Transilvania International Guitar Festival's Guests
21-25 August 2019, 17th Edition Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Johannes Moller is Since 2018 the Ambassador of ZhengAn Guitar in China, which is the largest investment of it's kind in Guitar history. ZhengAn is a city in Guizhou which have made guitar manufacturing and guitar culture its main priority. The city has encouraged hundreds of guitar manufacturing companies to set up their production there. Currently about five million guitars are produced there every year. Currently a concert hall dedicated to guitar as well as a guitar museum and a 99 meter guitar tower is under construction.
In 2010 Johannes was awarded the first prize in the Concert Artist Competition Guitar Foundation of America (GFA), considered by many to be the most prestigious classical guitar competition in the world. Today Johannes performs close to a hundred concerts per year and have a large following in China, Europe, Australia, North & South America.
An engraving of his name can be found on on the walls of the Concertgebouw concert hall in Amsterdam (as a recognition of excellence given by the Vriendenkrans Concours). All these things are indicative of the musical calibre we have come to expect from international concert players, yet Johannes is known primarily for things other than his performing excellence.
Acquiring his skills in both performance and composition at an early age and in a free setting provided Johannes with the highly characterised and idiosyncratic voice that many listeners around the world have come to admire. It seems clear that it was an instinctive urge to create that drove this course, and with these beginnings Johannes was set to become an icon of 21st century music-making.
Sanel Redzić is one of the most virtuosic guitarists of his generation. Known for his varied repertoire and lively performances, he is quickly becoming one of the most important figures on the international guitar scene.
Born on July, 25th 1988 in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mr. Redzić started to play guitar at age of eight under the tutelage of Predrag Stanković with whom he later finished secondary music school in 2007 with the highest marks. He then continued his studies at the Hochschule für Musik “Franz Liszt” in Weimar under Thomas Müller-Pering and Ricardo Gallen. Additionally Mr. Redzić has participated in masterclasses held by David Russell, Costas Cotsiolis, William Kanengiser, Aniello Desiderio, Denis Azabagić, Jorgos Panetsos, Thomas Offerman, Jozef Zsapka, Darko Petrinjak and many others.
Mr. Redzić has achieved a great deal of succes in competitions; winning top prizes in Tokyo, Tychy, the “Forum Gitarre Wien”, Changsha, Markneukirchen, “Anna Amalia” Weimar, “Andres Segovia” Velbert, Kutna Hora, “Guitar Mania” in Lisbon, Iserlohn, Rome, and the “Guitar Art Festival” in Belgrade. He is also frequently invited as a jury member at competitions and gives regular master classes.
Mr. Redzić has played hundreds of concerts to date in countries such as Hungary, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Greece, Mexico, Chile, India, China, Japan and the USA.
Mr. Redzić is currently teaching at the „Franz Liszt“ University in Weimar and at the Erfurt University.
Music of Vojislav Ivanović, world-renowned guitarist and composer, has been described by critics, amongst other, as “superbly written” and “indescribable but indescribably delicious”. His unique style, which utilizes elements of contemporary classical, traditional and jazz music is being said to “have an organic plasticity to it that expresses hundred percent life experience”.
He studied guitar with Darko Petrinjak and with Costas Cotsiolis with whom he graduated, and composition with Vojin Komadina. Both as a guitarist and a composer he was awarded various national and international prizes and distinctions. As a soloist and in collaboration with various artists and orchestras he has performed extensively throughout former Yugoslavia, Russia and Europe.
In the field of traditional, improvised and jazz music, his colaborations include Arild Andersen, Paolo Fresu, Paul Wertico and Milos Petrovic. Since 2008 he performes intensively with Levante Guitar Duo, with Aleksandra Ivanovic, playing his music and arrangements for guitar duo.
Vojislav’s most notable works are: 6 Cafe Pieces for Guitar, Sonata for Guitar and English Concerto for guitar and strings, piano concerto, harp music, 4 Songs on Poetry of E. A. Poe and many other.
Currently he is teaching guitar at the Music Academy of East Sarajevo.
