Renato Bellucci, Bangkok, December 17th 1961, started playing guitar at age 8 in Taranto, Italy, with maestro Vincenzo Calsolaro. Made his first public debut in 1970 (age 9) at the Teatro Piccinni in Bari (Cover of his first CD-second edition). When his family moved to Paraguay-South America, he completed his conservatory studies with maestro Felipe Sosa, and graduated with honors in 1980.
As a result of winning the Agustin Barrios Competition in 1982 Renato was granted a scholarship to study with maestro Andrés Segovia in Madrid, Spain. From 1983 to 1986 Renato attended master classes with Sila Godoy, Narciso Yepes, Andres Segovia, Jose Tomás, Ernesto Bitetti, Alirio Diaz, David Russell and Eliot Fisk.
In 1986 moved to Montevideo, Uruguay, to study with Abel Carlevaro. Studied guitar and harmony in London with Bernard Oram at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1988.
Renato played in numerous radio and television programs and has toured extensively during the late 80s and early 90s receiving the highest critical acclaims in over 20 countries.
Has produced 4 CDs and a guitar video and teaches guitar privately in Asuncion and through his website to students in over 60 countries.
He has a BA degree in English and is fluent in English, Spanish and Italian.
He is married
to Belén since 1990 with whom he has 8 beautiful children.
I was literally enlightened in Madrid in 1984. I met José, a tenor who sung with a local choir. He was a happy fellow and seemed to have no trouble accepting that music was his profession and all that he had to do was his very best. He had no "paper dreams", all he focused on was the next performance at a small town Church somewhere in Spain.
We would talk
for hours at a time and I could tell from his words that he was at peace.
I would have liked to imitate José but all I could imitate was his posture, not his intimacy with the Almighty. I wanted to ask him so many questions but it would have been a sacrilege to interrupt him at that point. I turned around and saw the pipes of this 17th century organ and an unforgettable Toccata coming out of them. I felt simply great. A priest was confessing at the far right end of the Church and he must have seen my mixture of indescribable wondering. He made a gesture with his hand like saying "the confessionary is available". I walked the 20 steps towards the confessionary and a thousand things must have gone through my mind. I knelt and told the Priest, "Father I have not confessed in over 5 years, I came with a friend, I am a musician from Italy...", I had just finished muttering these words when he interrupted me saying "Do you practice many hours a day?", I answered "...yes Father I do", he said these words which would forever change the course of my life : "Offer every hour of your practice to God and you will be giving glory to God, sanctify your profession because that is what God calls you to do".
A long confession followed, I will skip the details, and the greatest peace filled my soul.
Today, more than 23 years after, I still go back to those words and hold on to them, and they comfort me more and more with each passing day.
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