Giovanni Piacentini's original music has been described as "…able to encapsulate tiny, winsome worlds as if passing through a gallery of paintings" (Winnipeg free press) and as "Stunningly beautiful with accessible compositional language." (The Clarinet Magazine).
Piacentini is a composer whose body of work is as diverse as his cultural background. Born in Mexico City to an Italian doctor, an opera lover, and a Mexican figurative painter, he was exposed to various artistic expressions that helped shape his musical vision. As a true embodiment of a Composer/Performer, Giovanni has drawn the attention and praise of the guitar world. Arkiv Magazine described Piacentini's playing as "displaying degrees of sophistication and control that can't help but mark him as a virtuoso."
He was invited to do a solo guitar tour of China in 2018 and has performed his own compositions in prestigious halls such as the San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts, the Museo Nacional in Mexico City and Carnegie Hall. His music has been performed by some of the world's most superb instrumentalists, like classical guitarist Eliot Fisk, the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet, the Lyris string quartet, and violinists Tim Fain and Movses Pogossian, among many more. In addition, he has released four albums that have earned him a feature on the prestigious British music magazine Gramophone, a nomination for an Independent Music Award in 2020 and a feature on the LA times in 2021.
He graduated summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA., and earned his MA in Composition under renowned American composer Richard Danielpour. He recently earned his PhD in Music Composition at the University of California Los Angeles, where he is a Teaching Fellow in music theory and aural skills.
He is currently finishing a concerto for guitar and orchestra dedicated to legendary classical guitarist Eliot Fisk which will be premiered in October 2022 in Mexico City by the Orquesta Carlos Chavez.