32. GUITAR FESTIVAL MIKULOV 2018

8. 7. - 14. 7. 2018 JOAQUÍN CLERCH, ANDRÁS CSÁKI, DUO ARTIS, ROLF LISLEVAND, YAMANDU COSTA, YOU WU, DUO SIEMPRE NUEVO & EPOQUE QUARTET

Artists

Epoque Quartet
Epoque Quartet
http://www.epoquequartet.com/

The Prague string quartet Epoque Quartet was founded at the beginning of the year 1999. Four excellent soloists and chamber musicians with abundant stage experiences brought not only their unanimity in musical opinions and the relationship in their artistic nature together, but even their extraordinary interest in musical genres, which do not belong under the title „classical music“ – jazz, rock and funk. As compositions of the classical quartet literature stay an integral part of the programmes of this ensemble, the sensitive approach to unconventional arrangements brings him new possibilities in using the string instruments and at the same time it enables them to widen the repertoire, which on our and on stages abroad is unique.

The members of the quartet are laureates of several international competitions (for two times the first place in the competition of Liezen in Austria, the first price in the international competition Ludwig van Beethoven for string quartets, the price Jeunesse Musicale) and the ensemble took part in some other competitions (for example the competition Paolo Borciani), too. Abroad the quartet gave among others concerts in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy, England, Israel, Japan, Brazil, China, Canada, USA, Greece, in the Netherlands, Poland, Bosnia and so on. Regularly the Epoque Quartet performs in the subscription cycles of the Symphonic Orchestra of the Czech Broadcasting, the Czech Nonet, plays for the association for chamber music, cooperates with the Czech television and the Czech Broadcasting and is guest on prestigious music festivals for example the Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival, Concentus Moraviae, the Music Festival of České Krumlov, Chamber music Cycle of the Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, Metamorphoses (Switzerland), Music Festival Ludwig van Beethoven, Moravský podzim (Moravian autumn) an so on. Last year the Epoque Quartet has its debut on famous Prague Spring International Music Festival.

The members of the Epoque Quartet led a master classes in jazz interpretation at several places of the world (Jerusalem, Sao Paulo, Belgrade and Prague). In the field of jazz the Epoque quartet came together with personalities like Gregory Porter, George Mraz, Benny Beailey, Yoshiko Kishino and David Braid. Digestedly the ensemble works together with the Trio Robert Balzar and with world famous french horn player Radek Baborak. As a members of other music formations (Czech Radio Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Orquestrina Baborak, Art Trio Bohemia a.o.) they came together with international stars like Mischa Maisky, Placido Domingo, Jose Cura, Janin Jansen, Maxim Vengerov, Vaclav Neumann, Libor Pesek and others in a places like Berlin Philharmonie, Tonhalle Zürich, Suntory Hall Tokyo, Rudolphinum Prague and so on.

Duo Artis
Duo Artis
http://www.artis-gitarrenduo.de

The young and sympathetic ARTIS GuitarDuo is about to gain a firm place in the international concert world. Their lively, emotional style of playing and blind understanding on stage create an intense, intimate atmosphere and turn a concert into a unique experience.

Several first and second prizes at international chamber music competitions in Italy, Spain, Liechtenstein and Germany as well as many audience awards confirm the outstanding quality of the duo.

True to the motto „the guitar is an orchestra“ the two musicians cover the whole color range of their instruments and play completely by heart. The result is a communication and liveliness on stage as it is rarely found.

Invitations to numerous international music festivals and further concert tours took the duo to Italy, Lithuania and Poland. Invited by the Goethe-Institute, they already concerted as cultural ambassadors in Brazil, China and Andalusia.

Julia and Christian Zielinski, both born in 1987, are scholarship holders of the highly skilled foundations ING DiBa and the DAAD. Furthermore, they regularly performed in charitable organizations for the Yehudi Menuhin Society "Live Music Now".

They successfully graduated with distinction from the universities in Stuttgart (teachers: Prof. Johannes Monno and Kaltchev Guitar Duo), Frankfurt (Prof. Michael Teuchert) and with Prof. Olaf van Gonnissen in Hamburg, where they took a concert exam, the highest postgraduate degree in Germany.

