mario d'agostoMario D'Agosto began his musical training as a guitarist. After completing his studies at the Conservatory of Frosinone and having obtained his diploma in guitar under the constant guidance of Giuliano Balestra, he was attracted by the repertoire of the Renaissance and Baroque, and began to study the lute. Later, he studied Renaissance and Baroque technique and musical aesthetics with Hopkinson Smith at International courses in Estoril (Portugal), Rome, Banyuls and at the University of Tours (France).

He has given solo performances in many parts of the world including Italy, Europe, and Central and Southern America, and has recorded for radio and television broadcasts both in Italy and abroad. As an ensemble player he has recorded a CD of music by Alessandro Scarlatti with the “Accademia Romana Strumentale”, and has also worked with “I Cantori di S. Carlo” conducted by Claudio Dall’Albero in a variety of important musical events in Europe.

Together with Rosario Cicero (Renaissance and Baroque Guitar) he has created some unusual concert structures: from an original instrumental duo which led to the recording of ‘Diferencias’ on the art of variation, to the group “Antiquaviva” whose performances combined music, poetry and dance.

As a soloist he has recorded ‘Viaggio in Italia’, with music by S. L. Weiss, (Niccolò) and J. S. Bach Complete Works for Baroque Lute (Brilliant, 2013). He has taught lute at the Conservatory of Music in Bari and is regularly invited to hold seminars and master-classes at the International Arts Academy and the National Museum of Early Musical Instruments in Rome, as well as in other musical academies throughout Italy.