Guitar prodigy to thrill SA with stirring recitals

Cinzia Milani at Copertina fronte.
Cinzia Milani at Copertina fronte.

Italian classical guitarist Cinzia Milani, heralded globally for her graceful musicianship and expressive technique, is touring South Africa in June.

This electrifying young musician will treat Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Gauteng audiences to a sumptuous programme of Italian, Argentine and Spanish guitar favourites during seven recitals between 7 and 17 June 2015.

Often described in the international music press as one of the best young classical guitarists of her generation, Milani begins her first ever South African tour in Somerset West on Sunday, 7 June 2015.

Thereafter, she will travel to Grahamstown to perform on Thursday, 11 June 2015, before heading to Port Alfred on Friday, 12 June 2015.

Milani kicks off her three-date Gauteng itinerary with a recital at Glenshiel Manor in Westcliff, Johannesburg, on Sunday, 14 June 2015. She will wrap up her South African dates with a flourish on Tuesday, 16 June 2015 (a public holiday) at Laughing Chefs in Rietondale, Pretoria, and at 5a Nora Place, Northcliff, Johannesburg on Wednesday, 17 June 2015.

Plus, Cape Town audiences are in for a special surprise when Milani teams up with acclaimed South African classical guitarist James Grace for an exclusive one-off public performance at UCT’s College of Music – details of which will be announced on Twitter by the promoter, Hannie Hefer Promotions (@hhpromo) and on

Milani has assembled a delectable Latin-inspired programme for her South African recitals, including compositions by Maximo Diego Pujol, A Piazzolla, A Ramirez, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Gaspar Sanz, Oscar Casares and Francisco Tárrega.

In fact, she studied under Casares, a renowned Argentinian composer from whom she draws much of her inspiration and whose work, including tangos, features prominently in her repertoire.

Truly epitomising the word “prodigy”, Milani started studying classical guitar as a tot and won first prize in the International Competition of Milan at the tender age of five. By the time she was 14, the precociously gifted young guitarist had already won 16 first prizes in Italian and international music competitions and had embarked on a career as the toast of concert stages across the world.

She went on to study with several guitar masters, where she honed her sophisticated guitar technique. In the years since then, she has become noted around the globe for the beauty, grace, natural elegance and depth with which she performs, as well as a technique that has been hailed as “brilliant”.

Classical Guitar described her thus: “Miss Milani is something more than the usual talented youngster with flying fingers, having a world of expression, musicianship, a feeling for her instrument, all combined with a lovely and powerful tone, so rare even in older and more experienced players.”

Milani plays on a replica Torres Spanish guitar crafted by the Italian luthier Gabriele Lodi, and uses Royal Classic strings. CDs of her recordings will be available at her South African performances, and she will also be conducting lecture demonstrations and/or master classes in Cape Town, Parow and Johannesburg.

Tickets are available at the various venues; for general enquiries, contact tour promoter Hannie Hefer at 011 793 2334 or Follow her on Twitter at @hhpromo

Cinzia Milani South African tour itinerary:

– Sunday, 7 June 2015: Talani Lounge, Helderberg Village, Somerset West at 4pm. Tickets at the door. Enquiries: 073 171 3187

– Thursday, 11 June 2015: Chapel, St Andrew’s College, Grahamstown at 7:30pm. Tickets at the door. Enquiries: 083 442 3322

– Friday, 12 June 2015: Richmond House, Port Alfred at 5:00pm. Tickets at KNA on 046 624 2036

– Sunday, 14 June 2015: Glenshiel Manor, Westcliff, Johannesburg at 4pm. Tickets at the door. Enquiries: 083 414 0041

– Tuesday, 16 June 2015: Laughing Chefs, Rietondale, Pretoria at 8pm. Online bookings via Tixsa on

– Wednesday, 17 June 2015: 5a Nora Place, Northcliff, Johannesburg at 7.30pm. Tickets and enquiries: 082 562 5160

– TBA: Cinzia Milani and James Grace guitar recital in Cape Town


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