We are proud to announce that Carlo Aonzo has joined the Gallistrings family.  

Carlo Aonzo is a worldwide known Italian mandolin performer, graduated cum laudae in the conservatory in Padua, he has played in all continents for several prestigious institutions like the Philharmonic Orchestra of La Scala in Milan (Italy), the Philharmonia of San Petersburg (Russia) and the Carnegie Hall in New York.

Soloist, researcher, teacher and, since 2006 founder and director of the International Italian Mandolin Accademia, he boasts a wide discography both on classical music and on other musical genres.

As a researcher, he has been working on the history of his instrument and collaborated with the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Furthermore he has given presentations on the iconography of the mandolin, in renowned institutions, including Waseda University of Tokyo, Panama Guitar Festival, Dartmouth College, St. John’s University in New York, Boston University, New England Conservatory, Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, Vanderbilt College of Nashville, Vancouver Italian Cultural Centre, Berio Library in Genoa and National Instrument Museum in Rome.

Carlo’s deep interest in outreach activities focused on his instrument is witnessed by his countless collaborations with mandolin orchestras around the world, namely New York, Seattle, Portland, Providence, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Denver, Milwaukee, Atlanta, Montreal, Milan, Genoa, Lugano, Tokyo, Kochi, Nagoya, Osaka, Sendai, Saigon, Wuppertal, Berlin, London, San Petersburg.

Among his several awards are the first prize at the Concorso Internazionale “Pitzianti” in Venice (1993) including the “Vivaldi” special mention, and first prize at the Walnut Valley National Mandolin Contest in Winfield Kansas (1997).