Twenty-six year old violinist Giovanni Guzzo is rapidly rising as one of the leading performers of his generation. Born in Venezuela to parents of Italian and Venezuelan heritage, he continues to captivate audiences around the world with his unique and passionate approach to his performances. Following his solo debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London earlier this season, critics described him as a wonderfully “Magnetic” and “Commanding” performer.
Having started his musical studies with the piano at the age of five and violin at the age of six under the teachings of Emil Friedman and Luis Miguel Gonzales, he became the youngest violinist to win 1st prize at the XII National Violin Competition “Juan Bautista Plaza” in Venezuela with only 12 years of age.
His talent has been recognised with numerous awards including Her Majesty the Queen’s commendation for Excellence, Gold medal at the Marlow Music Festival 2006, HRH Princess Alice's Prize, PROMIS award given by the London Symphony Orchestra, finalist at the YCAT (Young Concert Artists Trust) competition and the Manoug Parikian and Myra Hess award.
A protégé of the renowned French virtuoso violinist Maurice Hasson, Giovanni was granted a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London, from where he graduated with the highest honours. He previously studied with the famous pedagogue Zakhar Bron at the “Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia” in Madrid.
Giovanni continues to perform as soloist in some of the most prestigious venues around the world, including the Wigmore hall and Zurich Tonhalle, and is a regular guest at Music Festivals such as the Verbier festival in Switzerland, Schloss Cappenberg and Mecklenburg festivals in Germany
He is the leader of the Manchester Camerata Orchestra and principal Guest leader of the Budapest Festival Orchestra.
Giovanni Guzzo plays on a 1709 Antonio Stradivarius Violin.