What makes Alessio special is his melding of academic cleverness, instrumental prowess and his engaging personality
Mark Delpriora Co-Chair of the Guitar Department Manhattan School of Music

Classical Guitarist


Alessio Olivieri is a Ph.D. candidate in Musicology at the University of California Riverside. His  research focuses on realism and verismo in the Spanish musical theater at the crossroads of the 19th and 20th centuries. Other interests include Italian verismo, 19th-century Italian art songs, and 20th-century guitar repertoire.

Alessio has presented his researches in a number of conference for the American Musicological Society, the Italian Musicological  Society, The University of Melbourne (Australia), and the University of North Texas.


Alessio Olivieri is an awards-winner Italian classical guitarist. He has performed extensively as a soloist and in chamber music ensembles in Italy, Australia, New Zealand, and The United States.

His recordings include the CD Operaperta Duo: Spanish Popular Songs, Venetian Boat Songs, Neapolitan Songs together with the Italian Soprano Elisa Ramon  and – as a member of the former Manhattan Guitar Quartet- the CD Angelo Gilardino: A Salute from New York, produced in New York for the Italian label Bérben.


Alessio serves as a Teaching Assistant and Associate Instructor at the University of California Riverside, where he teaches an array of classes in Basic Musical Concepts, Western Art Music, and Latin American Music.
Previously, from 2014 to 2016, he served as Classical Guitar Instructor at the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, teaching applied instrumental lessons and ensemble classes.

He also leads an online private studio, teaching classical guitar, music history, and music appreciation to students of any age and level.