|Artistic Achievement Award 2009 - Angelo Gilardino|
Angelo Gilardino's concert career lasted from 1958 to 1981. In 1967 Edizioni Musicali Bèrben appointed him to supervise what has become the most important collection of music for guitar of the twentieth century and which bears his name.
Since 1982 he has published an extensive collection of his own compositions: Studi di virtuosità e di trascendenza, Sonatas, Variations, four concertos for solo guitar and guitar groups, ten concertos with orchestra and chamber music. His works are frequently performed in concert halls all over the world, recorded and included in competitions.
He has also held 200 courses, seminars and master classes in various European countries The city of Lagonegro made him an honorary citizen in 1989 in recognition of his teaching at the International Guitar Festival. In 1993 the University of Granada invited him to hold a course in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Andrés Segovia’s birth. In 1998 he was awarded the "Marengo Music” prize of the Conservatory of Alessandria.
As a musicologist he has made discoveries and publications of important works which were either unknown or considered as lost, such as Ottorino Respighi’s Variazioni per chitarra, the Sonata para guitarra by Antonio José and a large corpus of guitar works written for Andrés Segovia. Since 2002 he has edited the publication of these works (30 volumes) in The Andrés Segovia Archive, published by Edizioni Musicali Bèrben
In 1997 he was appointed as artistic director of the "Andrés Segovia” Foundation of Linares, Spain, a charge which he left at the end of 2005.
The Italian Guitar Congress awarded him the prize "Golden Guitar" three times (1997, 1998, 2000), respectively for his compositions, his teaching and his musicological research.