Italian Classical Guitarist Costanza Casullo plays German, Spanish, Brazillian, Paraguayan and French Classics
Sat, 18 February 2017 at 1.00pm
Sylvius Leopold Weiss – Pasacaille, Fantasie and Tombeau sur La Mort de M. Comte d'Logy Arrivée en 1721.
Gaspar Sanz – Pavanas and Canarios.
Isaac Albéniz– Granada.
Heitor Villa-Lobos – Suite Populaire Brezilienne.
Agustín Barrios Mangoré – Julia Florida.
Maurice Ravel – Pavane pour une Infante Défunte.
Costanza was awarded a scholarship to study classical guitar at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London under Professor Robert Brightmore and graduated mid-2016.
Born in Italy in 1994, she began her guitar studies aged 9 and gave her first public recital at 14 at the ‘Casa Verdi’ in Milan. She made her orchestral debut at 16 playing Vivaldi’s Guitar Concerto in D Major with ‘The Verdi Orchestra’ (Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi) conducted by ‘Jader Bignamini’. After attending Milan’s Junior Conservatory, she secured a scholarship to study composition, guitar and clarinet, at Wells Cathedral School in the UK where she studied under Paul Whitmarsh, Andrew Barrett and Edward Leaker respectively. Whilst there, she gave guitar and clarinet recitals in the West Country on a regular basis including in Wells Cathedral.
More recent performances have included a recital at Casa Barezzi in Italy during the Verdi Talenti music festival. She has performed regularly at numerous churches in and around London, at Garrick Temple in Hampton and at Burgh House in Hampstead. Costanza has written many pieces for guitar and other instruments which have been premiered at Wells Cathedral. Her ‘Sounds for the Earth Suite’ for guitar, percussion, cello, violin and clarinet was performed during ‘Wells New Music Week’ and her fanfare for trumpet at the opening of the new concert hall – the Cedars Hall – at Wells Cathedral School.
Costanza plans her debut at Wigmore Hall in London, the UK’s Premiere Recital Hall, in the next 2-3 years.
Guitar – JoséLuis Romanillos - 1975 ‘La Juana’ courtesy Phil Bardsley, St. Albans, UK
Free Admission - Retiring Collection in support of the St Albans Cathedral Music Trust and The Cathedral Music Department