Duo Giampaolo BANDINI - Cesare CHIACCHIARETA www.bandinichiacchiaretta.com
The guitar and bandoneon duo, Giampaolo BANDINI - Cesare CHIACCHIARETA, was founded in 2002 with the precise aim to present the music coming from Argentina through the charm and fascination of its most representative instruments.
Invited by the most important festivals and theatres all over the world, the duo gained everywhere an extraordinary approval of audience and critics. They had the big honour to play the Double Concerto "Hommage a Liegi" by Astor Piazzolla conducted by Maestro Leo Brouwer in Auditorium Paganini of Parma and for Unione Musicale of Turin with the well-known chamber orchestra "I Virtuosi di Mosca", conducted by Pavel Berman.
In 2004, the duo wins the Award "Beniamino Joppolo" Città di Patti (Messina) for the great artistic values reached in the music field.
In 1995, the duo had its debut in the prestigious Great Hall of San Petersburg Philharmonic, gaining such a big success to be immediately invited the following two years.
Their specific feature to live the music with no borders brings them work together with world-known artists and musicians.
Their first CD, "Hombres de Tango" was sold in more than ten thousand copies and has been welcomed with great enthusiasm from the specialized critics.
As teachers, besides being invited by the most famous Academies and Universities, they regularly teach in the Institutes of High Education "Luigi Boccherini" in Lucca and "Tito Schipa" in Lecce and in the summer Festivals of Gubbio and Portogruaro.
Gerhard REICHENBACH www.reichenbachguitar.com
Born 1965, Gerhard Reichenbach is considered by experts and the international press as one of the leading European guitar virtuosos of his generation. His solo performances and appearances together with orchestras are highlights of classical guitar performance and his playing is compared with masters of the guitar like A. Segovia and John Williams.
He studied guitar at the Cologne Music Academy/department Wuppertal with Prof. Dieter Kreidler and at the Athens Conservatory with Kostas Kotsiolis. His debut performance was a solo recital in Dusseldorf at the age of 15, while he soon became internationally famous after winning the International Guitar Competition of San Juan/Puerto Rico.
Since then until now Gerhard has an important and very successful carrier, being invited for solo recitals to places like the Berliner Philharmonie, the Saal Bulgaria, Sofia, the Megaro Mousikis in Thessaloniki (Greece), the Philharmonics of Tallinn, Tartu and Parnu (Estland), the Gavle Philharmonic (Sweden), the Forum Gitarre Vienna, and many more.
In 2000, the celebrational year of J.S.Bach, he gave a three weekend lecture about the lute works by J.S.Bach. In this lecture he analyzed and performed all the lute works on the classical guitar.
As teacher on university level he has long experience. Apart from giving master classes and lessons at the Berlin University of Music, the Music Academy Stuttgart and the Music Academy Hamburg, but also the University of Music in Linz (Austria), Gerhard Reichenbach taught from 1994 up to 2000 at the Guitar Department of the Music Academy "Franz Liszt" in Weimar.
Duo MELIS: Susana PRIETO - Alexis MOUZOURAKIS www.duomelis.com
The Spanish Susana Prieto and the Greek Alexis Muzurakis made their debut as the Guitar Duo Melis in 1999 at the International Guitar Festival of Volos (Greece). Since then they have performed in such prestigious halls as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Megaron in Athens and the Merkin Concert Hall in New York. Since 2006 they teach at the Conservatoire National de Region de Strasbourg in France.
Susana and Alexis have won numerous prizes, both individually and together. In 1999 they won the first prize at the International Guitar Duo Competition of Frechen (Germany). The next year they won the prestigious Guitar Duo Competition of Montelimar (France). In 2001 the Duo/Ensemble prize at the Chamber Music Competition of Leipzig (Germany) and the same year they were the winners at the International Guitar Duo Competition of Paris (France). In 2003 they recorded their first CD after winning the recording prize "Citta di Verona" at the International Chamber Music Competition "Gaetano Zinetti" (Italy). In 2005 they successfully auditioned for the Yehudi Menuhin Society Live Music Now.
The Guitar Duo Melis has collaborated with international orchestras like the Berliner Symphoniker, the Radio Orchestra of Bucharest and the National Orchestra of Thessaloniki conducted by Leo Brouwer.
