Julian Bream’s Birthday: A Celebration

The classical guitarist and lutenist JULIAN BREAM  celebrates his 87th birthday today 15 July 2020 HARDLY a day goes by when we are not reminded of the great contribution Julian Bream has made to the classical guitar repertoire – both to contemporary repertoire and music from earlier centuries – performing on guitar, lute, early guitars and…

Happy Bastille Day! Gabriel Bianco, Gaëlle Solal and Xuefei Yang

Gabriel Bianco Happy Bastille Day! In celebration, I thought I would catch up with two fine French classical guitarists – Gaëlle Solal and Gabriel Bianco – and their lockdown activities, and also revisit the spectacular Bastille Day concert under the Eiffel Tower, with Xuefei Yang performing the second movement of the Concerto de Aranjuez by Joaquín Rodrigo. Gabriel Bianco has…

Sam Cave Premières Rafael Marino Arcaro: Dois Desenhos for guitar

The classical guitarist and composer Sam Cave will be giving an online performance this evening, hosted by the Orpheus Sinfonia Foundation, as part of their Adjourned but Still in Session Concert from his home in London at 6pm on Monday 13 July 2020. Sam Cave has established a well-deserved reputation for his excellent performances and recordings…

TU Dublin Conservatoire: Conversations with Renowned Guitarists

Marco Ramelli, Lecturer in Classical Guitar at TU Dublin Conservatoire and Dublin-based classical guitarist Eoin Flood have been organising a series of lectures dedicated to the classical guitar’s repertoire. Although they were originally designed for the students at TU Dublin Conservatoire, Marco and Eoin has generously opened up the class to the public. Under the…

What! Five Premières from What Guitar Trio

The What Guitar Trio (Ioannis Theodoridis and Michael Hughes) will be joined by the composer and guitarist Sam Cave in a concert which is part of the 840 concert series at Iklectik, Old Paradise Yard, 20 Carlisle Lane on Tuesday 17 December 2019. The five works to be premièred are: Lo Shu Square by Alex Nikiporenko, Jangle Consort (for three…

Julian Bream Trust Concert 2019 @Wigmore Hall

The young Japanese guitarist Saki Kato will be premièring the latest commission of The Julian Bream Trust, Streams and Variations by the British composer Edward Cowie on Thursday 21 November 2019 at Wigmore Hall, London. Julian Bream established The Julian Bream Trust in 2008 to continue his legacy of expanding the contemporary classical guitar repertoire by commissioning composers to write…

Guildhall Guitar Alumni: George Tarlton, Isabel Martínez …

The Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London is holding its annual Alumni Recital Series, on Tuesday 19 November 2019, at Milton Court Concert Hall. This year, the recital features George Tarlton, who has just won First Prize at the IGF London International Guitar Competition, Isabel Martínez, who has just released her recording Noche Andaluza, the Peruvian-born…

NOVA Guitar Duo: Farewell London – Hello Florianópolis, again

While in London we all feel a little misty eyed from farewelling the NOVA Guitar Duo of Luiz Mantovani and Nelly von Alven, in Florianópolis they are preparing to welcome back their Professor of Guitar at the State University of Santa Catarina – UDESC, Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, the Brazilian guitarist Luiz Mantovani, who has spent the past…

London International Guitar Competition 2019 @KingsPlace

CONGRATULATIONS to George Tarlton who has won First Prize at the IGF London International Guitar Competition 2019, which was held on Saturday 26 October 2019, at Kings Place, London. The Chair of the Jury, the composer Stephen Goss, said the jury’s decision was extremely difficult, as the performances given by each of the three Finalists gave excellent performances. Elia…