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Artistic Achievement Award 2009 - Oscar Ghiglia
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Oscar Ghiglia was born into an artistic family - his father and grandfather both famed painters, his mother an accomplished pianist. He graduated from Santa Cecilia's Conservatory of Rome and began soon his apprenticeship beside the great Master Andres Segovia, and later "inherited" Segovia's class in Siena's Accademia Chigiana.

Ghiglia founded the Guitar Department at the Aspen Music Festival (Colorado, USA) and the Festival de Musique des Arcs and the "Incontri Chitarristici di Gargnano", and has been artist in residence/visiting professor in at the Fine Arts Centreof Banff, Alberta, the Cincinnati, San Francisco Conservatories, The Juilliard, the Hartt School, the Northwestern University of Evanston Ill, as well as The Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi of Milan, the Rubin Academy of Jerusalem and many others

From 1983 till 2004 his teaching was carried on, year long, in Basel Switzerland, where he held the professorship in guitar at the Musik-Akademie der Stadt Basel.

Besides touring as a solo performer, Ghiglia has played and recorded with such names as singers Victoria de Los Angeles, Jan de Gaetani, Gerald English, John mc Collum; flutists as J.P.Rampal, Julius Baker; ensembles as the Juilliard String Quartet, the Emerson String Quartet, the Cleveland String Quartet, the Quartetto d'archi di Venezia, the Tokyo String Quartet; violinists as Giuliano Carmignola, Franco Gulli, Salvatore Accardo, Regis Pasquier, and was a founding member of the International Classic Guitar Quartet.

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