33. GUITAR FESTIVAL MIKULOV 2019

7. 7. - 13. 7. 2019 ZORAN DUKIĆ, LUKASZ KUROPACZEWSKI, MARGARITA ESCARPA, CYPRIEN N'TSAÏ, GIAMPAOLO BANDINI & CESARE CHIACCHIARETTA, LADISLAV PAZDERA & REENTKO DIRKS, PETR SAIDL & LEOŠ ČEPICKÝ

Artists

Leoš Čepický
Leoš Čepický
https://www.cepicky-violin.com/

Leoš Čepický graduated from the East-Bohemian Conservatoire in Pardubice in 1985 under Professor Ivan Štraus. At the Prague Academy of Performing Arts, he studied violin with Jiří Novák and Chamber Music with Antonín Kohout – both of these musicians were members of the world-renowned Smetana Quartet.

He started his promising career in his early teens, when he won the first prize and Laureate title at the Jaroslav Kocian International Violin Competition. Other prizes followed at the Gorizia Competition and the Václav Hummel Competition in Zagreb. In 1994 he was the outright winner of the Ludwig van Beethoven International Violin Competition in Hradec nad Moravicí. Since that time, he has given many recitals as well as solo concerto performances with various orchestras. In J. S. Bach´s 250th Jubilee Year in 2000, he performed in concert Bach‘s complete Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin and two years later he released the whole cycle on CD.

In 1985 the Wihan Quartet was formed at the Prague Academy of Performing Arts. In 1988 the Quartet won the first prize at the prestigious Prague Spring Competition and three years later they won the London International String Quartet Competition, whose chairman was Yehudi Menuhin. After this success, the door to the whole world, from the USA to New Zealand, was wide open to the Wihan. During their career, they have released over 40 CDs, including the complete set of Beethoven´s 16 Quartets, which were recorded live for the British label Nimbus Alliance between October 2008 and March 2009. Another unique CD, a recording of Paganini´s 24 Caprices, arranged for string quartet by William Zinn, was released in 2009 on the same label.

Leoš Čepický was appointed Head of Strings at the Prague Academy of Performing Arts in 2010, having taught violin there for several years. Since 2017 Leoš Čepický is a concertmaster of Prague Chamber Orchestra.

He plays on a copy of Guarneri del Gesu 1741‚ ‘Vieuxtemps’, made in 1990 by Jan Baptista Spidlen.

Reentko Dirks
Reentko Dirks
http://www.reentko.com

Reentko Dirks is a guitarist, composer and producer. He writes music for movies, artists of the Cirque du Soleil and the Semperoper Ballet. He is a member of the EUROPEAN GUITAR QUARTET (among Zoran Dukic, Pavel Steidl and Thomas Fellow) and appears regurlarly in his own show on German TV. he has worrked with musicians such as  YoYo Ma, Ksenija Sidorova, Giora Feidman and German Pop acts like Yvonne Catterfeld, Andreas Bourani or Tim Bendzko.

His music is a distinctive blend of unorthodox, self-developed percussive playing techniques covering a wide range of styles. He is one of the few guitarists who can claim to be every bit as much in demand in the classical world as in the pop and world music scenes.

Born in Bad Gandersheim (near Göttingen) in 1979, Reentko first took guitar lessons at the age of 7 – this despite the fact that he had actually wanted to take drum lessons. In 2000 he moved to Dresden to study “Guitar/World Music”. 2007 saw him become a professor at the music academy. Many of the performers he now plays with are musicians he met during his studies, a period during which he came into contact with jazz, flamenco and music from outside of Europe. He also spent half a year in Jerusalem in order to become more acquainted with the region’s Arab music.

Some of his projects have also received awards (a.o. Special Prize "European Guitar Award", Germany Cabaret Award). His debut CD "Sounds for the silver screen" was partly a collaboration with Hollywood composer Richard Horowitz, his second CD "Le Cirque" got nominated for "Best German CD of the Year".Performances and workshops have taken Reentko to concert halls and festivals all around the world, such as Carnegie Hall New York, Concergebouw Amterdam and Tchaikovsky Hall Moscow.

