Collection: Mercuri, Damiano


Damiano Mercuri was born in Rome in 1977. He graduated in guitar with top marks and honours with Carlo Carfagna and in music teaching at the S. Cecilia Conservatory in Rome.
He also studied flamenco guitar with Juan Lorenzo, jazz guitar with Fabio Zeppetella and mandolin with Luca Mereu.
He followed a seminar on composition for film music with Luciano Michelini and studied composition with Pasquale Lucia.
As a classical guitarist, he performs as a soloist, in chamber ensembles and with orchestras, giving recitals in Italy, Bulgaria, Poland and Lithuania.
In 2022, he won the second international prize, "Città di Stresa" with the composition for solo guitar "Marionette", and, in 2024, the third international prize “The Time of the Guitar” of Moscow in three different categories with four compositions. His music is published by Carish and Sinfonica. His compositions are digitally distributed by MusicaNeo.
In 2011, he founded the "Youth Guitar Orchestra of Rome," where he is director and mandolin player. He has won numerous awards and has given numerous performances.
He has recorded a CD of Renaissance and Baroque music for the Israeli label “The Eastern Front”; for the Oratory of S. Filippo Neri he recorded a live CD with Vivaldi's RV93 and RV 425 concerts as both guitarist and mandolinist; together with other Roman guitarists he participated in the monographic CD dedicated to C. Carfagna for the Margy Group label.
Furthermore he is a singer-songwriter and founder of the neo-folk music project "Rose Ruins and Lovers", performing throughout almost all of Europe and producing numerous CDs for the English label Cold Spring Records.
He is a guitar teacher at the Rome Toscanini State Music Secondary School.
He collaborates with the Civica Scuola della Arti as a teacher for the pre-academic courses affiliated with the L. Refice Conservatory of Latina.