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Roberto Capocchi, guitarist: Bio & Repertoire

Roberto Capocchi - Guitarist

Guitarist Roberto Capocchi has played to critical acclaim throughout his native Brazil, the United States, and Mexico, as well as Canada and Belgium. Mr Capocchi has performed at the Santa Fe Opera with conductors such as Alan Gilbert, David Robertson, and Bernard Rubenstein, with the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra with Linus Lerner, with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale with Joshua Haberman and Mathew Tresler, John Kennedy at Santa Fe New Music, as well as with Tom O'Connor, Tina Sandoval, and Andre Garcia-Nuthman.

 

He often plays and offers workshops at festivals in North and South America, such as the Society of Composers Inc., Guitar Northwest, Haydn Festival International, Souza Lima Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival - Music in Our Schools, Serenata of Santa Fe, Peninsula College, San Juan College, Seattle University, Taos Community Chorus, Santa Fe ProMusica, Highlands University Madrigal, Millennium Artists, Portland Classical Guitar Series, New Mexico Guitar Festival, San Miguel Mission Concert Series, Springfield Guitar Society, and Violao em Concerto. He has played with musicians such as David Grusin, Celina Charlier, Carol Redman, Michael Lich, Tabajara Belo, Brian DeLay, Ellen Chavez de Leitner, Nancy Nielson, Gabriel Ayala, and Tracy Doyle.

 

He has won top prizes in competitions such as the Sholin Memorial, Stevens Guitar Competition, Young Concert Artists, Villa-Lobos Competition, Souza Lima Guitar Competition, Aracatuba Festival, Saint Marcelina Chamber Music Competition, and Mozarteum Competition. He has been a semi-finalist at the Guitar Foundation of America Solo Guitar Competition and Portland Guitar Festival, and he was the only solo guitarist selected for the 1997 Premio Eldorado de Musica.

 

"Roberto Capocchi Plays Spanish Guitar Music", is a solo 2010 CD with music by Isaac Albeniz, Regino Sainz de la Maza, Joaquin Turina, and Francisco Tarrega. "Tangos de Santa Fe - Matapolvos" is a 2009 release of the music of Ron Strauss, where he plays the suite "Tangos de Santa Fe" with Carol Redman on flute and Pamela Epple on English horn, and with violinist Ellen Chavez de Leitner, he released “Duo Guadalupe: Music for Violin and Guitar” in 2003.

 

Mr. Capocchi received music degrees from the Lins de Vasconcelos Conservatory and Carlos Gomes College in Brazil. He is a doctoral candidate in Performance and Music Theory at the Bolton Guitar Studies Program at the University of Arizona, where he received a Master of Music Degree in Music Performance. He is a recipient of the University of Arizona Dean's Fund for Excellence, William Wolf Scholarship, and various travel grants. His teachers have included Thomas Patterson, Henrique Pinto Jorge Caballero, and Sandra Costa (guitar instructors) Conrado Paulino and Kiko Moura (Jazz and Brazilian Popular Music) and Ricardo Rizek (theory).  

 

He has performed in master-classes and been coached by such notable artists as David Russell, Sergio Abreu, Sergio Assad, Odair Assad, David Leisner, Paul O'Dette, Oscar Ghiglia, Sila Godoy, Ivan Rijos, Mario Ulloa, Alice Artzt, Orlando Fraga, Paulo Porto Alegre, Benjamin Verdery, Rene Izquierdo, Luis Claudio Ferreira, Eduardo Meirinhos, Margarita Escarpa, and Den-Min Yeh. He has also attended workshops with Yo-Yo Ma, Walter Bianchi, Alexandre Lagoya, Midori, and Violeta Hemsy de Gaínza.

 

Mr. Capocchi is artist-in-residence at Adams State University, and is on faculty at Santa Fe Guitar Academy, New Mexico Highlands University and United World College. He offers two guitar classes at Kah'P'O Community School, under the auspices of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. His students have won prizes at the Columbus State University Guitar Competition, Souza Lima Competition, Mishler Scholarship, Tucson Jazz Society Award, Santa Fe ProMusica Young Concert Artist, Colorado All State Jazz Band, New Mexico All State Guitar Ensemble, New Mexico All State Jazz Band, and Shaefer Guitar Competition. They also have been awarded scholarships at the Oberlin Conservatory, Volterra Project, University of Northern Colorado, Berklee School of Music, North Carolina School for the Arts, University of Arizona, Killington Music Festival, University of New Mexico, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, and New Mexico Highlands University.

 

The guitars he uses are a 1988 Sergio Abreu, from Brazil, a 1996 Gioachino Giussani, from Italy, and a 2010 Robert Ruck, and a 2013 Parizad Hatcher, both from the USA. 

