" of Lugano - the latter also kindly lent her a guitar that Hermann Hauser I built for Andrès Segovia in 1939.

Since 2023 she has been teaching at the "F. Morlacchi" Conservatory of Music in Perugia.

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I will always thank him for giving me advice and suggesting ideas without ever imposing anything and without ever judging.

 

His composure could be misunderstood as detachment, on the contrary he was very empathetic and on more than one occasion I perceived a truly rare solidarity and understanding. 

I hope I have told with this thought briefly, that behind a legendary personality for the world of guitar and music, there was a person from another era, with an attentio and thoughts always aimed at young people.

 

Few times have I felt so understood and listened to as when I spoke to him, I will always miss him.

Carlotta Dalia

For Maestro Angelo Gilardino, culture, study and knowledge were not virtues to show off with vanity, but they were his simple essence. 
In the perennial competition of egocentrism that embraces our century, Gilardino reminded me, every time I spoke to him, that whoever is truly super partes does not need to flaunt his or her talents or successes, nor does he need to discredit the competition. 
It's simply what he does, and he doesn't need to explain it. 

I consider myself truly lucky to have known Angelo Gilardino, to have talked with him about music, guitar and also many life stories - sometimes even quite personal - and to have been able to enjoy his advice.

In addition to having a hilarious sense of humor, Gilardino was always elegant whatever he said. Every word was suitable, calibrated and perfect to describe in an exhaustive and interesting way what he was saying. Whether it was a book or a message on Facebook, whatever he wrote kept his interlocutor literally attached to what he was expressing. 
“A refugee of the counterpoint (and also of the subjunctive)”, he called himself… and he was absolutely right… often when I write something, from an email to a trivial message on my cell phone, and I exclude punctuation or the syntax is not the best, I think of what would he have said and I smile… he was very amusing in describing “the fake cultured ones”, those who pose a lot and quail little… 

 

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