Eleonora Vulpiani lyre-guitar project

Born in Rome in 1975, first-class degree in guitar at Conservatory of Music S. Cecilia in Rome, with Maestro Giuliano Balestra.

Since 2002, she is working on a project intended to rediscover the Lyre-guitar: The project, of very high musical profile aims at the rediscovery of this XIX century instrument, nowadays not very well known. The instrument that Eleonora Vulpiani has been created for her by a roman lute-maker, Mr. Gerardo Parrinello 2003 copying an existing model built in the first years of XIX century by Gennaro Fabricatore, Neapolitan artist.
Currently under construction is the second lyre-guitar, copy of an original 1809's French lute-maker Ignace Pleyel.

Eleonora Vulpiani received large praises and important press recognitions. The instrument follows neo-classical standards and shapes. It had a great fortune in the courts of Paris between XVIII and the first twenty years of XIX century, to spread afterwards all over Europe.
This research project, on which Eleonora Vulpiani is studying since 2002, has been lead through the analysis of a big amount of musical materials not yet published and known only by a restricted number of scholars of the guitar literature in XIX century. Lots of the scores have never been published, and the artist plays them as soloist and in chamber ensemble: duo with either singer, or violin or flute; trio with a singer, violin or flute; for Lyre-guitar or string orchestra. Passages of intense expressivity, high musical level and remarkable instrumental virtuosism have been written by important authors of XIX guitar-panorama like Ferdinando Carulli, Mauro Giuliani, Fernando Sor, Francesco Molino, Matteo Carcassi, Dionisio Aguado, Pierre Jean Porro, Antoine Marcel Lemoine, Etienne Jean Battista Pastou.

Eleonora Vulpiani carries on a concert activity with the guitar and with Lyre-guitar as soloist and in various chamber ensemble, in Italy and abroad.


She founded in 2009 International Guitar's Competition "Ferdinando Carulli"

and in 2011 the School of Music Totemtanz.