Biography

Jacopo Lazzaretti (1994) is a versatile and exciting guitarist from Rome, currently based in Glasgow. He graduated from the Conservatoire of Santa Cecilia in Rome with a First Class Bachelor Degree in Music with Honours in 2017, and completed the Masters Degree in Performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in June 2019. During his studies, Jacopo has also performed in many masterclasses with some of the worlds most well-known guitarists, and he has been strongly inspired by musicians such as Arturo Tallini, Giulio Tampalini, Matthew McAllister, Allan Neave and Pavel Steidl. 

Jacopo is the winner of the 30th Young Musician International Competition Città di Barletta (2020), 8° International Competition Alirio Diaz of Rome (2019), North East Scotland Classical Guitar Society Award (2017) and the International Istanbul Guitar Festival (2015). In addition to that he received the second prize at the 3° International Guitar Competition ‘Giuseppe Caputo (2019), the second prize (first not awarded) at the 7th International Guitar Competition Acerra Guitar Meetings (2016), the third prize at the Leicester MusicFest Competition (2018) and the third prize at the 11th Montenegro International Guitar Competition (2017).

His musical activity up to date presents him not only as a driven performer in competitions but also as a concert artist, playing music that shows the guitar in all its facets of time and style. Most recent performances in Scotland presents him in solo guitar concerts in Edinburgh at Greyfriars’ Kirk, St. Giles Cathedral, Corstorphine Dower House as well as Paisley Abbey and Music Society of Helensburgh. As an artist for Live Music Now Scotland since 2018, he has played at the National Portrait Gallery, Scottish National Gallery and Usher Hall in Edinburgh, and at the Macrobert Art Centre in Stirling.

Another important aspect of his musical life is his passion for Chamber Music, resulting in collaborations with other musicians, such as guitarists, violinists, flutists and singers. Recent performances include concerts for the Glasgow Mela (2021) as part of the Banine Music Ensemble; the Clitheroe Concert Society with Violinist Shlomy Dobrinsky (2020); St. John’s Kirk in Pert with Organist Stuart Muir (2019). As part of the JKL Duo (Flute and Guitar) – formed with his partner Kerry Lynch, they have played at St Margaret Episcopal Church and St Andrew’s Church in Glasgow and for the Inverurie Music Festival. Current collaborations are a duo with the clarinettist Matas Ščerbauskas and a duo with the violinist Eddy Betancourt

Jacopo plays a guitar made by the Italian Guitar maker Leonardo de Gregorio.