Transilvania International Guitar Festival's Guests
21-25 August 2018, 16th Edition Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Born in May 1986 in Baku (Azerbaijan), a couple years later Rovshan Mamedkuliev and his family moved to Nizhny Novgorod (Russia), where at the age of 11 he started taking guitar lessons. In 2009 he graduated from the Nizhny Novgorod Conservatoire with nationally recognized guitar teacher Aleksey Petropavlovsky.
Rovshan Mamedkuliev is one of the most well-known classical guitarists from Russia today. He has won more than 25 awards in national and international competitions, including: First Prizes on the 48th International Guitar Competition “Francisco Tárrega” (Spain, 2014) and the 48th International Guitar Competition “Michele Pittaluga” (Italy, 2015). In 2012 Rovshan won one of the most prestigious guitar competitions in the world - XXX Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition (USA). His solo career has taken him to numerous cities such as Los-Angeles, Toronto, Beijing, Seoul, Tokyo, Moscow, Paris, Berlin and others. In the 2013-2014 concert season after winning GFA Competition, Rovshan gave a solo concert tour (51 concert) and master-classes throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Brazil. He played solo concerts in such places as New York's Carnegie Hall (2012) and Amsterdam Concertgebouw (2017). A number of works are recorded by Rovshan on his solo albums: CD “Con Anima” (Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, 2011), two Guitar Recital CDs on the «Naxos» (Newmarket, Canada, 2012 and 2016), CD “Semi-Awake, Semi-Dream” on the «Contrastes Records» (Sevilla, Spain, 2015). From 2014 Rovshan Mamedkuliev is teaching at the Maimonides State Classical Academy in Moscow.
Raphaella Smits plays worldwide in her unique way eight-string guitars and historical instruments. Solo recitals as well as performances in duo with the most distinguished colleagues.
Besides that stage-work she has made 21 albums, many of them being listed as indispensable to refined music lovers. Raphaella Smits is internationally praised as an inspiring teacher for both guitar and chamber music.
In addition to her chair at the Lemmens Institute in Belgium, she regularly gives master classes in West and East Europe, in North and South America and in Japan.
Organizers of international music competitions ask Raphaella as a member of the jury because of her ability to listen and to judge so accurately. Here again she shows her talent to combine professional skills with a great sense of empathy.
Raphaella Smits is called quite rightly "une Grande Musicienne".
An active ambassador of classical guitar around the world, Jérémy Jouve is continuing his international tours and his recordings with one objective: to attune classical guitar with modernity. His musical training, at the Ecole Normale de Musique, then later at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris (CNSMDP) where he studied with great masters, among them Alberto Ponce and Roland Dyens, steered him toward a deep love and respect of manuscripts, an unending search for a beautiful sound, and a thorough understanding of the architecture of the pieces he chooses to interpret.
Even with this extraordinary trajectory – conservatory prize at age 13, first European tour at age 16, the only guitarist to be accepted into the advanced study «perfectionnement» course of CNSMDP, and winner of the international guitar competition of the GFA in Mexico at age 24 – the artistry of Jérémy Jouve has kept a strong stamp of sincerity. The GFA in 2003 opened the door to a five month North America in tour as well as to a first recording with Naxos, followed by two disks dedicated to the demanding works for solo guitar by Joaquín Rodrigo.
Then came a DVD with Melbay of a live concert recorded (2009), and another CD, this time in duo with flute for Reference Recording, which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2014. These recordings illustrate his strong desire to highlight the rich repertoire of classical guitar.
He has undertaken, in fact, an intense work researching manuscripts in order to find the essence of the pieces and the soul of the composers, trying to call attention to both his instrument and the original compositions. This work brought him the gratitude of Cécilia Rodrigo, daughter of the famed composer, who wrote: « What formidable technique, what poetry in your interpretations! I am extremely thankful for your work. My father, Joaquín Rodrigo, would have been very proud of you».
Jérémy Jouve’s most recent album «Cavalcade», the fruit of an inspiring collaboration with composer Mathias Duplessy, marks a new direction in his career: an advocate of the existing repertoire, which he hopes to expand and enrich, this time in the domain of comtemporary music. The pieces put forth by Jérémy Jouve in this album play a leading role in the creation of new repertoire, a music without borders; mixing flamenco, music of India, and with Ravelian accents. This music is in the image of classical guitar that he hopes to embody: free. Vast like the night and light, the depth and elegance of the play of Jérémy Jouve hopes to lead us toward a limitless horizon where classicism and modernity interplay.
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.
One of the most prominent guitar professors working in Austria, Gabriel Guillén was born in Maracay, Venezuela. He studied in South America with Abel Carlevaro, Leopoldo Igarza, Jose Gregorio Guanchez and Alberto Espinoza.
In 1987 he was the prize winner at the Antonio Lauro Competition and was awarded first prize by Rotary International. During this time he took an active part in masterclasses given by Abel Carlevaro, Rafael Benatar, Bartolomé Diaz and Franka Verhagen. In 1988 Gabriel Guillén moved to Vienna, Austria, studying under Prof. Walter Würdinger and in Zurich, Switzerland under Prof. Konrad Ragossnig.
Guillén gave critically acclaimed concerts throughout Europe, South America, U.S.A and Japan. Gabriel Guillén received the “Merit Award” from the Austrian Government, The Kery Award, The Artinger Award, the “Amigo de Venezuela“ award from the Venezuela Postiva and the “Honors Award” from Caracas-Avila.
Internationally acclaimed artist Gabriel Guillen records for Philips and Record.v4m. He teaches at the Joseph Haydn Konservatorium in Eisenstadt and the Richard Wagner Konservatorium in Vienna, Austria and has given masterclasses and concerts in more than 34 countries around the world. He has a huge following of students in Austria where he is in great demand. He is artistic director of the International Guitarfestival RUST in Austria. He is currently working with the Simon Bolivar orchestra in Venezuela under the direction of Alfredo Rugeles.
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 Tudor Gliga and David Orosz
Tudor Gliga and David Orosz began studying classical guitar at the High School of Art from Targu Mureș with Ovidiu Atanasiu and Andrei Turcu.
Both participated in national and international competitions and events starting from this period.From 2015 the duo will study under the guidance of dr. Beke István Ferenc. Together they played in opening of virtuoso guitarist Al Di Meola in Tirgu Mureș (2015).
The Duo won various awards, including: First place in the Transilvania International Guitar Festival Cluj Napoca (2015) and First place in the Classical Guitar Competition ”De la Baroc la Rock”, Sibiu (2015). They have also participated at several cultural events in Romania: ”Novum Generation” Festival (Cluj-Napoca), Radio Târgu Mureș, Jazz in the Park Festival (Cluj-Napoca), Transilvania International Guitar Festival (Cluj-Napoca).