Arturo Tallini is a classical guitarist who pursues the incessant exploration of his instrument. This journey has brought him also to create a new instrument: the Scelsitar. In his work, he combines also the sound of the guitar midi, improvisation and electronics.
Many composers have dedicated pieces for him and over the years he has become a reference point for contemporary music even though he never abandoned the classical repertoire.
The international career of Arturo Tallini began in 1987 after winning the first prize in the International Michele Pittaluga Guitar Competition. Two years later in 1989, he won a third prize in the International Radio France Guitar Competition. In 1992 he received a License Superior de Concertiste from Ecole Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot in Paris.
Already in 1984 Tallini began his relationship with contemporary music: he began to explore the possibilities of the guitar as an instrument, to enlarge its sound and instrumental possibilities.
He has been playing concerts as a soloist, in chamber music ensembles and as a soloist for an orchestra in Europe, in the United States and in North Africa. He has been doing collaborations with several world-class musicians like Michiko Hirayama, Magnus Andersson, Bruno Canino, Nicholas Isherwood, the Choir of Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Dusan Bogdanovic, Eugenio Becherucci, Michele Rabbia, Carlo Morena, Enzo Filippetti, the Modus Novus of Madrid and Timisoara Orchestra.
Many Italian and foreign composers have composed pieces dedicated for him, including composers like M. Bortolotti, F. Razzi, A. Di Scipio, S. Tallini, Vescovo, F. Casti, M. Cardi, P. Esposito, D. Nicolau, F. Cavallone, L. Cinque, G.V. Cresta, M. Coen, M. D’Amico, S. Gacevich, M. Dall’Ongaro, O.J. Garcia, F. Cifariello Ciardi, A. Amoroso, M. Pisati, T. Marco, E. Cocco, M. Morgantini, F. Telli, S. Cardini, F. Maglia, J. Dashow, O. Bettison, V. Palumbo, Marco Di Bari, R. Cossidente, S. Colasanti.
Arturo Tallini has been working as a professor of guitar at Conservatorio Santa Cecilia in Rome from 2007. There he created the Specialization Diploma – Second Level Master of Arts in Contemporary Music. Some of the most interesting Italian young guitarists have been studying with him, including Gian Marco Ciampa, Flavio Nati, Andrea De Vitis (only contemporary Music), Jacopo Lazzaretti, Martina Barlotta, Marina Tomei and many others.
He is the founder and artistic director of the Guitfest, which is an International Guitar Festival organized at the Conservatorio Santa Cecilia.
Tallini holds an annual master class in Accademia Praeneste in Rome to post-diploma students and he also holds several masterclasses in several conservatories and universities throughout the year.
In 2016 the XXI International Guitar Convention awarded him the Golden Guitar for his work as a teacher.
He created Supernova, a guitar Ensemble that brought together some of the most interesting young Italian guitarists. (Giulia Ballarè, Martina Barlotta, Gian Marco Ciampa, Andrea De Vitis, Pietro Locatto, Flavio Nati, Francesco Scelzo, Davide Tomasi).
He teaches at the “Fondazione Accademia Internazionale di Imola”.
He has written many articles and books on music and guitar:
• Fondamenti di Chitarra, in cooperation with Fernando Lepri, for young guitarists (Publisher: Rugginenti, Milan)
• Musica Incerta, a guide to the contemporary guitar repertoire
• Many articles for Il Fronimo, Italian guitar magazine.
Arturo Tallini has recorded several CDs:
• In 2017 Rosso Improvviso with music by Berio, Ginastera, Maderna Pisati and the Ciaccona by J S. Bach arranged by A. Tallini
• BLU containing the spectacular Ko-Tha by Giacinto Scelsi, for guitar handled like a percussion instrument and music by Britten, Petrassi, D’Angelo, Dall’Ongaro, Cresta, Nicolau
• Castelnuovo-Tedesco Guitar Chamber Works
• Zorongo, a cd devoted to F. Garcia-Lorca with Tallini transcriptions of Canciones Populares Españolas by the Spanish poet and El Polifemo de Oro by R. Smith-Brindle
• Several CDs for three guitars with Trio Chitarristico di Roma and Trio Concentus
His interpretations have been broadcasted by RAI (Italian Radio and Television), by several European national radio companies (Zagreb Radio, Radio France, Tunisian National Radio), American radio WQED-FM at Pittsburg (Pennsylvania) and by Vatican Radio. In 2010 he conceived and conducted 8 broadcastings about the world of the guitar: “La Chitarra, strumento dell’umano sentire” for Vatican Radio.