Friday 13 - Sunday 15

September 2019

Artists › Giovanni Guzzo

“Guzzo’s technique was immaculate, and his Szymanowski was also stylish and driven. He ripped through the cadenza with terrific verve and left me wanting to hear much more from him”.
Andrew Morris, Classicalsource
30-year-old violinist Giovanni Guzzo is rapidly rising as one of the most versatile performers of his generation. Born in Venezuela to parents of Italian and Venezuelan heritage, he has captivated audiences around the world with his unique and passionate approach to his performances. Following his sensational solo debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, critics described him as a “wonderfully magnetic” and “commanding” performer.
Giovanni started his musical studies with the piano at the age of five and violin at the age of six. At age 12, he became the youngest violinist to win the National Violin Competition “Juan Bautista Plaza” in Venezuela. A protégé of the renowned French virtuoso violinist Maurice Hasson, Giovanni was granted a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He previously studied with Zakhar Bron at the “Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia” in Madrid.
A keen recitalist and chamber musician, Giovanni has worked closely with some of today’s leading musicians, including Martha Argerich, Joshua Bell, Martin Fröst, Daniel Hope, Stephen Hough, Kristóf Baráti, Mats Lidstrom, Gábor Takács-Nagy, István Várdai, the Takacs Quartet and Maxim Vengerov.
Giovanni recently performed for Her Majesty the Queen of England on the famous 'Viotti ex-Bruce' Stradivarius violin. He appears regularly in live Television and Radio broadcasts, most recently on BBC performing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto. He was also the youngest musician ever invited to perform a solo recital at the World Economic Forum in Davos. 
As a soloist, Giovanni performs with the finest symphony orchestras and in some of the most prestigious venues around the world, including London's Wigmore Hall, New York's Carnegie Hall and Zurich's Tonhalle. He is a regular guest at Verbier Festival in Switzerland and Mecklenburg Vorpommern Festival in Germany.
 Principal guest leader of the world-famous Budapest Festival Orchestra (director Ivan Fischer), he was recently appointed Violin professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London.  Giovanni Guzzo plays on a 1759 Nicola Gagliano violin, kindly on extended loan to him by a private benefactor.