31. GUITAR FESTIVAL MIKULOV 2017

9. 7. - 15. 7. 2017 ZORAN DUKIĆ, PABLO MÁRQUEZ & MARÍA CRISTINA KIEHR, MARCO SOCÍAS, GABRIEL BIANCO & MICHAELA HRABÁNKOVÁ, OMÁN KAMINSKY, GUITAR4MATION, MASSIMO FELICI, CARLOS MARTIN Y SUS CABALLEROS, STEFAN SCHMIDT, TATIANA STACHAK

Artists

Carlos Martin y sus Caballeros Guitar4mation
Guitar4mation
http://guitar4mation.com/index.php/de/

An exceptional ensemble
Guitar4mation is a guitar quartet based in Vienna, Austria, although the group’s members Michal Nagy, Petr Saidl, Martin Wesely and Martin Schwarz live as far apart as Poland, the Czech Republic and widely seperated regions of Austria. Therefore, describing the group as based in trains, cars and planes would probably be more accurate.

The four musicians meet regularly in different places to enthrall their audiences by presenting well known and lesser known music in their unique way, using the magical colours four guitars can create. Every one of Guitar4mation’s members adds his own individual musical experiences and stylistic expertise to enrichen the group’s repertoire.

A look back
Guitar4mation was founded in Vienna in 1993. The original ensemble consisted of Alexander Swete, Francis Montocchio, Michal Nagy and Martin Schwarz. The group was reconstructed in 2003 and has been playing with great success in Austria, Germany, Italy, Greece, Slovakia, Poland and the Czech Republic in its current 4mation.

Guitar4mationperformed at the Wiener Konzerthaus, at international guitar festivals such as Lockenhaus, Mikulov, Gdansk, Tychy, Wroclaw, Gevelsberg, Bad Aibling and did live recordings for the ORF and Polish radio stations. The 1996 debut album "From a Hidden Street" was produced by Polskie Nagrania Edition Warsaw. The recent CDs "pulse.sound.joy.heart." (2006) and "Sonada de Adios" (2010) were published by Gramola Vienna and have received enthusiastic international acclaim.

G4M

Repertoire
Guitar4mation’s repertoire encompasses modern music, arrangements of romantic, impressionistic and Spanish works, music from Latin America as well as jazz and pop. Original compositions - some of them written for and dedicated to Guitar4mation – and Guitar4mation’s unique arrangements are key elements of the groups ability to impress and delight its audiences.

Something special
Guitar4mation has a very dynamic way of playing not often encountered in classical guitar concerts, reaching from very delicate pianissimos to angrily buzzing strings. At the end of a recital, Guitar4mation may surprise you with unexpected bouts of slapstick, gently making fun of the sometimes all too serious music business. But you will have to come and see and hear this for yourselves.

Gabriel Bianco
Gabriel Bianco
http://gabrielbianco.fr/

Recognized as one of the best international guitarists, Gabriel Bianco gives in each of his concerts a supplement of art. On stage, Gabriel and his guitar become just one. The elegance and the colors of his playing exude a unique approach to the repertoire he explores, especially romantic and Spanish music, as well as contemporary works. Since the beginning of his career, Gabriel Bianco has performed in many of the most renowned festivals and concert halls: Pablo Casals Festival in Prades, Estivales du Médoc, Jeudis Musicaux de Royan (France), Festival Internacional de Música y Danza de Granada, Tchaïkovsky Hall in Moscow, Herbst Theater in San Francisco, Luis Angel Arango library of Bogotá, Festival Cervantino in Mexico and the Central Conservatory in Beijing.

Gabriel shapes his repertoire as a creator, polishing the slightest details until a perfect result. With such a determination, he won early first prizes in international contests. As soon as he graduated from the French CNSMDP (Centre National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse of Paris), Gabriel Bianco won in 2007 the Koblenz International Guitar Competition “Hubert Käppel” and the prestigious « Guitar Foundation of America » in San Francisco in 2008 . In 2011, he was nominated “Révélation classique” from the ADAMI (France).

