Leo Brouwer London masterclasses & interview with John Williams

The Cuban composer, conductor and guitarist LEO BROUWER will be in London on 27–28 April 2017 to give open masterclasses: ‘Guitar for All’. The masterclasses will be in the form of one-to-one teaching, focusing both on Brouwer’s own compositions and the general classical guitar repertoire. In the spirit of ‘Guitar for All’, they are open to…

Marie-Louise’s Stauffer guitar rediscovered

When Erik Pierre Hofmann, Pascal Mougin and Stefan Hackl published their comprehensive book Stauffer & Co.– The Viennese Guitar of the 19th Century, beautifully illustrated and written in three languages (French, English and German), although they knew of the existence of Marie-Louise’s Stauffer guitar, remarkably, they did not know its whereabouts or whether in fact it had…

Women in Music @RCM Nova Guitar Duo premières Tailleferre

The International Women’s Day celebrations continue at the Royal College of Music with an evening recital featuring the UK première of Concerto for Two Guitars by the French composer  Germaine Tailleferre (1892–1983) performed by the Nova Guitar Duo – Nelly von Alven on six-string guitar and Luiz Mantovani on eight-string guitar (also known as the ‘Brahms guitar’).…

Wolfgang Muthspiel Quintet – Rising Grace on tour

The guitarist and composer Wolfgang Muthspiel released his studio album Rising Grace on 28 October 2016, which features equally superb musicians: trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, pianist Brad Mehldau, bassist Larry Grenadier and the drummer Brian Blade, with whom he has collaborated over many years. Nine tracks have been composed by Wolfgang Muthspiel and there is one track, Wolfgang’s Waltz composed…

Spencer Exhibition at Royal Academy of Music

The Exhibition of the Spencer Collection which includes manuscripts – some dating from the mid-sixteenth century, printed books, musical instruments, engravings, concert notices and flyers of the lutenist, guitarist, singer and musicologist Robert Spencer at the Royal Academy of Music Museum, London opened on 3 January 2017. In 1998, with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund,…

Guitar Duo Extravaganza: Amadeus Guitar Duo 25th anniversary

When the Amadeus Guitar Duo – Dale Kavanagh and Thomas Kirchhoff decided to celebrate their 25th anniversary as the Amadeus Guitar Duo, who better to celebrate with than two other of their favourite collaborating guitar duos: Eden-Stell Duo – Mark Eden and Chris Stell and the Gruber & Maklar Guitar Duo – Christian Gruber and Peter Maklar. What a super idea!!! The concert tour…