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Meet Lando Pieroni


Born and raised in Florence, Italy, Lando and his family moved to the United States three years ago. When he’s not playing classical guitar or the banjo, you can find Lando listening to music (of all genres) or playing a pick-up game of basketball or soccer. “I love playing in ensembles. Some of my favorite composers and musicians are Francisco Tarrega, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Django Reinhardt, Tony Rice and Glenn Miller.”

If you could travel back in time, where would you go?
I would travel to 1934 Paris, France, to hear Django Reinhardt play in the Hot Club de France. I would hang out there a few years and then fly to New York to listen and observe the great Glenn Miller.

Why are you and Wake Forest a good match?
I like the small classes, where thoughtful dialogue and learning can take place. I am also excited about the academic and insightful shadowing opportunities Wake Forest has with its partnership with Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. For the past three years, I have volunteered at Novant Health, formally Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte, N.C., The experience was very enlightening, and I am very interested in continuing to learn more about the health service community and non-profit endeavors.

What are you most looking forward to pursing at Wake Forest?
I’m really looking forward to getting to know my professors. Studying classical guitar with Professor Pat Dixon and joining the Unbroken Circle Bluegrass group.

What’s the most life-changing event you’ve faced in your life?
My biggest life-changing event thus far was moving from Florence to Charlotte. It was a transition that undoubtedly changed my family and me. Moving from one country to another, with completely different cultures, school systems and most importantly food, is not easy. I lived in an old restored barn outside of a small village in Italy and moved into a fifth floor apartment in a large city. I have managed the transition very well, made great friends and have been afforded many wonderful opportunities.

What is it that most excites you about the journey you’re about to begin?
I am excited to be part of the wonderful Wake Forest community. I am a big basketball and football fan, so I am looking forward to going to the Coliseum and BB&T Field to watch the Deacs win!

Imagine yourself in four years at graduation. What will you be thinking?
I will be thinking about how fortunate I am and what a marvelous experience the past four years at Wake Forest have been. I will be reminiscing about my professors and the friends I have made and thinking about what will be next for me, which will probably be graduate school.