Gabriel’s intense and elegant playing brings him to perform all around the world. In 2016, the guitarist gave concerts in Russia in tribute to the great Nikita Koshkin, in Mexico, Romania, Italy, Germany or even the Ukraine, Kosovo and Bulgaria. Since the beginning of his career, he has played in more than 36 countries such as England, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Austria, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Greece, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, United-States of America, Canada, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Jordan, Algeria, Thailand, China, India, Bhutan, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, East Timor and his native France.

Beyond his soloist career, Gabriel Bianco dedicates himself to selected chamber music projects, among them, the Quatuor Eclisses, a quartet he founded in 2012 with his friends from the CNSMDP. Audacity, virtuosity and connivance on stage are the keys to this rare project which takes Gabriel to go further into his art by realizing arrangements of works for guitar quartet. A Savarez strings artist, Gabriel Bianco has recorded two solo albums. His latest, Capricci, was released in 2016 by Ad Vitam Records.

Duo Bianco-Hrabánková
Duo Bianco-Hrabánková
Zoran Dukić
Zoran Dukić
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dx7VMmVYVKk

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.

Massimo Felici
Massimo Felici
http://www.conservatorio.pr.it/docenti/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, then specialized with Oscar Ghiglia at the Chigiana Academy in Siena and at the Musik-Akademie in Basel.

He is a First Prize Winner at important international competitions such as Gargnano, Màlaga, Cagliari and Fiuggi. He has been awarded important acknowledgements and prizes also in Alessandria, Parma, “Andrés Segovia” in Granada and “Palma d’oro” in Finale Ligure. 

He has been performing since he was very young as a soloist, in duo with the guitarist Lorenzo Micheli, with the flutist Massimo Mercelli, with the “Leonardo” Guitar Quartet and with orchestras all over the Europe, South America, United States and the Far East, with conductors as Enrique Bàtiz, Filippo Maria Bressan, Tito Muñoz, Christopher Franklin, Robert Gutter, Philippe Bender, Raphael Pyllarinos, Vittorio Antonellini and others.

Guest artist at many important festivals all over the world (Jerusalem, Rheingau, Ljubljana, Helsinki, Madrid, Brno, Zagreb, Koblenz, Mexico City, Màlaga, Gerona, etc.). Massimo Felici has been also invited to give masterclasses at several Italian Conservatoires, in Germany, South Corea, India, Croatia, Estonia, Spain, Latvia, Slovenia, Czech Republic and Finland. Currently he is a professor at a Conservatory “Arrigo Boito” in Parma (Italy).

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

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

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) dedicated new important guitar works to him.

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

Nikolas Göhl Michaela Hrabánková
Michaela Hrabánková
http://www.hrabankova.com

Steeped in the tradition of Czech musical lyricism, flexibility and spontaneity, Michaela Hrabánková is a versatile soloist and chamber music musician, passionate about standard repertoire as well as contemporary works. Born in Prague, she currently resides and works in Paris.

She gave recitals and chamber music concerts at many festivals around the world, f.e. in France (Festival de la Chaise-Dieu Festival, Festival of Hector Berlioz, European Meeting of Double Reeds), in Germany (Rheingau Musik Festival), in Kosovo, in Czech Republic, in Romania (Festival of young talents), in Algeria or in Argentina (Encuentro Oboistas Buenos Aires).

During the past three years she has benn a member of the french wind quintette „Le Concert Impromptu“, which is supported by the Ministry of French Culture.

In 2001, Michaela Hrabankova won 2nd prize of the Czech Radio Competition "Concertino Praga". She was invited by the European Organisation of Music Competitions for Youth / EMCY / to perform on a concert tour through Europe.

Michaela is regularly invited to give masterclasses in France, Romania (Gheorghe Dima Music Academy in Cluj-Napoca), or in Czech Republic (Prague Academy of Music, Janáček Academy of Musical Arts in Brno, Prague Conservatory, the Conservatory of Pardubice). Since 2013 she is teaching at the conservatory Mstislaw Rostropovich in Maisons Laffitte.

She recorded a CD together with Le Concert Impromptu called „French Music“. In 2013 she recorded for the Czech Radio "Český Rozhlas" Concerto for oboe and small orchestra by Jan Rybář (Dedicated to Michaela Hrabankova). In April 2017 a new CD with French guitarist Gabriel Bianco was released by Ad Vitam Records (distribution Harmonia Mundi).

