graduated “cum laude” with special distinction at the “Verdi” Conservatoire of Milan. He studied with Oscar Ghiglia at the Summer Classes held at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena and at the Musikakademie in Basle, Switzerland, where he earned the “Solistendiplom”. He has also attended masterclasses with Julian Bream. He has won First Prize in the International Competition of Gargnano, the International Competition of Lagonegro (dedicated to 20th century guitar music) and the “De Bonis” International Competition of Cosenza. Moreover, he was awarded a Special Prize at the ARD-Musikwettbewerb held in Munich in 1989. Andrea Dieci has been described as “an impressive guitarist” by the Times Herald and “a true star of the classical guitar” by Corriere della Sera. He has performed extensively for prestigious music societies all over Europe, in the USA, Central and South America, Africa and Asia. He has appeared at such famous events as the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds, the Festival of the Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) and the Singapore International Festival, and at music festivals in Milan, Madrid, London, Athens, Istanbul, Los Angeles, Tokyo, among others. He has premièred several pieces dedicated to him by contemporary composers. Mr Dieci’s performances have been broadcast by major radio and TV companies including Italian Radio-Television (RAI), Vatican Radio, Radio Nacional Española, Swiss-Italian Radio-Television, Euroradio and the BBC. The Vatican Radio has recently broadcast a series of programs dedicated to him. His several CDs, released under MAP, Nuova Era, Bèrben, DotGuitar and Brilliant Classics labels, include a CD of Manuel Ponce’s guitar music and CDs dedicated to Nicola Jappelli and Astor Piazzolla. Moreover, he is the only guitarist to have recorded the complete works for solo guitar by Heitor Villa-Lobos, Toru Takemitsu (awarded the “Golden Guitar” 2005 at the X International Guitar Congress of Alessandria as the best CD of the year) and Hans Werner Henze. In addition to being in demand as a performer, Dieci is also a renowned teacher. He has presented masterclasses at important music institutions in Italy, France, Switzerland, Spain, United Kingdom, Poland, Greece, Bulgaria, Brazil, Mexico, USA, Singapore and Japan. He is currently based at the Vecchi Conservatoire in Modena, also teaching yearly masterclasses at the Regondi Guitar Academy in Milan. Andrea Dieci plays a José Romanillos guitar with Savarez strings.