The "Accademia Mandolinistica Napoletana" was started in Napoli in 1929 by Maestro Raffaele Calace and had a renaissance in 1992 thanks of Maestros Mauro Squillante and Leonardo Massa in order to preserve the ancient and noble repertoire of an instrument which is strictly connected with the world wellknown tradition of Neapolitan songs and music.
The Accademia, whose artistic director is maestro Massa, doesn't only promote concerts and tours, but is also involved in the organization of masterclasses with virtuoso players and has a Mandolin school in Napoli, led by Maestro Squillante.
In the last year the Accademia's groups (from the small ten elements, to the larger fifty elements orchestra) took concerts in Italy and abroad, and has been guest of some important festivals like Les Allumieres in Nantes (France) and Rudolstadt Folk Fest in Germany, has played in New York, in Paris in 2007 for the well known Fete de la Musique and in Sweden in concerts sponsored by the Italian Embassy.
The ensemble has also been the guest of broadcasts in Italy, French and Germany and has recorded for Italian labels Felmay and Hullabaloo and for Respect Records in Japan.
Maestro Mauro Squillante, Accademia's president and group's director, is an international reputed soloist and musicologist who cooperates with several orchestras and groups in Italy and abroad besides teaching mandolin and plectrum instruments in Bari's "Niccolo Piccinni" Conservatory and in Urbino for the Italian Foundation for Ancient Music.
**Please note that the number of mandolins can go up to 50.
2009 Napoli Canzoni d'Amore
2007 Mandolini all'Opera
2002 Serenata Luntana
2000 Cafe Napoletano