Italian virtuoso guitarist Alberto Lombardi is an internationally renowned acoustic solo fingerstyle and electric rock player, a singer songwriter and record producer.
As a solo acoustic player he toured with Tommy Emmanuel in 2022, and also with some of the most influential acoustic guitarists of our times, like Peter Finger, Muriel Anderson and Tim Sparks to name a few.
“It sounds beautiful and your playing and arrangements are very powerful. I wish you much success !! "
As a singer songwriter he released his third rock album “Home” mixed by Bruce Springsteen and Rolling Stones legendary sound engineer Bob Clearmountain. The album also features the original lead singers of the band Chic, Norma Jean Wright and Luci Martin, with whom alberto toured many times.
"Fanatstic guitar player!
Wow this is such a beautiful piece of music”
His captivating solo acoustic performances are comprised of both original compositions and elaborate arrangements of great classics from the Italian and international tradition.
His guitar style is very personal, derived from the diverse musical experiences Alberto has in rock, pop and jazz as a session player and record producer
Incorporating fingerpicking, flatpicking, some looping, improvisation and singing, Alberto can transform a single guitar into an orchestra, sing and solo on top of it with an electric guitar sound.. on the acoustic! Repertoire is ranging from Italian classics like Volare and Roma nun Fa la stupida stasera to The Beatles and Sting, from Stevie Wonder and Motown music to jazz classics like All of me and Cantaloupe Island. His own compositions for solo guitar and full blown rock songs complete the picture of a unique live experience.
Alberto’s voice has been often compared to Sting’s for sound and agility, and his songs have been praised by the likes of Nile Rodgers (Guitarist and producer for Madonna, Duran Duran and Bowie to name a few) who said after listening to the album “Home”:
“the record is killing, such great musicianship!”
In January 2020 Lombardi played his first solo USA tour, after acquiring the prestigious O-1 visa, granted by the US government to people with extraordinary ability.
He also played major festivals in Europe and USA:
All Star guitar Night (USA)
International Guitar Night. (23 shows touring Germany, 2018)
Wooden Hall (California)
Cutaway Acoustic at Crosstown Arts (Tennessee)
Chet Atkins appreciation Society (Tennessee)
Italian Guitar Festivals like Sarzana, Cremona, Madame Guitar, Ferentino.
He has performed for illustrious institutions like the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust for the Memorial Day (at the presence of the Italian and Polish ambassadors and survivors) and for The Italian institute of Culture in LA.
Lombardi was put among the 8 guitarists to watch in 2018 by Vintage Guitar Magazine, and the 10 best new acoustic guitarists in the world by Guitar Masters Poland 2017.
He also released two praised acoustic guitar albums, "The fermi Paradox" and "Birds" , for Stefan Grossman and Peter Finger's labels that have received many great reviews from renowned magazines such as Acoustic Guitar, Fingerstyle Journal, Vintage guitar, Minor 7th, Chitarra acustica.
As a teacher Alberto has released four instructional videos with Stefan Grossman’s guitar videos label, teaching some of his most popular arrangements and some creative guitar technique.
Another show Lombardi often tours with is a tribute to the great music that spawned from the legendary Fender Stratocaster, playing music by Hendrix, Gilmour, Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughan etc. In both the electric and acoustic shows he includes his anthemic original songs.
Alberto is a Taylor Guitars, B&G guitars, Kyser capos and Fred Kelly picks supported artist.
LINK to interview on Acoustic Guitar Magazine
His acoustic solo arrangements are very personal, derived from the different musical experiences Alberto has in rock, jazz, country and pop as a session player. Yet they're rooted in the style of the great Chet Atkins and Tommy Emmanuel. He digs into complex arrangements of Italian and american classics, translating them on the guitar (Georgia on my mind, Volare, 'O Sole Mio), picking up clever harmonic movements from those great arrangers and composers and making them his own, on the six string.
As a sideman Alberto has rocked stages as big as Italian Stadiums like Olimpico and San Siro, or Pavillao Atlantico in Lisboa. In his 25 years career he's worked with major Italian acts as a session player and record producer/arranger/mixer. He runs his recording studio called "Belairstudio" in Rome, Italy.
“ QUOTES “
Nile Rodgers, Madonna, Duran Duran, Bowie producer and mastermind of the band Chic: “the record is killing, such great musicianship!”
Tommy Emmanuel, one of the most influential guitar players of all times, with whom Alberto was lucky to play a few times, said about his first acoustic record: “It sounds beautiful and your playing and arrangements are very powerful! Big admiration to you!”
Bob Clearmountain mixed "Born in the USA" by Springsteen, "Miss You" by the Stones, "Let's dance" by Bowie and countless more hits. He agreed to work with Alberto saying: "Fanatstic guitar player! Wow this is such a beautiful piece of music, you must be a very big star in Italy"
Acoustic Guitar Magazine - "Italian Fingerstyle Master"
Fingerstyle journal - Bill Piburn - “Alberto Lombardi’s debut solo project titled ‘Birds’ is a joy…a wonderful recording.. a very impressive and creative guitarist“
Vintage Guitar - Pete Prown, Magazine - “Acoustic Maestro. thrilling acoustic Work..The italian ace deploys his immense technique to serve the song, not the reverse"
Minor 7th - “Alberto Lombardi bursts into your speakers with the same kind of verve that Tommy Emmanuel commands. Confident, precise, sassy… but then tenderly evocative… Lombardi has truly conjured the spirit of the quintessential country gentleman, Chet Atkins. On his new CD “Birds,” he not only nails Merle Travis picking, but reinvents it into service in new and creative ways that surprise with unusual resolutions, harmonics and speed. “
New York Music Daily - “Amazingly Eclectic“