Francesco Moccia was born in Chicago (USA), has been living in US, Mexico and Italy. He is fluent in Italian, Spanish (mother tongue) and English.
He started studying classical guitar in Italy with Mo Giuseppe Luconi, he graduated with honors and honorable mention at the Conservatory “Giacomo Puccini” in La Spezia (Italy). He has been given two diplomas of merit and three scholarships at the Accademia Internazionale Chigiana di Siena (Italy) where Oscar Ghiglia was his teacher (years 1981-1982-1983-1985). But he devoted all his energies to classical guitar only after giving almost all the exams at the Faculty of Physics (University of Pisa, Italy).
He is the prize-winner of several competitions, among them the very well-known in 1983 international competition “CITTA’ DI ALESSANDRIA” – Alessandria Italy (FIRST PRIZE), in 1989 international competition “ANDRES SEGOVIA” – Almuñecar-Granada Spain (FIRST PRIZE) and first Italian prize-winner .
Since 1985 he plays concerts in Italy and abroad. He also played concerts in the AUDITORIUM “M. M. PONCE” TEATRO DE BELLAS ARTES in MEXICO CITY (Mexico), the BRUCKNER HAUS, in LINZ (Austria) and TEATRO PRINCIPAL in PALMA DE MALLORCA (Spain).
He has been invited as a judge to several national and international competitions.
He has been tutor of many musical transcriptions and arrangements (among them the entire masterpiece for lute by J. S. Bach from the original tablature and Vier Nachtstücke: für Gitarre ; (1977), rev. 2001 by Doblinger – München: Doblinger, © 2002, Austria).
He played and edited also for:
canale 11, Mexican TV
radio andaluza (Spain)
He has made several recordings and among them
VERMEER DIGITAL – I.D.I.S., The Complete Works of J. S. Bach – Vol.1,
VERMEER DIGITAL – I.D.I.S., The Complete Works of J. S. Bach – Vol.2,
He is a professor of classical guitar since 2001 and now holds the chair of guitar at the AFAM (acronym for Alta Formazione Artistica e Musicale – High level Artistic Musical Education) faculty of music “Istituto Achille Peri” in Reggio Emilia (Italy) and teaches Playing techniques and Methodology of interpretation for guitar .
He is specialized in solving problems about technique and attitude on instrument
He is specialized in execution of guitar and teaching of Methodology of interpretation for guitar and other instruments. He is also specialized in history of music literature of the early XXth century.
He has developed a particular teaching technique for concert players which combines exercises for actors with a specific training for professional concert players. This has been possible thanks to his professional knowledge of acting techniques – he has been also a professional actor and acting trainer.
Since 1995 he also holds master classes on techniques and methodology of interpretation in Europe and American countries.
Since 1983 he works and writes for various theatrical and musical productions. He has written several pieces for solo guitar, duo and trio (the Linzer Guitarrentrio has recorded one of his works).
Director and former professional actor, he established and still directs the ABIT Academy, an international acting school (monthly and yearly courses) located in Massa-Carrara, Tuscany. He is also teacher in the school.
He writes for theater, directs theater companies and he is the creator and tutor for some international workshops such as “Physical Theater in M. S. S. M. – M u s i c S u g g e s t i o n S t a g e M o v e m e n t”.
He has won several prizes in directing and writing for theater.
He has developed a teaching technique that comes from the comparison with theories of teachers such as Sergei Ostrenko (with whom he collaborates continuously) and others. Following to Stanislavsky, his teaching technique defines a natural and universally understood language for theater as well as for screen. As a director and founder of the Theater Company Armata Brancaleone, he achieved several prizes on directing and stage music composition.