Teacher

Francesco Lo Castro

Guitar

Francesco Lo Castro started studying guitar and jazz under the tutoring of the great jazz guitar maestro Gianni Cataleta. In 2004 he graduated in Music Performance at Thames Valley University and in the same year he won both the Best Guitarist Award at the Guitar Institute in London and the Vice Chancellor Award at TVU which granted him a Master Degree in Music Performance.

Aside from his work as jazz artist he has a long standing collaboration, as guitarist and musical director, with international multi-platinum recording artist Patrizio Buanne with whom he has toured the USA, Australia, Asia, Europe and South Africa.

He has also recorded for Geoff Wilkinson (Us3) and performed with Jim Mullen, two times Grammy Award Winner Eric DeFade and jazz award winner singer Michela Lombardi among others. He has performed in prestigious venues and festivals including the Montreal Jazz Festival, Hamer Hall (Melbourne), The State Theater (Sydney), The Concert Hall (New York), the Expo Center (Singapore), The Berklee Performance Center (Boston), the Benedum (Pittsburgh), Barbican Center (London), O2 Arena (London), the Pisa Jazz Festival and Palatrussardi Arena (Milan).

His “Chasing Beauty” album is listed in the Top 200 “Most Downloaded of all times” chart compiled by the prestigious All About Jazz, USA. As educator Francesco has been teaching and lecturing for the past 12 years. His students range from children to BMus students, from beginners to professional practitioners in the field of Performance, Songwriting, Production and Music Business.