... comes from the Ligurian harbor town of Savona. He received his diploma for mandolin with high honors under the instruction of Professore Ugo Orlandi (who is well-reknown for his numerous recordings of classical mandolin music) at the "Conservatory C. Pollini" in Padova. Carlo Aonzo has won the Sixth National Competition "Vittorio Pitzianti" in Venice, upon which occasion he also received the "Vivaldi-Prize" for his superior performance of Vivaldi's mandolin concerto. His professional experience covers a wide spectrum, as he has performed as a soloist, as a part of an orchestra (La Scala Orchestra, Milan) as well as in various ensembles for chambermusic, such as the "Orchestra Sinfonica dell'Emilia Romagna", "Pomeriggi Musicali" from Milan, "Orchestra a Plettro Italiana", and "Il Solisti dell'ensamble di Venezia". Carlo Aonzo today is considered one of the best Italian mandolinists. In addition to his engagements as a performer in concert, he works as an intructor and is the director of the "Orchestra a plettro del circolo Mandolinistico Guiseppe Verdi" of Savona. As if all these commitments were no ample proof to his musical dedication, he is doing research on the history of the mandolin, working on a

biography of the nearly forgotten mandolin virtuoso Pietro Vimercati. Even though his roots are in the classical Italian mandolin tradition, Carlo Aonzo feels equally at home in American Bluegrass music, where he is by now also recognized a virtuoso performer. Therefore it does not come as a surprise that in September 1997 he was awarded the first price at the mandolin competition in Winfield, Kansas, the most important festival for acoustic folk music in the U.S.A.