„He´s absolutely great!“ Al di Meola

„A wonderful soul, a unique musician. He is a magician.“ Giora Feidman

“Reentko is a wonderful musician, and a real joy to anyone given the opportunity to engage in a musical project with him. His creativity and range of expression are highly inspirational and captivating.For me, however, it is the remarkable way in which he strikes a perfect balance between action and reaction that is of particular note. He always gives himself completely to the achievement of this balance, yet never loses track of the intentions of the ensemble members around him. And such an ability is rare, very rare.”

Thomas Fellow

Zoran Dukić
Zoran Dukić

Zoran Dukić (1969, Zagreb) was presented with a guitar at the early age of six. Today he is one of the most distinguished classical guitarists of our time. His concert performances, both as a soloist or with an orchestra, leave long-lasting impressions on audiences and critics alike.

He graduated from the Music Academy of Zagreb with Darko Petrinjak and completed his studies with Hubert Käppel at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne.

In his “tour de force” competition years (1990-1997) Zoran Dukić has won an astonishing number of competitions, more than any other guitarist in the world. He is the only guitarist to have won both “Andrés Segovia” competitions, in Granada and in Palma de Mallorca. Showing astounding mastery in a wide variety of musical periods and styles he has also won competitions dedicated to „Fernando Sor“, „Manuel Ponce“, „Manuel de Falla“, and „Francisco Tárrega“ among others. In the greatest Spanish guitar competition in Madrid, patronized by the Royal Family, he was awarded, in addition to the first prize, the special prize for the best interpretation of Spanish music (first time awarded to a non-Spaniard). In numerous competitions he was selected by the audience itself for the prize of the public, a self-evident testimony to his natural ability to communicate through music.

His performances throughout the 5 continents have inspired numerous composers to dedicate their works to him. His premiers of new music are strengthened by his admiration of contemporary musical expression. His programs include works by Takemitsu, Henze, Reily, Carter or Gubaidulina among many others. He has also toured with entire Bach programs, performing complete cycles of lute, violin or cello suites. Music by J. S. Bach is still the focal point of his musical life.

He also has a special affinity for Spanish and South American musical idiom, the core repertoire of classical guitar. Currently, his carefully balanced programs present a range of music from Bach to Britten, from Sor to Albéniz, from Tárrega to Villa-Lobos and Brouwer.

Being exceptionally enthusiastic and dedicated to teaching, his pedagogical activities are equally impressive. Having taught at the Zagreb Music Academy and Hochschule Für Musik in Aachen, he is currently teaching at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague and at the Escuela Superior de Musica in Barcelona, he has educated generations of young classical guitarists and has one of the most successful classes in Europe. In addition to this, he regularly gives masterclasses all over the world and is often an invited guest to numerous guitar festivals. Zoran Dukić is also a very active chamber music performer and a founding member of the „Trio de Cologne“. He has recorded compact discs for labels in Germany, Spain, Belgium and Canada.

Bandini-Chiacchiaretta Duo
Bandini-Chiacchiaretta Duo
http://www.bandinichiacchiaretta.com/

The duo Giampaolo Bandini and Cesare Chiacchiaretta, guitar and bandoneon duo, was formed in 2002 and immediately became an important point of reference in the international concert circuit thanks to their great communication style coupled with an extraordinary stage charisma. Regularly invited by the festivals and theatres around the world, they have toured over 40 countries.

On the occasion of the fifteenth anniversary of the duo activity, "Escualo", their recording debut for the DECCA label, dedicated to the work of Astor Piazzolla, was recently released.

They are frequently invited to work with prestigious conductors like Leo Brouwer, Pavel Berman, Marcelo Bussiki, Joan Page, and to perform as soloists with international acclaimed orchestras such as Baden-Baden Philharmonic Orchestra (Germany), Brno Soloists (Czech Republic), the Camerata Santiago de Querétaro (Mexico), Round Top Chamber Orchestra (USA), Brazos Valley Symphony (USA) and the Asian-European Symphony Orchestra (Korea) among others.

Their unique style of living music to the fullest and without boundaries leads them to work together with prominent artists such as Arnoldo Foà, Elio delle Storie Tese, Amanda Sandrelli, Nando Gazzolo, Monica Guerritore, Alessandro Haber, and musicians such as Salvatore Accardo, Fernando Suarez Paz, Avi Avital, Corrado Giuffredi, Danilo Rossi, Massimo Quarta, Enrico Bronzi and Enrico Fagone.

