Ignazio Di Salvo is an italian guitar player, composer, songwriter, producer and music educator. He started to study music by the age of 9, studying classical guitar at the Conservatory with the Master Francesco Buzzurro. At the age of 16 he composed his first instrumental demo “Where do the thoughts come from?” and he was awarded with the title of young talent by many music Magazines (Top Demo on Metal Shock, Chitarre, Raw&Wild;, Metal Hammer, Rockeggiando.it ). During the same year, he attended Siena Jazz Clinics and he obtained the First Level Classical Guitar Diploma at the “Vincenzo Bellini”Conservatory, in Caltanissetta.
In 2008 he graduated in Business Economics at the “Luigi Bocconi” University of Milan (Title of his dissertation: Development strategies for niche artistic product. The EGEA case and Italian Jazz). In the meantime he graduated in Jazz at the Polytechnic of Arts in Milan after five years of studying. During this time he has had opportunity to study with Franco Cerri, the pioneer of italian jazz guitar.
In 2009 he attended the Berklee College of Music seminars and he has been selected as the best jazz guitarist by Giovanni Tommaso and he joined the Berklee Umbria Jazz Award Band at Umbria Jazz Winter 2010. In the same year, he joined the competition “Ziua Chitarelor 3” in Bucharest and he won the first prize which has been assigned by a prestigious jury: Jennifer Batten (Michael Jackson guitarist), Andreas Oberg, Michael Lee Feerkins, Stu Hamm, Dave Martone, William Stravato, Damjan Pejcinosky.
He has been chosen as one of the 12 finalists in Guitar Idol 2011 among more than 1030 guitar players all over the world. He received a great response from both judges and public, and his song “A night of change” was acclaimed as the best in the competition by the audience and reached more than 500k views on youtube. He joined seminars held by Jennifer Batten, Steve Trovato, Richard Smith, Dave Liebman, Guthrie Govan, Dave Martone, Michael Lee Feerkins, Andreas Oberg, Stu Hamm, Tomaso Lama, Umberto Fiorentino. Furthermore he studied Jazz Guitar with Bebo Ferra and Umberto Fiorentino.
In 2011 he opened the Reb Beach (Whitesnake, Winger) and the Guthrie Govan concerts. He attended the Nuoro Jazz seminars held by the famous Italian trumpet player Paolo Fresu and he won the prestigious scholarship for the best students. He also gained the Jazz Master Degree at the Italian Conservatory of Music “Antonio Vivaldi”, in Alessandria.
His songs and didactical works have been published by Jamtrackcentral.com, the most renowned guitar-related label and guitar education publishing company in the world, with which he collaborates as player and composer.
He studied Fusion-Jazz guitar with Alex Stornello and he’s been founder and director of the Modern Music Institute in Milan from 2010 to 2013. He wrote didactical articles and videos for the Guitar Club Magazine and he introduced in the market his signature “Gnazz tap-pick”, an innovative guitar pick to play eight-finger tapping.
He’s been the guitar player in the Peugeot 208 GTI Spot, broadcasted in all TVs, Cinemas, and Medias worldwide.
His first album “A gift to the World” came out in 2014 with a good response of public and critics. In the year 2013 he moved to Belgium where he gained a Master for Didactics at the “Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles”. He’s playing in diffent projects, from Metal to Jazz, Pop and Fusion. He’s working as Live/Studio session man, he’s teaching Jazz Music in the Belgian National Academies and doing Masterclasses and Clinics. He’s preparing a second solo album and he’s the guitar player and founder of the belgian Symphonic Metal Band Silent Utopia. He’s endorser for the brands Victory Amps, Ibanez Guitars, Gruvgear, TRex pedals, IQS, Essetipicks and M-picks.