Watch the video to see the hand of Hennie van der Vegt painting one of his famous blossoms. Esther used the painting for the cover of her latest CD which actually is an EP. It contains two pieces, Sakura, Theme and variations by Yuquijiro Yocoh and Bellefleur by Pieter van der Staak. I think she plays both of them beautifully. You can order the CD at her website. Of course it’s available for download as well.
For my debut album I chose to record works from a few of my favorite composers. This selection lit my passion for music, in particular for the classical guitar. I hope these pieces will touch your soul as they have touched mine!
This is Aitor Hernández a Spanish guitarist, living in Madrid. He sent me an email long time ago, to let me know he bought a guitar of mine at Casa Luthier in Barcelona. Aitor Hernández and I never met but thanks to Google I know he used to form a duo with guitarist Sergio Sleiman. More recently he started a duo with a violinist as well as with his sister, soprano Saioa Hernández. He is playing concerts and is working as a teacher at Escuela de Música Prolat.
This is the poster of A melody to remember, a movie based on a true story: During the Korean war a soldier starts a children’s choir, in trying to overcome the loss of his family.
Ricardin Hwang, the South-Korean guitarist I told you about earlier is playing the guitar in the soundtrack.
This is ‘Estación Edén, guitar works from Uruguay part two’, the latest CD of Gustavo Pazos. Just like the former one it mainly consists of works by Gustavo himself. Compositions he beautifully describes as ‘musical reflections of never written stories’.
To get an idea I included a fragment of the first track: Cancion para (Ana) Lisa.
You can order the CD at Music & Words
These are Zoran Dukic, Pavel Steidl, Thomas Fellow and Reentko Dirks a.k.a. the European Guitar Quartet, rehearsing before their concert in our series Meesters op de Gitaar. The program consisted of quartet, duo, trio and solo pieces which were entertainingly introduced by Thomas Fellow. It was a beautiful concert and the audience loved it.
These are Goran Krivokapic and Danijel Cerovic after their beautiful concert in het Concertgebouw. Goran Krivokapic and Danijel Cerovic are two Montenegrin guitarists forming the Montenegrin Guitar Duo. They are working on a very impressive project: J.S. Bach’s English Suites on two guitars. The first CD of this project was presented in our series. They succeeded very well as you can hear by listening to their version of Prelude BWV 808.
This is Petko Genkov. He is a Bulgarian guitarist living in Dubai where he started his own music school. Last July he came to Amsterdam to pick up his guitar and in August he sent me his opinion about it.
I am playing several hours a day and I started to sense its values. Being a great fan of the Savarez strings I changed the strings with Savarez and the result is great. After the change of the strings the volume went a bit high which is excellent. The guitar sounds alluring and lyrical.
In the first days I started to play, the sound was a bit up. But now it is deeper and deeper. The strings separation is very clear. Few of my colleagues had the opportunity to listen to the guitar and they are very content with the result. Moreover I had the chance to listen to the guitar from the point of a listener.
The vibrato is very clear and sounds very poetic in the high frets. The basses are very deep. The combination between the discants and the basses is wonderful. I am sure that much of the development of the instrument is coming up. The fingerboard is very comfortable like Rolls Royce!!
In the end I want to say that the physical beauty of the guitar is extraordinary. As a Netherlands girl I named her Suscia. After the end of August the instrument will become an Arab princess!!
This is Chih-Hsien Tseng. She is a Taiwanese guitar student, studying in Germany. Together with her friend and collegue guitarist Arne Willems she came to the workshop to pick up her new guitar. Next month we’ll meet again. In Taiwan, where her former teacher, Alfredo Huang organizes a festival where I’m invited to give a lecture.