Aniello Desiderio

Professor @ University of Music ın Potenza, Italy

…the kind of musician that seems to have disappeared long ago, Aniello Desiderio sweeps away the audience with enthusiasm – as the great virtuosi, Paganini, Regondi or Giuliani of the 19th century did – racing through breath-taking changes of register, acrobatic arpeggios and scales of extraordinary brilliance and elegance like a Ferrari …

– Stuttgarter Zeitung –


Nothing is impossible for Aniello with his instrument

– Classical Guitar/ England –


He is very young, but he plays like an angel

– Les Cahiers de la Guitare/ France –


Actually he knocked me out.

– Chick Corea –


In your music there is a lightness and a profundity that I heard only in Beethoven’s music.

– Prof. Ernst Fuchs –


Now I know the real sound of guitar.

–  Lorin Maazel –


In 1992 Aniello Desiderio graduated with honours from the Conservatory of Music in Alessandria.


At the age of eight, he performed in public for the first time, displaying such outstanding gifts that music critics started to speak of him as an “enfant prodige,” “wunderkind,” “a genius,” “the Orpheus of the guitar,” “a guitarist of the century,” “il Fenomeno,” etc.

He won 18 first International Awards in both national and international competitions, including…

  • 1st Prize and Special Prize for the best interpretation of South American music at the International Guitar Competition in Habana, Cuba (1988)
  • “Neapolitan of the Year” Award for Mr. Desiderio, Italy (1988)
  • 1st Prize and Special Prize of the best interpretation of Tarrega’s music at the International Francisco Tarrega Competition, Benicasim, Spain (1992)
  • 1st Prize at the International “Guerrero,, Competition, Madrid, Spain (1995).


He performed as a soloist and with orchestra all over the world USA, North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa in some of the most important Theaters of the world such as: Carnegie Hall, Munich Philarmonie, Alte Opera, Tonhalle, Teatro delle Palme, Radio France, Die Gloke, Istanbul Philarmonie, Berlin Philarmonie, Opera House Wien.

Mr. Desiderio performed with Virtuosi di Mosca with Vladimir Spivakov, RSO Berliner, Deutche Kammerphilarmonie, Alessandro Scarlatti, I Pomeriggi Musicali, Bach Collegium, Wiener Kammerorchester, and some of the most prestigious music festival all over the world such as: Rhengau MusikFest, Bremen Musikfest, Ludwigsburger Schlosfest-spiele, Mosel Musikfest.

In May 1999, the German Television BR/ARD produced a music film (45 min.) and a portrait (45 min.) of Mr. Desiderio in Naples. It was broadcast more than 10 times throughout Europe.

In Sept. 99 he received the „Artist in Residence Award 1999“ from the German Radio DLF and the Musikfest Bremen together with Gidon Kremer.

Mr. Desiderio was invited to the 70th birthday Gala of Maestro LORIN MAAZEL by the Bavarian Radio & TV station.

He founded together with his brothers Gennaro and Gaetano Desiderio and other famous Neapolitan musicians the group Passione Napoletana, performing the highly emotional music of his home town Naples –  “Serenate, Tanghi, Danze, Canzoni  e  Tarantelle Napoletane.” He was one of the performing artists of a prestigious German TV show – ZDF (German 2nd canal) which was broadcast across Europe.

He  also performed with the Bavarian Chamber Orchestra & Romulo Larrea (Bandoneon) Tango con Passion, in Germany and in Turkey with the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra.

He records for FRAME; WAKU MUSIC; KOCH-UNIVERSAL; and since 2006, he records for his own company ADORO RECORDS.

In fall 2009, he created his last project: Aniello Desiderio’s “Quartetto Furioso” with Gennaro Desiderio violin, Gaetano Desiderio piano and Salvatore Minale drums and percussion play a programme consisting of Vivaldi 4 Seasons and 4 Piazzolla Seasons and he realized the CD of this project for the famous german lable TERMIDOR, which has artists such as Paquito D’ Rivera and Sabine Mayer.

In 2010, Aniello performed the Concerto Madrigal of J. Rodrigo with one of the legend of classical guitar Angel ROMERO.

From 2010 he give masterclass during the Summer International Academy for Mozarteum (Salszburg).

John McLaughlin chose Mr. Desiderio for the European Premier of his Concerto “Thieves and Poets.”

He’s a professor at University of Music in Potenza (Italy).