Marco Ielmini: guitarist, composer, arranger, producer and teacher
Born in Biella in 1976, at the age of 10 he started studying classical guitar with Alberto Bocchino at The Musical Middle School G. Salvemini in Biella. Then with the same teacher he kept on studying until 1996 at the International High Academy of Classical Music L. Perosi.
In 1997 he went on studying in Fiesole (Florence) at the most prestigious and important center of modern music in Italy, directed by Giovanni Unterberger. His teachers were Vieri Bougleux, Michael Mellner, Gianni Zei, Riccardo Onori, Paolo Sala, Fabrizio Di Salvo, Davide Mastrangelo and Fabio Carraffa. He got his diploma with the highest mark, 30/30 cum laude. Also, he attended a course of sound theory and sound engineering, always in the same school.
In 2005 he took part to the 4th Edition of Jazz Music Master Class Marcello Melis in Sant'Anna Arresi (Cagliari - Italy). He was taught by Pat Metheny, during some courses in collaboration with Chicago Columbia College. Besides he improved his technique attending Master Classes of world famous guitar players like Steve Vai, Rick Ruskin, Jennifer Batten, Greg Howe, Guthrie Govan and Andy Timmons.
He took care of the page of improvisation of Davide Mastrangelo's study center in Arezzo. He also cooperated with Mastrangelo for a long time in the technique and musical teaching methods magazine Chitarre, within the page dedicated to Fingerpicking and Fingerstyle Jazz guitar. In addition to his intense teaching activity, since 2000 he has been engaged with companies such as BMG, Ricordi, Universal, MGB Hal Leonard, Carisch, Zanichelli, Loescher, D'Anna and Loffredo in the making of teaching methods, transcriptions and musical backing tracks.
He used to be guest in several radio programs and he cooperated with many records projects.
His first CD, Marco Ielmini, came out in 2005. It includes some rearrangements of Jazz and Fusion tracks.
In 2009 he worked for Cinevox Record, realizing, for the very first time, the mixing, editing and mastering for the soundtracks of five movies belonging to Don Camillo series (from Giovannino Guareschi's short stories). The Suite was performed by A. Vivaldi Conservatory Symphonic Orchestra from Alessandria (Italy), directed by Marcello Rota and arranged by Fabrizio Francia.
From 2009 to 2014 he published five Backing Tracks CDs for Monangel label; two for the series Didactics of Jazz, one for Didactics of Jazz and Fusion and two for Didactics of Rock.
In October 2011 he arranged the debut EP of the band Cookies Trio, winner of music contest Progetto B9. The video of the piece Bon Sexe, made by director Yuri Storasi and included in the CD, is repeatedly broadcast on MTV New Generation. In December 2013, again with Yuri Storasi, the videoclip of Logout was published. It was composed and arranged by Marco Ielmini for Nausicaa's Garden label. The EP has been published in 2014.
In 2012, the CD For with original tracks was published, realized in cooperation with guitarist Alberto Bocchino for M.A.P. label, Milan.
He has been interviewed several times by the journalist Pier Carlo Leone, who wanted to include him in his editorial publications with Ennio Morricone, Zucchero, Adriano Celentano, Roberto Vecchioni, to name but a few.
In 2020 Spettacolare! was published for Loescher, by Angiola Perricone and Silvia Furlan, a music course for the first grade of secondary school. He was responsible for the creation of over 450 backing tracks and the musical transcriptions in each volume. In 2023 for the same publishing house he participated in the new edition +Spettacolare! with the integration of 50 backing tracks and their transcriptions.
Part of the backing tracks and scores have been included in the app developed by Libre Digital for Loescher SuonaTu for computers, tablets and smartphones. The app animates the score.
The same year he published exclusively for digital market Hidden Distances, original music for piano and five Backing Tracks works distribuited by Ænima Recordings: Tribute to Dire Straits; Tribute to Pat Metheny; Jazz Standards; Jazz & Fusion; Tribute to Brian Setzer, Eric Clapton, Robben Ford, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Scott Henderson.
In August 2021 he took part with the original composition I Got It! in the contest organized by Spitfire Audio in collaboration with the composer Pinar Toprak (Captain Marvel, Fortnite, Krypton), Mad Ghost Productions and DC Entertainment. The competition was made for the soundtrack of the exclusive clip from the first season of the DC Universe series Stargirl.
In April 2022 he published for Ænima Recordings the work Jazz Practice (Backing Tracks for All Instruments) for the study and maintenance of jazz practice centered on the typical II-V-I progression.
In 2023 he published the album Simplicial Depth for Ænima Recordings label containing 7 original piano songs.
Since 2016 Marco Ielmini has been a teacher registered an authorized at London College of Music (University of West London) RGT (Registry of Guitar Tutors).