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Finals of the International Classical Guitar Competition with Nino D'Amico, Filippos Manoloudis, Emanuele Pauletta and Yuki Saito

Sunday 14 May / 5pm

Auditorium - Conservatoire de la Ville de Luxembourg & Online Stream

Free entrance / Without reservation

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Nino D'Amico (Italy)



Agustín Barrios Mangoré (1885-1944)

Prélude en do mineur

Napoléon Coste (1805-1883)

Fantaisie Dramatique “Le Départ”, Op.31 

Joaquín Turina (1882-1949)

Sonata Op.61 (III. Allegro Vivo) 

Leo Brouwer (*1939)

La Gran Sarabanda

Nino D'Amico – Golden Guitar 2021 at the International Guitar Meeting in Milano as revelation of the year – began the study of the classical guitar with Marco Caiazza. He then continued at the San Pietro a Majella Music Conservatory in Naples. Meanwhile, he also followed guitar seminars with Frédéric Zigante and Antonio Rugolo at the Civic School of Castellaneta. 


He achieved, in 2019, the First Level Academic Diploma with full marks and honors, before following an advanced guitar course with Maestro Aniello Desiderio – on a scholarship as the best student – at the Stefano Strata Academy in Pisa. He received his Master’s Degree in 2023 at the Domenico Cimarosa Conservatory of Music in Avellino (110 cum laude and mention).


He currently attends the Postgraduate Master’s Degree course at the Domenico Cimarosa Conservatory of Avellino, with Aniello Desiderio and Lucio Matarazzo.


D’Amico was a EuroStrings Artist in the 2019/2020 academic year and participated in various masterclasses, including those with A. Desiderio, L. Matarazzo, P. Pegoraro and Z. Dukic.


He is also the winner of more than forty International and European guitar competitions including those held in Uppsala, Pleven, Plovdiv, Peja, Romania, China, Hungary, and many others in Italy.


In 2021, in addition to winning the final StrataMaster Competition, he also released his first CD “Agustín Barrios: Works”, entirely dedicated to the composer and musician Agustín Barrios Mangoré, on the Italian label DotGuitar.


In 2022, D’Amico was awarded the prestigious title of D'Addario Strings Artist.

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Filippos Manoloudis (Greece)



John Dowland (1563-1626)

Forlorn Hope Fancy, P2

Manuel Maria Ponce (1882-1948)

Sonata Clásica, (I. Allegro)

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

Danse bohémienne, arr. Ansgar Krause

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)

Miroirs, arr. Koki Fujimoto (IV. Alborada del Gracioso)

Filippos Manoloudis is one of the leading classical guitarists of his generation. Praised by the Gendai Guitar Magazine for his “stunning technique and expressive power”, he is described as an “all-round player” with no weaknesses in responding to music from the different music periods.


He started playing the guitar at the age of 7 in his hometown of Kavala with Alexandros Parisidis. A year later, he started receiving lessons from Fotis Koutsothodoros, with whom he received his soloist diploma at the age of 17, and in 2019, he enrolled in the bachelor’s degree at the Academy of Music in Darmstadt in Tilman Hoppstock’s guitar class.


In 2015, he gave his first recital at the Thessaloniki Guitar Festival, followed by many other concerts in Greece, Germany, Austria, Bulgaria and Italy. In March 2018, he performed his first tour consisting of concerts in 6 different cities in Bulgaria (as part of his 1st prize of the Pleven Guitar Festival), and in November 2019, he performed at the Megaron Concert Hall in Athens. In Autumn 2023, he is scheduled to perform in Costa Rica, the US, Brazil and Japan.


Manoloudis has been successful at around 30 international guitar competitions. In 2021/22 he was the 1st prize winner of the "Koblenz International Guitar Competition” in Germany, of the "Antwerpen Guitar Festival Competition" in Belgium, and most recently of the “65th Tokyo International Guitar Competition” in Japan. He has also been awarded the “Young Artist of Changsha” award at the “Changsha International Guitar Competition” 2021 in China.


