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Italian-born classical guitarist Flavio Sala starts his career anew in the United States

Italian-born classical guitarist Flavio Sala starts his career anew in the United States

One night, the internationally acclaimed classical guitarist Flavio Sala headlined a performance by a symphony orchestra at Prokofiev Concert Hall of the Philharmonic Society of Russia.

Three weeks later, he was playing at a barn in Carroll County as the opening act for a Baltimore bluegrass band.

What happened in between still has friends and family in his native Bojano, Italy — and classical guitar observers around the world — scratching their heads.

Sala, 33, the winner of several international music competitions, a veteran of 400 concerts on five continents, and a solo artist with nine CDs, is using a coveted "genius visa" to start his career...

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