GIOVANNI DE CHIARO
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.