Her musical education started in Prague, with the soloist of National Theatre of Prague Josef Vacek, at the Prague Conservatory with Professor FXThuri. She left Prague to continue studies in Germany at the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe, with Professor Thomas Indermuhle. She completed her education with Erasmus exchange programme in the class of Jacques Tys at the Paris Conservatory CNSM. From 2007 to 2010 she got a scholarship of the "Alvaro Gomez Music Foundation". She is supported by producer instruments "F. Lorée" and by oboe and English horn reeds producer "Koje Reeds."

Stanislav Juřica
Stanislav Juřica

Stanislav Juřica graduated from the Conservatory in Brno and the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where he studied pedagogy and psychology. He has taught at the Conservatory in Pardubice since its foundation in 1978, where many distinguished guitarists and teachers studied with him, including P. Saidl, K. Fleischlinger, M. Hromek, J. Macek, L. Fišer, M. Šír, R. Coufal, A. Lauterbachová, T. Honěk and I. Babáčková. Since 2010 Stanislav has also taught at the Elementary Art School in Přelouč.

He is frequently invited to take the chair of various juries at national and international guitar competitions. Stanislav has been very active in publishing guitar teaching literature, and transcriptions of renaissance and baroque music for lute and guitar. For more than 13 years Stanislav has been an accredited lecturer of further education for music school teachers in Brno, Blansko, Pardubice, Hradec Králové, Praha, Ostrava, České Budějovice, Zlín, Ústí nad Labem, Most, Boskovice and Bratislava. 

Stanislav is one of the three founders of the International Guitar Festival Mikulov, which is considered as one of the top European guitar events. Together with Martin Mysliveček and Olga Dvorská he was responsible for organising the first 20 editions of this festival.

Omán Kaminsky
Omán Kaminsky
http://www.omankaminsky.com/en/Biography.html

From Mexico City, Oman Kaminsky is one of the leading guitarists of his country. He is the winner of the "Premio Nacional de la Juventud" the most important prize for the youth in Mexico, and it was given to him by the President of Mexico.

He obtained his bachelor's degree with the highest honors in Mexico City, where he studied with Isabelle Villey.

Afterwards he went to The Netherlands to continue his education with Zoran Dukic, studying at the "Koninklijk Conservatorium" in The Hague.

Omán is a winner of numerous awards, including prizes in competitions like GuitarArt in Belgrade, Dallas in USA, Forum Gitarre and John Duarte in Austria; Iserlohn and Oberhausen in Germany; Norba Caeserina, Julian Arcas, Comarca el Condado, Aranda de Duero and Petrer in Spain; Twents and Enschede in Holland; Printemps de la guitare in Belgium; and more that 10 top prizes in guitar competitions in Mexico.

Oman Kaminsky is regularly invited to give master classes and he is constantly giving concerts in Europe, USA and Mexico, including the most important halls like the Carnegie Hall in New York City or the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

Since 2014, Oman Kaminsky is a Guitar Professor in the “Escuela Superior de Música” and at the National University “UNAM” in México City.

María Cristina Kiehr
María Cristina Kiehr
http://www.harmoniamundi.com/#!/artists/430
María Cristina Kiehr was born in Argentina where she received her early musical training. In 1983 she came to Europe and studied under René Jacobs at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis with the aim of specialising in the Baroque repertoire. At the same time she took courses in vocal technique with Eva Krasnai. She is incontestably one of today’s leading vocal artists in the field of Baroque music and has appeared throughout the world in concerts and recordings with celebrated conductors, orchestras and ensembles like René Jacobs, Jordi Savall, Philippe Herreweghe, Frans Brüggen, Gustav Leonhardt, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Konrad Junghänel, Concerto Vocale, La Fenice, Cantus Cölln, Ensemble Vocal Européen, Hespèrion XX, Elyma, Nederlands Kamerkoor, Concerto Köln, Ensemble 415, etc.
María Cristina Kiehr is particularly interested in early Baroque music. She is a co-founder of the ensemble “La Colombina”.
In 1988 she made her opera début in Innsbruck in Cavalli’s Giasone under René Jacobs. She has also sung in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Orontea, and Dido and Aeneas under René Jacobs, Dafne (Gagliano), L’Orfeo (Monteverdi) and Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (Monteverdi) under Gabriel Garrido.
Her extraordinarily rewarding collaboration with the harpsichordist and organist Jean-Marc Aymes led to the founding of the Concerto Soave ensemble which specializes in Italian music of the early baroque period. It is a concerto in the original sense of the term, i.e. a rich instrumental palette (composed of harpsichord, organ, arch lute, viola da gamba, harp…) accompanying a solo singer.
It has appeared at many leading festivals of early music: Utrecht, Ambronay, Pontoise, Simiane-la-Rotonde, Semaine Sainte en Arles, and in Montreux, Lausanne, Marseille, and Paris (Cité de la Musique).

