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Ernesto Bitetti

Professor of Music (Guitar); Chair, Department of Guitar

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East Studio Building, JS422



  • National Professor of Guitar, Argentina, Universidad del Litoral, 1964

Ernesto Bitetti was born in Rosario, Argentina and has lived in Madrid since 1968. His performances extend to the five Continents, playing in such famous halls as the Bolshoi (St. Petersburg, Russia), Metropolitan Festival (Tokyo), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Lincoln Center (New York), Pleyel (Paris), Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires), Musikverein (Vienna), Queen Elizabeth Hall (London), Town Hall (Sydney), Teatro Real (Madrid), City Hall (Manila), Opera (Rome), Tchaikowsky (Moscow), Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), Gulbenkian (Lisbon), Herkulesaal (Munich) and many others.

Mr. Bitetti has been invited by the most prestigious chamber orchestras such as the English Chamber, Prague Chamber, Zagreb Soloists, Munich Chamber, I Solisti Italiani, I Solisti Aquilani, Camerata Bern, Northern Sinfonia, Israel Chamber. Also Symphony Orchestras in London, Munich, Liverpool, The Hague, Jerusalem, Osaka, Sydney, Netherlands, St. Louis, Hamburg, Suisse Romande, BBC, Stuttgart, Peru, Chile, Bogota, Manila, Buenos Aires, as well as all the principal Spanish orchestras.

Composers of the stature of Rodrigo, Torroba, Tedesco, Duarte, Abril, Gilardino, Piazzolla, de los Rios and Marco have written and dedicated pieces or conciertos for Ernesto Bitetti.

His numerous recordings on such labels as Hispavox, EMI, VOX, ERATO and Deutsche Grammophon are distributed all over the world, receiving the Records National Prize in Spain (1979, 1985). In 1983 his TV program "Bitetti from the Aranjuez Palace" won the International Television Prize in Prague. In 1986 he recorded his first CD for EMI International with the London Philharmonia Orchestra (Rodrigo: Aranjuez, Fantasia for a Gentleman).

In 1989, he established the Guitar Department at the Jacobs School of Music and continues to chair the program.

  • "Bitetti is a concertist without frontier" -- Madrid ABC
  • "A star of the guitar" -- Amsterdam Het Parool
  • "Ernesto Bitetti is a classical guitarist of the highest calibre" -- Tokyo Mainichi
  • "A First rate virtuoso" -- The New York Times
  • "Sensitive musician and brilliant technician" --Vienna, Wiener Zeitung
  • "Posesses the art of clarity and evocation" -- Paris Aurore


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