He took part in masterclasses with world renowned guitarists such as Leo Brouwer, David Russell, Zoran Dukic, Judicael Perroy, Aniello Desiderio and Oscar Ghiglia.


Together with three fellow students from the Music Academy in Darmstadt, he forms the "Foursome Guitar Quartet" and they perform regularly in Germany and abroad.


He performs on Koumridis Handmade Classical Guitars.

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Emanuele Pauletta (Italy)



Frank Martin (1890-1974)

Quatre Pièces Brèves

  • Prélude

  • Air

  • Plainte

  • Comme une gigue


Dušan Bogdanović (*1955)

Six miniatures des Balkans

  • Morning Dance

  • Lament

  • Vranjanka

  • Macedonian Dance

  • Wide Song

  • Tiny-knit Dance


Manuel Maria Ponce (1882-1948)

Sonata III (II. Chanson)

Emanuele Pauletta began his studies at the Suzuki School in Sarzana. He participated in masterclasses with Masters Piera Dadomo, Vincenzo Torricella, Tilman Hoppstock, Giuseppe Pepicelli, Luigi Biscaldi, Josè Antonio Escobar and Pablo Marquez.


Since 2014, he has been studying with Maestro Giampaolo Bandini at the Luigi Boccherini Music Institute in Lucca, where, in 2022, he got his Master’s degree with a grade of 110, praise and special mention. He has participated in masterclasses with Masters Leo Brower, Antigoni Goni, Marcin Dylla, Zoran Dukic, Andrew Zohn,Adriano Del Sal, Carlo Marchione and Thomas Dunford.


Pauletta has won various competitions including the national guitar competition "Giulio Rospigliosi", the international competition "Nilo Peraldo Bert", the "European Music Competition Città di Moncalieri", and the international competition "Giovani Promesse" of the Paganini Guitar Festival in Parma.


In 2022 he debuted at the 27th International Guitar Conference in Milan.


He is currently a member of the Boccherini Guitar Quartet and he is studying at the conservatory in Parma for the 2nd level Master’s degree.

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Yuki Saito (Japan)



Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Suite pour luth BWV 995 (Prélude & Presto) 

Joaquín Rodrigo (1901-1999)

Sonata Giocosa

  • I. Allegro moderato

  • II. Andante moderato

  • III. Allegro

One of the best Japanese young guitarists, Yuki Saito started playing the guitar at the age of five. In Japan, he studied guitar under Kazuhito Osawa, Noboru Muraji, Daisuke Suzuki, Mariko Tsubokawa, Kiyoshi Shomura, Tsuneo Ema, Yong Tae Kim and Soichi Muraji. In addition, he studied composition under Sunao Isaji. 


Since 2016, he has been studying abroad in Germany with Prof. Ricardo Gallen, Prof. Joaquín Clerch and Prof. Alexander-Sergei Ramírez.


He has won more than 80 prizes at national and  international competitions in Europe, Asia, the US and Australia. Among them the 1st prize at the “International Guitar Competition City of Mottola” (Italy), the “Culiacán International Guitar Competition” (Mexico), the “Kaj's Guitarstore Guitar Competition” (Netherlands), the “Melbourne International Guitar Festival Competition” (Australia), the “Omis International Guitar Competition” (Croatia), the “Tallinn International Guitar Competition” (Estonia), the “Veria International Guitar Competition” (Greece), the “Ida Presti & Alexandre Lagoya International Guitar Competition” (France), the “Aalborg International Guitar Competition” (Denmark), the “Elx International Guitar Competition” (Spain), the “Japan National Guitar Competition” and many more.


In 2021, he won the 2nd prize (1st prize was not assigned) at International Guitar Competition “Michele Pittaluga”, which is one of the most historical and important competitions in the world.


Saito has performed many concerts in Japan (Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Kyoto, Fukuoka, etc.). He was elected one of the Artists of EuroStrings in 2019. Since then, he has performed and given masterclasses in Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, Denmark, Netherlands, Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Croatia, Serbia, Hungary and Turkey.


His first CD "Treasures of Italy", featuring Italian guitar music, was released on the Italian label DotGuitar in 2022.

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