DECCA artist since 2018, Eugenio Della Chiara studied with Giuseppe Ficara at the Conservatoire of his hometown, graduating with honours at the age of 19. He has also been a pupil of Andrea Dieci and of Oscar Ghiglia at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena.
The prizes he has been awarded include two scholarships from the Fondazione Rossini. He was the first musician to receive this honour twice, in 2008 and in 2012. While studying music, he completed his classical education at the Università Cattolica of Milan, where he graduated in both Classical Studies and Modern Philology.
He has performed in Japan, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Turkey, Spain, Norway, Denmark and Ireland. In Italy, he has given solo recitals for some of the most important musical institutions, such as the Società del Quartetto of Milan, the Fondazione Pietà de’ Turchini of Napoli, the Festival della Valle d’Itria of Martina Franca, the Società dei Concerti of Parma, the Rossini Opera Festival of Pesaro and the Orchestra Sinfonica of Milan.
He has recorded three CDs for DECCA: “Schubert – A portrait on guitar”, with instruments built in Vienna between 1815 and 1840, “Guitarra Clásica”, an anthology of transcriptions from Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, and “Paganini Live”, a live recording with Piercarlo Sacco. His first vinyl LP – “Eugenio Della Chiara plays” – was produced by the Italian Music Council (CIDIM) and issued by Stradivarius in 2022. A Naxos album devoted to the guitar works of Gaspar Cassadó and Frederic Mompou is expected to be released in 2024.
As a soloist, he has been a guest of the Orchestra of the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, of the Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana and of the Orchestra UniMc. He has worked with conductors such as Diego Ceretta, Tohar Gil and Matteo Torresetti. As well as works by Rodrigo, Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Moreno Torroba, his repertoire with orchestra includes an ouverture concertante dedicated to him by Carlo Galante. On 13th July 2023, he played in Palermo the Italian première of Moreno Torroba’s Sonatina in the author’s own version for guitar and orchestra.
Passionate about chamber music, he plays with violinist Piercarlo Sacco, guitarist Andrea Dieci and pianist Alberto Chines. Due to his interest in vocality and opera, he frequently collaborates with opera singers – notably with mezzo-soprano Teresa Iervolino and tenors Juan Francisco Gatell and Mert Süngü. With Alessio Boni, he has staged “Tutto il resto è silenzio”, a reading of Shakespeare’s Hamlet accompanied by English Seventeenth-century music.
He regularly collaborates with composers of different generations (such as Orazio Sciortino, Carlo Galante, Roberto Tagliamacco and Paolo Ugoletti), who have dedicated about twenty solo and chamber works to him. He has various premiere recordings to his credit, notably that of the Guitar Sonata composed in 1976 by Luciano Chailly.
Since 2005, he has been the artistic director of “MU.N – Music Notes in Pesaro”, a chamber music season organized by the Associazione Marchigiana Attività Teatrali. He has been teaching at several Italian Conservatoires since 2017: Latina, Modena, Lecce, Genoa and Bergamo. Since 2022, he has been a teacher at the Conservatoire “G. Tartini” of Trieste.