Graham Anthony Devine in concert- 7.30pm Wednesday July 11th 2018
Opening Festival Evening Recital- Bach, Sor, Barrios, Jolivet, Giuliani.
Our Layde Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church, Greenwich
68 Crooms Hill, London SE10 8HG
£14.00 (£10.00 concessions and under 18’s free with a paying adult) including cheese and wine.
Graham Anthony Devine is one of the world’s most outstanding virtuosos of his generation. A winner of major competitions around the globe he has built an international career as recitalist, concerto soloist, and masterclass tutor. He has performed to great critical acclaim at many of the world’s most important recital venues such as Wigmore Hall (London) Purcell Room (London) Palau de la Musica (Valencia) Hakuju Hall (Tokyo) Phoenix Hall (Osaka) etc.
His many CD recordings for NAXOS and other labels of varied repertoire from all epochs have drawn the highest praise worldwide. His next recording, to be released in 2017, will feature the music of British composers Dowland, Britten, Scott, Maw and John Rutter.
Graham is currently Head of Guitar Studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance where he directs an exciting programme which attracts talented guitarists from the UK and many countries abroad.
Graham is also the Artistic Director of the
Royal Greenwich Guitar Festival.
Hailed by Washington Post as "among the most gifted guitarists on the planet" Polish guitarist, Marcin Dylla is a rare phenomenon in recent history of Classical Guitar. Many music critics, connoisseurs and music lovers certify that Marcin Dylla is among the world's elite of classical guitar players. He has earned this position, among others, to unparalleled number of awards including 19 First Prizes from 1996-2007 at the most prestigious international music competitions around the world. His last triumph was the Gold Medal of the '2007 Guitar Foundation of America International Competition' in Los Angeles known as the most prestigious guitar contest in the world followed by tour of over 50 cities in North America, Mexico and Canada during 2008-09 season, live recital video recording for Mel Bay Publications and CD recording for Naxos that reached the Naxos 'Top 10 Bestselling Albums' in September 2008. His live recital DVD "Wawel Royal Castle at Dusk" was nominated for 2010 Fryderyk Award (equal to American Grammy) in the category of Solo Classical Music Album of the Year.
Marcin Dylla was born in Chorzow in 1976 and received his first guitar lessons at the Ruda Slaska Music Conservatory in his native Poland. From 1995 to 2000 he studied at the Music Academy of Katowice with Adi Wanda Palacz and later completed his studies with Oscar Ghiglia, Sonja Prunnbauer and Carlo Marchione at the Music Academies of Basel (Switzerland), Freiburg (Germany) and Maastricht (The Netherlands), respectively. He is currently a Professor at the Music Academy in Kraków and Katowice.
Alí Arango is one of the most prominent guitarists of his generation. With a virtuosity at the service of musicality and a balanced mix of subtlety and expressive force, he has conquered all types of audiences and juries. He graduated from the conservatory “Amadeo Rodán” (Havana.Cuba) and from the Conservatori del Liceu of Barcelona with the highest qualification and the Premi Extraordinari (All instruments). Parallel he was a student of Maestro Antonio Alberto Rodríguez (Biki) and Maestro Joaquín Clerch. Ali Arango has received occasional lessons from Maestro Leo Brouwer as well as participated in different projects with Brouwer.
He has been awarded prizes in 22 guitar competitions. Among his most important awards are:
First Prize in XXXII International Guitar Competition "Andrés Segovia" (La Herradura, Spain)
First Prize, Alhambra Prize for new Spanish creation and Public Prize in XIIº International Alhambra Guitar Competition" (Valencia. Spain)
First Prize in XIV Concurso Internacional de la Habana. (Cuba)
He recently recorded his CD "Guitar Recital" with NAXOS, produced by Norbert Kraft. The repertoire chosen for this album includes works by Brouwer, Joaquín Clerch, David del Puerto, Paco de Lucia and Ali Arango.
Alí Arango has played extensively, he has toured in Catalonia and at 19 years old toured throughout Cuba with the National Symphony Orchestra invited by Leo Brouwer, interpreting the Concierto de Aranjuez. He has also played in Italy, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Algeria, Germany, Mexico and USA. He have made the world premiere performance of three of Brouwer’s works: "Paisaje Cubano con Tristeza" (for guitar); "Gismontiana" (for four guitars and a string orchestra) and Nr. 1 Series of "Danzas Rituales y Festivas" (for guitar).
He has performed as a soloist accompanied by orchestra interpreting: Concert Nr. 3 "Elegíaco" by Leo Brouwer; "Concierto de Aranjuez" by Joaquín Rodrigo; “Concert for Guitar and Orchestra” by Mario Castelnuovo Tedesco, "Concertino for Guitar and Orchestra" by Salvador Bacarisse and “Concert for Guitar and Orchestra” by Heitor Villa-Lobos.
As a composer Alí Arango has created works for guitar, duets for guitar and other instruments, chamber formats, and music for audio visuals, and documentaries.
At present he forms part of PYROPHORUS GUITAR DUO and TRAZA QUARTET. With original music written for these two formats, Arango explores the fusion between Cuban music, jazz and contemporary music.
Peacock Room, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich
Guitar students from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance BMus and postgraduate programmes perform to the following distinguished artists in three afternoon public masterclasses.
The Royal Greenwich Guitar Festival gratefully acknowledges the very kind support of the following organizations