Important composers have written original compositions for Bandini-Chiacchiaretta Duo, among them Daniel Binelli, Fernando Tavolaro, Maximo Diego Pujol and also the legendary Cuban composer Leo Brouwer, who dedicated his “Folia a traves de los siglos” (2017) to Bandini-Chiacchiaretta Duo (world premiere at the Festival in Hong Kong).

In 2013, during a long tour in Russia, they made their debut with great success at the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow. In the same year, they performed at the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) Festival and International Concert Artist Competition.

As educators, they are in great demand by the most renowned academies and international Universities and hold classes at the Institutes of Higher Education “Luigi Boccherini” in Lucca and “Umberto Giordano” in Foggia and at the summer festival in Portogruaro.

Margarita Escarpa
Margarita Escarpa

“A first class artist”, expressed María Luisa Anido when she first heard Margarita Escarpa play in 1990. Ever since then, Margarita has continually reaped many successes and she is now considered one of the main contemporary classical guitarists.

She won the Extraordinary End of Studies Prize of the Royal Superior Music Conservatory of Madrid, and shortly after, she obtained her Bachelors degree in mathematics from the “Universidad Autónoma de Madrid”.

While still a student, she won eight international prizes in addition to various national ones. Her triumph in the international “20th Solo Guitar Competition” of the Guitar Foundation of America was a decisive moment in her career as a performer and ever since she has been at the top of the international guitar scene. She regularly participates in the most important festivals of Europe, Asia and America.

Margarita Escarpa masters a broad solo and orchestral repertoire and her talent and character turns every performance into a unique musical experience: every note and every silent moment transforms into a magical perfection. Arturo Tello Ruiz-Pérez confirms that Margarita Escarpa rightly occupies the highest echelons of the guitar Parnassus.

Margarita Escarpa plays a Matthias Dammann guitar (Germany) and since 2011 she is one of the “D'Addario artists”. She recorded CDs for RTVE (Spanish Radio and Television group), Opera Tres, Naxos, La Ma de Guido and GHA Records.

Margarita is also known as a dedicated teacher and in addition to her frequent classes she directs the Guitar Department of the Superior Music Conservatory of Vigo, where she attains a higher degree of perfection with the students who work with her.

Critics and audiences alike emphasize her artistic sensitivity and technical competence she has obtained through her extensive musical education:

… Escarpa held the audience under her seductive and bewitching spell. She indeed is a musical sorceress ...” JEFF MANOOKIAN, “THE TRIBUNE”, Salt Lake City (US).

“… the best balance of intelligence and artistic style I have ever heard from a guitarist” DAVID LETKEMANN, GUITAR MAGAZINE, Winnipeg, (Canada)

“… one of the giants of our small world… Intense, penetrating, engrossing, fascinating, spectacular, pure joy”. MATANYA OPHEE, ON-LINE MAGAZINE OF EDITIONS ORPHÉE, US.

Libor Fišer
Libor Fišer
http://http://gitarre-fiser.eu

Libor Fišer was born on January 2nd 1966 in the Czech town of Bukovina u Čisté. His musical education began at the Pardubice Conservatory with Stanislav Juřica. He subsequently studied with Roland Zimmer, Jürgen Rost and Hubert Käppel at the “Franz Liszt” Musikhochschule in Weimar. During this time he also participated in masterclasses with Leo Witoszynskyj, John Duarte and Roberto Aussel, from which he gained much valuable experience.

Through his participation in international competitions Libor Fišer made many contacts which led to invitations to give concerts in a number of countries including Czech Republic, Germany, Portugal and Spain, some of which were recorded by national radio and television networks. In 2002 he recorded his first CD “Portrait”, in 2010 CD “Porque no?” and in 2017 another CD called “Cosa Bossa”. He currently teaches at the private music school Alexander Blume and Diakonisches Bildungsinstitut Johannes Falk in the German town of Eisenach. Libor was invited to give seminars for music school teachers about collective teaching in countries as Germany, Lithuania, Netherlands, Austria and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

He is a co-author of guitar music books “Spaß mit sechs Saiten” (Yamaha Music Education), “My Guitar” (conmusica – Institut for Modern Music Education) and “My Electric Guitar” (conmusica – Institut for Modern Music Education), Holiday Impressions, Blue Guitar and Celtic Guitar.

