Lorenzo Bernardi

Six strings around Italy

the creation of an Italian classical music legacy

Italy’s position in the Mediterranean and its grafting onto the heart of Europe are probably the elements that allowed “Bella Italia” to assimilate an incredible number of stimulations and experiences. In this frame of human events with roots in ancient Greece and Rome, the Magreb and Northern Europe, through the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Enlightment, and Romanticism, we recognize the origin of a unique artistic sensibility, that has elevated Italian culture, and music in particular, throughout the centuries inspiring admiration and imitation. (A home of melody, fantasy, and a laboratory of eternal beauty).

To explore this magnificent scenery and discover its aesthetic and spiritual values, a glance at the guitar, a popular, very versatile instrument, is the perfect dispenser of knowledge. The six strings of the guitar, in fact, have accompanied all the adventures of humanity, interpreting the drama, emotions, sociality and individual introspection.

The objective of this project is to accompany the spectator, specialist or amateur, to the discovery of Italian composers, who have enhanced the characteristics of this beloved instrument, its tone and its expressive potentialities, with original writings or adaptations of masterpieces composed for diverse organic instruments throughout the ages.

To this new exclusive program, Lorenzo Bernardi, a young, passionate guitarist from Trento, has drawn on the treasure chest of Italian composers: The sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti, undisputed master of the baroque, and the guitar compositions of Niccolò Paganini, the greatest violinist of all times. Continuing with the operatic pages of the nineteenth century by Pietro Mascagni, the romantic melodrama of La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi, the works of his contemporary Mario-Castelnuovo Tedesco, influenced by the Andalusian virtuoso Andres Segovia, and the immortal scores by Ennio Morricone, where the guitar has found a new, ample stage in cinematic soundtracks.


Domenico Scarlatti

Naples, 1685 – Madrid, 1757

Sonata K208
Sonata K380

Niccolò Paganini

Genoa, 1782 – Nice, 1840

Sonata in Do minore N.33

Pietro Mascagni

Livorno, 7 dicembre 1863 – Rome, 2 agosto 1945

Intermezzo from “Cavalleria Rusticana”

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco

Livorno, 7 dicembre 1863 – Rome, 2 agosto 1945

Capricho De Goya No. 20: Obsequio a el Maestro

Francisco Tárrega

Vila-real, 1852 – Barcelona, 1909

Fantasia sui temi della Traviata di Giuseppe Verdi

Bruno Battisti D'Amario

Rome 1937

Una Fantasia per Ennio Morricone

Carlo Domeniconi

Cesena 1947