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Born in Locarno, Switzerland, an eclectic cultural environment with a strong Italian heritage, Fabio was fascinated by the intricate
harmonies and rhythms of the various forms of folk and classical music that surrounded him.
The simplistic beauty of the acoustic guitar quickly became the voice of this passionate musician.

After studying with professor Dante Brenna, he graduated from Conservatory Donizetti in Bergamo in 1991 and immersed himself
in guitar studies and master classes with virtuosos like Alberto Ponce, Alexandre Rodrigues, Ralph Towner and Nishat Khan.
Later on he was inspired by the spontaneity of jazz and the visual complexities of impressionism. As he also continued to master
the classical and folk repertoire, Mignola found himself incorporating his diverse artistic experiences into a soundscape rich in textures.
This pursuit of music without boundaries led to solo recordings and many productive partnerships.

In 1999, Mignola released Chitarra Ticinese, featuring solo guitar arrangements of folk songs. Swiss Ticinonline praised,
"Chitarra Ticinese is one of those CDs that everybody should hold in his own recordings library...the musical essentialism given
by the presence of a solo guitar raises the fourteen melodies to touching small musical jewels."
Winning the praise of critics for his "virtuosistic arpeggio", Mignola release Flor de Luna in 2000, a collection of solo recordings
that celebrated the beauty of evergreens.
The collaborations with famed Swiss songstress Nella Martinetti (Così il tempo va) and with the Ukrainian singer Elena Martynova
(Turn to Your Soul / Povernys' Do Dushi) would further endear Mignola as a beloved international guitarist, arranger and producer.
Celebrating the rich cultural heritage of his homeland with Neapolitan jazz, Mignola released Luna Rossa in 2005 with tenor Mauro Bonomi.
As sound designer in 2006 he produced the soundtrack Virgo Suite together with pianist Paolo Cattaneo and saxophonist Mauro Bonomi.
The album Flauto & Chitarra with flutist Ezio Della Torre sees him confronted with the classical repertoire spanning various centuries.

However, it was the contemporary jazz releases of Flyin' Away and later Take Me Higher that would tantalize American airwaves
and allowed him to be awarded as “Smooth Jazz Artist of the Month” on various radios. Smooth Jazz and More declared, "Mignola gives the
listener a style much like Peter White and Acoustic Alchemy. It's very cheerful and at the same time, very relaxing."

Fans have been anxiously awaiting for this next musical adventure entitled Encantado which presents eleven melodic and refined
new compositions produced and engineered in his own recording studio.

As a highly respected freelance musician, Mignola has also worked extensively on radio, television, soundtracks and with such international artists as Rock Hendricks (USA), Marco Zappa (Switzerland),  Quim Roque, Roby Nogueira (Portugal), Konstantin Klashtorni (Germany/Ukraine) and the Franco Brambati Group (Italy).

In additon, as an expert in his field he is an adjudicator for examinations of jazz/pop guitar for the Kalaidos University of Applied Sciences / Swiss Academy of Music and Music Pedagogy as well as external collaborator for Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzera Italiana.

"Mignola's guitar voice is smooth and full of talent."
Dr. Ana Isabel Ordonez - JAZZREVIEW.COM - USA

"'ll be completely swept away with Fabio's mastery of the guitar."



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