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Camilo Verga (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

National Conservatory

 

CAMILO VERGA was born on October 29, 1982 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He began his studies with Cristina Dueñas in the Music School at the National University of Cuyo in Mendoza and completed the Undergraduate career in 2000. Continued as student of Graciela Pomponio and in 2006 is graduated Bachelor of Musical Arts (Classical Guitar) with full marks at the Carlos Lopez Buchardo National Conservatory (IUNA) of Buenos Aires, under the tutelage of Javier Bravo.

He received masterclasses with international guitarists such as Angelo Gilardino, David Russell, Oscar Ghiglia, Thomas Müller-Pering, Aniello Desiderio, Alvaro Pierri, Margarita Escarpa, Elena Papandreou, Carlo Marchione, among many others, in Uruguay, Bolivia, Brazil, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Austria, Serbia and Romania.

In 2010 received the advanced course the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy, which he joined through admission test and where he was distinguished by Maestro Oscar Ghiglia with Merit Diploma and a scholarship for study. In the field of composition is guided by Fernando Maglia.

He received awards at competitions as well as guitarist and for their works. Among  its 17 international awards, is highlighting the First Prizes in interpretation in Aranda de Duero (Spain, 2012), César Cortinas (Uruguay, 2008) and Northlands College of Buenos Aires (Argentina, 2006). His Sonata Onírica was won Second Prize in the contest Claxica (Italy, 2013).

His discography features albums Molto Legato (EPSA Music, 2014) with classical/romantic composers and Heitor VillaLobos:

Complete Works for Solo Guitar (2010). Previously, between 2006 and 2007, he participated in the recording of two CDs as a result of the awards in competitions and other at live concert produced by the Argentina Guitar Circle.

Currently have plans to recording a new CD with his guitar works, thereby merging the role of composer and performer.

Since 2008 he teaches classical guitar at the National Conservatory (now the Music Department Carlos Lopez Buchardo – UNA) and from 2009 at the Manuel de Falla Conservatory of Buenos Aires.

He performs regularly in venues and theaters as soloist, having participated in the Salento Guitar Festival (Italy), International Classical Music Villa Navas de San Juan Festival (Spain), Guitarras del Mundo Festival (Argentina), La Roseta del Plata International Festival and Seminar (Argentina), International Guitar Festival of Girona (Spain), Cuerdas del Río de la Plata Guitar Festival (Uruguay) and the Villa de Aranda International Guitar Festival (Spain), the latter also being invited to be part of the jury.

Guitar Performance Awards:

– First Prize, XI Villa de Aranda International Classical Guitar Competition (2012)

Villa de Aranda International Guitar Festival, Aranda de Duero, Spain

– First Prize, VI Cesar Cortinas International Competition (2008)

Asociación de Instrumentistas y Compositores del Uruguay, Atlantida, Uruguay

– First Prize, IV Northlands College Interpretation Competition (2006)

Northlands College Arts Centre – Asociación Música Viva, Buenos Aires, Argentina

– Second Prize and Audience Award, Musikrooms International Guitar Competition (2011)

Delle Due Citta’ Festival, Treviso, Italy

– Second Prize, I Gil-Orozco International Guitar Competition (2012)

Gil-Orozco International Guitar Festival, Requena (Valencia), Spain

– Second Prize, VI Citta’ Di Fiuggi International Guitar Competition (2012)

Citta’ Di Fiuggi International Guitar Festival, Italy

– Second Prize, VIII Villa de Aranda International Classical Guitar Competition (2009)

Villa de Aranda International Guitar Festival, Aranda de Duero, Spain

– Third Prize, IX Córdoba International Guitar Competition (2012)

Córdoba International Guitar Festival, Spain

– Third Prize, II Vital Medeiros International Competition (2009)

VIII Seminar and Festival, Suzano, São Paulo, Brazil

– Third Prize, I International Guitar Competition (2011)

International Guitar Festival, Maldonado, Punta del Este, Uruguay

– Third Prize, V Cochabamba International Competition (2008)

Guitar Festival Cochabamba, Bolivia

– Honorable Mention, IV Cesar Cortinas (2006)

Instrumentalists and Composers’Association of Uruguay, Atlantida, Uruguay

– Second Mention, “UNL National Incentive Awards for Artistic Creation” (2006)

Cultural Department of the Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Santa Fe, Argentina

– Third Mention, Guitarmasters Competition (2005)

Luthier Osvaldo Bragán, Buenos Aires, Argentina

– Finalist, I World Guitar Competition (2010)

Vojvodina Guitar Association, Novi Sad, Serbia

– Finalist, XII Classical Guitar International Competition (2010)

International Festival and Guitar Competition, Sernancelhe, Portugal

– Finalist, VIII Pau Casals International Competition (2007)

Centre Catalá from Rosario, Argentina

– Selection as Participant, XXXVI Luis Sigall International Competition (2009, did not attend the event)

