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“Giuseppe Gibboni is one of the most extraordinary talents I have come across. He has perfect intonation, an amazing technique in every respect and an unswerving musicality.” Salvatore Accardo
With flawless playing technique and compelling expressiveness, Giuseppe Gibboni won over the jury and audience of the Paganini Violin Competition in Genoa in October 2021. The violinist, born in 2001, won – as the first Italian in 24 years – the main classification as well as the audience prize and special prizes for the best interpretations of Niccolò Paganini’s Caprices and Violin Concerto. Subsequently, the now 21-year-old musician began an extensive concert career. Among others, he made his debut with Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia conducted by Lorenzo Viotti. Shortly thereafter, he performed with guitarist Carlotta Dalia at the invitation of Italian President Sergio Mattarella at the Quirinal Palace in Rome; the concert was broadcast live on Italian radio.
Giuseppe Gibboni had already attracted attention with a series of competition successes. He became known to a large television audience in 2016 through his success in the Prodigi – La musica è vita competition broadcast by RAI 1 in collaboration with UNICEF. In the same year he won the first prize and a special prize at the Andrea Postacchini Violin Competition, followed by successes at the Leonid Kogan International Competition in Brussels (2017), the George Enescu International Competition in Bucharest (2018) and the Valsesia Musica Competition (2020).
Giuseppe Gibboni, son of a musical family, was first taught by his father Daniele Gibboni before attending the G. Martucci Conservatory of Salerno. At the age of 14 he was admitted to the Academy of the Stauffer Center for Strings in Cremona, where he received lessons from Salvatore Accardo. He successfully graduated from the Accademia Chigiana in Siena. After a five-year advanced course at the Accademia Perosi in Biella with Pavel Berman, he is now studying at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg as a student of Pierre Amoyal.
Giuseppe Gibboni recorded his debut CD at the age of 15 for the Warner Classics label. Since 2017, he has been sponsored by the New York SI-YO Foundation. He plays on a 1752 Tommaso Balestrieri violin on loan from collector Stefano Arancio. As winner of the Paganini Competition, he will also have the opportunity to perform on the “Cannone,” Niccolò Paganini’s favorite instrument built by Guarneri del Gesù in 1743, in the upcoming season.