María Cristina Kiehr was born in Argentina where she received her early musical training. In 1983 she came to Europe and studied under René Jacobs at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis with the aim of specialising in the Baroque repertoire. At the same time she took courses in vocal technique with Eva Krasnai. She is incontestably one of today’s leading vocal artists in the field of Baroque music and has appeared throughout the world in concerts and recordings with celebrated conductors, orchestras and ensembles like René Jacobs, Jordi Savall, Philippe Herreweghe, Frans Brüggen, Gustav Leonhardt, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Konrad Junghänel, Concerto Vocale, La Fenice, Cantus Cölln, Ensemble Vocal Européen, Hespèrion XX, Elyma, Nederlands Kamerkoor, Concerto Köln, Ensemble 415, etc.

María Cristina Kiehr is particularly interested in early Baroque music. She is a co-founder of the ensemble “La Colombina”.

In 1988 she made her opera début in Innsbruck in Cavalli’s Giasone under René Jacobs. She has also sung in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Orontea, and Dido and Aeneas under René Jacobs, Dafne (Gagliano), L’Orfeo (Monteverdi) and Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (Monteverdi) under Gabriel Garrido.

Her extraordinarily rewarding collaboration with the harpsichordist and organist Jean-Marc Aymes led to the founding of the Concerto Soave ensemble which specializes in Italian music of the early baroque period. It is a concerto in the original sense of the term, i.e. a rich instrumental palette (composed of harpsichord, organ, arch lute, viola da gamba, harp…) accompanying a solo singer.

It has appeared at many leading festivals of early music: Utrecht, Ambronay, Pontoise, Simiane-la-Rotonde, Semaine Sainte en Arles, and in Montreux, Lausanne, Marseille, and Paris (Cité de la Musique).

Pablo Márquez
Pablo Márquez
www.pablomarquez.com

The Argentinian guitarist Pablo Márquez is considered today as one of the most accomplished and versatile virtuosi of his instrument. Outstanding interpreter of contemporary music, who collaborates regularly with groups such as the Ensemble Intercontemporain, he is equally acclaimed for his passionated and equilibrated versions of the historical masterpieces as well as the Argentine traditional music.

He started his guitar studies at the age of 10, and three years later he gave his first performance with orchestra in Salta, the city in the Northwest of Argentina where he grew up and received his first training. He then studied in Buenos Aires with Jorge Martínez Zárate and Eduardo Fernández. His student period came brillanty to an end with the unanimous First prizes at the Villa-Lobos and Radio France international competitions in Rio de Janeiro and Paris respectively. Later prizes at the Geneva and Munich competitions confirmed his outstanding and rare artistry. A complete musician, he studied conducting with Eric Sobzyck, Rodolfo Fischer and Peter Eötvös, and followed the teaching of the legendary pianist György Sebök, who made on him the most profound and lasting impression.

His career evolves in more than 40 countries, being acclaimed at the most prestigious halls (e.g., Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Teatro Colón of Buenos Aires, Herkulessaal in Munich, Auditorio Reina Sofía  in Madrid, National Recital Hall in Taipei, Théâtre du Châtelet and Philharmonie in Paris), as well as great festivals (e.g., Aix-en-Provence, Avignon, Ultraschall in Berlin, Musica in Strasbourg, San Sebastián...). He established fruitful collaborations  with musicians such as Anja Lechner,  Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Dino Saluzzi, Maria Cristina Kiehr, the Rosamunde Quartett of Munich, Anne Gastinel, Ruth Rosique and Mario Caroli. He is regularly invited to perform as soloist with great orchestras and ensembles (e.g., Bayerische Rundfunk of Munich, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Philharmonie Baden-Baden, Orchestra della Svizzera italiana, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne de Montreal, Plural Ensemble of Madrid, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia), under de baton of Susanna Mälkki, Dennis Russel Davies, Lorraine Vaillancourt, Josep Pons, Ernest Martínez Izquierdo, Christian Ehwald, Tomaz Golka, Mark Foster, Pavel Baleff, Fabián Panisello  and others. 

