Giovanni DeChiaro is John DeChiaro to Mobile International Festival, who has performed now for the festival for seven years. He has a loyal following of fans who listen to him play musical pieces from Pachelbel to Schubert or Bach or Rachmaninoff or Tarrega to Scott Joplin and many more. He is a versatile virtuoso!
John debuted in 1978 in a Carnegie Recital Hall performance which brought a rave notice from the New York Times. He has performed in many parts of the world including for the late Pope John Paul II in the Vatican, Rome, and former President Bill Clinton at a special Christmas function at the White House. In 1989, NASA commissioned him to compose an original classical guitar number for the Shuttle Space Program. He also recorded two nationally televised special programs for the PBS Network. His recordings of Scott Joplin can be heard nationally over the National Public Radio’s syndicated program, “Performance Today.”
John is also a teacher. He taught at the College of St. Elizabeth in Convent Station, NJ, while pursuing his own graduate studies at New York University. He was on the music faculty of University of Southern Mississippi. Right now he teaches at the Louisiana State University. He is the music director of St. Martin Catholic Church, Mary Mother of Jesus Catholic Church in Central, Louisiana and of the Carlow Choir, a vocal ensemble composed of 155 people who will be singing for Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican in Rome in October 2008.
In addition to his teaching and performing schedule, John arranges and transcribes for the guitar. He has published a five volume set of teaching materials and numerous transcriptions with the Willis Music Company of Cincinnati, OH. Mel Bay Publications of Pacific, MO, has released his transcriptions of several Spanish Classics in an anthology entitled, “Treasures of the Spanish Guitar”.
With John’s accomplishment and love for teaching, it is no wonder that he enjoys being part of Mobile International Festival where he can share his classical guitar music with everyone. He will be playing at the Lobby Stage and Storytelling Room where he can talk about his techniques.