Aniello Desiderio has performed as a soloist with the most prestigious orchestras in the world, such as the Berliner Philarmonie, Rundfunk-Orchester, Wiener KammerOrchester, Münchener Philharmoniker, Bach Collegium, Pomeriggi Musicali and The Moscow Virtuosi conducted by M° Vladimir Spivakov.
“…the kind of musician that seems to have disappeared long ago, Aniello Desiderio sweeps away the audience with enthusiasm – as the great virtuosi, Paganini, Regondi or Giuliani of the 19th century did – racing through breath-taking changes of register, acrobatic arpeggios and scales of extraordinary brilliance and elegance like a Ferrari.”
Chick Corea has said about him: “Actually he knocked me out ” and Prof. Ernst Fuchs said of him: “In [Desiderio’s] music interpretation, there is a lightness and a profundity that I only heard in Beethoven’s music”; and Maestro Lorin Maazel, after hearing him, has said: “Now I know the real sound of guitar”.
Born in Naples in 1971, Aniello Desiderio performed in public for the first time at the age of eight, demonstrating such outstanding gifts that music critics started to speak of him as an infant prodigy.
He won eighteen first international awards in both national and international competitions, and special prizes for the best interpretation of different kinds of music, including: “Guerrero” International Competition (Madrid), “Tàrrega” International Competition (Benicàssim), and Havana International Competition (Cuba).
He has performed all around world including Europe, Asia, North & South America, USA, and Indonesia, in both International guitar and music festivals and in some of the most prestigious theatres such as: Alte Oper (Frankfurt), Tonhalle (Dusseldorf), Filarmonie (Munich), Konzerthouse (Wien), Augusteo & Delle Palme (Naples), Carnegie Hall (New York), Megaron (Athens), Prinzregentertheater (Munich), Die Gloke (Bremen), Mercadante (Naples), Radio France (Paris), solo and with orchestra as: Wiener Kammer, RSO Berlin, Pomeriggi Musicali, Bach Collegium, and The Moscow Virtuosos with Mº Vladmir Spivakov.
In May 1999, the German Television BR/ARD produced a film and a portrait about Desiderio, in Naples. It was broadcast for more than ten times over Europe, between 2000 and 2003.
In September 1999, he received the “Artist in Residence Award“ from the German Radio DLF and the Musikfest of Bremen together with Gidon Kremer who received the “Großer Musikfest Preis”.
He was invited to the 70th birthday Gala of Maestro Lorin Maazel by the Bavarian Radio & TV station.
He was one of the performing artists of a prestigious German TV show – ZDF (German 2nd channel), which was widely broadcasted in Europe.
He released albums for Frame, Waku Music, Koch-Universal; and since 2006 he has been recording for his own company Adoro Records.
Since 2005, he has been guitar teacher at the International Music Academy of Koblenz (Germany), and since 2009, at the Conservatorio “Domenico Cimarosa” in Avellino (Italy) where he created a post-graduate course.
In 2009, he created his last project: Aniello Desiderio’s “Quartetto Furioso” with which he performs, together with Gennaro Desiderio, violin, Gaetano Desiderio, piano, and Salvatore Minale, drums and percussions, the programme of “Vivaldi 4 and 4 Piazzolla Seasons”; he released the CD of this project with the prestigious German label Termidor, which counts among its artists Paquito D’Rivera and Sabine Mayer.
In the 2010, Aniello performed the Concerto Madrigal of Joaquin Rodrigo with one of the legends of classical guitar Angel Romero.
Since 2010 he has given master classes during the Summer International Academy at Mozarteum (Salzburg).
John McLaughlin chose Aniello for the European premiere of his Concerto “Thieves and Poets”.
He is also professor at the Music University in Cosenza (Italy).
The press has said about him:
“Nothing is impossible for Aniello with his instrument”, Classical Guitar Magazine/ England
“He is very young, but he plays like an angel”, Les Cahiers de la Guitare/ France
“Aniello gran triunfador”, Gramma Cuba / Cuba
“The most brilliant talent of the decade”, Süddeutsche Zeitung/ Germany
He has received awards from several competitions, including:
1999 “Artist in Residence Award ‘99“ Förderpreis DeutschlandRadio – Cologne
German Radio und Musikfest Bremen.
1994 First Prize at the International Competition of Doña Cristina “J. J. Guerrero“, Madrid
1994 First Prize at the International Competition of “Città di San Remo“ (Italy)
1992 Special Prize for the Best Interpretation of Tàrrega’s Work at the 26th International
Competition “Francisco Tàrrega”, Benicàssim (Spain)
1992 First Prize at the 26th International Competition of “Francisco Tàrrega”, Benicàssim,
1988 Third Prize at the International Competition of Tokio (Japan)
1988 Special Prize of “Juventud Musical Cubana” (Cuba)
1988 Special Prize for the Best Interpretation of Latin American Music at
The 4th Havana International Guitar Festival and Competition (Cuba)
1988 First Prize at the 4th Havana International Guitar Festival and Competition (Cuba)
1986 Third Prize at the International Competition “Mauro Giuliani” in Bari (Italy)
1986 First Prize at the 2nd National Competition “Maurizio Donia” in Messina (Italy)
1986 Second Prize at the 4th International Competition “Nicola Fago” in Taranto (Italy)
1984 Second Prize at the International Competition “Fernando Sor” in Roma (Italy)
1981 First Prize at the 18th Ensemble International Competition in Recanati (Italy)
1981 First Prize at the 18th International Competition in Recanati (Italy)
1981 First Prize at the 10th National Competition in Loreto (Italy)
1981 First Prize at the 7th International Competition in Moncalieri (Italy)
1980 First Prize at the 17th International Competition in Recanati (Italy)
1980 First Prize at the 3rd International Competition in Bardolino (Italy)
1980 First Prize at the 4th National Competition in Ancona (Italy).