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Eden Stell guitarduo

EdenStell3(KristinLyseggen)EDEN-STELL GUITAR DUO – Mark Eden & Christopher Stell

Internationally renowned for their dynamism, innovation and breathtaking virtuosity the Eden Stell Guitar Duo have ‘breathed new life into the world of the classical
guitar’ (Rotterdam Dagblad).

Widely regarded as one of the world’s leading guitar ensembles, the duo’s chameleon-like ability to communicate in a multitude of musical styles makes them a constantly evolving entity with a unique creative voice.

Likened to a ‘miraculous single guitarist blessed with an impossibly wonderful technique and an exceptionally delicate touch’ (The Observer) the Eden Stell Guitar Duo have been invited to perform at venues and music festivals around the world; including Germany, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Romania, Turkey, USA, Canada, Mexico, South and Central America and Australia, plus numerous radio and TV appearances on ITV, BBC and European and North American networks.

Mark Eden and Christopher Stell graduated from the Royal Academy of Music as recipients of the Principal’s Prize and the Julian Bream Prize, and continued their studies in Brussels with the Brazilian Guitar Duo, Sérgio and Odair Assad with the aid of a grant from the Worshipful Company of Musicians.

Soon after, the Duo were selected to perform for the Park Lane Group’s Young Artists’ Concert Series and won the South East Musicians’ Platform competition, giving them debut concerts at London’s Wigmore Hall and Southbank Centre where they have since become regular artists, performing at both venues for music organisations such as ‘Live Music Now!’, the Kirckman Concert Society, Classical Guitar Magazine, and the International Guitar Foundation.

Mark and Chris’ concerto engagements have featured performances with the Prague Chamber Orchestra and International Philharmonic at some of Europe’s largest venues including the Beethovenhalle and Stuttgart Liederhalle, with recent international recitals for prestigious events such as Guitar Foundation of America (2009), Omni Foundation Concert Series in San Francisco (2010), Wigmore Hall London (2009), London Guitar Festival at Kings Place (2008-9), The Sage Gateshead (2008-9), Alla Grande Festival in Canada (2009-14) and Uppsala Kongress Hall Sweden (2010), as well as many others.

The duo were the first guitarists since Julian Bream to be Editor’s Choice in Gramophone magazine with their ‘land mark recording’ of works by Stephen Dodgson. They have recorded 7 CDs to date on BSG, Hannsler Classics, and Docker labels, and are dedicatees of new works by Internationally acclaimed composers Stephen Dodgson, Adam Gorb, Dusan Bogdanovic, Gary Ryan, and Johannes Moller.

Mark and Chris were elected Associates of the Royal Academy of Music in recognition of their outstanding musical achievements and they both currently hold teaching positions at the Royal College of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. The duo are D’Addario strings endorsed artists.

“The Eden Stell Duo played to the max!” New York Times

“In every respect the performances and recording are of the highest quality. The Eden- Stell Duo are one of the best dubs around. This is a landmark recording on the guitar’s map.” Gramophone

“… utterly entertaining and absorbing but with a refinement that could also melt your heart.” Classical Guitar Magazine

“Mark and Chris play as brothers.” Sérgio Assad – Assad Brothers Guitar Duo

“Mark Eden and Christopher Stell have breathed new life into the world of the classical guitar … they do what a whole generation of guitarists haven’t – they communicate the music first and foremost … Here is the future of the guitar music.” Rotterdam Dagblad, Netherlands

“Their performance exuded such natural vitality and joy in their skills and rapport that I was hanging on almost every note … a riveting experience.” The Independent, London

Gary Ryan

Downloadsphoto3Gary Ryan is one of the world’s leading exponents of the guitar and has pursued a highly varied international career as an acclaimed solo performer, composer and teacher. In 2011 he became the first guitarist since John Williams in 1983 to be awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Music in recognition of his contribution to the instrument (and only the fourth guitarist ever to receive this honour, other recipients being Andres Segovia and Julian Bream).

Renowned for his compelling live performances, he regularly appears as a recitalist and concerto soloist at major international venues, winning universal praise for his formidable technique, outstanding musicianship and entertaining concert programmes. He is also in great demand as a chamber musician, orchestral player (including the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London) and recording artist for film.

Ryan studied from the age of 8 at the Guildhall School of Music Junior Department, later winning a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music in 1987. In 1991 he graduated with first class honours and a host of awards, including the Julian Bream Prize for guitar, the John Mundy String Prize and the Dorothy Grinstead Prize for an outstanding all-round student. He then pursued his postgraduate studies at the RAM with an award from the Fleming Trust and was later made an Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 1997 in recognition of his achievements.