His continuous commitment to contemporary music has led to several first performances and to close collaborations with the greatest composers of our time such as Luciano Berio, György Kurtág and Mauricio Kagel. Pierre Boulez invited him to play Berio’ Sequenza XI for the 70th birthday celebrations of the Italian composer. Zad Moultaka, Arthur Kampela, Dino Saluzzi, Félix Ibarrondo, Ramón Lazkano, Javier Torres Maldonado, Ahmed Essyad, Oscar Strasnoy, Fuminori Tanada and Atanas Ourkouzounov, among others, wrote pieces for him. 

His discography - ECM New Series, Naïve and Kairos a.o -  includes first recordings of pieces by Francesconi, Moultaka, Ibarrondo, Maresz, Mantovani and Cassadó, and has been awarded with the Grand Prix du Disque of the Académie Charles Cros, the italian Amadeus Prize, the RTL Classique d’Or, and were designed as Best Early Music recording by the Neue Musik Zeitung in Germany and Best Classical Music recording of the year by Readings in Australia.  His last CD for ECM, El Cuchi bien temperado, dedicated to the music of Gustavo Leguizamón, found a hugh resonance in the international press and was selected as one of the Best 100 Recordings of 2015 (all genres) by the american journalist Ted Gioia. 

Pablo Márquez is Professor at the Musik-Akademie of Basel, as well as Guest Professor at the Pôle Supérieur de Bretagne-Pays de la Loire and at the Universidad Pablo Olavide in Sevilla. He received in Buenos Aires the Konex Prize for his career and he is since 2006 Honorary Citizen of the City of Salta.

Antoine Moriniere
Antoine Moriniere

Always looking for new repertoire, Antoine Moriniere is invited to play solo concerts, chamber music and concertos all around the world. He performed in many countries like France, Canada (Toronto), Greece (Athens), Cyprus (Nicosia), Belgium, Poland (Olsztyn, Warsaw), Portugal (Casa de Musica de Porto, Barcelos), Romania (Targu Mures, Cluj Napoca), Spain (Madrid, Petrer, Coria, Cheste, Valencia, St Sebastian), Germany (Hamburg, Weimar, Berlin), Austria (Wien), Czech Republic (Kutná Hora), Denmark (Copenhagen).

Interested in contemporary music, he collaborates with the japanese composer Rikako Watanabe (composition teacher at in the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris) for the piece „Suite pour guitare“ which is also dedicated to him. He premiered it during his tour in Spain in November 2012. He also plays a composition for guitar and clarinet named „Obscurs”, dedicated to him by the excellent french clarinetist, Raphaël Sévère. He will also perform an other creation during 2017 with piano, clarinet and 2 guitars, a piece composed by the pianist Jean Frederic Neuburger with Raphaël Sévère and Thibaut Garcia.

Recently, as the winner of Sevilla and Wien guitar competitions, Antoine is having an international tour. More than 30 concerts all around the world (Spain, Austria, Thaïland, Germany, Canada, Greece, Austria, Montenegro, England, Slovakia, Denmark, etc.). He also recorded a CD in June 2016 with the label “Contrastes Records” (Naxos Distribution).

Antoine is also involved in chamber music projects as a guitar clarinet duo with Raphael Sévère and as a guitar duo with Thibaut Garcia (France, Romania, etc.). In 2017 he starts a new collaboration with the contempory dancer named Louis Nam Le Van Ho.

In 2016, Antoine obtained his Masters degree at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris in Olivier Chassain's class. He started guitar with Jean Luc Rocchietti, then he continued with Olivier Chassain at the Conservatory of Bordeaux where he graduated with the highest jury distinction. He also received professional guidance from Jeremy Jouve during 2 years. Antoine is teaching now in the St Maur des Fossés Regional Conservatory in France.

