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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

    northern balance.

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  • Live

    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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  • Discography

    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

    Antonio Malinconico Videos

    Antonio Malinconico Biography

    Antonio Malinconico e Amici

    Night of NylonGuitars

    Festival Guitarras del Mundo

    Martin Mller

    Edsart Udo de Haes

    Federico Diaz

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