Lukasz Kuropaczewski
Lukasz Kuropaczewski
http://www.lukaszguitar.com/

Guitarist Łukasz Kuropaczewski is well on his way to becoming a major figure on the worldwide classical music scene. Born in 1981 in the small Polish town of Gniezno, Łukasz began studying guitar at the age of ten. At 13, his early talent brought him to the attention of the distinguished guitar teaching Piotr Zaleski with whom he studied from 1994-2003.

Upon receiving a Master’s degree from the Academy of Music in Wroclaw, Poland, he traveled to the U.S. on a full scholarship to study with Manuel Barrueco at the Peabody Institute, where he was awarded an Artist Diploma in 2008. During this time, he performed concerts in his native land and around the world, demonstrating his remarkable passion and precision to enthusiastic audiences. 

Always in great demand as a recitalist and as soloist with orchestras, he has been invited to perform in numerous festivals in countries including France, Spain, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Iceland, Greece, Bulgaria, Japan, China, Canada, Mexico, Panama, and the United States. Highlights of his solo recitals include appearances in London’s Royal Festival Hall, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Warsaw’s National Philharmonic Hall, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, and New York's Carnegie Hall. An avid chamber music collaborator, he frequently works with musicians from his native Poland, as well as the Orion String Quartet, Avi Avital, Chen Reiss, Richard Galliano. 

He premiered Concertos by A. Gilardino, K. Meyer, M. Gorecki, A. Tansman (Polish premiere), K. Penderecki (guitar version of Viola Concerto premiere with Sinfonia Varsovia and Maximiano Valdes). K. Meyer and A. Gilardino dedicated their guitar Sonatas to Kuropaczewski. In 2015 Kuropaczewski premiered a guitar quintet „Acequias” by M. Neikrug at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and his „Three Pieces for Guitar” at the Baltimore Museum of Art in Baltimore, MD.

Mr. Kuropaczewski was a guitar faculty at University of Pennsylvania from 2008-2010. Currently, he is teaching at the University of Music and Art in Graz and at the Academy of Music in Poznan, Poland, holding a doctorate degree in performance. He is also the artist director of the Polish Guitar Academy Festival held in Poznan every year. He has recorded six CDs to date.

Kuropaczewski plays guitars by Leszek Gajdzik (Poland) and Ross Gutmeier (USA) and uses Savarez Alliance Corum strings.

Cyprien N'tsaï
Cyprien N'tsaï
http://cyprienntsai.com/

Born in 1995, Cyprien N’tsai grew up in Marseille in the South of France. Coached and inspired by his father, he started playing guitar when he was 8 years old and he attended the claws of Raymond Gratien, professor at the CRR of Marseille. In 2013 Cyprien came to Paris to pursue his apprenticeship first with Jérémy Jouve, then with Judicaël Perroy at the Aulnay-sous-Bois Music School (France).

Passionate about his instrument, he participated in various international competitions. He already won first prizes in Tokyo (Japan), Petrer (Spain) in the youth category, Carry-le-Rouet (France), then Kutna Hora (Czech Republic) and Vienna (Austria). Finally he just recorded his first CD « Reflets », successfully released in February 2017 by Sylphide Records Company (Tokyo, Japan).

Cyprien N’tsaï’s greatest pleasure is to play on stage. Invited several times to perform in Asia (Japan, Thaïland), in Europa ( Poland, Germany, Austria, Montenegro...) and regularly appearing in France, this young and talented artist offers a varied program ranging from contemporary music to popular pieces. He strongly feels that reconciling both academic and popular musics would allow the general public to reconnect with classical music. It is for this particular purpose that his first CD was recorded and why the accompanying booklet was written.

While teaching guitar at a Music School of suburb of Paris, he is still pursuing his training at the superior conservatory of Aubervilliers (France). Because the transmission of knowledge is important to him, Cyprien N’tsai plans to focus his career on teaching while pursuing his artistic projects at the international level…

Thomas Offermann
Thomas Offermann
http://www.thomasoffermann.com/

Prof. Thomas Offermann counts today as one of the most internationally regarded guitar pedagogues in Europe and further afield. As soloist, with orchestra and as member of the internationally acclaimed Duo Sonare, one of the outstanding guitar duos of recent times, he has toured in over forty countries worldwide and participated at the most prestigious Guitar Festivals. Numerous Radio and Television broadcasts, together with 8 internationally appraised CD recordings provide a worthy documentation of the quality of his work.


