“What comes with the joy of performing all over the world is the ability to create and recreate highly personal and unique performances over and over again. They touch the soul with the spirit of a gypsy dancer, with the fire of the raging bull… ”

– Vincenzo Martinelli


The Vincenzo Story

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 of Abbruzzo in central Italy, famous for its mountain air, fine food, and wine. Vincenzo began his early musical training on acoustic and electric guitars, studying with a friend of his grandfather, who left his tiny village of Lettopalena in Abbruzzo to study music in the United States before migrating to Australia.

Vincenzo first studied Classical guitar at the Academy of Guitar in Sydney and subsequently at the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music, graduating with a Diploma of the State Conservatorium of Music 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 Andrés Segovia.

Upon his return to Australia, Vincenzo was invited to premiere a new work by 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 he requested permission from the composer to record it himself. Vincenzo has performed with national and international acts and as the special guest of Welsh singing sensation Dame Shirley Bassey. Besides a busy touring and recording schedule, Vincenzo is highly sought after as a Headline Act in the Luxury Cruise Line industry and regularly performs on the world’s finest ships.

In recent years, Vincenzo has continued his study of guitar through the introduction of Spanish Flamenco & Nouveau Flamenco music. He has studied and performed 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 fourth album, “El Toro,” to worldwide critical acclaim.


Testimonials

Met Vincenzo in Greece a couple of years ago during our cruise.  His live performance is something one does not want to miss. I bought all of his albums, listen to them regularly.
Richard Kaffka
I am not usually into classical guitar music but this man is so wonderful he won me over to latin/flamenco style music
Cruise Critic
We all had a great evening, your music is wonderful. I play your CD often, your music is so addictive you never tire of it. Everyone is looking forward to hearing you again…
Sylvia
I have been looking at your videos on youtube and I’m blown away with what you are doing!
Noel
I have ALWAYS loved the love that comes from the strings of the guitar in the hands of a master! Thank you for your gift and I thank my friend for opening the door to your wonderful world.
Maggie McKinney
It was a pleasure to meet you and hear your fantastic guitar! Thank you for the signed CD which we can’t wait to play for our music loving friends in LA. Your performances were truly a highlight of our trip!
Doug & Marie Peters
Mr. Martinelli’s incredible and unique performances touched the heart of everyone at Long Beach and we were very fortunate and amazed to have someone like him playing for us.
Nicolas B. de Chalain (General Manager, Long Beach Resort, Mauritius)
All of us feel that you are a big part of our company and our success.
Frank Del Rio (Chairman & CEO, Prestige Cruise Holdings)
We had the pleasure of meeting Vincenzo on a cruise sailing out of Monte Carlo. I remember being on the verandah and hearing the music of an angel playing through the air! That moment is forever frozen in time in my mind! Vinny, your music completed the trip for me! Thank you!
Effie Patrianakos
We so enjoyed meeting you. Sent a note to Oceania Corporate headquarters saying you were the VERY BEST entertainment on our cruise. We are waiting for people to get back for the Fall so we can talk about your talent.
Jo Ann