Solo Repertoire

Antonio Lauro 

Natalia


Astor Piazzolla 

Artisane

Quatro Estaciones Porteñas

I - Primavera Porteña

II - Verano Porteño

III - Outono Porteño

IV - Invierno Porteño



Agustin Barrios 

Una Limosna por el Amor de Dios

La Catedral 

I- Preludio - Saudade

II - Andante Religioso

III - Allegro Solemne


Egberto Gismonti 

Agua e Vinho

Loro


Federico MorenoTorroba

Sonatina

I - Allegretto

II - Andante

III - Allegro


Fernando Sor 

Fantasia 7

Gran Solo


Francisco Tarrega 

Recuerdos de la Alhambra

Capricho Arabe


Heitor Villa Lobos 

Five Preludes for Guitar

Selections from 12 Etudes for Guitar


Isaac Albeniz 

Asturias

Cadiz

Sevilla


Joao Pernambuco 

Brasileirinho

Lagrima

Dengoso

Sons de Carrilhoes


Joaquin Turina 

Homage a Tarrega

I – Garrotin

II - Soleares


Johannes Brahms 

Ballade in B Minor


J. S. Bach 

Chaconne


Leo Brouwer 

El Decameron Negro 

I - El arpa del guerrero

II - La huida de los amante por el valle de los ecos

III - Ballade de la doncela enamorada


Mathew Dunne 

Appalachian Summer


Mauro Giuliani 

Grand Ouverture


Radames Gnatalli 

Pequena Suite

I – Pastoral

II – Toada

III - Frevo


Regino Sanz de la Maza 

Petenera

Zapateado


Sir William Walton 

Five Bagatelles for Guitar

I - Allegro Assai

II - Lento

III - Alla Cubana

IV - Lento

V - Presto con Slancio


Concerti

Concerto for Guitar and Small Orchestra  - Heitor Villa Lobos

Concerto in D - Antonio Vivaldi

Concerto de Aranjuez - Joaquin Rodrigo

Guitar Concerto No. 1 in A Major, Op. 30 - Mauro Giuliani 

Chamber Music

If you need a guitarist for a group performance, from duets to orchestral work, I'd love to work with you.

Here's a sample of the repertoire I've presented over the years:

Wozzeck - Alban Berg

Concerto for Pizzicato Piano and Ten Instruments - Tan Dun

Joropo Peligroso for Piano, Guitar and String Orchestra - David Grusin

Pietro Locatelli (1693-1764) Sonata Secunda (Arr. Robert Brojer) Largo - Allegro - Andante - Presto (flute and guitar)

Georg Friederich Haendel (1685 - 1759) Sonata in A Major (Arr. Erwin Schaller) Andante - Allegro - Adagio - Allegro  (flute and guitar)

Arcangelo Corelli (1683 - 1713) Sonata Op. 5 No. 11 (Arr. Rudolf Buttman) Preludio (Adagio) - Allegro - Adagio - Vivace - Gavotta  (flute and guitar)

Georg Friederich Haendel (1685 - 1759) Sonata Opus 1 No. 11 (Arr. Allen Krantz) Larghetto - Allegro - Siciliana - Allegro  (flute and guitar)

Centone di Sonata - Niccolo Paganini Cantabile (violin and guitar)

Cantabile  - Niccolo Paganini Cantabile (violin and guitar)

Five Serenades - Ferdinando Carulli (flute and guitar)

Romanza Andaluza, Malaguena, Zapateado - Pablo de Sarasate (violin and guitar version)

"Spanish Cantata" HWV 140- Georg Friedrich Händel (voice, guitar and cello)

Romanian Folk Dances - Bela Bartok (flute and guitar version)

"Fandango" Quintet - Luigi Boccherini (string quartet and guitar)

Trio - Nicolo Paganini (violin, guitar and cello)

Misa Criola - Ariel Ramirez (Mixed Chorus, soloists, percussion, guitar, and piano or harpsichord)

Selections from Mountain Songs - Robert Beaser (flute and guitar)

Romancero Gitano - Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (for mixed choir and guitar)

Cantate D.80 - Franz Schubert (for two tenors, bass, and guitar)

A Procession Winding Around Me - Jeffrey Van (S.A.T.B. and guitar)

Terlingua Meditations - Luke Gullickson (for percussion, string bass, and guitar)

Falstaff - Giuseppe Verdi

The Beggar's Opera - John Gay

Tangos de Santa Fe - Ron Strauss (English horn, flute and guitar)

Romanian Folk Dances - Bela Bartok (flute and guitar version)

Tango Suite - Asstor Piazzolla (two guitars)

Ciclos Nordestinos I - II - II  - Marlos Nobre (two guitars)

Salt Peanuts - Libby Larsen (flute and guitar)

Snow Dreams - Joan Tower (flute and guitar)

Sonatina - Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (flute and guitar)

Carols and  lullabies - Conrad Susa (choir and guitar)

Sextet Mystique - Heitor Villa-Lobos (flute, English horn, saxophone, guitar, celesta, and harp)

Terzetto - Nicolo Paganini (violin, cello and guitar)

Quartet in D H III.8 - Joseph Haydn (guitar, violin, viola, and cello)

Four Excursions for Flute - Frederck Hand (flute and guitar)

Garter, after Tom Waits - Joseph V. Williams II (two guitars)

Canyon Echos - Katherine Hoover (flute and guitar)

Carrillon, Recitatif, Masque - Hans Werner Henze (mandolin, guitar, and harp)

Siete Canciones Populares - Manuel de Falla  (voice and guitar)

Quatro Canciones - Francisco de San Andres (voice and guitar)

Histoire du Tango - Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) (flute and guitar)