Alessio Olivieri is an awards-winner Italian classical guitarist and musicologist. He has performed extensively as a soloist and in chamber music ensembles in Italy, Australia, New Zealand and The United States.
His recordings include the CD Operaperta Duo: Spanish Popular Songs, Venetian Boat Songs, Neapolitan Songs together with the Italian Soprano Elisa Ramon, and -as member of the former Manhattan Guitar Quartet- the CD Angelo Gilardino: A Salute from New York, produced in New York for the Italian label Bérben.
Alessio has been teaching guitar for over 15 years in his studio, as well as being faculty in public and private schools. He has taught student of every age and level, also preparing them for competitions, performances and college admissions.
He holds a Master of Music Degree in Classical Guitar Performance from Manhattan School of Music (NYC), as well as a Master of Music Degree in Music Publishing, two Bachelor of Music Degrees, in Classical Guitar and Musicology, all from the Conservatory of Padova (Italy), and he also studied in a Postgraduate semester program at the University of Melbourne (Australia).
His main teacher have been Angelo Gilardino, Giulio Tampalini, Mark Delpriora, David Leisner and Giovanni Grano.
Currently, Alessio in PhD candidate in Musicology at the university of California Riverside, where he also serves as Graduate Teaching Assistant and Associate Instructor, teaching an array of music classes.
His research focuses on realism and verismo in the Spanish musical theater at the crossroads of the 19th and 20th century, with particular emphasis on the realist Spanish operas informed by Italian verismo.
Other interests include the Italian chamber romances (art songs) of the 19th century —with the book Le romanze da salotto di Michele Bellucci. Le edizioni a stampa e i manoscritti autografi (2010). His graduate thesis, titled "Il Tenebrismo: la chitarra della noche oscura da Manuel de Falla ad Angelo Gilardino," introduced the concept of “tenebrism” as a new poetic in the 20th century guitar repertoire.
Prior to moving to California, Alessio served as guitar instructor at the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania,
He plays guitars by Luis Arban and Giuseppe Guargliardo.