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Alessio Menconi, an Italian guitarist born in Genoa, started playing the guitar at the age of 10 as a self-taught person. As a prodigy, he began his professional career with the best Italian musicians in 1986. In 1992, he won the "Gran Prix du Jazz" award for best soloist.
In 1993, he participated in the Eddie Lang Festival (the most important guitar competition in Italy), winning first prize as the best Italian jazz guitarist.
He plays in Europe, Asia, Africa, North, Central and South America and has recorded more than 40 CDs with several musicians. From 1995 to 2004, Alessio played with Paolo Conte several world tours and recorded four CDs. During the same period, he teamed up with Billy Cobham.
At the same time, he was invited to Paris to play with "ONJ" (Orchester National du jazz). In 2003, he was the only Italian to perform on the CD "Voodoo crossing - a tribute to Jimi Hendrix" with Robben Ford, Steve Lukather, Hiram Bullock, Larry Coryell and many others.
He is a jazz guitar teacher at the Genoa Conservatory "Paganini" and has written four books on jazz guitar.
He is one of the very important and sought after guitarists in Italy and elsewhere in Europe.
He won the 2009 Jazz Lighthouse Award and in 2011 he was the only Italian to be included on the CD of the world's best jazz guitarists. In the same year, Jazz It magazine added Sketches of Miles to the world's 100 best jazz records.