They recorded their first CD in 2007 with premiere recordings of Beethoven and Pujol. In 2013 their second CD „Portrait“ was released by karlklang and received great critical acclaim from the trade press.
 In 2016 they both released a Solo-CD: “Versus“ and “Solo“ to emphasize their individuality.

Recently they recorded their newest project: a CD full of Baroque music. It will be released by the end of the year.

Joaquín Clerch
Joaquín Clerch
http://www.joaquinclerch.com/de/

The Cuban guitar player was born on August 8, 1965 in Havana, where years later he was awarded one of the most prestigious art awards granted by the Cuban government, “Orden por la Cultura Nacional.” He studied guitar, music and composition in his homeland and in 1989 completed his studies in the Instituto Superior de Arte. In 1990 Joaquín Clerch continued studying overseas, at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria, where he was Eliot Fisk’s guitar student and where he studied early music with Anthony Spiri and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. In 1991 Clerch finished his studies in Salzburg with honors and received an award for outstanding artistic achievement granted by the Austrian Ministry of Science and Research. Also in 1991, he began his international teaching career, first as assistant to Professor Fisk at the Mozarteum and later teaching at the Munich Conservatory. Since 1999 he has been teaching guitar classes at the Robert Schumann Conservatory in Düsseldorf.

“Joaquín Clerch is a uniquely talented musician. Not only is he an excellent virtuoso and extremely poetic guitar player, but he has also proven to be an extraordinary intellectual when dealing with issues related to performance practice and music making in general.”

(Nikolaus Harnoncourt)

Clerch is a leading guitar teacher. His students have won international awards and honors in major competitions, including the prestigious Francisco Tárrega International Guitar Competition, in which his students obtained the first prize four years in a row (2004-2007). Many of his students are renowned guitar players and teachers at conservatories and music schools all over the world.

Joaquín Clerch has won major guitar competitions, including the Andrés Segovia International Competition (Granada), International Guitar Competition Heitor Villa-Lobos (Rio de Janeiro), Printemps de la Guitare (Charleroi/Brussels) and ARD (Munich). Clerch has given guitar concerts in many cities and concert halls all over the world, including Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Teatro Nacional (Havana), Radio France (Paris), Beijing Concert Hall (Beijing), Konzerthaus (Vienna) and many others.

Clerch is not only well-known as a guitar player, but also as a composer. His works for guitar are published by Musikverlag Zimmermann, formerly Chanterelle, and performances are released under the label Naxos. Clerch’s own performances of his guitar concerts are available under duo-phon records and MDG.

In 2009, Clerch was awarded the Echo Prize for Classica Cubana (CD).

In 2012, he won the Cuba Disco Prize for his performance of Carlos Fariñas’ complete works.

Yamandu Costa
Yamandu Costa
https://yamandu.com.br

Yamandu Costa, 7-string guitar virtuoso, is one of the few Brazilian instrumental music composers, extremely gifted musician, and improviser. Now at the age of 35, with his distinct way of playing, already a reference for the younger guitar generation.

Influenced by many great musicians like Lucio Yanel and Astor Piazzolla (from Argentina), Raphael Rabelo, Baden Powell and Antonio Carlos Jobim (from Brazil) and Django Reinhardt, Yamandu has created his very particular style of compositions, somewhere between the typical music from the south of Brazil, Choro and Samba with finger acrobatic like passages, high tempo and yet very delicate and melodious pieces. For the audience his music is somewhere between breathtaking and breath-holding, accompanied by Yamandu’s way of melting with his instrument and being one for the duration of the concert.

Yamandu is embracing the range of root-Latin-American music with a clear basis on South Brazilian swing.

Rostislav Coufal
Rostislav Coufal

Rostislav Coufal graduated from the Conservatory of Pardubice where he studied classical guitar with Stanislav Juřica and František Zima. Currently he is teaching classical guitar at the Art School Na Střezině in Hradec Králové. Since 1997 he has been working with various guitar orchestras.

In 2003 he founded Bohemian Guitar Orchestra and until 2012 he was its conductor and artistic director. For this orchestra he has made a lot of transcriptions of the music by Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Sebastian Bach, Mauro Giuliani, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gioachino Rossini, Antonín Dvořák, Aram Chačaturjan and Astor Piazzolla.