Ryan made his London recital debut for the Park Lane Group Young Artists Series at the Purcell Room in 1994 (declared one of the highlights of the series by the Telegraph, Independent, Observer, Times and Sunday Times) and was subsequently invited to perform a series of recitals for the Kirckman Concert Society at London’s South Bank Centre.

In 1996, at the age of 27, Ryan was appointed Professor of Guitar at the Royal College of Music, London, where he is an instrumental and academic teacher and became Assistant Head of Strings in 2009. He has worked extensively as an adjudicator (including for the BBC Young Musician of the Year and at music festivals and conservatoires throughout the UK). He appeared for BBC television in the 2011 Proms Spanish Night and also regularly performs on BBC Radio and has been the Director of Guitar France since 2006, an annual international summer school in Southern Normandy.

Ryan’s celebrated and innovative guitar compositions (regularly broadcast on Classic FM) have broadened the instrument’s appeal by combining traditional classical guitar technique with more contemporary guitar styles and a rich variety of musical influences from around the world. His recent solo work, Benga Beat, was premiered to great acclaim in 2011 and can be seen on YouTube in HD, alongside other performances of his own compositions and works by Dowland, Bach, and Piazzolla.

Gary Ryan’s publications by Camden Music – London include: Scenes from The Wild West, Scenes from Brazil, City Scenes, Songs from Erin, Easy and Intermediate Scenes for Guitar for solo guitar; Generator and Dreams Rest and Motion for guitar duo and Latin Cabaret for guitar trio. He has also composed three guitar ensemble works; Flower of the Field (National Youth Guitar Ensemble), Cariocas (Corinium Players) and The Tree on the Moor (City of Derry Guitar Festival 2012). Recent works include Bazaar (guitar duo), Hot-Club Francais (solo guitar) and Nairobi Rhythms (for guitar and percussion) which was premiered at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall in January 2013. He has also written a set of Piazzolla arrangements for solo guitar, Easy Piazzolla (Boosey & Hawkes), popular student pieces for guitar and piano which are regularly included in Trinity College London’s graded exam syllabus and has composed several scores of electronic music for theatre. Ryan is also an accomplished pianist, having performed as a piano accompanist, jazz and rock keyboard player and church organist over the years.

Gary Ryan’s guitars are cedar-top lattice-braced instruments made by the English luthier Stephen Hill (based in La Herradura, Spain). In 2012 Ryan had a series of instruments made in his name by Hill to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Gary Ryan performing on Stephen Hill guitars.

Izhar Elias

IzharEliasIzhar Elias (Amsterdam, 1977) is one of the most sought-after specialists in early music, chamber music and new music for guitar.
He has given concerts, lectures, and masterclasses, and been the soloist in concertos with renowned orchestras, in Europe, Russia, south-east Asia and Australia.
He won the prestigious Dutch Music Prize in 2011, the highest musical award given by the Dutch government.

Through extensive research, he has been able to recreate a musical language of the Baroque, Classic and Romantic periods using original instruments and historical methods.
He has also premiered over 30 works and mixes different artistic disciplines in his collaborations with choreographers, experimental film makers and theatre directors.

Izhar Elias has studied with Ton Terra, the Groningen Guitar Duo, Zoran Dukic, Kees Hendrikse and Carlo Barone (19th century performance practice).The performance practice of the baroque guitar he learned from a.o. William Carter, Adrián Rodriguez van der Spoel and Lex Eisenhardt.

Elias is member of Cordevento, which revives the virtuoso music from the 17th century, a repertoire often on the border of art and popular music. Cordevento has performed in many of Europe’s most prestigious concert halls and early music festivals, such as the Konzerthaus (Vienna), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Palais des Beaux-Arts (Brussels), Konzerthaus (Berlin), Concertgebouw (Bruges), and the Utrecht Early Music Festival.

Johannes Möller

 

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Johannes Möller

The Swedish guitarist and composer Johannes Möller has captivated audiences throughout the world with charismatic and soulful performances. In 2010 he was awarded first prize in the GFA Concert Artist Competition, considered by many to be the most prestigious guitar competition in the world.

As a performer, Johannes’s artistry has reached well beyond the usual guitar circles. This was confirmed in March 2008 when he won the Dutch Vriendenkrans Concours while competing against performers in all instrumental categories. As a part of this award his name has been engraved on a metal plate that can be seen in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. He also became the first guitarist ever to win the Ljunggrenska Competition (Sweden) in 2007, and the conclusion issued by the jury was: “With the help of a breathtaking technique and all the colors of the rainbow he opens a door to a world of subtle expressions which strikes us with great power and intensity.” In 2005, he became the first guitarist to win The Bromsgrove Festival International Young Musicians Platform (England). Critics have also noted his special qualities, writing of his playing “Guitarist Johannes Moller achieved miracles with his lucid, spacious playing.” (Stephen Pettitt, London Evening Standard).

