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
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.