"Mr Buono…and his performance here is simply outstanding—technically impeccable, tasteful and exciting (two qualities not often found together), imaginative and moving."

Kenneth Keaton, American Record Guide

Emanuele Buono, guitar

Emanuele Buono has established himself as a musician with unique musical and technical ability to make the classical guitar sing. His full technical mastery combined with high musical sensibility are consistently praised around the globe by the press following his performances and has earned him the respect of the most prominent guitarists today. His latest recording on Naxos was American Record Guide’s Critic’s Choice Award winner.

Emanuele’s journey into the international concert scene started with the XIII International Guitar Competition and Festival of Alessandria (Italy) in 2008, where he was awarded the prestigious Golden Guitar as the best young concert-player of the year. In 2009, he won the Gold Medal at the prestigious International Christopher Parkening Competition (Malibu, USA) by unanimous decision of the jury and became the youngest winner in the competition’s history.

Mr. Buono has been awarded numerous First Prize and top prizes at important competitions including Gargnano (Italy, 2008), Ruggero Chiesa of Camogli (Italy, 2008), Split (Croatia, 2009), Fernando Sor of Rome (Italy, 2010), Alhambra of Valencia (Spain, 2012), Gredos San Diego of Madrid (Spain, 2013), Biasini of Basel (Switzerland, 2013), and Michele Pittaluga of Alessandria (Italy, 2013). These resulted in an invitation to record for Naxos and Brilliant Classics and to make his debut at D’Addario Performance Series at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall in 2014. He has also been invited to make his début in several major concert halls including the Konzerthaus in Vienna (Austria), Manuel de Falla Hall in Madrid (Spain), Hermitage Theatre in St. Petersburg (Russia), Lysenko Hall in Kiev (Ukraine), Stadtcasino in Basel (Switzerland), the International House of Music in Moscow (Russia), and to undertake concert tours at a number of renowned guitar Festivals in Europe and the United States.

Born in Turin, Italy in 1987, he began his studies when he was very young. At the age of eighteen, he was awarded a first class degree with honors at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan and later proceeded to further his studies at the Accademia Chigiana of Siena, where he obtained the certificate of merit twice in succession.
For more information please visit http://www.emanuelebuono.com/

Guitar Recital: Buono, Emanuele – MILANO, F. da / AGUADO, D. / RODRIGO, J. / CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO, M. / JOSÉ, A.

Kenneth Keaton
American Record Guide, January 2015
“Mr Buono…and his performance here is simply outstanding—technically impeccable, tasteful and exciting (two qualities not often found together), imaginative and moving.” © 2015 American Record Guide (Read complete review on American Record Guide)

David Denton
David’s Review Corner, August 2014
“The Italian-born guitarist, Emanuele Buono, has been gathering competition awards for seven years including the 2013 Michele Pittaluga Competition in Alessandria. That award gave him the opportunity to record this very varied programme from Renaissance Italy to 20th century Spain, his playing being uncommonly receptive to the many styles required. Indeed I have seldom heard the three Francesco Da Milano lute pieces played with such a perceptive period style on a modern guitar. Yet go to the guitar work by Rodrigo…and you can enjoy a brilliant display of technical virtuosity. Finally, we have Antonio Jose’s 1933 Sonata, a work that seems to be stylistically confused between 19th-century traditions and a desire to embrace modernity. It does, rather fitfully, give Buono another opportunity to impress with his deftness and clarity, together with silent left-hand shifts. There is no shortage of competition winners in the Naxos catalogue, and the same is true of the disc’s contents, but I do urge you to hear this outstanding performer in excellent sound from the Naxos Canadian recording team.” © 2014 David’s Review Corner

2012 Agustin Barrios International Guitar Competition winner, Vol 2 – Emanuele Buono, guitar

Works by Leo Brouwer on this recording, written in 1981 (Cuba), include:
– 6 Preludios epigrammaticos

– 10 Nuevos estudios sencillos

– 20 Estudios sencillos


“Mr Buono…and his performance here is simply outstanding—technically impeccable, tasteful and exciting (two qualities not often found together), imaginative and moving.” – Kenneth Keaton, American Record Guide

“Emanuele played the new piece of Klartag with a high level of maturity and a great analytical sense. He’s the only one who understood the true language of the composition” -Pablo Marquez

“Emanuele is a martian. He’s certainly the best talent I’ve ever seen in Italy” -Paolo Pegoraro

“Emanuele Buono impresses with his full technical mastery combined with a high musical sensibility” -Suonare News

“Emanuele shot fireworks at the Stadtcasino. People didn’t want to let him go” -Basler Zeitung

“Lodi is bewitched by Buono” -Il Cittadino

“Emanuele Buono offers a recital impressive in scope and execution” -The San Francisco Examiner

Antonio Jose: Guitar Sonata – I. Allegro moderato
Guitar Recital CD [Naxos 8.573362]

Joaquin Rodrigo: Invocacion y Danza

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Guitar Sonata in D Major, Op. 77, “Omaggio a Boccherini” – I. Allegro con spirito

Introduction and Rondo Brillante Op. 2, No. 2

Mario Castelnuovo Tedesco: Quintetto per chitarra e quartetto d’archi op.143

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Concerto in D

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