At the age of 12 as a self-taught composer Johannes experienced an outburst of creativity that resulted in a large quantity of mainly chamber music works for various instrumentations. A selection of these works was recorded on a CD with some of the top instrumentalists in Sweden when he was 14 years old. A critic from the Swedish newspaper Göteborgsposten wrote about these compositions, ”What is to become of Johannes Möller? A Swedish Mozart – in our time?” 

In his later teenage years, Johannes continued composing experimenting with various compositional styles and techniques. It was however not until he composed his piece “When the Winds Dissolve” for alto flute and guitar in 2006 that he found his personal voice. The world premiere of this composition took place during the “Iserlohn International Guitar Symposium”. It was received with such enthusiasm from colleges and students alike that he decided to dedicate himself to mainly compose music for the guitar. In 2009, he won a “European Guitar Award” for his guitar solo composition and in October 2010, a CD was released of Johannes performing his own music.

Johannes has earned a Bachelor of Music with Honors from the Royal College of Music in London where he studied guitar with Gary Ryan and Carlos Bonell and composition with William Mival. He has received a Masters degree from the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague where he studied with Zoran Dukic. He also received a scholarship for excellent students from the Royal Conservatoire that allowed him to study privately with Pavel Steidl in Czech Republic as well as composition lessons with Dusan Bogdanovic in the USA. He completed a second Masters degree at the Conservatoire in Amsterdam where he studied guitar with Lex Eisenhardt and composition with Richard Ayres.

Matthew McAllister

Banner_65Matthew McAllister is widely regarded as one of the most exciting and talented Classical Guitarists in Europe. Matthew has been delighting audiences worldwide with his insightful performances and effortless presentation in a concert career spanning well over a decade.

Born in Falkirk and raised in the East Neuk of Fife, Matthew studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama, with Allan Neave. Since graduating with BMus (Hons) in 2003, Matthew has enjoyed continued success and is a regular performer and educator at Classical Guitar Festivals and Concert Series worldwide.

Matthew has performed at major venues across the world such as The Concertgebouw Amsterdam, The Purcell Room, London, Teatro Britanico, Lima, The Sage, Gateshead, Cenart, Mexico City, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Eugene O’Neil Theater, San Jose and Dom Armije, Sarajevo to name a few. Matthew has toured extensively throughout North & South America, Canada, Europe and Asia both as a soloist and chamber musician, and has also produced an extensive discography with Natural Studio Records.

As an educator Matthew holds the posts of Classical Guitar Tutor and Lecturer in Music at the University of St Andrews & Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and most recently established he Classical Guitar Retreat which presents a residential summer course on the Island of Cumbrae off the West Coast of Scotland.

Matthew enjoys keeping in touch with fans and guitarists worldwide and has a very wide reaching internet presence, you can follow him easily on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.

Enno Voorhorst

Enno 2Enno Voorhorst, geboren in Den Haag 1962, groeide op in een familie van musici. Hij volgde lessen bij Hein Sanderink, Hubert Kappel en David Russell.

In 1987 won hij in Duitsland de eerste prijs op het 7e gitaarconcours te Hof, waarna nog een aantal prijzen volgde waaronder in 1992 de Nederlandse gitaarprijs in het concertgebouw van Amsterdam en in datzelfde jaar de eerste prijs op het Seto-Ohashi concours in Japan. Hij speelde in de grote zalen van Nederland zoals Vredenburg, de Oosterpoort, de Anton Philipszaal en heeft uitnodigingen van Europa tot Azie en Amerika.
Enno Voorhorst is regelmatig te gast op o.a. de gitaarfestivals van Siracusa (Sicilië), San Salvador (El Salvador) San Juan (Puerto Rico), Mikulov (Tsjechië), Istanbul (Turkije), Deajeon (Korea), Moskou (Rusland) en Tokyo (Japan).

Zijn eerste CD met werken van Agustín Barrios Mangoré (Sony 1994) werd zeer lovend ontvangen.
Rico Stover, Barrios kenner bij uitstek, schreef: ”The CD Agustín Barrios Mangoré played by Enno Voorhorst is the best that I have heard thus far.” (heruitgegeven bij Brilliant Classics) In 2012 Jorge Morel droeg ‘Recuerdos del Camino’ op aan Enno Voorhorst met een soortgelijk commentaar: ‘en tus manos, Dios pone el espíritu de Mangoré’ ( je handen gaf God de geest van Mangore).
Hierna zijn nog verschillende CD’s verschenen, waaronder een Bach en Barrios CD voor NAXOS. Bij Brillant Classics is onlangs de CD ‘Chaconnes’ verschenen met barok bewerkingen.

