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Massimo Felici, guitarist, studied in Rome with Stefano Grondona, then specialized with Oscar Ghiglia at the Chigiana Academy in Siena and at the Musik-Akademie in Basel.
First Prize in the International Competitions of Gargnano, Màlaga, Cagliari and Fiuggi, he has been awarded important acknowledgments and prizes also in Alessandria, Parma, “A. Segovia” in Granada, “Palma d’oro” in Finale Ligure.
He has been performing since he was very young as a soloist, in duo with the guitarist Lorenzo Micheli, with the flutist Massimo Mercelli, with the “Leonardo” Guitar Quartet and with orchestras all over Europe, South America, United States and the Far East, with conductors as Enrique Bàtiz, Filippo Maria Bressan, Tito Muñoz, Christopher Franklin, Robert Gutter, Philippe Bender, Raphael Pyllarinos, Vittorio Antonellini and others.
Guest artist in many important Festivals all over the world (Jerusalem, Rheingau, Emilia Romagna, Ljubljiana, Brno, Zagreb, Màlaga, Gerona, Siracusa...), Massimo Felici teachs Guitar at Conservatory “Nino Rota” in Monopoli (Italy), and has been also invited to give Masterclasses in Germany, South Corea, India, Croatia, Estonia, Spain, Czech Republic and Finland.
Member of the New York Alaria Chamber Ensemble, he performed in 1997 his debut at Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall).
In 1995 he recorded the CD “Escarraman”, which contains the première recordings of works by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco to enthusiastic international critical acclaim. In 2004 he recorded the Complete Concertos of Castelnuovo-Tedesco together with Lorenzo Micheli for the international label “Brilliant”.
The American Records’ Guide has written that “he is one of the best European guitarists we have ever listened to”.
Giovanni Sollima (“Free Life on Earth” – 2004, “Il Bestiario di Leonardo” – 2006) and Luis Bacalov (“Caminos del Sur” – 2006) dedicated to him new important guitar works.
Massimo Felici plays a guitar made by Miguel Simplicio (Barcelona 1934).