Giuseppe Maria (see Beppe) Ficara, son of the italian painter Franz
Ficara, was born in 1953. He studied in Bari's
National Conservatory, where he graduated in Guitar with a first-class
honours degree, having studied with Linda Calsolaro, a former pupil
Clara Castelnuovo-Tedesco, the Author's widow, enthusiastic about the record in her many letters to Ficara, gave him in early 1981 the manuscript of an unpublished work by Castelnuovo-Tedesco: «Vogelweide, ein lieder-cyclus für Baryton und Guitar»; in october 1981 Ficara gave the first performance of the inedit for RTBF radio bradcast in Brussels together with the baryton Ludovic de San.
His long careeer as a concertist let him play a wide repertory in important italian and foreign concert societies, such as «Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia» in Rome, «Orchestra di Bari», «Orchestra di Perugia e dell'Umbria», Brussel's «Jeunesses Musicales», Louvain-la Neuve Musicology Institut, RTBF radio and television broadcasts, «Festival de l'Eté Mosan» (Belgium), Moulin d'Andé Academy (France), UNISA, Stellenbosch University and Classical Guitar Society in South Africa, Alliance Française and Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry and Auroville, India, Sonnenlink in Mani, Greece.
In 2001 he has been awarded in Tunisia the Prix
Cathage for musical merits.
Giuseppe Ficara has been teaching guitar since 1976 in many italian National
Conservatories; he gave Mastercourses in Italy, at Cape Town University,
South Africa and at the Moulin
d'Andé Academy, France. He has also been teaching in various
belgian music Academies.He is a member of the "Accademia del Sarmento"
Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643): Aria con Variazioni detta “La Frescobalda”;
Mauro Giuliani (1781-1829): Grande Ouverture op. 61.
Manuel Maria Ponce (1882-1948):
Thème varié et Finale: Andante un poco mosso, I. Allegro Appassionato, II. Molto moderato, III. Allegro moderato, IV. Agitato, V. Vivace, VI. Molto più lento, Finale: Vivo scherzando.
Adriano Cirillo (1951): Variations on a theme by Paganini
Opinions about Giuseppe Ficara:
« Mr. Ficara possesses a very solid technique, a sound and mature judgement and an overall strong and poetic approach in his interpretations. Giuseppe Ficara's thorough experience adds a valuable dimension to his worth and makes him a candidate for a bright musical carreer ».
Oscar Ghiglia, New York 1979
« Su técnica brillante y sensibilidad musical han hecho de este guitarrista una de las figuras mas representetivas entre los jóvenes de la generación actual. Le deseo los más profundos gozos artísticos en su noble tarea de pasear la guitarra por el mundo y recoger el fruto maravilloso de su gran talento».
Nicolas Alfonso, Royal Conservatory of Brussels 1981