In years 2007-2015 he has been a conductor of the Mikulov Philharmony at the international guitar festival Mikulov.

As a guitarist he has played in the bands of various musical genres (folk, rock, grunge, country, southern rock).

András Csáki
András Csáki
http://http://www.andrascsaki.com

András Csáki is an outstanding guitarist of his generation. The magnetism and sensibility of his playing has enchanted audiences in many concert halls from Japan to North America. In professional journals several critics have pointed out that he always put his impressive instrumental knowledge and technique at the service of his musical ideas (”he always chooses expression over showing off”, Kenneth Keaton, American Record Guide, 2011).

Csáki studied at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, then at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, Los Angeles. His professors were József Eötvös, Scott

Tennant, William Kanengiser and Pepe Romero. During his student years he was the winner of several prestigious international competitions: Tokyo (2008), Alessandria (Michele Pittaluga International Classical Guitar Competition, 2009) and Almeria (International Julian Arcas Classical Guitar Competition, 2011).

In addition to a solo career, Csáki has dedicated himself to chamber music. In 2015 he performed Pierre Boulez’s Le marteau sans maître, a famously great challenge in chamber music literature, an emblematic composition which requires musical experience and wide-ranging knowledge. Giving the first performances and disseminating guitar works by contemporary Hungarian composers is a particular interest of his.

András Csáki has recorded several solo CDs with Naxos. From the programme of his 2010 CD two works have found their way into the book of Canadian musicologist, Enrique Robichaud: Guitar’s Top 100.

András Csáki conducts regular masterclasses in a number of countries in Europe, Asia and North-America. Since 2009 he has been teaching at the Liszt Academy of Music Budapest; in the same year he was awarded the Junior Prima Prize in the musical arts of the Prima Primissima Foundation. In 2010 he received The Youth of March prize. He was the first recipient of the memorial plaque of Karola Ágai and László Szendrey-Karper in 2015.

András Csáki is sponsored by the string manufacturer, D’Addario.

Massimo Felici
Massimo Felici

„One of the best European guitarists we have ever listened to.“ (The American Records’ Guide)

Massimo Felici studied in Rome with Stefano Grondona, and later with Oscar Ghiglia at the Chigiana Academy in Siena and at the Musik-Akademie in Basel.

A first prize winner at important international competitions such as Gargnano, Màlaga, Cagliari and Fiuggi, he was also awarded important acknowledgements and prizes at Alessandria, Parma, „Andrés Segovia“ in Granada and „Palma d’oro“ in Finale Ligure.

Concert performances as a soloist, in duos with the guitarist Lorenzo Micheli or flautist Massimo Mercelli, the „Leonardo Guitar Quartet“ and various orchestras took Massimo all over the Europe, South America, the United States and the Far East. Collaborating with conductors as Enrique Bàtiz, Filippo Maria Bressan, Tito Muñoz, Christopher Franklin, Robert Gutter, Philippe Bender, Raphael Pyllarinos, Vittorio Antonellini and others.

As well as being a guest artist at many important festivals worldwide (Jerusalem, Rheingau, Ljubljana, Helsinki, Madrid, Brno, Zagreb, Koblenz, Mexico City, Màlaga, Gerona), Massimo Felici has also been invited to give masterclasses at several Italian conservatoires, and also in Germany, South Corea, India, Croatia, Estonia, Spain, Latvia, Slovenia, Czech Republic and Finland. Currently he is a professor at the Conservatory „Arrigo Boito“ in Parma (Italy).

In 1997, as a member of the New York Alaria Chamber Ensemble, he made his debut performance at the Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall).

In 1995 he recorded the CD „Escarraman“, which contains the première recordings of works by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. The recording received enthusiastic international acclaim. In 2004, together with Lorenzo Micheli, he recorded the Complete Concertos of Castelnuovo-Tedesco for the international label „Brilliant“. Another world première recording followed in 2008 with the CD „Morning in Iowa“ (a chamber music work by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco). This recording also featured David Knopfler, Lorenzo Micheli and Ensemble’05. The recent CD „Mauro Giuliani: Rarities and Masterpieces“ (winner of „Puglia Sounds Record 2015“), is a monography recorded on original instruments with world première recording of „Der Abschied der Troubadours“.

