International Concert Guitarist
2011 GRAMMY AWARD NOMINÉE
SERGIO PUCCINI IS AN CLASSICAL GUITARRIST WITH A DISTINGUISHED INTERNATIONAL CONCERT CAREER
Born in Rosario, Argentina, Sergio Puccini has captivated audiences in many countries with his expressive playing and solid technique. His innovative programs and his collaborations and crossover projects with musicians from different fields have drawn the attention of presenters and audiences.
Praised by international acclaimed artists as Lalo Schifrin, Paul McCartney, Elmer Bernstein, Andrea Griminelli, Alberto Lysy, Ernesto Bitetti, Luis de Pablo, David Kahne, Gabriel Yared, Astor Piazzolla, Carlos Franzetti, among others, Sergio Puccini is a guitarist with a distinguished international concert and teaching career. Born in Rosario, Argentina, Sergio Puccini has captivated audiences in several countries with his expressive performances and solid technique. His innovative recital and concert programs and his collaborations in crossover music projects with musicians from diverse genres have drawn attention of presenters, audiences and critics.
Sergio studied jazz guitar and classical guitar and composition with outstanding teachers in Argentina and abroad: Santiago Grande-Castelli, Dante Grela, Juan Di Lorenzo, Leo Brouwer, Oscar Ghiglia, Alexandre Lagoya, Cacho Tirao. In 1981 he attended the summer courses dictated by great concert guitarist Ernesto Bitetti at Indiana University School of Music in Bloomingotn, US. Sergio is since 1990 Director of the Instituto Provincial de Música de Rosario where he also takes part in a flute-guitar duo with flutist Gabriel Leo.
Sergio Puccini made his debut at the famous Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires at 25, playing a duet with outstanding violinist Alberto Lysy and also with the prestigious Lysy-Gstaad Camerata from Switzerland. With Alberto Lysy he played in BA the world premiere of the piece for violin and guitar GLOSAS op 91 by chilean-US composer Juan Orrego-Salas, work written and dedicated to the duo Lysy-Puccini.
Both as recitalist and concert soloist Sergio Puccini developed an extended career appearing at the most important venues including a recital at the United Nations Hall in NY in 1995. Sergio gave also guitar master classes in Canada, Mexico, Iceland, Venezuela, Argentina and the US. Important symphonic and chamber orchestras has invited Sergio to play with them: Simon Bolivar Youth Symphony Orchestra (Venezuela), Maracaibo Symphony Orchestra (Venezuela), National Philaharmonic of Venezuela, Hungarian Virtuosi of Budapest, Mannes Orchestra (NYC), Czech Moravian Chamber Orchestra (Czech Republic), Lysy Gstaad Camerata (Switzerland), San Francisco Camerata Americana (US), Symphony of the Americas Orchestra (Florida, US), Cairo Symphony Orchestra (Cairo,Egypt), Ecuador National Symphony Orchestra, Argentina National Symphony Orchestra, El Salvador National Symphony Orchestra, Rosario Symphony and Chamber Orchestras (Argentina), Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra and others.
Sergio played the world and local premieres of works by composers such as Lalo Schifrin, Paul McCartney, Carlos Franzetti, Juan Orrego-Salas, Luis de Pablo, Noelia Escalzo, Juan Carlos Zorzi, Antón García Abril, Astor Piazzolla, Katia Makdissi- Warren, Belinda Reynolds, Karolina Eiriksdóttir (Iceland), Moisés Bertrán, Elmer Bernstein, Manly Romero, German Caceres, Belinda Reynolds, among others. In October 2016 Sergio played in NYC the world premiere of the suite “In the Key of Jazz” by six time Grammy winner composer Carlos Franzetti. The suite in four movements was written for Sergio and it was also offered in Buenos Aires at the prestigious venue CCK past November 2017.
His nine CD recordings are distributed worldwide and received great international reviews. The world premiere recording of legend jazz and classical pianist/composer/conductor Lalo Schifrin´s ROMERIAS (suite for guitar in nine movements) was nominated in 2011 to a Latin Grammy award in the US. The CD was released in Los Angeles by Aleph Records in 2010. In May 2017 was released A LEAF (EPSA Music label, Buenos Aires), the last album by Sergio with another world premiere recording: the suite A Leaf by Paul McCartney in its first guitar versión. Sir Paul McCartney heard the recording and sent a great remark to Sergio.
During 2020 Sergio Puccini will play the world premiere of works by Polo Piatti (Christmas Concerto), Lee Holdridge (Concertino for guitar and orchestra) and Noelia Escalzo (Guitar Concerto), among others. Other projects include concerts with argentine mezzo Alejandra Malvino, argentine soprano Carina Herrera and UK soprano Thomasin Tresize.
Sergio plays a 2011 Straquadaini guitar and uses exclusively ARANJUEZ Guitar Strings made by luthier Juan Orozco.
COMMENTS ABOUT SERGIO PUCCINI:
“A fantastic guitarist”
Alberto Lysy, international violinist
“I want to thank Sergio Puccini for having inluded my music in his repertoire. My music is not so difficult to play but the most important are the accents and the flavor..Mr Puccini got them and that maks me very happy! This is the music from Buenos Aires! Argentinian music to the world! Forza Puccini!!!”
Astor Piazzolla, composer, Buenos Aires, 1989
“I was very impressed with your playing of my Guitar Concerto. What is very striking about your playing is your sensitivity and musicality besides the command of the instrument..My congratulations once again”
"Estimado Maestro Pedro Ignacio Calderon, I am dictating this letter to you in English, please forgive me, but the message is very important. I always have great memories of our collaboration. I will never forget your conducting of my "Guitar Concierto" at The Luna Park. Coincidentally, I would like to recommend that you do the same for an incredible Argentinean guitar player from Rosario, Sergio Puccini. I am sure that it is possible for you to get back the score and the parts of the piece.for such a performance. Sergio Puccini has recorded some of my guitar pieces and they are impeccable. He could provide you with the recordings of "Romerias". I hope that all has been well for you over the years. Please accept my warmest regards".
“I love Sergio’s version of ‘A Leaf’. It adapts to guitar surprisingly well and I like it. Please thank Sergio if you are talking to him and tell him I thought he played it really well. Hope all is well. Cheers”
Paul McCartney (commenting to David Kahne)
“Dear Sergio: I have to deeply thank you for the performance of my Concierto Aguediano besides of this beautiful tribute that you dedicated to me and my music. Your visión of my workdfits exactly with mine. With a big hug!!
Antón García Abril, Spanish composer, Rosario, Sept 2000
“I´m thrilled that a musician of the stature of Sergio Puccini will be playing a piece that has a especial, emotional meaning to me…”
Elmer Bernstein, US film composer, Los Angeles, October 2002
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