World-renowned classical guitarist Diego Campagna is known as a charismatic performer famed for his poetic and virtuosic repertoire. On May, 2019, he received a Medal of Honor from the USA for his artistic career around the world. On January 30, 2015, Diego debuted at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York City where he received a “Standing ovation” at the end of his solo recital. On December 23, 2016, after his second recital at Carnegie Hall in NYC, he received a triple standing ovations from the audience, after his 3 encores.
Born in Imperia, Liguria, Italy, consecrated among the most important guitarists in the world of his generation, he began studying the guitar in Italy at the age of eight, after listening to a record by the unforgettable Maestro Andrés Segovia. Beloved for his charm and humanity as well as his talent, he is treasured by audiences throughout the world who respond not only to his remarkable artistry, but also to his humanity and his irrepressible joy for making music. He studied at the Salzburg “Mozarteum” University graduating with full marks with the Maestro Eliot Fisk, with whom he deepened the technical fundamentals of the instrument and defined his own identity as interpreter of the guitar literature. For several years he has been carrying out an intensive concert activity as a soloist and in chamber groups, among them the great soprano Mariella Devia, the “Neus Wiener Quartet” of Wien, the violinist Fation Hoxholli, the cellist Katharina Gross, the guitarist Tali Roth, performing in some of the most prestigious concert halls of Europe, USA, Asia and Africa, including the Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City, the Juilliard School of Manhattan, the Jordan Hall in Boston and the New England Conservatory, the Mozarteum Großes Saal in Salzburg, the Jan Hus Church and the Pisek Hall in Manhattan-NYC for Vox Novus, the Newport Casino Theater, the Kaway Hall in Osaka, the Alpen Hall in Cape Town, the I. Pane Theatre in Asuncion, the Beijing Central Conservatory. On June 2014, after his concerts in Newport, Rhode Island and after the workshops with the students of the public schools he received the Key to the City by the Mayor for its important artistic merit and June 22 was declared the “Diego Campagna Day”. On July 5, 2015, after his recital in Asuncion, Paraguay, at the presence of the Minister of Culture and the Ambassadors of seven Countries, he received the title of “Illustrious Guest” for its high artistic and cultural merits, in 2016 he was also given honorary citizenship by the Mayor of Badalucco, Italy. The same year he received an Award from the public schools of New York for his artistic career in the world and for the commitment to young people. He is the dedicatee of many compositions by some of the most important contemporary composers in the world. Regularly he is invited to hold masterclasses everywhere in the world and he is Visiting Professor at the prestigious Juilliard School of New York and the Beijing Central Conservatory.
He is the Artistic Director of the label “Ets Cordes”, Rome. He won the prestigious “Platinum Disc Prize” for the guitar music played in the single “Barrio” by the international popstar “Mahamood” produced by Universal. Recognized among the greatest performers of his last generation instrument, they say about him:
The “DAILY VOICE”: “A wonderful world class guitarist”; The “NEW YORK TIMES”: “A protégé of Eliot Fisk, Campagna is an excellent guitarist who combines Italian spirit with training from Mozarteum in Salzburg”; “VOXNOVUS”-Manhattan-NYC: “Diego Campagna’s playing was full-bodied, often muscular, and made excellent us of pace and silence”, “Nonostante la giovane età ha già raggiunto un alto e raffinato livello di preparazione”; LA STAMPA “Un nome una garanzia”; IL TIRRENO “Un talento puro”; LA NAZIONE “Un musicista dotato di un’intelligenza fuori dal comune”; ELIOT FISK (considerato a livello mondiale tra i più grandi chitarristi viventi, ultimo allievo prediletto di Segovia), “Grazie per la tua immensa musicalità e per la tua arte”; RADOVAN
VLATKOVITCH (concertista di livello mondiale, primo corno dei “Berliner Philarmoniker”) “I miei complimenti per la tua grande musicalità, un grande talento”; EDUARDO FERNANDEZ (concertista e docente di livello mondiale).
International and national awards
-USA Honor Medal for artistic activity in the world
-Newport, RI, USA, Honorary citizen
-Asuncion, Paraguay, Honorary citizen
-Badalucco (IM), Italy, Honorary Citizen
-Nomination of “Diego Campagna Day” on June 22 in Newport, RI, USA
-Award received by the public schools of New York for his artistic activity and commitment in disclosing guitar among young people
-San Leonardo Prize “City of Imperia”, Imperia
International teaching activity
-Visiting Professor (guitar) at the National Higher Conservatory of Beijing, China
-Visiting Professor (guitar) at the Juilliard School in Manhattan, NYC, USA,
-Visiting Professor (guitar) at the Changchun Higher Conservatory, China
-Visiting Professor (guitar) at Shuren Ribet Private School, Beijing, China