Born in Australia of Italian parents, Guitarist Vincenzo Martinelli was brought into the magical world of music as a young boy through the influence of his father, a mandolin player from the region known as Abbruzzo in central Italy, which is famous for its mountain air, fine food and wine.

Vincenzo began his early musical training on acoustic and electric guitars, having his early formal training with a friend of his grandfather whom left his tiny village of Lettopalena in Abbruzzo, Italy to study music in the United States before migrating to Australia. In terms of a professional musical career, the study of Classical and Spanish guitar was taken up relatively late in life.

Vincenzo first studied Classical guitar at the Academy of Guitar in Sydney and then at the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music, graduating with a Diploma of the State Conservatorium of Music (D.S.C.M) and a Bachelor of Music Degree. In his final year he was awarded the highest honour for a graduating student, the Keith Noake Memorial Prize. Soon after, Vincenzo was awarded an Italian Government Scholarship, which led to a period of instruction under the celebrated Maestro Lucio Dosso at the Centro Romano Della Gitarra in Rome, a school established by the legendary Andres Segovia.

Upon his return to Australia, Vincenzo was invited to premiere a new work by Australian composer Phillip Houghton at the International Guitar Festival held in Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia. Present at the festival was world-renowned virtuoso guitarist John Williams. So impressed was Williams on hearing this performance that permission was requested from the composer to record it himself.

Vincenzo has performed with national and international acts, as special guest of the internationally acclaimed Dame Shirley Bassey and as a headline act on several luxury cruise liners including Crystal, SilverSea, Oceania, P&O Princess and Cunard Line.

In recent years, Vincenzo has continued his study of guitar through the introduction of Spanish Flamenco music. He has studied and preformed with world – acclaimed Flamenco guitarist Robbie Varga and the Flamenco Dance Group “Luna Nueva”. He holds a Masters Degree in music and has recently released his third album “El Toro”.

Vincenzo’s Grandfather

Vincenzo & his Father