A number of composers dedicated compositions to Massimo Felici: Giovanni Sollima („Free Life on Earth“ – 2004, „Il Bestiario di Leonardo“ – 2008), Daniele Lombardi („Soft“ – 2010), Sergio Rendine („Serenata“ per chitarra e archi – 2002, „Concerto“ per chitarra e orchestra – 2005) and Luis Bacalov („Caminos del Sur“ – 2008).

Massimo Felici plays a guitar made by Miguel Simplicio (Barcelona 1934).

Matěj Freml
Matěj Freml
http://www.siempre-nuevo.com/

Matěj Freml was born 1982 in Teplice, Czech Republic. His father Jiří Freml gave him his first guitar lesson at the age of 8, at the music school in Zruč nad Sázavou. In 1996-2002 he studied at Jan Neruda High School (specialized in music) with Václav Kučera and then continued to study at the conservatory in Pardubice, where he graduated in the class of Petr Saidl in 2004. In 2007/2008 he studied as an exchange student at the Liszt School of Music in Weimar, Germany, in the class of Prof. Thomas Müller-Pering. In 2009 he completed his master degree at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno under Prof. Martin Mysliveček and doc. Mgr. Vladislav Bláha, ArtD and in 2012 he completed here also his Ph.D. degree under prof. Barbara Willi, Ph.D. One year later, in 2013, he finished his chamber music studies within the ‚Aufbau B' program with Patrick Vacík in the class of Prof. Thomas Müller-Pering at the Franz Liszt School of Music.

During his studies Matěj Freml successfully took part in many national and international competitions (International Guitar Competition Kutná Hora/Czech Republic, Guitar Art Festival – Belgrade/Serbia, Guitar Competition John W. Duarte – Rust/Austria, Competition J. K. Mertz – Bratislava/Slovakia, Concorso E. Marcatali – Gorizia/Italy, Split Guitar Festival – Split/Croatia etc.).

MgA. Matěj Freml, Ph.D. is teaching at the Music school in Zruč nad Sázavou and Kutná Hora and since 2012 at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno, Czech Republic. In 2015 he also joined the Prague Guitar Quartet.

Rolf Lislevand
Rolf Lislevand
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rolf_Lislevand

Rolf Lislevand was born in 1961 in Oslo. From 1980 until 1984, he studied the classical guitar at the Norwegian State Academy of Music. In 1984, he entered the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland, which was then the most active early music center in Europe. He studied there until 1987, under the guidance of Hopkinson Smith and Eugéne Dombois.

Since 1987, he has been living in Verona, Italy, where he has been trying to reconstruct an authentic way of performing Italian music from the first half of the 17th century. Living in close contact with an old civilization which was always as attentive to modernism as tradition, he strives for a combination of intuition and research to guide him towards a comprehensive concept of style and aesthetics of Baroque music.

Rolf Lislevand’s solo-recordings are released by the French label Auvidis/Astrée. His first CD of music by the Italian-born lutenist Hieronymus Kapsberger received, along with glowing reviews, the French „Diapason d’Or de l‘année 1994“ award. The same year, the Kapsberger CD was voted the „Best Record of Music before 1650“ at the MIDEM international music industry fair in Cannes and, in 1995, „Critic’s choice“ of Gramophone.

In the past few years, Lislevand has expanded two aspects of his career: his work as a soloist ad a teacher. At the Conservatoire National de Toulouse (France), he has been allowed to develop a didactic method for instruments of the lute family which were cut off from their tradition centuries ago. Since 1993, Rolf Lislevand has been a professor at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Trossingen, Germany.

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.

Petr Saidl
Petr Saidl
https://www.guitar4mation.com/about

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. His students are prizewinners of prestigious national and international competitions (165 prizes, among them 65 first prizes). Since 2016 he has taught also at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. 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”.

Martin Schwarz
Martin Schwarz
https://www.guitar4mation.com/about

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.

