The first instrumental group of its kind in the world, the Trio Chitarristico Italiano, founded by Alfonso Borghese, Roberto Frosali, Vincenzo Saldarelli, made its debut in 1970.
Combining their individual talents, the members of the Trio embarked on a completely new path, rediscovering a long lost aspect of the lute and guitar repertoire from the Renaissance to the 20th Century.
The Trio Chitarristico Italiano has created a new repertoire of contemporary works for three guitars and for three guitars and orchestra. Many of the 20th Century composers such as Bruno Bartolozzi, Arrigo Benvenuti, Sylvano Bussotti, Alvaro Company, Aldo Clementi, Francesco Pennisi, Aurelio Peruzzi, Carlo Prosperi, Lawrence Singer, Reginald Smith Brindle, Lorenzo Ferrero, Andrea Talmelli and Ennio Morricone, intrigued by the unlimited possibilities of sound and expression of such an unusual instrumental ensemble, wrote their works especially for the Trio Chitarristico Italiano.
The Trio Chitarristico Italiano has appeared at the most prestigious venues in Italy (Teatro Comunale in Florence with the Maggio Fiorentino Orchestra conducted by Riccardo Muti, Teatro Regio and Unione Musicale in Turin, Amici della Musica in Florence and Perugia, Istituzione Universitaria dei Concerti in Rome, Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Teatro Massimo Bellini in Catania) and in many countries abroad (Scandinavia, Germany, Great Britain, France, Benelux, Spain, Portugal, Israel, Turkey, North America, Hong Kong, Philippines, Japan).
The Trio Chitarristico Italiano was awarded in 1972 and again in 1975 with the Prize "I NUMERI UNO D' ITALIA" in the chamber music section.
Alfonso Borghese teaches at the Florence Conservatoire of Music and helds a Masterclass at Fiesole Music School, Roberto Frosali teaches at Ferrara's Conservatoire of Music and Vincenzo Saldarelli at Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali in Modena, where he has been director for several years.
The Trio has recorded for RCA and a CD for Relief and has edited several works for three guitars from the classical period for Suvini Zerboni.