Predrag Stanković was born in Tuzla 1. April 1949. Predrag Stanković deservedly known as "Guitar Pedagogy Wizard", started playing guitar at the age of thirteen in his native Tuzla, and continued his studies in Sarajevo with Ivan Kalcina and Mila Rakanović. He delivered his first guitar lessons as for back as 1973 in the "Home of the Youth" in Tuzla. Since the establishment of the guitar departments in the primary and secondary music schools in Tuzla, as a teacher in these institutions, he educated more than 1000 students, with whom he won over 160 prizes amongst which more than 50 on the most prestigious international guitar competitions. With his immense devotion, expert knowledge and great amount of work, famous "Predo" had grown generations of guitarists, teachers and some of the worlds great guitar soloists such as Denis Azabagić, Dejan Ivanović, Alen Garagić, Boris Tešić
and Sanel Redzic to mention just a few. It is with his name of work that, for a long time now, a phenomenon of "Tuzla Guitar School" is associated. He has won many awards distinction for his extraordinary contribution to the guitar pedagogy, and is regular guest of numerous guitar festivals and competitions. In 1996 he founded "Youth Art Centre" in Tuzla, which gathers musically talented children. He co-produced two CD recordings of Sanel Redzic.
Graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade. Actively engaged in guitar pedagogy since 1988. The founder and director of the ″Pannonia Guitar festival″ in Pančevo, Serbia. Author of the book "Guitar 1".
His students have won more than 200 awards at competitions, many of them are national and international awards. His two students are the winners of the Serbian National Award ″Saint Sava″ in 2012 and 2017, for their achievements in guitar competitions. He is a permanent member of the jury ″Young Virtuoso″ competition in Belgrade and ″Vojvodina Guitar Festival″ competition in Novi Sad. He also participates in the work of several juries at competitions and festivals:
"Fantast" in Bečej, "National Festival of Music School of Serbia", "Guitar Festival Bijelo Polje", Montenegro. The founder of the Vršac plucked instruments orchestra. He performed as a member of chamber ensembles and as a soloist. He works as a professor of guitar at the ″Petar Konjović″ Music School in Belgrade.
Duo Iancu-Lobonț, format din chitariștii Olivia Iancu și Claudiu Lobonț, și-a început activitatea în anul 2007, an în care cei doi au absolvit cursurile Universității Naționale de Muzică din București. Din 2008 au început și studiul instrumentelor istorice (lăută, teorbă, archlute), iar interesul pentru muzica veche se împlinește în cursurile de master și doctorat. Cu o activitate bogată, invitat să concerteze – alături de nume însemnate din domeniu – în cadrul celor mai importante festivaluri de profil din țară (Sinaia International Guitar Festival, Transilvania International Guitar Festival, Turnu- Severin International Guitar Festival, Festivalul Internațional „Guitar Evenings” București, Festivalul Internațional „Hibernal de Chitară”, Festivalul „Viva la Guitarra”, Festivalul „Nocturne Baroce”, Festivalul de Muzică Veche Miercurea Ciuc, Festivalul „Musica Barcensis”, Festivalul „Musica
Coronensis”, Festivalul Baroc Timișoara etc.), duo-ul a avut colaborări cu diverse ansambluri camerale și orchestre, atât cu chitarele cât și cu instrumentele istorice, în numeroase proiecte legate de muzica veche, pe cele mai importante scene din țară. Duo Iancu-Lobonț prezintă programe variate ce acoperă toate perioadele stilistice, de la muzica veche la cea contemporană; lucrările cântate sunt, în cea mai mare parte, propriile trascripții și aranjamente. Cei doi chitariști au urmat cursuri de perfecționare cu unii dintre cei mai importanți profesori și concertiști din lumea chitarei și a lăutei. Duo-ul cântă pe chitare cu 8 corzi construite de lutierul Alexandru Marian și pe archlutes construite de lutierul György Lorinczi.
Olivia Iancu a absolvit Universitatea Națională de Muzică din București (UNMB) – Facultatea de Interpretare Muzicală, specializarea Chitară Clasică, în anul 2007. În 2009 a obținut masteratul la UNMB specializarea Stilistică Interpretativă – Muzică de Cameră, iar în anul 2015 a absolvit cursurile doctorale la aceeași Universitate. În prezent este asistent universitar în cadrul Departamentului de Arte al Universității din Pitești. Este laureată a olimpiadelor și festivalurilor naționale de specialitate; a obținut burse de merit și de studiu, printre care bursa Erasmus la Hochschule für Musik „Franz Liszt” Weimar, Germania.
Claudiu Lobonț a absolvit Universitatea Națională de Muzică din București – Facultatea de Interpretare Muzicală, specializarea Chitară Clasică, în anul 2007. În 2009 a obținut masteratul la UNMB specializarea Stilistică Interpretativă – Muzică de Cameră, iar în anul 2017 a absolvit cursurile doctorale la aceeași Universitate. În prezent este profesor la Colegiul Național de Muzică „George Enescu” din București. A susținut recitaluri în țară și în străinătate și a făcut ilustrație muzicală pentru diverse proiecte culturale (teatru, film, dans, arte plastice, fotografie).