Renata Arlotti

Written on 02/09/2020
Cristiano Porqueddu

“Uncommonly gifted with a considerable talent, among the rising stars of the guitar firmament”
– Oscar Ghiglia

“Renata always brings beauty and energy to her music”
– David Russell

Renata Arlotti begun studying classical guitar in her home town of Sassari, before continuing in Milan under the guidance of virtuoso Lorenzo Micheli. She has attended courses and studied with some of the most important guitarists at both the national and international levels including Alirio Diaz, Alberto Ponce, Matteo Mela, Massimo Lonardi, Fredéric Zigante, Oscar Ghiglia, and Adriano Del Sal.

Renata earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the Conservatoire de la Vallée d'Aoste, graduating in 2011 with highest honours. In recognition of her high achievements, in 2012 she was awarded a scholarship by Fondazione Istituto Musicale, naming her the best graduate of her year. Thanks to this award, she debuted as a soloist with the institute’s orchestra.
In 2013, she graduated with a Master of Arts in Music Performance, at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano with Lorenzo Micheli. A few months later Renata was admitted to the prestigious Royal Academy of Music in London, being among the few candidates who were offered admission on the same day as the auditions.

At the same time she was pursuing these degrees, she attended the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena with Oscar Ghiglia each summer from 2012 to 2016. Each year, Renata received the Diploma of Merit reserved for the academy’s best students and was even invited to attend the course for a fifth year, whereas students are normally only allowed to attend for a maximum of four.

During her studies she had a regular performing career, playing in Italy, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, USA, Iran as a soloist and in ensembles for some of the most important institutions.
In 2016, she graduated with a second Master’s in Performance from the Royal Academy of Music, under the guidance of Michael Lewin, David Russell, and Fabio Zanon. During her studies in London, she received support from the Blyth Watson Charitable Trust.

Renata has been featured in several newspapers and has been invited to speak and play on radio broadcasts by national television broadcasters. She was defined by one newspaper as being "a musician with great sensitivity, with depth of sound and great variety of timbre" (La Nuova Sardegna).

Winner of the "Young Artist Platform" auditions organized by the International Guitar Foundation, Renata undertook a tour in 2016 to perform at prestigious UK concert halls such as London's Kings Place, Sage Hall in Newcastle, for the Bath Guitar Festival, and the North East Guitar Festival.

In 2017, she was invited to attend the prestigious "Micat in Vertice" concert season by the Accademia Chigiana. A few months later Renata was invited to perform for the “II Tehran Contemporary Music Festival” in Iran, giving solo recitals, masterclasses, and premiering “Hesar”, a conerto for guitar and orchestra dedicated to her by Iranian composer Ardavan Vossoughi. In fact, she regularly collaborates with composers to expand the repertoire of classical guitar and has had several pieces written for her.

Also in 2017, the “Inner Wheel Club Sassari Castello” awarded her the Renata Pintore award, which the association dedicates to women who "with their intellectual, artistic, or scientific activities have given prestige to the city of Sassari by combining ethics with their personal qualities."

In honor to the celebration for the 50th anniversary of the death of the Italian composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Renata was invited from the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles to hold a concert in his honor, in the city that hosted the composer until his death after his departure from Italy.
Recently, her debut CD was released for the record label "Stradivarius", in a project titled "Suites and Homages" dedicated to composers Vicente Asencio and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. The CD has been praised by the critics, receiving enthusiastic reviews. Renata Arlotti regularly holds concerts in Europe, United States and Asia and teaches in London where she currently lives. The young musician is sponsored by Guitar Lift supports by Felix Justen, Thomastik-Infeld strings and plays on amtwo guitars made by the Florentine luthier Andrea Tacchi, collaborating with both Andrea and his son Giovanni on the development and the promotion of their instruments.