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“Is there a way to give new meaning to the word interpretation? There is a possible way, if we can imagine a score not holding the only key to what the music can convey, but consider it just one of music’s many manifestations intended by the composer; if we can imagine a piece able to free itself from the form dictated by the score and, maintaining its genius, able to recreate itself. What matters is capturing the spirit of a composer, or a composition, and its resonance, which can then differ from the composer’s version, since it would have reached the same creative realm”.

Pierluigi Potalivo


Pierluigi Potalivo


Pierluigi Potalivo


Pierluigi Potalivo was born in 1972 in Rome, where he studied under Mr. Sergio Notaro, one of the finest italian pupils of Andrés Segovia, and was awarded his Diploma at the St Cecilia Conservatoire. The performing career he subsequently launched has led to appearances in Europe and US, as well as various performances of his own compositions for guitar.


“..It is common to find guitar players who are technically superior but lack heart, and players who are all heart but lack the technical chops to truly excel are even more common. Pierluigi Potalivo has taken the technical skill learned over years of study and melded it with a fine ear and an empathic sensibilità..the result is the wisdom of the masters blended with the inspiration of the life-long student who reveres those who came before but is advanced enough to hold his place in conversation with legends. Spirito di una Sonata is a musical dialectic; a Socratic debate where illumination is achieved”.

Review by Wildy Haskell

“..a unique and highly personable interpretation of Giuliani..a reworking of the piece that is meant to pay tribute to the composer as much as bring the work into a modern context. Potalivo possesses impeccable technique.. and advanced melodic interpretation.. that really make this album stand out among the crowded classical guitar library. Potalivo takes a risk with his interpretations on this album, and manages to succeed on every level”.

Review by Matt Warnock, Executive Director of the WIU Guitar Festival

" itinerary that is stimulating, concluded with a smiling page in the fashion of parody (Fernando Sor mocks his own “ways”, played with gusto and elegance, qualities that predominate throughout the programme".

Review by musicologist Claudio Bolzan, in the MUSICA magazine.