8th national guitar competition “Davide Lufrano Chaves”

8th national guitar competition “Davide Lufrano Chaves”

The Giuseppe di Prato School of Music, in collaboration with the Camerata strumentale di Prato, has been holding the Davide Lufrano Chaves National Guitar Competition since 2015, in memory of the artist from Prato who died at only 30 years old in 2013. The goal of the competition is to promote new talent in the guitar scene, awarded with a scholarship provided by the Lufrano family.

Current Edition

The next edition will be held at the Verdi School of Music in Prato on Saturday, February 17 and Sunday, February 18, 2024. All updates will be posted on this page.

Categories and Prizes

Classical Repertoire
A soloists up to the age of 19
B soloists without age limit
C chamber ensembles

All repertoires
D jazz, pop, folk guitar soloists with no age limit


  • A 250 € – 1st prize overall
  • B 350 € – 1st prize overall
  • C 350 € – 1st prize overall
  • D 350 € – 1st prize overall

Fees and how to enroll

  • 30 euros for soloists in cat. A, B and D
  • 20 euros for each component of the cat. C ensemble.

Applications should be sent by Feb. 9, 2024 exclusively by email to scuola.verdi@comune.prato.it attaching:

  • Registration form completed in its entirety:
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  • copy of the receipt of the payment made on IBAN IT83G0306909606100000073872 Bic BCITITMM made out to Camerata Strumentale Città di Prato. In the reason for payment indicate: “Competition D. L. Chaves – participant’s first and last name – cat __”
  • scan of an identity document

For more information:
Info: 05741838811

Davide Lufrano Chaves

‘Davide Lufrano Chaves on acoustic guitar… beautiful guitar lines constantly rippled out through the dense textures of the music like sonic flowers – quite exquisite.’
Glyn Phillips, WorldMusic.co.uk

Davide Lufrano Chaves (1983-2013) began studying piano at the Verdi School of Music in Prato at the age of eight and later devoted himself to the guitar, remaining for many years in the class of Carlo Mascilli Migliorini, with whom he graduated in 2005. Subsequent studies for jazz guitar with Gianni Zei and Riccardo Galardini at Berklee Umbria Jazz and with Juan Lorenzo and Oscar Herrero for flamenco guitar are oriented by a passion for different musical genres and describe the broad horizon of his subsequent artistic projects. Already in the Verdi years he forms an experimental trio – Laboratorio del Sogno Lucido – and a guitar trio – La Fiaba del gatto nero – with which he performs successfully. From 2009, when he settled in the UK, he established himself as a guitarist and composer in some major British bands, playing with the world music band The Magic Tombolinos. During the time he lives in London he creates various projects: the flamenco-rumba duo De Fuego, with Edina Balczo; the acoustic tango project Tango Porteño, together with accordionist Maurizio Pala; with Latin rock singer Surianne, as well as
numerous other collaborations. Davide has played at major festivals worldwide, such as the Sziget Festival and the FT Festival, performed on TV shows such as the Rob Brydon Show, and taught guitar at the Royal Academy of London.

Previous edition winners

Edition 2023

Cat. A up to 19 years of age: ex aequo Nicolò Bertano (Cuneo) – Giovanna Carillo Fantappiè (Siena)
Cat. B no age limit: Riccardo Guella (Genoa)
Cat. C guitar ensembles: Marco Albiani (Arezzo) – Marta Vettoretti (Latina)
Cat. D non-classical repertoire: Mattias Manocchia (Bologna)