Een nieuw initiatief is het hobo-gitaar duo samen met Pauline Oostenrijk dat zich toelegt op het unieke repertoire voor deze combinatie.
Samen met de Russische altviolist Mikhail Zemtsov vormt Voorhorst het Duo Macondo dat zich toelegt op voornamelijk Latijn-Amerikaanse en Spaanse muziek. In 2011 werkte Duo Macondo mee aan de tournee ‘Musica Argentina’ samen met grootheden als Juan Falu en Roberto Aussel.

Enno Voorhorst is verbonden aan het Koninklijk Conservatorium in Den Haag.

Vincent Lindsey-Clark

Vincent-Lindsey-ClarkVincent Lindsey-Clark studied at the Royal College of Music and was the winner of the Lanchester International Guitar Competition at the age of 16. He gave his London debut at the Wigmore Hall and has since performed there and at other major London venues, including the Purcell Room and the Barbican Hall. He is a frequent visitor to the Edinburgh Festival and has broadcast on BBC Radios Two, Three and Four, Classic FM and on Radio Cornwall as well as appearing on TV. As a composer, Vincents works are regularly performed on radio and TV and used in films. He has written music for students which is used extensively by examination boards and teachers all over the world. Vincent teaches guitar at the Centre for Young Musicians in London and at Eton College.

 

Marlon Titre

 

marlon titre 2Marlon Titre. Op zijn achttiende werd hij Junior Composer in Residence van het Residentie Orkest. Hij won de eerste prijs op het prestigieuze Michele Pittaluga internationaal gitaarconcours in Italië en ontving in Cambrai (Frankrijk) de Juventus Award voor uitzonderlijke jonge musici. Ter gelegenheid van haar regeringsjubileum trad Marlon live op televisie op voor HM Koningin Beatrix. Hij studeerde af met onderscheiding aan het Koninklijk Conservatorium “10 met onderscheiding” en aan de Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf.
Afgestudeerd in Gitaar en Compositie aan het Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag, geldt de uit Aruba afkomstige Marlon Titre als een van de meest veelzijdige gitaristen en componisten van zijn generatie. Na zijn eerste prijs op het Michele Pittaluga Gitaarconcours werd hij uitgenodigd voor talloze optredens voor radio en tv en op belangrijke gitaarfestivals in binnen-en buitenland. Marlon werd uitgenodigd voor concerten door onder andere het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, het Musical Olympus Fesitval in Sint Petersburg, Indiana University, Beijing University Hall, Festival Forum Gitarre Wien en het Grachtenfestival Amsterdam. Na zijn afstuderen was hij een aantal jaar gitaardocent aan de vooropleiding van het Koninklijk Conservatorium. Hij studeerde daarna bij de Cubaanse gitarist/componist Joaquín Clerch aan de Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf, waar hij met onderscheiding het Konzertexamen diploma behaalde. Eerder studeerde Marlon gitaar bij Zoran Dukic, Enno Voorhorst en Ocker Toetenel, en compositie bij Roderik de Man en Martijn Padding. In 2006 nam Marlon zijn debuut-cd op in Milaan, met werken van onder andere Nuccio D’Angelo, Arthur Kampela en Antonio Lauro.
Als componist is Marlon Titre laureaat van het Prinses Christina Concours. Marlon schreef werken in opdracht voor onder anderen het Maarten Altena Ensemble, het Nationaal Jeugd Harmonieorkest, de Ereprijs, ensemble M.use, Ensemble Royaal, Duo Endo-Goergen, Symfonieorkest Musica, Blaasorkest Deltalinqs en Cello Octet Amsterdam. In 2007 (en 2009) schreef hij een compositie voor de “Classic Express”, de mobiele concertzaal van het Prinses Christina Concours. Het stuk, dat basisschoolleerlingen deel laat uitmaken van de compositie en actief mee laat musiceren, werd al door meer dan 10.000 basisschoolleerlingen uitgevoerd. Marlon schreef twee gitaarconcerten die hij beide zelf in première bracht: A Titre Personnel voor klassiek gitaar en ensemble, en Ficciones voor elektrisch gitaar en ensemble.
In 2008 begon Marlon met de publicatie van een gratis maandelijks digitaal magazine met interviews met musici en tips voor gitaristen. Per Augustus 2010 is Marlon hoofdvakdocent gitaar aan de Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Tilburg.