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OnClassical featured Artists: Pablo Lentini Riva

Pablo Lentini Riva was born in Milan in 1971. He started playing the guitar under the supervision of Vittorio Casagrande at a very early age. He then studied at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan where he obtained his diploma in music with distinction under the supervision of Ruggero Chiesa and Paolo Cherici. He took his specialization degree with Betho Davezac, David Russel and Stefano Grondona.

Pablo Lentini Riva

Mr. Riva started performing recitals in various Italian and European cities already when he was young. He also played in various duo concerts with the violinists Piercarlo Sacco and Stefan Coles, and with the flautist François Veihlan, and with the soprano Laura Catrani.

In 1996, he won the musical award Marco Koliqi given to him unanimously by the Rotary club Milano San Babila commission. In 1999, he won the Médaille d’or and obtained his specialisation diploma at the Ecole Nationale de Musique de Meudon in France under the direction of professor Betho Davezac with whom he specialized in Baroque performance practice and from whom came the idea of this recording project. Again in 1999, he released a cd with the Hausmusik label in cooperation with UNESCO.

Pablo Lentini Riva currently teaches the classical guitar at the Conservatoire Fréderic Chopin in the XVth arrondissement of Paris and at the Ecole Nationale de Musique in Meudon. He is an OnClassical artist since 2007.

The logic behind the inclusion in the CD of the four tombeaux of Denis Gaultier, Froberger, Couperin, and Dufaut is revealed when we see to whom it is dedicated: the amateur lutist Charles Fleury de Blancrocher (see photo) who died in 1652 from a fall down stairs. He was a friend and patron of the four musicians. It is the modern guitar that brings us once again this music - once played on the lute of Gaultier and Dufaut and the keyboard of Froberger and Couperin - embellishing it with its own style and language. According to French logic Lentini Riva also performs the second Suite of Bach for cello, adding a third instrument to change the music again. The feelings and emotions raised by the death of a friend are relived with expression and depth. The musician artfully uses all the instrument's possibilities to give tone and dynamism to the performance that fully adheres to the expressive logic of the era.

Giorgio Ferraris, Il Fronimo, luglio 2005

The stairs where Charles Fleury de Blancrocher died falling down in 1652
The stairs where Charles Fleury de Blancrocher died falling down in 1652

This young musician has managed to make of his instrument a vehicle for the transmission of pure, vibrant musical poetry. In fact, each of Lentini Riva's notes is enlivened with poetry.

Westdeutsche Zeitung, settembre 1996


Pablo Lentini Riva is profoundly mature in his interpretations, and has well mastered the tecnique, thus we will certainly be hearing much of this Artist in the future.

Aldo Minelli, Strumenti e musica, maggio 1998

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