It's that time again.....
The bi-annual Taranaki Classical Guitar Summer School and the Concert Season that showcases the talents of all the invited guest performers from New Zealand and around the world
The concert series presents shows each uniqe in their content and style.
New Plymouth will come alive to the sounds of a diverse line-up of entertainment featuring the best of the national and international classical guitar.
All Shows will commence at 8pm
Sunday 12th - Grigoryan Brothers
Guitarists, Slava and Leonard Grigoryan are counted amongst the finest musicians of their generation having developed a reputation for enthralling audiences with the energy of their performances and the breadth of their repertoire – embracing genres such as classical, jazz and contemporary music from around the world.
Monday 13th - It’s Love, Isn’t It?
Guitarist Matthew Marshall with Sir Jon Trimmer
Is it a play? Poetry reading? Musical performance?
Containing elements of all these things, this piece was written by Philip Norman…."for guitar, reciter and the sound of the sea".
It is based on a book comprising 58 love poems by Alistair Te Ariki Campbell and Meg Campbell. The paired poems chart the highs and lows of the fifty-year marriage tested by mental illness, infidelity, doubt and independence, their love remained strong to the end.
The music is played by Matthew Marshall, while the narrator parts will be taken by Royal New Zealand Ballet star Sir Jon Trimmer
Dancer, painter, gardener, bon vivant, raconteur and wit, SIR JON TRIMMER has been a mainstay of the Royal New Zealand Ballet. He has performed with Dame Margot Fonteyn, Rudolf Nureyev, Erik Bruhn and many of the world’s top dancers and was awarded a knighthood in 1999 for services to ballet.
Described as “a guitarist of superb technical accomplishment and a musician of perception and style”, MATTHEW MARSHALL has been passionate about enhancing and expanding the repertoire of classical guitar, particularly through music from New Zealand. In an international performing and recording career spanning more than 30 years, Matthew has explored innovative approaches to playing and introducing unusual and intriguing music to the world.
14th - Barkin
Hailing from Anatolia, Barkin is a classical guitarist, educator and a space enthusiast. He holds more than a decade of experience in teaching in primary and tertiary fields, while carrying out his career as a multi-strings player with a specialization in the classical guitar technique
Wednesday 15th - Vladimir Gorbach
Internationally acclaimed guitarist Vladimir Gorbach has captivated audiences across Europe, the United States, Japan and his native country of Russia. Vladimir has performed in recital and as soloist with Orchestra de Las Beiras, the Orchestra de Aveiro (Portugal), the Russian Academic Chamber Orchestra Musica Viva, the Symphony Orchestra of New Russia, and Young Philharmonie Köln in Germany.
Thursday 16th - Duo Amythis
The very international Duo Amythis is made up of classical guitarists Véronique van Duurling (Belgium) and Harold Gretton (Australia). Currently based in Germany and Australia, the two artists present two very different musical personalities, who delight in bringing their worlds together in their musical interpretations. Whether Spanish classics, recent Australian works, original compositions or colourful transcriptions, the dialogue between the two guitarists brings both depth and playfulness to all of their performances.