EUGENIO CATINA - Italian guitarist and composer, born in Bagnolo Mella (Brescia) in 1956, had the first approach with a musical instrument, the clarinet, when he was very young. In the second half of the seventies, he was tenor saxophonist in jazz groups with famous musicians as the guitarist Sandro Gibellini; at the same time he devoted himself to the study of classical guitar.
He studied with Marco De Santi and graduated in classical guitar at the Conservatory of Alexandria; he has also attended courses in harmony and jazz composition held by Nino Donzelli at the Centro Studi Musicali of Cremona. As composer and performer, he has released two CDs: "Folìas" with the percussionist Beppe Gioacchini (Map 1994) and "Mediterranean view" with the singer Betty Vittori and the participation of the accordionist Fausto Beccalossi, (Panastudio 1999), which are placed in the "border music area". Original songs are in some CD entitled:“Apparenze - nuove musiche” (Radio Onda d’Urto - Spazio Classica 1999) and "Dialogo" (Map 2003), both dedicated to Italian classical composers and performed by the guitar duo Les Divertissements; "Chitarra lieve" (Map 2006), a collection of music performed by the guitarist Maria Vittoria Jedlowski and "Canto di Primavera" (Map 2007) a monographic CD played by the guitarist Claudio Ballabio, who in 2005 analyzed many composers' works, to process at the Milan Conservatory his dissertation entitled "Eugenio Catina: le piccole cose dell’universo”.Eugenio Catina, reworking "La vita é
Eugenio Catina, reworking "La vita é bella" by Nicola Piovani, has created a suite in four parts for guitar solo, distributed by Carisch and performed for the first time by the same Ballabio in April 2004 in Milan, within at Franco Cerri’s concert. Many of his works have been published. In 2007, he wrote "Metodo di armonia per chitarra", two-volume work (Bèrben Edition), sent by the publisher to classical guitars teachers of all the Italian conservatories; in the work, he compared the classical and jazz harmonics techniques, providing multiple solutions for their use on the guitar. His "48 Preludi" were inserted in “great works for guitar” by Bèrben. His compositions were delivered at internal events such as the "“Festival del Teatro d’Europa: una serata a Palazzo Reale” (Milano 1999)," Associazione Le sei corde, concerti d’autunno” (Brescia 2000 and 2005), “Eventi” (Querceto, Pisa 2001), “North Bucks Guitar Club” (Bedford 2002) “Lockers Park School” (Hemel Hempstead 2002), “Westbrook Hay Prep school” (London 2002), “Beechwood Park School” (Markyate 2002) “Jazz for Koala”(Milano 2005), “Stagione concertistica dell’associazione F.Gaffurio” (Lodi 2005), “Altrospazio - Associazione culturale di arte e musica” (Milano 2006), “Acoustic Franciacorta” (Franciacorta, Brescia 2008 and 2009), “Omaggio a Eugenio Catina, concerto per duo di chitarre” (Brescia 2010), “Fondazione Nymphe, eventi estivi” (Padernello 2013), “Dedicato a…” (Brescia 2014), “Eventi estate” (Favignana 2015)… His music has been performed in England, Spain, France, Canada, U.S.A. and it is published by Bèrben, Carisch, Eufonia, M.A.P. Editions and Bergmann Editions.