Wilson Montuori is a versatile guitarist who performs styles ranging from pop/rock, world, and jazz to classical music. He has recorded for many labels, including Universal Records, Sony Music, Def. Japan, and many more and has performed throughout the world with various musical ensembles. Wilson holds a degree in classical guitar from the Academia of Music in Florence, Italy, a BFA in jazz performance from City College, where he was honored as both a valedictorian candidate and the recipient of the prestigious “Sidney Zolot Award,” and a Masters in Music from Boston University. His latest cd titled “Viaggio” has received positive reviews in the guitarist community. His compositions are also displayed in the soundtrack for the 2015 feature film “Shelter”.
Wilson Montuori holds a BFA in music from City College of New York, where he won the prestigious “Sidney Zolot Award,” given each year to a graduating music major who has demonstrated excellence as a performer. Outside of teaching he has toured worldwide with Livio Guardi, with whom he has recorded two CDs, the latest titled, Diomedee, a collection of songs and instrumentals inspired by the Mediterranean Sea. He records extensively for 2soul Music Incorporation, plays lead guitar in the folk-rock band of Irish singer-songwriter Allen Gogarty, in the Italian musical group “I giullari di piazzi”, and with famous remo percussionist Alessandra Belloni.
As a teenager in Italy, I discovered the guitar. Since then, my passion for music has taken me on travels throughout Europe and to the United States where I studied performance as an undergraduate earning a BFA in Music Performance from City College in New York City. Upon graduation, I was honored as both a valedictorian candidate and received awards for excellence as a performer. I continue to pursue graduate education through Boston University’s music program.
As I reflect on my continued passion for music, I’m reassured that even in this fast paced frenetic world in which we are bombarded by technological advances and by constant global social media, music can still reach children and adults alike and transport us to exciting creative heights and to calmer, reflective spaces. I believe this is reflected in my solo work and I see the appreciation of this transformative quality of music in my students and watch as they learn to create their own meditative spaces. It makes me hopeful for the future of our kids that they are able to access these places despite growing up in the digital age.
I am proud to teach many talented young people who go on to study at selective music schools throughout the city. I think in particular of one student who I had taught since he was 6 years old and how radiant he was when he was accepted at Special Music School (SMS) in NYC where only forty students were accepted out of thousands of candidates. All of his afternoons practicing rather than playing videogames or watching television really paid off. Not only am I very proud of him, but I’m also sure that his dedication and the good practices he has been taught will continue to bring music to a higher standard and provide an example for the next generation.
During my career, I’ve had the opportunity to perform in New York City with local artists as well as with major international recording stars through Sony and Universal Sigma. While I continue to perform in NYC and the tri-state area as well as nationally and internationally with ensembles ranging from folk and pop-rock to classical, I have begun to focus on my original compositions as well. My first solo effort, “Viaggio”, a collection of original songs was released in December 2012 and I am working on a new album combining my classical approach with the twang of bluegrass I’ve been listening to during a recent hiatus in Ithaca, NY. My swing compositions are also featured in the soundtrack for the 2015 feature film “Shelter.”
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