Antione received first prizes at International Sevilla Guitar Competition (Spain), Forum Gitarre Wien (Austria), Antony Guitar Competition (France), Santa Cecilia Music Competition (Porto), Olsztyn International Guitar Competition (Poland), Leopold Bellan Music Competition (Paris), 2nd prizes at Internation Jose Thomas Guitar Competition (Petrer, Spain), Coria Guitar Competition (Spain), Kutná Hora Guitar Competition (Czech Republic), Anna Amalia Guitar Competition (Germany), Special Prize for the best contemporary music interpretation at Forum Gitarre Wien and Special Prize in Kutná Hora.

Antoine is using Savarez Strings and plays a guitar from Martin Blackwell.

Michal Nagy
Michal Nagy
http://guitar4mation.com/index.php/en/ueber-guitar4mation-2/the-musicians-eng

Michał Nagy is a laureate of international guitar competitions in Fiuggi, Gdansk, Krakow and Tychy. He has been the holder of the Fundacja Kultury scholarship twice. He is the laureate of the Malopolska Region Ars Quaerendi 2010 award for outstanding actions for promotion and popularisation of culture. He has been a teacher at the Academy of Music in Krakow since 1997, since 2006 Doctor of Art. Since 2008 he has been the artistic director of summer guitar workshop in Lanckorona, in the vicinity of Krakow. 

He gives performances both as a soloist and a chamber musician. He has performed at numerous music festivals (such as the Warsaw Autumn, Carintischer Sommer, Allegro Vivo, Kwaresencja, Gitarre Wien, the Wrocław Guitar Festival). He has worked with the National Philharmonic Orchestra, the Wrocław Vratislavia Chamber Orchestra, Concerto Avenna, Capella Bydgostiensis, Camerata Nova, Fresco Sonare and the Chopin Academia Orchestra. He has also performed together with the National Philharmonic Chamber Musicians, the Royal String Quartet and the Wiener Instrumentalsolisten band, and as a member of New Tango Bridge and New Art Ensemble. He is also the co-founder and a member of an international guitar quartet, Guitar4mation, specialising in performances of 20th and 21st century music, including a repertoire combining contemporary music and jazz. 

Michał Nagy also performs duets with Marcin Stakowski, a guitarist, Robert Kabara, a violinist, an oboist, Arkadiusz Krupa, an accordionist and bandeonist, Klaudiusz Baran. The artist has made some solo recordings for Polish Radio and Television. He is the author of many guitar arrangements, both solo and with chamber orchestras, and also works as an editor for the Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne. He also works with theatre music for the Juliusz Słowacki Theatre in Krakow and has recorded music for the following record companies: Sony Music (the 2002 Fryderyk award for the Piazzolla Tango record), Dux (nominated for the 2000 Fryderyk award for Micropiezas), Polskie Nagrania Edition and Gramola Vienna.

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 Eight 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 reknown 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
http://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 Prag, 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

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. G. Crosskey, J. Duarte, H. Käppel, C. Cotsiolis, W. Lendle etc. 

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 (about 100 prizes). He cooperates with music publishing houses, he is regularly invited to take the chair of various guitar competition juries and he lectures at festival courses. 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 recordings for the Czech radio, Radio ORF and TV ORF. He has released two solo CDs, then one CD with violist Milan Řehák and two 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“.

Stefan Schmidt Martin Schwarz
Martin Schwarz
http://guitar4mation.com/index.php/en/ueber-guitar4mation-2/the-musicians-eng

Martin Schwarz studied guitar at the Acadamey 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.

Marco Socías
Marco Socías
http://marcosocias.net/

Joaquín Rodrigo praised the CD “Elogio de la guitarra”, which includes some of his solo pieces and recorded by Marco Socías in 1997, as follows:

“A new recording of my guitar works is always a cause of satisfaction. But in the case of this young Spanish performer, that satisfaction becomes delight. Marco Socías offers a profound and emotional journey through some of my most emblematic works with genuine musicality and a powerful technique.”
Joaquín Rodrigo, January 1998

Born in Málaga (Spain) into a family of pianists, Marco Socías received his musical education in this city, and afterwards in many masterclasses and at the Musikhochschule Cologne (Germany). Among the most significant personalities for his development are Carmen Gallardo, Antonio Company, José Tomás, José Miguel Moreno, Hubert Käppel and David Russell.

