Matteo CONTALDI is a concert artist and a classical guitar teacher in several conservatories and music schools in Île-de-France.
He speaks French, English and Italian fluently.
He graduated a Master’s degree in Classical Guitar (National Conservatory of Music in Castelfranco, Treviso) and a Master’s Degree in Musical Interpretation (National Conservatory of Music in Venice, with honours (“Cum Laude” from the jury ).
He attended Francisco Tarrega High Perfection Academy in Pordenone (Italy), where he took a diploma by merit.
He also got a Diploma in Audio Engineering at SAE Technology College in Milan.
He followed meaningful courses, one held by distinguished Professor Franco Rossi, specialist in musicology, and that one held of Professor Luca Mosca, specialist in composition. He has attended several masterclasses with various experts of great international fame (Viola, Pegoraro, Casoli, Blaha, Mela, Nuti, Grondona, Gilardino, Porro, Bungarten, Carrer, Pierri, Hoppstock, Marchione,…).
As a solo guitarist, he won:
– The first prize at the National Competition SMIM of the city of Stresa (Italy) in 1993,
– The first prize at the International Povoletto Competition (Italy) in 1997,
– The first prize at the 3rd Interregional Guitar Competition of Gessate (Italy) in 2002,
– The third prize at the 9th National G. Rospigliosi Lamporecchio Competition (Italy) in 2003.
He played at important musical festivals and events, both as a soloist and in chamber music in Italy and France (with the string orchestra “del Veneto e del Friuli”, Ensemble Vocal “Folia”, Ensemble Vocal “Orphéa Voce”, duo, trio…) .
Among his various performances, he has distinguished himself on the interpretation of the: 2nd movement by Rodrigo’s concert d´Aranjuez, the concert by Antonio Vivaldi Rv 93, the concert by Bernat Julià, the Romancero Gitano by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco,…
He performed, for the first time work such as Claudio Ambrosini (soloist) and that of Stefano Pantaleoni (with a string quintet).
He is a keen researcher, scholar and a music collector for and with the guitar (and other similar instruments), with an obvious partiality for the music of twentieth century music. He contributed to the research of the bibliographical material of the prestigious Manual of history of the guitar written by the professor Gianni Nuti (vol.2nd – the guitar in the XX siec., with Berbèn editions).
He also approaches and appreciates the repertoire of modern music (flamenco, pop, jazz, variety, etc.).
In 2018 was released an album untitled “Andalouses” consisting of music by Manuel De Falla and Federico García Lorca in collaboration with the mezzo-soprano singer Marlen Mendoza-Kahn.
Since 2019 he is member of the teaching technical commission of plucked strings specialty guitar of the CMF – Confédération Musicale de France (Musical Confédération of France).