Matteo NICOLIN

Guitar

Age: 25 years old

Country: Italy

Matteo is a guitarist, singer and composer from Vicenza, a small city in the north-east of Italy. He started studying classical guitar at age 10. In 2015 Matteo graduated in electronic music at the conservatory of Vicenza, under the guidance of composers Lorenzo Pagliei and Carmine Emanuele Cella. In 2018 he graduated in composition and classical guitar at the conservatory of Amsterdam, where he studied with composers Wim Henderickx, Joël Bons and Willem Jeths and guitarists Lex Eisenhardt and Johannes Möller. During his stay in Amsterdam, he studied the Karnatic rhythmic system with composer Rafael Reina, implementing into his own compositions various techniques derived from South Indian classical music. He is currently studying jazz guitar at the Conservatory of Brescia with guitarist Simone Guiducci, trumpeter Giovanni Falzone and composer Corrado Guarino.
Matteo composed and performed music of many styles with different ensembles, from electronic to singer-songwriter, from symphonic to fusion, though he always favoured working within band-oriented frameworks. After several years dedicated to classical music and to the composition craftsmanship, he felt the urge to react and dive into jazz and improvisation, hoping to be able to contaminate the ‘stiffness’ of thoroughly written-out materials with freer forms of music-making, as a composer as well as a performer.
His main projects are his own singer-songwriter music, the experimental duo “i sordi” and fusion/progressive rock band “Syncage”.

Photo Credit: Annalisa Camilot