Ruben Mattia Santorsa is an Italian classical and electric guitarist. Contemporary music is currently at the heart of his work and his artistic manifesto. He firmly believes that through it we can convey a message of openness, acceptance and social, political and cultural renewal, much needed in today’s society.
His activity has led him to hold concerts and lectures in Europe, the United States and South America, in places such as the Northwestern University of Chicago, the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris, the Elbphilarmonie in Hamburg, the KKL in Lucerne, the Italian Institute of Culture in Vienna and the Centro Cultural de Belém in Lisbon.
Crucial to his artistic growth is his work with young composers and with figures such as Helmut Lachenmann, Rebecca Saunders, Salvatore Sciarrino, Luca Francesconi. He has played with conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Enno Poppe, Marin Alsop, Matthias Pintscher, Sir George Benjamin and Peter Eötvös, and among others with orchestras and ensembles such as the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, Radio- Symphonieorchester Wien, the Mosaik Ensemble, the MDI Ensemble and the Contrechamps Ensemble in festival like Milano Musica, Lucerne Festival, Wien Modern.
He did the premiere of “Zero Fromula”, a concerto for electric guitar and orchestra by Luca Francesconi, with the Metropolitan Orchestra of Lisbon under the baton of Pedro Amaral. Committed to the project of recording contemporary music to create an accessible historical archive for the musicians of the future, he released a CD, “Set7”, with the Austrian label Kairos on the music by Maurizio Pisati, which he recorded with seven friends and musicians. He has also collaborated on projects recorded for the labels Stradivarius and Neos. His musical education has been enriched and shaped by Yaron Deutsch, Walter Zanetti and Elena Càsoli, all mentors he met during his studies at the Darmstadt Ferienkurse, the Conservatory of Bologna and the Hochschule der Künste in Bern , where he attended the Master Specialized in Soloism.