Through his work with Duo Sonare, Thomas Offermann opened new ground for the classical guitar repertoire with the adaption of music by such figures as Chick Corea, Frank Zappa and Mike Oldfield. Chick Corea himself praised these interpretations for „so much feeling and beauty“.

As Professor he currently teaches an International Master class at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock; he is Artistic Director of the International Guitar Academy Berlin. His experienced and sensitive manner of teaching the guitar have won him great renown both at home and abroad. He is at present engaged in the publication of the „Integrative Guitar Technique“ which has already been featured at prestigious institutions, guitar festivals and universities across the world, winning acclaim from both participants and peers alike.

In recent years Thomas Offermann has also been active as a conductor of guitar orchestras presenting works by Steve Reich, Roland Dyens, Carlo Domeniconi, Benjamin Verdery, Leo Brouwer and others; Carlo Domeniconi and Benjamin Verdery wrote works for larger Guitar Ensembles for him.


Danielle Ribouillault wrote on his teaching in Les Cahiers de la Guitare:
“As I entered the class, he was explaining how to use the notes to revive a phrase, and then you can hear how the phrase flourishes and starts to live. He guides the student towards a generous Rubato that lets the melody vibrate. He, who had played with such a musicality and mastery, knows how to transmit his live-giving esprit… A lot of students attended his class: clearly because something special happens with him during his passionate transmission of music, something essential and more intense than otherwise.”


Since 2010 Thomas Offermann is the D’Addario’s European Classical Guitar Representative.

Michael Parkinson
Michael Parkinson
https://www.alexandertechniquecentrevienna.com/

Michael Parkinson was born in Yorkshire, England in 1952. He began learning to play the bassoon at the age of 12, and at 16 was selected for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. He went on to study the bassoon at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where he had his first Alexander Technique lessons. On completing his musical studies in 1973 he joined the Orchestra of the English National Ballet, with whom he played for 12 years. During this time he enrolled in a 3-year training program to become an Alexander Technique Teacher. He qualified in 1979 and taught the AT in London alongside his musical career.

In 1985 Michael moved to Vienna to teach the AT at Dramatisches Zentrum Wien. From 1991-1996 he was a guest professor for the Alexander Technique at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Graz. In 1996 he established the Alexander Technique Teacher Training Centre in Vienna. In recent years he has given many AT workshops throughout the Czech Republic: in Prague, Brno, Olomouc, Kromeriz and Jesenik. He has been teaching at the GFM since 2004.

Michael is still actively engaged in the music world; giving AT lessons to many musicians, and also playing the bassoon with a variety of orchestras and chamber ensembles in Vienna.

Ladislav Pazdera
Ladislav Pazdera

Ladislav Pazdera was born in 1989 in the city of Pardubice. He started to play the violin in his early childhood. Later, he learned to play the viola and at the age of 12, he started to play the acoustic guitar. Meeting Slávek Klecandr and Petr Saidl, his first guitar teachers, represented an important spur for him. After graduating from Pardubice Conservatoire in 2014, he moved to Dresden where he is currently studying World, Concert and Jazz guitar music at Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber under the guidance of Thomas Fellow, Reentko Dirks and Daniel Wirtz.

His musical achievements include a number of first-place positions at guitar contests as well as important collaboration with Dresden State Operetta House’s Symphony Orchestra in 2017. 

The young Czech guitar player displays his talent and charisma not only in his own compositions and arrangements, but also in his extensive repertoire based primarily on world music, fingerstyle and modern guitar music. He delivers stirring and dynamic performances demonstrating a diverse blend of sound and style.

Petr Saidl
Petr Saidl

Petr Saidl studied at the Conservatory of Pardubice with Stanislav Juřica and at the Hochschule Franz Liszt in Weimar with prof. Roland Zimmer, prof. Jürgen Rost and prof. Monika Rost. He undertook master classes with e.g. Gordon Crosskey, John W. Duarte, Hubert Käppel, Costas Cotsiolis, Wolfgang Lendle a.o.

He was awarded prizes in numerous national and international guitar competitions. In 1990 he was placed on the premium document of the Czech Musical Fund. Since 1993 he has taught at the Conservatory of Pardubice, since 2007 he has been the head of the guitar department there. Since 2016 he has taught also at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. His students are prizewinners of prestigious national and international competitions (208 prizes, among them 78 first prizes). He cooperates with music publishing houses, he is regularly invited to take the chair of various guitar competition juries and he lectures at guitar festival courses, conservatories and music universities. In 2010 he became part of the D’Addario family.

