AN ACTIVE PERFORMER, TEACHER, ARRANGER & COMPOSER
Adam is a determined and passionate guitarist; there is no doubt that he will have a brilliant career.
- Jérôme Ducharme, 2005 GFA-winner
Adam Cicchillitti is an exciting young talent emerging on the classical guitar scene in Canada. Originally from Montréal, Adam's recent competition successes have placed him on concert stages across Canada and the United States.
Adam is an active performer, teacher, arranger and composer. Most recently in 2016, Adam and baritone Philippe Courchesne Leboeuf toured the Canadian east coast with les Jeunesses Musicales Canada. Their duo, entitled Lieder & Canciones, performed his arrangements for guitar of German and Spanish masterpieces originally written for piano and voice, most notably the world premiere of Adam's arrangement of Beethoven's An die Ferne Geliebte, published by Les Productions d'Oz. Lieder & Canciones has been featured regularly on Radio-Canada / CBC television and radio throughout Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia and has helped bring the classical guitar to smaller communities throughout Canada.
Adam has also been featured as one of Canada's new generation of guitarist-arrangers when he was contracted, again by Radio-Canada and the CBC, to complete twenty arrangements of Schubert lieder for voice and guitar as part of the series Révélations, accompanying international superstar Philippe Sly. The live concert was nationally broadcast on Espace-Musique accompanied by a series of video-recordings in 2013. Adam has performed as a featured soloist at Ottawa's premier guitar event Guitare Alla Grande and the Ottawa Guitar Society's Young Artist Series and at several of Eastern Canada's prominent contert halls including Place-des-Arts and Salle Thomson.
Adam has studied with all four members of the original Canadian Guitar Quartet including Philip Candelaria and Patrick Roux while completing a Master's degree at the University of Ottawa, as well as Dr. Garry Antonio at McGill University and 2005 GFA winner Jérome Ducharme. He has performed in masterclasses for Pepe Romero, Ricardo Gallen, Benjamin Verdery, Fabio Zanon, Ana Vidovic, Lorenzo Micheli, Rennie Regehr, David Currie, Matthias Maute, Boris Brott, Alexis Hauser, Julian Wachner, Jordan de Souza and Nigel North. His notable prizes include the Maurice Pollack Scholarship, Grace Evelyn Tuttle Award, Domaine Forget Academy scholarship, multiple-time finalist at the Kiwanis National Competition and multiple semi-finals performances at the Montreal International Guitar Competition and Canadian Music Competition.
Adam also specializes in child pedagogy and is the founder of the guitar program at Ottawa Suzuki Strings. His students have performed multiple times at the National Arts Center and have received gold medals at the Kiwanis provincial festival performances.