Giuseppe (Beppe) Ficara, son of the italian
painter Franz Ficara,
studied in Bari's National Conservatory,
where he graduated in Classical Guitar, awarded full marks with
honours. He studied Classical Guitar with Linda Calsolaro, a former
pupil of Andrés Segovia, and Composition
d'Avalos. During his studies he was also advised by
Rota, at the time Director of the Conservatory. Awarded
in Palermo international Contest in 1973, he won in 1976 the
First Prize of the International Competition «Fernando Sor» in
He has been attending Oscar Ghiglia's Mastercourses in
Gargnano, since 1973, and in Siena, since 1977 at the «Accademia
Chigiana», where he has been twice awarded a «Diploma di
From 1979 to 1981 he lived in Brussels, studying
with Nicolas Alfonso in Brussels' Royal
Conservatory, where he obtained a Premier Prix, (i.e.
a Degree of Belgian Royal Conservatory). Recently, in June 2010 he
graduated in Foreign languages in Macerata University with a degree
thesis on Moulin
d'Andé including a long documentary.
In 1979 he conceived and organized in Bari
native province), with Bari Orchestra, the first «Mauro
Giuliani Festival», introduced by a conference by Ruggero Chiesa, with performances
of Guliani's three Guitar Concertos in Petruzzelli and Curci Theatres (Barletta). The
First concert was played by Oscar Ghiglia, the second by Hubert Käppel, and
the third by Giuseppe Ficara himself. It was probably the first time in
contemporary history in which the whole guitare and orchestra
production by Giuliani was performed in a single event.
In May 1980 the issue of his first record,
all about Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, which
was defined «A virtual treasure trove» by George
Warren in the american review «Guitar and Lute Magazine».
Clara Castelnuovo-Tedesco, the Italo-American
widow, was enthusiastic about the record in her many letters to Ficara,
and eventually sent him in early 1981 the manuscript of an unpublished
work by Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Vogelweide, ein lieder-cyclus
für Baryton und Guitar. In October 1981 Ficara gave the first
performance of the inedit for RTBF
radio bradcast in Brussels together with the baryton Ludovic de San. The score has been
published later, in 1987, without Ficara's revision and
Ficara was also commissioned by Luciano Berio
a guitar transcription of the Harp part in his Folk Songs, that
they completed together in 1983 in Berio's home in Radicondoli, Siena.
From 1982 since 1987 Giuseppe Ficara lived in Rome, devoting himself
also to the chamber music repertoire and giving many concerts with the
famous italian flutist Angelo Persichilli. In '83 the
issue of his
second record, with Angelo
Persichilli for Edipan-Rome.
a long period far from concert halls, due on one hand, to a
of study and research and, on the other, to his devotion to his father Franz
in Milan, he started his second concert carreer in 1999 with a series
of concerts, dedicated to Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, mainly in Italy,
France and Belgium.
In 2001 he has been awarded in Tunisia the “Prix Cathage” for musical merits.
In 2002 the famous French composer Pierre Jansen (author of most of
Chabrol's movie's musics) dedicated to Ficara his Concerto pour Guitare et cordes.
In June 2005, he gave in Perugia the first performance of Jansen's
with Perugia Orchestra conducted by Giuliano Silveri; the score has
been published in 2006, with Ficara's revision and fingering, for Bèrben.
His long and renewed careeer as a concertist let
play a wide repertory in important italian and foreign concert
societies, such as «Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia» in Rome, «Orchestra di Bari», «Orchestra di
Perugia e dell'Umbria», Brussel's «Jeunesses Musicales», Louvain-la
Neuve Musicology Institut, RTBF radio and television
broadcasts, «Festival de l'Eté
Mosan» (Belgium), Moulin
(France), UNISA, Stellenbosch University and Classical Guitar Society
in South Africa, then recently in Australia: Italian Institute of
Culture of Melbourne, New Zealand: Auckland's Classical
Guitar Society, USA: Brown University, Art Club of Providence etc.,
Française de Pondichéry, Sri Aurobindo Ashram in
Pondicherry and Pitanga Hall in Auroville, Greece: Sonnenlink
his sabbatical year in 2011 he met and video interviewed many Guitar
Professors all over the world, about a research on the dissemination of
the italian guitar repertoire.
«Visiting Scholar» for nearly six months at Brown
University, RI, USA, he finally gave, in April 2011, a Mazzinian Concert,
dedicated to the guitar composers quoted by the italian patriot in his
letters from exile. The concert took place at the end of a Conference
organized by Brown University in the occasion of the 150th anniversary
of the Italian unification.
following step was to give Brown University a strong inspiration to the
organization of a great event on the Italo-American composer Mario
Castelnuovo-Tedesco, which eventually led, in September 2012, to the
organization of an International
Conference fully dedicated to MCT music, revealing unknown
aspects of his vast repertoire, through a series of talks and
held by internationally renowned musicologists and musicians.
Ficara has been teaching guitar all along his life in many italian
National Conservatories; he gave lectures, talks and Masterclasses in
Italy, in South Africa (Stellenbosch and Cape Town
Australia (Melbourne University), New Zealand, USA (Wheeler School,
Brown University) and at the Moulin
d'Andé Academy, France. He has also been teaching in various
belgian music schools and Academies.
Giuseppe Ficara is Professor Emeritus of Classical Guitar of «G. B.
Martini» National Conservatory of Bologna and of «G.
Rossini» National Conservatory in Pesaro. And Has been Guitar
Professor in Monopoli, Bari, Pescara, Benevento and Fermo National
He lives with the italian pianist Letizia
« Mr. Ficara possesses a very solid technique, a
and mature judgement and an overall strong and poetic approach in his
interpretations. Giuseppe Ficara's thorough experience adds a valuable
dimension to his worth and makes him a candidate for a bright musical
técnica brillante y sensibilidad musical han hecho de este guitarrista
una de las figuras mas representetivas entre los jóvenes de la
generación actual. Le deseo los más profundos gozos artísticos en su
noble tarea de pasear la guitarra por el mundo y recoger el fruto
maravilloso de su gran talento».