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Biography Antonio Malinconico
The guitar or football?
This was no difficult decision for the 11-year-old Antonio Malinconico. Born in 1979 in
St Gallen, where he was to grow up, the boy with Italian roots was involved in diverse
musical projects from a very young age. He experimented, gained experience and
discovered his love for the classical guitar. In 2005, he completed his five-year guitar
studies at the Zurich University of the Arts with honours. Where his studies gave him
a fundamental basis, his travels through Central and South America, as well as
through the Middle East, gave him a window to a wide variety of guitar playing styles.
Tango and South American folklore served to broaden his musical horizons.
Antonio Malinconicos music reflects the emotions of the South. Characterised by
passion and an unfathomable melancholy as professed in his name. These
contrasting emotions melt together to form the bitter-sweet mixture that defines
southern art and culture and penetrates Argentinian folklore, tango and Neapolitan
folk music in equal measure. Argentinian guitar music, compositions by master Astor
Piazzolla and Jorge Cardoso in particular, epitomises Malinconicos work. The St.
Galler Kampanier, a name emphasising Malinconicos Italian heritage and Swiss
residence, interprets them with his very own mixture of southern temperament and
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Antonio Malinconico now looks back upon a long-standing, diverse career of live
performances. Since 2009, he has travelled through Switzerland, Germany and
Austria with his trio named Antonio Malinconico e Amici. Following the release of
the solo album entitled Vamos al Sur, solo concerts in Switzerland and Germany
ensued in spring 2013, alongside five exclusive concerts in Buenos Aires and inland
Since the beginning of 2014, he has contributed to the Night of NylonGuitars. This
project involves three virtuoso guitar compositions from the categories world,
tango, and bossa jazz played on an acoustic nylon string guitar. Every year,
around seven concerts held in the German region spanning Karlsruhe to Dresden are
met with resounding approval from the audience. The nylon guitar nights are the
brainchild of Martin Mller. Originally from Karlsruhe, he has dedicated the past 25
years wholeheartedly and with pioneering spirit to the Brazilian guitar and has
established himself as a leading composer, author and musician in his field.
In November 2015, Argentinian guitarist and composer Juan Fal invited Antonio
Malinconico to the Guitarras del Mundo festival. The five concerts held in the
renowned concert halls of Argentinian cities San Miguel, Crdoba, San Luis,
Mendoza and San Juan were an unforgettable experience.
Numerous concerts have already been planned for 2016 and are to take place in
German-speaking Switzerland, French-speaking Switzerland and Germany.
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Antonio Malinconicos discography reflects his relentless work. In 2007, his mini-
debut Adis was released, featuring his own compositions. In February 2010, his
first long play, Tempesta, created with the trio Antonio Malinconico e Amici,
appeared on the shelves. In that very same year, he recorded a tango CD with his
former university guitar teacher, Jury Clormann, which was given the title Misteriosa
Vida. In the spring of 2011, his first solo album, Por siempre Sur followed, featuring
South American works by Astor Piazzolla, Ariel Ramirez, Eduardo Fal and Jorge
Cardoso. In Attesa, another works by the trio Antonio Malinconico e Amici, was
released in 2012. The solo album Por siempre Sur was continued in the summer of
2013 with Vamos al Sur.
In 2014 and 2015, various videos were created, including La Trampera by Anibal
Troilo, the melancholic Un Dia de Noviembre by Leo Brouwer and Milonga by
Jorge Cardoso featuring Columbian dancer Andrea Mara Mndez Torres.
A CD entitled Cambio de Cuerdas, translating to a change of strings is scheduled
to be recorded in Holland in June 2016. The title stems from Malinconicos
endeavour to broaden his repertoire, moving beyond Argentinian pieces to
incorporate music from other Latin American countries. These new additions were
inspired by musical encounters over the past two years, such as those with Martin
Mller (Germany), Federico Diaz (New York City) and Edsart Udo de Haes (the
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Background and grants
Antonio Malinconicos family is originally from the hinterland of Naples. He spent
much of his childhood there, and, even today, he is drawn back to his hometown on a
regular basis. This Mediterranean environment inspires the guitarist. Thanks to a
grant from the Culture Foundation of Canton Appenzell Ausserrhoden, he had the
opportunity to complete a four-month stay in Naples in 2011. This fascinatingly
contrasting maritime city was where he wrote the piece In Attesa for the trio
Antonio Malinconico e Amici. In 2012, the city council of St Gallen accorded him a
three-month stay at an art studio in Genua and the canton of St Gallen provided
support in the form of a grant. These contributions and stays abroad enabled the
composer and guitarist to dedicate himself to developing his music.
Translation: Amber Latheron
Text: Diana Zucca
More information about:
Antonio Malinconico http://www.antonio.ch
Antonio Malinconico Videos http://www.antonio.ch/videos
Antonio Malinconico Biography http://www.antonio.ch/biografie
Antonio Malinconico e Amici http://www.antonioeamici.ch
Night of NylonGuitars http://www.night-of-nylonguitars.de
Festival Guitarras del Mundo http://www.festivalguitarrasdelmundo.com
Martin Mller http://www.brazilguitar.de
Edsart Udo de Haes http://www.edsartudodehaes.nl
Federico Diaz http://www.federicodiazguitar.com
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