Patrick Vacík
Patrick Vacík
http://www.siempre-nuevo.com/

Born 1984 in Kempten, Germany, Patrick Vacík started to play the guitar at the age of eleven. In September 2000 he began his studies at the conservatory in Prague, Czech Republic, with Václav Kučera. He completed his studies in 2006 at the conservatory in Pardubice, Czech Republic, in the class of Petr Saidl. From October 2006 onwards he became a student at the Franz Liszt School of Music in Weimar, Germany under Prof. Thomas Müller-Pering, with whom he also studied his Duo Concert Examination, together with Matěj Freml, finished in 2013. In addition to that, he received his Ph.D. at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Prague, Czech Republic.

During his studies Patrick Vacík successfully took part in many national and international competitions (incl. Guitar Art Festival – Belgrade / Serbia, Guitar Competition John W. Duarte – Rust / Austria, Concorso E. Marcatali – Gorizia / Italy, etc.). Beside his solo performance, Patrick Vacík is also actively involved in chamber music. Since 2006 he is a member of the Prague Guitar Quartet.

Since 2010 he teaches guitar at the Prague Conservatory.

Jens Wagner
Jens Wagner
http://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.

You Wu
You Wu

Born in 1993 in Lishu, China, You Wu began to study the guitar with his father when he was eight. Five years later he continued with Prof. Danny Yeh at the Middle school of Music, which is affiliated to Shanghai Conservatory of Music. After graduating from the Conservatory in 2012 he went to Vienna to study with Prof. Alvaro Pierri at the University of Music and Performing Arts.

Prizes:

2006 – 1st Prize at the Liaoning Guitar National Guitar Competition

2006 – 2nd Prize at the Singapore International Guitar Competition

2008 – "Best Student" at the Shonai International Guitar Festival Japan

2009 – 1st Prize at the Shanghai National Guitar Competition

2009 – 1st Prize at the Kyushu International Guitar Competition

2009 – 1st Prize at the Thailand International Guitar Competition

2012 – 1st Prize at the Shenyang National Guitar Competition

2011 – 1st Prize at the Tianjin National Guitar Competition

2013 – 2nd Prize at the International Biennial Guitar Competition Kutná Hora

2013 – 3rd Prize at the 'Ciudad de Coria' International Guitar Competition

2013 – 3rd Prize at the Tokyo International Guitar Competition

2014 – 2nd Prize at the Changsha International Guitar Competition

2014 – 1st Prize at the Shenyang International Guitar Competition

2017 – 1st Prize at the LiGita International Guitar Competition

2017 – 1st Prize at the Forum Gitarre Wien 2018 – 2nd Prize at the Zagreb Guitar Competition (Category VI)

Christian Zielinski
Christian Zielinski
http://www.artis-gitarrenduo.de/

Christian Zielinski, born in 1987, started to study music at the University with Prof. Johannes Monno (chamber music with Prof. Sofia and Ivo Kaltchev) in Stuttgart and continued with Prof. Michael Teuchert in Frankfurt. During his academic studies he successfully graduated with distinction and since then he devote himself to a chamber music concert exam, the highest postgraduate degree, with Prof. Olaf van Gonnissen in Hamburg. As the first guitar duo in the history of Hamburg University, they graduated with distinction.

Only a teenager, he won more than 20 prizes at national music competitions. Together with his wife Julia they form the ARTIS GuitarDuo since 2006. Several 1st and 2nd awards at international chamber music competitions in Italy, Spain, Liechtenstein and Germany, CDs with great critical acclaim and invitations to numerous international music festivals established the duo in the international music scene.

Julia Zielinski
Julia Zielinski
http://www.artis-gitarrenduo.de/

Julia Zielinski started to play the guitar at the age of 8. Because of her numerous prizes at national youth competitions she was quickly awarded with several scholarships. She successfully graduated her academic studies with distinction in Stuttgart and Frankfurt. (With Prof. Ivo and Sofia Kaltchev, Prof. Johannes Monno and Prof. Michael Teuchert).

Together with her husband Christian Zielinski they form the ARTIS GuitarDuo since 2006. After they devoted themselves to a duo concert exam, they graduated with distinction as the first guitar duo in the history of Hamburg university (teacher: Prof. Olaf van Gonnissen).

Several 1st and 2nd Awards at international chamber music competitions in Italy, Spain, Liechtenstein and Germany, three CDs with great critical acclaim and invitations to international music festivals established the duo in the international guitar scene.