He became at the age of 21 the youngest guitar professor in Spain, and has been awarded in some of the most prestigious international competitions, as the “Infanta Cristina” (Fundación Guerrero, Madrid) where he got the first prize, “Le Printemps de la Guitare” (Belgium) and Concorso Internazionale di Gargnano (Italy).

Marco Socías is regularly invited to renowned International Guitar Festivals and, besides his intense activity as a soloist around practically whole Europe, Near East, Japan, Korea, South America and USA, he performs very frequently in chamber groups and as soloist with orchestra. He has performed in important concert halls as Concertgebouw (Symphonic Hall, Amsterdam), Konzerthaus (Vienna), Auditorio Nacional (Madrid), Konzerthaus (Berlin), Philharmonie (Berlin) and Alte Oper (Frankfurt), and has played as a soloist with orchestras as the Radio Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia and Orquesta Nacional de Cuba. Among the conductors he has performed with, are to be mentioned Sir Neville Marriner, Josep Pons, Víctor Pablo Pérez, Odón Alonso and Leo Brouwer. 

Until now he has recorded ten CDs: Giuliani’s guitar concerto Op.30, “Concerto Meditarraneo” for two guitars and orchestra by Carlo Domeniconi (together with the composer), a CD with Catalan music (Pujol, Llobet, Mompou), a selection of pieces by Joaquín Rodrigo, the “Álbum de Colien” (contemporary Spanish and Portuguese music), and Spanish songs (Falla, Lorca and Gerhard) with soprano Juanita Lascarro. Later on, a second CD with solo guitar works by Joaquín Rodrigo for the label EMI (later Brilliant Classics), and the “Concierto de Aranjuez” and “Fantasía para un Gentilhombre” for Harmonia Mundi, with the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada conducted by Josep Pons. In 2014 he has recorded a Bach program with the Korean soprano Sumi Jo, for the label Deutsche Grammophon, and in 2016, his CD “Serranilla” with Rodrigo’s songs for tenor and guitar for the label Naxos.

Italian composer Carlo Domeniconi has written for him the works “Incontro”, “Sonata, quasi una sinfonia”, and his Guitar Concerto n.13.

Nowadays Marco Socías lives in Málaga, and is professor at the Centro Superior de Música “Musikene” in the Basque Country (San Sebastián, Spain).

Leonora Spangenberger
Leonora Spangenberger
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QXylgwZxZc&t=7s

Leonora Spangenber began to play the guitar at the age of six. Since 2013 she has been studying with Stefan Schmidt in Friedberg (Bavaria) and placed first in several international competitions. The young artist made her concert debut in Eggenburg near Vienna at the age of twelve. Recently she recorded the 12 Etudes by Heitor Villa-Lobos. The works by Johann Sebastian Bach and contemporary composers are particularly important to her. Leonora is a passionate chamber musician and arranges also song accompaniments for her instrument. Leonora has enjoyed and performed in masterclasses with Thomas Müller-Pering, Tilman Hoppstock, Johannes Monno, Olaf van Gonnissen and Roman Viazovskiy.

Apart from her performance in Mikulov, Leonora is also invited to the guitar festival in Puy l'Évêque (South France) this summer and for a music production at the Deutschlandfunk in Berlin.

Tatiana Stachak
Tatiana Stachak
http://tatianastachak.pl/

Guitarist, composer and educator. Tatiana Stachak graduated from the Wrocław Academy of Music, in the class of Prof. Piotr Zaleski. She has won national and international guitar competitions, including 1st place at the National Guitar Competition in Konin (Poland, 1990), 2nd place at the International Guitar Competition in Frosinone (Italy, 1991) and 2nd place at the International Guitar Competition in Ingenio (Spain, 1995). In the years 1998-2005 she wrote articles on guitar literature and teaching methodology for the music magazine Świat Gitary.

