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It is an immense joy for me to announce the release of Simone Rinaldo's "Simmetrie e Contrasti del '900" CD published with dotGuitar WebLabel.

Simone Rinaldo won the First Prize in 2016 at the 22nd International Competition of Musical Performance for Guitar - City of Mottola.

Simone Rinaldo's recording work has to be added to the prestigious list of winners of our Competition, created thanks to the collaboration between Mottola Guitar Festival and dotGuitar WebLabel. Giulia Ballarè (2013), Andrea De Vitis (2014) and Niklas Johansen (2015) are the other young winners who have already recorded the CD thanks to our Competition.
I invite you to support young people by downloading and listening to their works.


Best wishes to Simone Rinaldo for this wonderful CD!!!
Enjoy the music!!!

Michele Libraro, Art Director






























































Domenico Mottola is the winner of the International Competition of Musical Performance for Guitar, at its XXIII edition. “My last name brought me luck”, says ironically the young winner, born in 1993 and coming from Naples who, in past editions, already won the second and the third prize.
The prestigious competition, linked to the International Guitar Festival - City of Mottola, continues to register a great attention by young students of guitar who choose this corner of Apulia in order to put themselves out there. And indeed, this year some candidates came from around the world: Poland, Germany, France, USA (Los Angeles and West Columbia, in particular), Serbia and Italy.
To declare the winners was a jury composed by top-level guitarists, chaired by Roberto Aussel. With him, Gabriel Guillén, Boško Radojković, Alessandro Deiana and Lapo Vannucci. Domenico Mottola brings home € 3.000, equally funded by City of Mottola (delivered by the town councillor, Valerio Rota) and Lions Club Massafra - Mottola “Le Cripte” (delivered by the President, Salvatore Marchionna). But it’s not all: Mottola has also received a contract with dotGuitar WebLabel for the distribution of a CD for guitar on world’s largest channels of digital distribution.
No second prize. The scholarship of €1.000 foreseen for the second prize has been rewarded with the winners of the third prize.
Third placed ex aequo among Riccardo Calogiuri (from Lecce, 1990), Carlotta Dalia (from Grosseto, 1999) and Pauline Gauthey (from Lille, France, 1993) winnig € 500 euro each, as a scholarship made available by the City of Mottola.
The absolute winner of the International Competition for Young Guitarists, Gianluca Cappetta, won a guitar “Mottola Guitars”, offered by Art Communication and delivered by the commercial director, Angelo Suma. All the prizewinners have also received Savarez strings and the book about the 25th edition of the Festival.
Words of emotion by the artistic director, Maestro Michele Libraro, during the evening dedicated to the prizes that, as a tradition, closes the Festival. “It’s been a fantastic edition - he said - a lot of musical proposals and a great audience success”. Then he has recalled these 25 years of manifestation, enclosed in a commemorative book. “It was June 28, 1992 - as he wrote in the introduction - when this travel, called Festival, began its way. I never imagined that the first edition, with four concerts and a summer course of guitar, would have reached the goal of 25 editions”. The municipal administration of Mottola applauds the event. “The International Festival - as underlined by the town councillor, Valerio Rota – brings the name of Mottola around the world. It’s to be considered the flagship of the cultural offer of our city”.


Dear Friends, we are ready. And you?

It starts on Saturday, July 1 with "Serenate", itinerant way in the historic center of Mottola and then it continues with Master Classes, Chitarrainsieme (Course of Guitar Orchestra), 2 sections of the Competition, CDs presentation, Photographic Exhibition "25 Years of the Festival" and many Concerts, including the "Tribute to Roland Dyens" with the presence of about 20 guitarists.

Find out the detailed program of the Festival on www.mottolafestival.com.

I wait for you all in Mottola from July 1 to 9, 2017 to celebrate the first 25 years of the Festival!!!

Michele Libraro Art director

















































































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