Francesco Lo Castro
Guitarist and composer
Born in Salerno, Italy in 1974, guitarist and composer Francesco Lo Castro started studying
guitar late in life, aged 25. He developed his guitar styles and technique under the tutoring
of the great south Italian maestro Gianni Cataleta. He quit his Economic Studies (and a full
time job in marketing) to fully focus on music in 2004. Two years after, he graduated with
honors in music performance from a BMus at Thames Valley University (London). In the same
year, he won the Best Guitarist Award at the Guitar Institute in London where he attended
tutoring classes by Shaun Baxter and Iain Scott among others. He then earned a scholarship
for MMus, completed in 2008, by winning the Vice Chancellor's Award at TVU. In the same
period he learnt his craft by performing an average of 130-160 gigs per year in clubs, pubs
and theatres all around the world playing with jazz, funk, pop and rock artists.
In 2009, he was offered to teach Guitar Technique on the Degree Course held by the Academy
of Music and Sound (Wolverhampton University). He has collaborated with legends such as
Jim Mullen (Morrisey-Mullen), recorded for Geoff Wilkinson (Us3) and performed with
contemporary musicians such Francesco Mendolia (Incognito), Richard Sadler (Neil Cowley
Trio), Damien Nolan (VV Brown), Roberto Manzin (James Brown) among others.
He is also mostly known and recognised for his association with young Italian multi-platinum
recording artist and entertainer Patrizio Buanne. With him, he has recorded, written songs
and toured regularly in Australia, Europe, USA, and Asia since 2010.
Francesco Lo Castro has performed in his career in some of the most renown and prestigious
venues such as the Hamer Hall (Melbourne), the State Theatre (Sydney), The Concert Hall (New
York), the Expo Centre (Singapore), the Bercklee Performance Centre (Boston), the Benedum
(Pittsburgh), Barbican (London), Palatrussardi (Milan). The guitar style and composing
techniques of his solo works and with his quintet IMPROFIVES suggest an intriguing
combination of melodic Italian tradition, visual sound-scapes, modern jazz and soundtracks
writing both in his acoustic and electric set-ups.
My Jazz Story
Improvisation is freedom and pleasure.