I began studying guitar at 8 years old, learning my first chords from my dad, an enthusiast guitarist and collector of vinyl and guitars. A couple of years later, I also started studying piano. I became fascinated with jazz music at 16, studying jazz guitar with Colombo Menniti, Eddy Palermo and Domenico Caliri.
When I was 20, I listened to a recording of John Williams performing Bach’s four lute suites and decided I wanted to learn classical guitar. So, I joined the Conservatoire of Music, A.Casella, L’Aquila, Italy, studying classical guitar and composition. In 2001, I graduated with honours in classical guitar, and composition (IV° Anno di Composizione).
I went on to graduate in Italian Literature (Università La Sapienza, Rome) in 2003, specialising in History of Music.
While studying, I taught jazz and rock guitar at Università della Musica, Rome from 2006 to 2008, had a regular column in Axe Magazine from 2007 to 2008, and was a regular contributor for Chitarre from 2009 to 2011.
After many years as a guitar teacher, I decided to consolidate my experience of teaching into a comprehensive guitar method. This resulted in the publication of a three-volume book, Manuale di Chitarra Moderna, with Ricordi-Universal MGB Publications in 2008.
After working on a couple of Italian productions of internationally renowned musicals, I got a taste for performing in theatrical bands, leading me to move to London’s West End, where I have been performing in West End productions ever since.
Currently: Guitarist on Tina: The Tina Turner Musical – Aldwych Theatre, London
2012-2018: Thriller Live (MD, Guitar 1, Keyboard 2/Guitar 2 – Lyric Theatre, London)
2015-2018: Kinky Boots (Guitar 1 – Adelphi Theatre, London)
2017-2018: Dreamgirls (Savoy Theatre, London)
2016-2017: Motown (Guitar 1 & Guitar 2 – Shaftesbury Theatre, London)
2014-2016: In The Heights (Kings Cross Theatre, London)
2012-2016: Jersey Boys (Guitar 2 – Piccadilly Theatre, London)
2014-2015: Women On The Verge (Playhouse Theatre, London)
2012-2015: We Will Rock You (Guitar 2 – Dominion Theatre, London)
2013-2015: Rock Of Ages (Guitar 2 – Garrick Theatre, London & UK Tour)
2014: The Scottsboro Boys (Guitar, Banjo, Harmonica – Garrick Theatre, London)
2014: I Can’t Sing (Guitar 2 – London Palladium, London)
2012: The Old Vic 24 Hour Musicals Gala featuring Jeff Goldblum and Kevin Spacey (Old Vic Theatre, London)
2011-12: Mamma Mia! (Teatro Brancaccio, Rome – Stage Entertainment Production)
2010-2011: We Will Rock You (Italian Tour – Barley Arts Production)
Other theatre credits:
2017: Spring Awakening (The Mirren Studio, Basildon)
2015-2016: Bugsy Malone (Lyric Hammersmith, London)
2016: Through The Wire (The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London)
2015: Cinderella (Lyric Hammersmith, London)
2015: The Wedding Singer (Kenneth More Theatre, Ilford)
2015: Pippin’ (Arts Educational Schools, Chiswick)
2014: Godspell In Concert (Lyric Theatre, London)
2014: Little Shop Of Horrors (The Ryan Theatre, London)
2014: Dick Whittington And His Cat (Lyric Hammersmith, London)
Other credits: Brendan Cole Tour (A Night To Remember – UK & Ireland Tour 2016, All Night Long – National Theatre Tour 2017 & 2018), Rachel Tucker (Back From Broadway, St. James Theatre, London, 2015), John Owen-Jones (Hippodrome Casino, London, 2014), Daniel Koek (An Evening With West End Star Daniel Koek, Hippodrome Casino, London, 2014), Bobby Crush (The 60th Birthday Concert, Leicester Square Theatre, London, 2014)