Italian guitarist Antonio Rugolo was born in the city of Taranto in 1972 and at just twelve years of age won his first competition in Livorno. This was the first in a long series of successes and victories in major music and international guitar competitions (he won second prize in the 25th Gargnano International Guitar Competition, first prize at the Isernia International Guitar Competition, Savona International Guitar Competition, “Omaggio a Joaquin Rodrigo”, Nicola Fago, Viareggio Mondovì and more).
Since 1996 he has been engaged in advanced studies under Fédéric Zigante at the “Fondation CIEM Mozart” in Lausanne and at the Tartini Conservatory of Trieste, graduating with 110 cum laude. Each year from 1997-2001 he was awarded the diploma of merit and scholarships under Oscar Ghiglia at the Accademia Chigiana di Siena.
Since 2004 Antonio has been recording for the Stradivarius Record Label and has published 3 solo albums entitled Guitarreo (2004), Guido Santorsola ‘Concerto a Cinque’ (2007), and Guido Santorsola ‘Solo Guitar Works’ Vol.2 (2013) who won in September 2014 the Golden Guitar award at the 19th International Guitar Meeting “Michele Pittaluga” of Alessandria, for the best record of the year.
This body of work has received critical acclaim from the specialized musical press, Classical Guitar Magazine, Il Fronimo, Classical Voisce, Allegro and GuitArt Magazine all of them featured the discs and they were awarded five stars in Amadeus, Musica and Seicorde who awarded the Santorsola Vol. 2 ‘best CD of the month’. Tim Painting puts it like on the lines of the British magazine Classical Guitar: Antonio Rugolo’s beautifully luminescent playing brings out the fabulous linear discipline of Santorsola’s music…
…seldom has it sounded so poetic, and I liked it very much.
(Coolin Cooper “CLASSICAL GUITAR”)
…the repertoire of the guitar needs minds and hands like his.
(Angelo Gilardino-“SUONARE NEWS”)
… i caratteri ci sembrano assolutamente scolpiti nel diamante.
(Francesco Biraghi-“IL FRONIMO”)
Even his last solo CD, Mauro GIULIANI Masterpieces, won again the Golden Guitar award as the best record of 2018.
In 2009 Antonio recorded also with the Quartetto Santórsola and released a cd published by the magazine Suonare News in their collection “I Maestri Della Chitarra” with different World Premier, published again in 2019 by Brilliant Classic.
Angelo Gilardino in his book La Chitarra Edizioni Curci 2010, (a title entirely dedicated to the guitar repertoire) said: “Santórsola has found in Europe with the guitarist Antonio Rugolo – a long-awaited advocate of his music”. Rugolo confirmed his commitment to the popularisation of the repertoire for guitar by Santórsola through publishing a new edition of the Sonata no.5 (Brasileira), Concertino no.1 for three guitars, Concertino no.2 for three guitars and piano for Musical Edition Bérben.
Antonio Rugolo’s recordings have been broadcast on numerous occasions on Italian, European Uruguayan and Canadian networks (RAI Radio3, RAI Filodiffusione, Sveriges Radio P2 CBC Radio, etc.). Antonio teaches guitar in Italian state high schools and performs as a concert soloist at venues throughout Italy, Europe China, and the USA.
He also performs in a duo with his wife flutist Nicoletta Di Sabato. Together in 2006 they performed the World Premier of the Sonatina Lied n°3 by Angelo Gilardino, and with the Quartetto Santorsola to whom, in 2008, Gilardino dedicates his new work for 4 guitars, the Sonetti Giuliani; in the same year, they played ad recorded it in the world premiere.