Vito Nicola Paradiso: Brilliant Performer

Vito Nicola Paradiso is an Italian guitarist, composer and teacher. Here he plays his brilliant rendition of the famous Neapolitan song ‘O surdato ‘nnamurato (The Soldier in Love).

Born in Puglia, Italy, in 1964, Maestro Paradiso (“Nicola” to his friends) earned a Diploma in guitar performance with distinction in 1987. Beginning in the late 1980s and for well over a decade, he competed in various national and international guitar competitions, taking the Gold Medal at the “Pergolesi” Competition in Naples and the Palme d’Or at the International “San Bartolomeo a Mare” Competition in Imperia.
As a Performer, he has given hundreds of concerts in Italy, France, England, Spain, Germany, Scotland, Hungary, Switzerland, Ireland, and the Americas, in prestigious halls and musical venues in cities such as Rome, Paris, London, Florence, Edinburgh, Venice, Budapest, Dublin, Linares, Padua, Ravello and many others. In the Americas, starting in 2012, his concert tours have taken him to Mexico, Argentina (Ensenada, Buenos Aires, Mendoza, and Mar del Plata) and the United States (New York and California). Maestro Paradiso’s specialty is the melodious repertoire of native Italian songs, for which he has created memorable solo guitar transcriptions. He has performed several concertos for guitar and orchestra, and as a chamber musician, he has been part of several ensembles–from duos with flute, violin, and harp, to larger ensembles with voice, percussion, and strings, collaborating with acclaimed artists from Italy and beyond. He has recorded several solo albums, including: Una chitarra in frack (“A guitar in tails,” Edizioni Curci); Serenate latine del ‘900 (“Latin serenades of the 1900s,” attached to the magazine GuitArt), and La magia di una chitarra italiana (“The enchantment of an Italian guitar,” WLO Records). He is the Artistic Director of the “Pizzicar de Corda” festival, dedicated to the art of plucked string instruments, and he is highly regarded as an arranger for various musical ensembles. In recent years he has conceived and organized several charity projects, with related recordings and special events.“ more
By Miche Archetto