One of many exciting and highly skilled young players on the Italian classical-guitar scene, Tuscany native Carlotta Dalia, 19, has been studying guitar since she was 8; her first public recital was at age 12. She has studied with a number of fine Italian teachers, and for the past few years had been enrolled at the Instituto Superiore di Studi Musicali ‘Rinaldo Franci’ in Siena, in the class of Marco del Greco. Since 2010 she has won or placed in about two-dozen competitions, mostly around Italy, but also in Sweden and Portugal.

In this nicely recorded video, Dalia plays a pair of classic pieces: First up is her wonderful interpretation of one (K14) of nearly 600 Baroque keyboard sonatas penned by Domenico Scarlatti (1695–1757; October 26 is his 323rd birthday!); that is followed by a multi-layered work from Swiss-born Giulio Regondi (1823–1872), Aria Variata, Op. 21 No. 1. Her somewhat unusual-looking, but beautiful-sounding guitar is a 2015 model built by the much-admired luthier Andrea Tacchi. To date, she has one album release, called Gran Solo, which came out in 2017.


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Certainly, Carlotta Dalia has a bright future ahead of her! —Blair Jackson