Gabriel Guillén was born in Maracay, Venezuela. At the age of 5 he began to study the guitar under the Uruguayan guitarist Mario Vidalin, who introduced him to the technique of Abel Carlevaro and the music of Uruguay and Argentina. Later, he studied with José Gregorio Guanchez at the Escela Superior de Música José Lamas. Between 1984 and 1988 Gabriel Guillén was giving recitals in most of the guitar festivals in Venezuela and toured Venezuela giving recitals in about 15 cities. In 1987 he won third prize in the Antonio Lauro Competition and was awarded first prize by Rotary International. During this time he took active part in master classes given by Abel Carlevaro, Alfredo del monaco and Abraham Abreu. He did an important production of the 1986 Radio-Television Caracas program „Clasicos Dominicales“, a program presenting the most important artists of Venezuela in that time. In 1988 Gabriel Guillén won a scholarship to study music in Europe and in the same year moved to Vienna, Austria, studying under Prof. Walter Würdinger and in Zurich, Switzerland under Prof. Konrad Ragossnig. During his studies, Guillén gave concerts in most of the European contries, South America, U.S.A and Japan. After completing his studies in Europe, Gabriel Guillén received the „Merit Award“ from the Austrian Government, the „Amigo de Venezuela“ award from the the Venezuela Postiva and the „Honors Award from the Rotary Club Caracas-Avila, the Kery Stiftung Preis, the Artinger Preis, the honor award of he city Fiuggi, Italy 2010 and 2014 together with musicians like Leo Brouwer and Alirio Diaz. He is now an internationaly acclaimed artist, who teaches at the Joseph Haydn Konservatorium in Eisenstadt, Austria, gives master classes and concerts in more than 44 counrties of the world and recorded for companies Universal and Record.v4m (Austria).
Born in Siena, Italy, in October 1955. His guitar teachers were: his father, maestro Alirio Díaz and professor Umberto Incutti,professors Angelo Amato in the “Benedetto Marcello” Conservatory in Venice, and Carlo Carfagna of the “Santa Cecilia” Conservatory in Rome, where he finished his studies and earned a degree as a guitar professor.He studied harmony, counterpoint and musical forms with the teachers Carlo Cammarota and Armando Renzi, in the Pontificio Instituto de Música Sacra. In 1978 he attended a course in Orchestral Conducting with the instructor Sergio Celibidache.He has worked as a guitar professor at the “Juan José Landaeta” Conservatory in Caracas, and has performed several times for the RAI (Italian Radio and Television).Now is Guitar Professor in Conservatory”Giuseppe Martucci” Salerno(Italy)For several years he has worked as a concert musician, performing solo and in a duo with his father, as well as performing in chamber music groups in the main Italian and international music centers, such as the Academia Nacional de Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Teatro Teresa Carreño in Caracas, the Royal Academy of London and La Maison de l’Amerique Latine in Paris ecc.
He has also served as a judge for important international guitar competitions.
Senio Alirio Diaz plays like soloist special guest with Venezuela Joung Orchestra under the prestigious direction by M°Jose Antonio Abreu who founded the Sistema Young Orchestras of Venezuela and under many other famous conductors.
He is Fundacion Alirio Diaz Assistant President and he takes care to diffuse the guitar music in all over the world with a special attention for latino – american repertoire.
Senio is the founder of National Guitar Competition “Alirio Diaz” of Venezuela and
international Guitar Competition “Alirio Diaz” in Rome.
Maestro Andrés Segovia gave him one of his instruments in recognition of Senio Díaz’s artistic merits.
Simone Iannarelli is one of the best guitarist-composer of his generation, highly recognized by critics and musicians alike. Renowned Composer Carlo Domeniconi describes his “Trois Preludes as “…beautiful music which brings new colors and new aspects to the guitar…” Steve Marsh, on Classical Guitar magazine says: “Here is a truly remarkable writer of contemporary guitar music."
Mr. Iannarelli was born in Rome in 1970. He studied classical guitar with Massimo Delle Cese. He graduated from the Conservatory “A.Casella” in L’Aquila, receiving his final diploma with highest honors. Afterwards, he moved to Paris in order to study with the composer, arranger, and guitarist Roland Dyens .
He has published more than 40 works for solo guitar, guitar duo, guitar & flute, Guitar and String Quartet, Guiterand Orquesta and other chamber ensemble ; in Canada, United States and Italy with Les Productions d’Oz ,Guitar Solo Publication , Sinfonica, Bérben and Carish .His musical production has been performed recorded and broadcasted worldwide, by international recognized players.
Beside his activity like composer , Mr Iannarelli keep a lively schedule as a concert player, focus on the interpretation of his own music, that carried him throughout France, U.S.A.,Canada, New Zealand, Spain, England, Italy, Nederland, Switzerland, Czech Republic ,Hungary, Poland ,Uruguay, Chile, Peru and Mexico.
In 2004 he released his first CD “Rue De La Folie Regnault” featuring pieces composed and played by him (GuitartLabel). His New Cd “Playa Paraiso” has been released by Mexican label Urtext Digital Classic.
In September 2005 Mr. Iannarelli was awarded with the “Chitarra d’oro “(Golden Guitar) for the composition by the Presidency of the International Guitar Competition "Città di Alessandria".
In July 2014 was premiered in Spain his “Concerto de Petrer” for Guitar and Symphonic Orchestra.
Equally passionate for teaching, Mr Iannarelli is currently professor of classical guitar at the Institute of Fine Arts at the University of Colima (Mexico).
Musician, classical guitarist. Winner of numerous guitar competitions, among others in Strzelce Krajeńskie, Zamosc, Krakow. He acquired knowledge and improved his skills under the guidance of recognized masters of classical guitar (David Russell, Roberto Aussel, Abel Carlevaro, Rafael Romero). He is a guitarist performing in almost all European countries,as well as the Middle East. In the years 1996 - 2010 he served as artistic director of the International Guitar Festival. Czeslaw Droździewicza in Krynica-Zdroj.