Ruben Mattia Santorsa was born in 1992. He is an Italian classical and electric guitarist.


His aim is to spread contemporary music and to enlarge the repertoire for guitar. For this reason he collaborates and commissions new pieces to young composers, who, in some cases, have dedicated him their works. 

He premiered pieces of composers such as Chaya Czernowin, Rebecca Saunders, Helmut Oehring and Peter Eötvös.


His musical guides were Maurizio Pisati, Walter Zanetti and Elena Càsoli. Crucial for his musical growth was meeting and working with composers like Helmut Lachenmann, Rebecca Saunders, Salvatore Sciarrino, Giacomo Manzoni, Sylvano Bussotti and Catalina Peralta.

In addition to his career as a soloist, he is also continuing his research on contemporary music in chamber music, performing regularly with ensembles and orchestras such as Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, Mosaik Ensemble, Ensemble Contrechamps, MDI Ensemble, NEC Ensemble and Sonemus Ensemble, with conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Enno Poppe, Matthias Pintscher, Peter Eötvös in the KKL Lucerne and in the Elbphilarmonie of Hamburg.


He has given concerts in Italy, Switzerland, Austria, France, Hungary, Germany, Colombia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina in cities and venues such as Vienna (Istituto Italiano di Cutlura), Budapest, Paris (Fondation des États-Unis), Munich (Münchener Biennale), Bogotà (Universidad de los Andes), Bern, Zurich (Literaturhaus), Geneva, Darmstadt, Sarajevo (Sonemus Fest), Milan (Auditorium  Martinitt e Stelline), Venice, Noto (Sala degli Specchi), Ljubljana. He played as a soloist with the Orchestra of the Conservatory of Bologna.

He gave a lecture about the Contemporary guitar for the composition class of the Conservatoire Superieur de musique et dance de Paris.

He graduated the Master Specialized in Soloist (Solistendiplom) with a specialization in contemporary music and the Master of Performance at the Hochschule of Bern with the teacher Elena Càsoli. He graduated at the conservatory of Bologna with Walter Zanetti at the conservatory of Bologna. and he studied composition..


He won the scholarship Swiss Government Excellence for the years 2013-2015, which was conferred to the best students who have been admitted to a Swiss university. 


He attended the Chigiana Summer Academy 2015 with Oscar Ghiglia (with Diploma di Merito), the Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt in 2014 with Tom Pauwels and in 2016 with Yaron Deutsch, the Akademie für Zeitgenössische Musik in Luzern 2015 with Mats Scheidegger. He participated in several masterclasses with Alberto Ponce, Frank Bungarten, Roberto Masala, Michael Lewin, Adriano Del Sal.


He participated in several competitions where he won the following prizes:


International prizes
– First prize at “A. Salieri” cat. G, 2013
– Second prize at “Concorso Internazionale città di Asti”, 2013


National prizes
– First prize at “G. Rospigliosi” cat. D, 2013
– First prize at “I. Poggioli” Torre Annunziata (NA), 2000
– Absolute First prize at the Rassegna Spoltore Musica 1999 e 2000
– Third prize at “G. Rospigliosi” cat. D, 2011


He won several scholarships:

- Fritz Gerber Stiftung (2016/2017)

- Fondation Denereaz ( 2016, 2018, 2019)

- Lyra Stiftung (2015)

- Rita Zimmermann Stiftung (2015)
– Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship (2013-2015)
– Fondazione Zucchelli (2013)
– Terenzio Zardini (2011)
– Accademia filarmonica di Verona (2011)

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