Buy the tickets Bio: Fabio Zanon is one of the pre-eminent guitarists of today. As a solo and chamber player, author, conductor, teacher and broadcaster, he has sought to expand the
Fabio Zanon is one of the pre-eminent guitarists of today. As a solo and chamber player, author, conductor, teacher and broadcaster, he has sought to expand the perception of the guitar in the concert scene. His recording of Francis Hime’s Guitar Concerto, recorded live with the São Paulo Symphony conducted by Alondra de la Parra, was nominated for the 2011 Latin Grammy as Best Classical Recording. He has recently recorded Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with the same orchestra. His CD containing the complete guitar works by Villa-Lobos was awarded the Bravo Prize in Brazil as ‘Best Classical CD of 2010’; on that occasion he was also shortlisted as Artist of the Year. Born in Brazil in 1966, he started his musical studies in early age with his father, and completed his education at the São Paulo University and at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he also studied conducting. His main teachers were Antonio Guedes, Henrique Pinto, Edelton Gloeden and Michael Lewin, and he also attended the Julian Bream master classes in London. He holds a Master of Music degree from the University of London. Although not greatly drawn to competitions, his career had a significant impulse after he won the first prize at both major international competitions, the GFA – Guitar Foundation of America Competition in St Louis and Tarrega Competition in Spain, within weeks of each other in 1996. Since then, Fabio Zanon has performed in some of the most prestigious halls of Europe, Asia, North and South America, including Royal Festival Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Les Invalides in Paris, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, Philharmonie in St Petersburg, KKL in Lucerne, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, Theatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro, Amazonas Theatre in Manaus and Sala Verdi in Milan, to name but a few. An inspiring teacher, he has given master classes at most of the major conservatoires from Los Angeles to Singapore. In 2008 he was appointed a Visiting Professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He has performed more than 40 different works for guitar and orchestra as a soloist of prestigious groups such as the London Philharmonic, BBC Ulster Orchestra, Israel Chamber Orchestra and all the major orchestras of South America. His chamber music repertoire and partners range from the most traditional to the most adventurous. He has played with partners ranging from celebrated soprano Carole Farley to pop singer Ney Mattogrosso. In 2009 he released Yanomami, a CD for choir and guitar with Coro Cervantes, and in 2011 his third CD with flautist Marcelo Barboza, Mountain Songs. In 2009 he also published his first book, Villa-Lobos, to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of the great Brazilian composer. He has received many awards for his concerts and recordings, the most unexpected being the award as best concert performance of 2006 in Brazil for his debut as an operatic conductor in Michael Nyman’s The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat. Fabio Zanon has had an intense activity as a broadcaster, having conceived, written and narrated, for Radio Cultura FM in São Paulo, series such as The Art of the Guitar (also broadcast by Antena 1 in Portugal), The Spanish Guitar, Simple and Complex and The Brazilian Guitar. This last one has been hailed as a landmark in musical historiography in Brazil and has been adopted as teaching material at music schools. In 2013 Fabio Zanon was appointed Artistic and Educational Manager at the Campos do Jordão International Winter Festival, the largest and most traditional classical music festival in South America.