He has given concerts across Europe, both as a soloist and as a player in various chamber ensembles, often with violist Milan Řehák, violinist Bohuslav Matoušek or as a member of guitar quartet „Guitar4mation“. He has made various TV and radio recordings for ORF, ARD, BR1, Czech Television and Czech Radio. He has released two solo CDs, then one CD with violist Milan Řehák and three with guitar quartet “Guitar4mation”.

He has been the director of the project „Guitar Kutná Hora“, which organizes “The International Guitar Biennial in Kutná Hora”, the festival “Guitar Night” and awards a prize “The Young Guitarist of the Year”.

Helen Sanderson
Helen Sanderson

British guitarist, Helen Sanderson, studied at the Royal College of Music with Charles Ramirez, and accompaniment with John Blakely, winning prizes including the Anthony Saltmarsh Prize and the Madeline Walton Prize for Guitar. Her passion for chamber music has led to partnerships with eminent counter-tenor James Bowman and tenor Mark Wilde and as a founder member of the VIDA Guitar Quartet, Helen has performed at prestigious concert venues including the Southbank Centre, King’s Place, St. Georges-Bristol, and the Sage Gateshead. In 2010 she made her US debuts in Los Angeles and New York, subsequently touring extensively in USA, Sweden, Germany and France.

Helen is Head of Guitar Performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, the Artistic Director of the National Youth Guitar Ensemble and the World Youth Guitar Festival, and is also the founder of Guitar Circus, an educational music charity.

Helen appeared as the classical industry expert for the Sky Arts series, “Guitar Star” and is a sought-after masterclass artist, adjudicator and international jury member, for competitions such as BBC Young Musician of the Year. In 2017 Helen was awarded a prestigious Winston Churchill Fellowship for her work in guitar education. Her compositions and arrangements feature in the exam syllabus for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and Trinity College.

Helen plays Christopher Dean guitars and is a D’Addario Strings Classical artist.

Martin Schwarz
Martin Schwarz

Martin Schwarz studied guitar at the Academy of Music in Vienna with Walter Würdinger and Luciano Contini. He took part in masterclasses with Hubert Käppel, Oscar Ghiglia, Alvaro Pierri and many others. His most influential teacher was David Russell.

As a soloist and chamber musician, he has been performing in Austria, Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Russia, Italy and Greece.

CD releases with works by Stefan Soewandi were published in 1997 and 1999 „Echoing Silence“ and „Dewa“ (Kreuzberg Records Berlin).

He is a founding member of the guitar quartet „Guitar4mation“. With this ensemble, Martin Schwarz has been touring since 1993. CD releases: 1996 „From a Hidden Street“ (Polski Nagrania Edition), 2006 „pulse.sound.joy.heart.“, 2010 „Sonada del Alma“, 2014 „Trans4mation“ (all with Gramola, Vienna).

An important part of his artistic work is arranging and composing music for guitar (from solo pieces to orchestra arrangements).

He has been teaching for many years in various music schools in Austria. In 2012, he started to teach the guitar ensemble at the University of Music in Vienna. In 2015, he was appointed professor for guitar at the Anton Bruckner University in Linz, Austria.

Jens Wagner
Jens Wagner
https://www.jenswagner.com/

Prof. Jens Wagner completed his studies with Karl Scheit, one of the great pedagogues of modern guitar playing. Important impulses and high sensitivity he received through intensive study of the old music. As a soloist and together with the Duo Sonare he has toured in more than 40 countries and played on major festivals.

As an arranger he has enriched the guitar repertoire with works also from rock and pop music e.g. Mike Oldfield’s „Tubular Bells“, a milestone in the history of music, or guitar virtuoso John McLaughlin's compositions. You can find in his programs contrasting connections of different music styles performed on the 19th century guitar and the modern Spanish guitar.

As an experienced guitarist and lutenist Jens Wagner has a profound knowledge he passes on to his students. He is professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg and at the University of the Arts Bremen.

His professional articles about „posture and movement theory“ and „filing technique for guitarists“ have been published in several magazines. Jens Wagner guitar arrangements of works by Telemann and Haydn have been published by Heinrichshofen and Trekel.

12 highly acclaimed CD recordings document his artistic work.