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Sun 2 Jun 2013, 3:00pm

Where: Waikanae Memorial Hall, 7 Pehi Kupa St, Waikanae, Kapiti Coast

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: federico

Lewis Eady and Alhambra Guitars are proud to support 'Guitar at the Opera.'

Federico Quercia will present a repertoire focused on the Italian Opera with music written by Giuseppe Verdi and Gioacchino Rossini. He will perform pieces from the following Verdi Opera - 'Rigoletto,' 'Nabucco,' 'I Vespri Siciliani,' La 'Traviata' adapted for the classical guitar by the 19th Century Guitarist J.K Mertz.

By Rossini he will perform items from the following Opera - 'Il Barbiere di Siviglia,' 'Otello,' 'La Cenerentola,' 'L'Italiana in Algeri,' 'Tancredi,' 'La Gazza Ladra' adapted and arranged for the classical guitar by the 19th Century Guitarist Mauro Giuliani.

The concert is part of Federico’s 2013 tour of New Zealand.

Born Italian Federico is an honourly graduated of the 'S.Pietro a Majella' Conservatorium of Music of Naples, one of the oldest and most prestigious Music institute of EU. The Naples Conservatorium of Music host the famous Neapolitan School. Belong to that school are composers such as Domenico Scarlatti, Alessandro Scarlatti, Domenico Cimarosa, Giovanni Paisiello, Vincenzo Bellini among others and guitarist composers such as Mauro Giuliani, Ferdinando Carulli, Gapar Sanz.

Mr Quercia did further studies in Italy with Aniello Desiderio, in California with Laurindo Almeida, in Buenos Aires with Gianni Palazzo, in Santiago at The University of Chile with Luca Belcastro.

He was also exposed to some world renowned guitarists such as Manuel Barrueco, Sergio and Odair Assad, Elliot Fisk and Marco Socias.

Federico debuted as a soloist at the age of 18 at the Circolo Artistico Politecnico of Naples. Since then he has been active as a soloist and as part of chamber music orchestras in EU, North America, South America, Australia and New Zealand, and has appeared on radio and TV programs in a number of countries.

In 1991 Federico moved to Los Angeles CA where he has performed extensively through the California playing music written by Spanish composers Llobet, De Falla, Albeniz, Granados, Malats, Rodrigo. He has debuted at the Sherwood Auditorium of la Jolla in San Diego CA playing music by the Italian Composers and Laurindo Almeida works.

Federico is a researcher of the Italian Early Music. Works from Domenico Cimarosa, Domenico Scarlatti, Alessandro Scarlatti Niccolò Paganini, Luigi Legnani, Ferdinando Carulli, Mauro Giuliani, Matteo Carcassi are regularly featured in his programmes.

Since Federico moved to New Zealand in January 2004, he has given guitar recitals in various venues such as Canterbury University, Lincoln University, Nelson School of Music, Burnside High School, James Hay Theatre in the Christchurch Town Hall, the Great Hall in The Arts Centre of Christchurch and the Ray Freedman Arts Centre of Auckland.

In 2005 was appointed Head of Classical Guitar at Auckland University where he taught until 2009. In 2009 he held the same position at Waikato University.

At the end of 2009 Federico moved to Santiago of Chile where he was appointed professor of guitar studies at the Universidad de las Americas in 2010. In Chile he also has collaborated with several universities giving recitals and Master Classes focused on the Latin American Music 20th Century. He has performed at Universidad Catòlica de Chile in duo with the Cuban pianist Alejandro Malde.

Last year he has taught classical guitar in several music institute located in Florence and Siena such as S.S. Annunziata School of Poggio Imperiale.

Currently he is doing a research on the Italian Opera particularly on Verdi Opera.

Mr.Quercia is based in Auckland where he occasionally collaborate with Auckland University in support of the NZ young talented guitarists.