Whilst still a student at the Academy of Music, she directed her interest toward the education of young children. Her experience in working with children has led to the publication of numerous educational titles for beginner and intermediate guitarists. EUTERPE has published Stachak’s series of duets Uczeń i Nauczyciel [Pupil and Teacher] (vol. 1-3), her collection of miniatures Zaproszenie do walca [Invitation to the Waltz], two collections of carols - Pierwsza gwiazdka z gitarą [The Christmas Eve Star with the Guitar] and W dzień Bożego Narodzenia [In the Day of Christmas] - and, with Mirosław Drożdżowski, the publication Solo & Duo. Her textbooks Gitara pierwsza klasa [First Class Guitar] and Gitara ekstra klasa [Extra Class Guitar] have become a permanent fixture in the canon of music education in Poland, whilst gaining ever more recognition abroad. Stachak is also co-author of the series of textbooks for ear and rhythm training Nasza muzyka [Our Music] (vol. 1-6) and Nowy solfeż [New Solfeggio], prepared together with Ilona Tomera-Chmiel and Lidia Florek.
She is currently actively engaged in educational activities; giving lectures and workshops in music schools, guitar courses and at festivals, and promoting her methods of teaching.

Guitarist, composer and educator. Tatiana Stachak graduated from the Wrocław Academy of Music, in the class of Prof. Piotr Zaleski. She has won national and international guitar competitions, including 1st place at the National Guitar Competition in Konin (Poland, 1990), 2nd place at the International Guitar Competition in Frosinone (Italy, 1991) and 2nd place at the International Guitar Competition in Ingenio (Spain, 1995). In the years 1998-2005 she wrote articles on guitar literature and teaching methodology for the music magazine Świat Gitary.

Whilst still a student at the Academy of Music, she directed her interest toward the education of young children. Her experience in working with children has led to the publication of numerous educational titles for beginner and intermediate guitarists. EUTERPE has published Stachak’s series of duets Uczeń i Nauczyciel [Pupil and Teacher] (vol. 1-3), her collection of miniatures Zaproszenie do walca [Invitation to the Waltz], two collections of carols - Pierwsza gwiazdka z gitarą [The Christmas Eve Star with the Guitar] and W dzień Bożego Narodzenia [In the Day of Christmas] - and, with Mirosław Drożdżowski, the publication Solo & Duo. Her textbooks Gitara pierwsza klasa [First Class Guitar] and Gitara ekstra klasa [Extra Class Guitar] have become a permanent fixture in the canon of music education in Poland, whilst gaining ever more recognition abroad. Stachak is also co-author of the series of textbooks for ear and rhythm training Nasza muzyka [Our Music] (vol. 1-6) and Nowy solfeż [New Solfeggio], prepared together with Ilona Tomera-Chmiel and Lidia Florek.

She is currently actively engaged in educational activities; giving lectures and workshops in music schools, guitar courses and at festivals, and promoting her methods of teaching.

 

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.

2e.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.

Martin Wesely
Martin  Wesely
https://www.martinwesely.com

Martin Wesely was born in Hall in Tirol. After three years of guitar lessons in his childhood he started to discover music on his own. As the alpine music tradition does not feature the guitar very much he devoted himself to Country and Bluegrass music at the age of 13. Doc Watson became his first idol. Nevertheless his official education began at the age of 16 at the Tiroler Landeskonservatorium with Peter Heiß. In Innsbruck he formed the „Duo Chaotique“ with guitarist Mark Wood. After finishing his studies in Innsbruck he moved to Vienna to study with Prof. Konrad Ragossnig at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, where he also received his concert diploma with distinction. In 1999 he lived one year in Paris to study with Alberto Ponce at the Ecole Normale de Musique et Danse de Paris. At numerous masterclasses was influenced by Alvaro Pierri.

As a member of the international guitarquartet „guitar4mation“, „Duo stringtango“ with violin player Florian Wilscher and performances with cello player Florian Eggner, chambermusic is a main activity. Furthermore he crosses borders with his „acoustic trio“. In own compositions and adaptations he discovers together with Helmut Sprenger on clarinet and Andreas Schiffer on percussions European-inspired jazz, Latin elements, as well as influences from both the avant-garde and classical styles. In his trio „Carlos Martin y sus Caballeros“ he plays all the music he likes and worked on but has not found its way to his classical or chambermusic programs. Besides his concert activity all over Europe he writes music for theater and audio dramas. He released several CDs and made various recordings for the Austrian Radio ORF, and Italian RAI. In 2007 he founded the concertseries „Saitenspiele“ in his hometown Hall in Tirol that presents the secrets of the acoustic guitar.

In 2010 he became part of the D’Addario family.