Biography

Francesco De Grazia, born in Messina in 1994, started studying classical guitar at the age of 15 and graduated with honors from the “Fausto Torrefranca” conservatory in Vibo Valentia (VV). It follows heterogeneous musical and cultural extraction tachers but, for the most part, it owes its musical training to maestro Giovanni Puddu. In 2017, under the guidance of M° Guillem Pérez-Quer, he attended a Master in Classical and Contemporary Music Interpretation at the Liceu Conservatory in Barcelona. Launched, in the same conservatory, a chamber project together with countertenor Sergio Monsalve, is the winner for artistic and musical merit of the scholarship for the academic year 2018/2019, under the guidance of M ° Santiago Figueras.

In 2019 he obtained the title of Master in Chamber Music, performing, during the final recital, original works for this duo, including a collection of songs written specifically for the duo by the composer Benjamin Davies. He attends regularly to master classes with some of the best-known exponents of the international guitar world: Feliu Gasull, Leo Brouwer, Giampaolo Bandini, José Antonio Escobar, Darko Petrinjak among others.

He regularly performs as a soloist and in chamber ensembles sharing the stage with internationally renowned artists such as the cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Joan Chamorro and the Sant Andreu Jazz Band.

Among the stages where he has played, the Museum of National Art of Catalonia (MNAC) stands out, one of the times collaborating with the artist Antoni Miralda, the Parliament of Catalonia, the Palau reial de Pedralbes, the Auditorium of Sant Cugat del Valles.

Always interested in different artistic and musical knowledge, he also studies modern guitar and participates in numerous master classes with internationally renowned artists such as Guthrie Govan, Scott Henderson, Mike Stern, Robben Ford.