Cultural Corporation Viña del Mar, Chile

– Selection as Outstanding Student, Musicampus (2007)

City of Los Cocos, Córdoba, Argentina

Composition Awards:

– Second Prize, for the Sonata Onírica (Guitar), V International Composition Competition

Claxica Festival, Associazione Musicale “Ousia Harmonica”, Castel D’Aiano, Italy

– Segnalazione (Special Mention), for the Sistemas para Guitarra, IV International Composition Competition (2012)

Claxica Festival, Associazione Musicale “Ousia Harmonica”, Castel D’Aiano, Italy

Reviews:

– Program Segovia a Yupanqui, National Classical Radio (August 31, 2014): “No wonder the album release Molto Legato because Camilo is an artist who is always looking for new challenges. In works such as the Gran Jota Aragonese range of techniques and timbral possibilities that stands out. When one listens to Camilo and has him at one meter, you can realize the great technical innovations that have, and not only that, but the great musicality. Because it is not only a pyrotechnic artist, these works fit too well because it has a unique technique while know what to do with it, “Fabio Caputo Rey and Sebastian Dominguez – La Gaceta de Tucumán Journal (Argentina, September 26, 2014)

– Telam Press Agency (September 7, 2014)

“Molto Legato meets milestones guitar though, according to the virtuosity of his interpreter, seem chosen peaking at high technical requirement (…). If you have already demonstrated high artistic aspirations in their previous album, this proposal seeks to open the doors of their work to new audiences without giving up quality “

– La Gaceta de Tucumán (September 24, 2014)

“Clear sound, musicality, good fingering, precision and mastery of the instrument are among the virtues of this musician with talent that circumvents the technical difficulties that propose these works” – Roberto Espinosa

– The Journal of Paraná (Argentina, September 23, 2014)

Molto Legato album review. “With a clear sound and precise phrasing the artist releases a tight delivery and precise musical architecture. The CD clearly meets the didactic function that the musician is proposed with this production of guitar classics. The performer is definitely a great concertist”

– The Santa Fe Review (September 22, 2014)

“Devoted composers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries gather from professional and talented performer who in this work demonstrates his step for a rigorous academic training”

– David Qualey, composer (USA), for the execution of his work One Time Swing (February 2014)

“Super! It’s the best version I’ve heard “

– El Norte de Castilla Journal and Journal de la Ribera (Burgos, Spain, August 7, 2012)

“The XI International Guitar Competition Villa de Aranda ended with a winner: The Argentine artist Camilo Verga, won the First Prize.The jury composed by Parfinovich, Eduardo Pascual Diez (professor at the Conservatory of Valladolid) and the guitarist Diego Matthew Sabadell, highlighted its musicality and expressiveness, technical dexterity, correct fingering and artistic scene control, and safety decision implementation and adaptation to the character and style of the pieces. Also is

considered that he interpreted a more balanced the whole program and attracting the interest and attention of the jury throughout his performance”.

– Don Witter Jr, classical and jazz guitarist (November 4, 2011)

“Camilo Verga it is extremely musical and his tone and technique are top notch. Nicely sensitive playing!”

– Angelo Gilardino, guitarist and composer (Vercelli, Italy, August 2010) “It’s an consummate concertist”

– Ministry of Foreign Affairs, international trade and worship (Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 2010)

“The General Directorate of Cultural Affairs certifies that the tour will be Argentine musician Camilo Verga in Italy, Germany, Austria and Spain between July 2 and September 7, 2010, is considered by this Directorate-General of high artistic and cultural interest, taking into account the prestige and trajectory of the aforementioned artist”

– Diploma of the Borges International Foundation (Buenos Aires, Argentina, November 2010)

“The international Jorge Luis Borges Foundation, on behalf of its Chairperson Sra. María Kodama, thanked strongly Camilo

Verga guitar concert by its brilliant concert in this institution of November 13, 2010 as part of the Night of the Museums”

– La Voz de Zárate Journal (Argentina, edition of April 19, 2010)

“He transformed the complex into the simple, added a feeling and a fine interpretation to the study of Villa-Lobos”

– Jorge Luis Borges International Foundation Blog (Buenos Aires, Argentina, April 2009)

“Made an excellent run and excited the audience with his interpretation” – Alejandra Sartore

– Guillermo Palacios, guitarist and arranger (March 2009)

“In the near future he will be one of the best guitarists in Argentina”

– Círculo Guitarrístico Argentino Magazine (edition of August, 2007)

“Finesse, originality and mastery. Tárrega’s work was played in an exquisite manner. He is a first-rate guitarist” – Nilda de Urquiza

– Paraguay Nane Reta Journal (Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 2007)

“Managed arpeggios and pleasant melody with technical and expressive quality, he entered resolutely in complex passages and came out with the quality of a dedicated and consummate artist” – Manuel Aracri

– La Nación Journal (Buenos Aires, Argentina, edition of February 27, 2007)

“His version of a work of Brouwer was powerful and overwhelming” – René Vargas Vera