Susana and Alexis have studied in Spain and Greece respectively. After that they have made postgraduate studies as duo and as solo at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague (Holland), at the High Conservatory "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" in Leipzig (Germany) and at the High Conservatory "Hanns Eisler" in Berlin (Germany).
Born in Iran in 1942 Joseph Urshalmi began his studies with the Spanish guitar teacher Ignacio Sole Aguilar in Teheran, continuing his studies at the "Instituto Msical oscar Espla" in Alicante, Spain, under Jose Tomas.
Graduating in 1967, he immigrated to Israel and begun a career as a concert guitarist, also involved very much with teaching.
In 1968 he ws invited to found the classical guitar department at the "Rubin Academy of Music and Dance" in Jerusalem where he is continuing to educate many Israeli guitarists.
In 1975 he made a highly successful London debut in the Purcell Room. The critics were very warm and enthusiastic about his playing and musicianship. The late Ivor Mairantz described him as "someone special among new boys".
Parallel to his international concert career, Joseph Urshalmi developed this favourite field, pedagogy. Becoming more and more attracted to it, he established a concrete and detailed teaching method, based on understanding and collabortion between the "player and his body".
His guitar method, "A Conscious Approach to Guitar Technique" was published by Chanterelle Publishing House in 2006 and it's a guide mark for all guitar players, beeing a comprehensive manual with full advices on avoiding bad habits and eliminateing blockages when learning the guitar.
Ulrich MULLER www.ifm.fh-osnabrueck.de
Ulrich Muller graduated the Music Conservatory from Osnabrück, Germany. Further studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Kunst in Bremen with Prof. Bernard Hebb and at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna in the Master Class of Prof. Karl Scheidt.
He earned the Concert Artist's Diploma in 1983 from Vienna and was awarded an Artist's stipend by the Minister of Science and Art for Lower Saxony, Germany. Ulrich participated in international master classes with Oscar Giglia (Switzerland), Manuel Barrueco (USA), etc.
In 1986 he founded the Muller-Swope Duo, a voice and guitar-family instruments duo which distinguish itself in its concerts by literature of all epochs and its wide stylistic knowledge.
Since 1980 he is invited for concerts in Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, Turkey, Spain, Japan and USA as solo guitarist and also as a concert guitarist with orchestra and various chamber music ensembles, special Guitar Duo and Voice / Guitar - Lute.
Ulrich Muller is Docent for guitar at the Osnabrück Conservatory since 1983 and he fondled and conducts many guitar ensembles in Osnabrück.
In 2001 Muller was named Professor of Guitar in the Conservatory Institute for Musical Education within the University of Applied Science in Osnabrück.
He is a member of the ensemble Musica Nova and founding member of the European Guitar Teachers Association, Germany Section. Since 2006 Ulrich Muller is a Honorary Member of Transilvania Guitar Association.
Harold Gretton began playing guitar at the age of 7. In 2001 he started his Bachelor of Music studies at the Australian National University (ANU) School of Music which he completed with first-class honours in 2006. He was awarded the Bernhard Neumann prize for most outstanding graduate. He is presently a PhD candidate at the ANU School of Music.
Harold has won numerous national and international competitions, including first prize in the 2007 Vienna Guitar Forum - International Guitar Competition (Austria), first prize in the 2007 Cordoba Guitar Festival - International Guitar Competition (Spain), first prize in the 2008 Coria International Guitar Competition (Spain), first prize in the 2008 Transilvania International Guitar Competition (Romania), first prize in the 10th Sernancelhe International Guitar Competition (Portugal, 2008), and first prize in the International Competition of 20th Century Guitar Music Interpretation in Lagonegro (Italy, 2006). He was awarded second prize in the 51st Tokyo International Guitar Competition (2008).
He has performed concerts at the ORF RadioKulturhaus (Austria), at the Cordoba Guitar Festival (Spain), at the Mikulov Guitar Festival (Czech Republic), at the Vienna Guitar Forum (Austria), at the Niksic Guitar Festival (Montenegro), at the Targu Mures Guitar Festival (Romania), at the Darwin International Guitar Festival, at the 2006 Sydney Classical Guitar Society Summer School, for the Saigon Guitar Society (Vietnam), amongst others. Since 2006 he has been a member of the Canberra-based guitar quartet Guitar Trek.
In 2008 he was invited to perform with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, at the Annual Proms Concert, conducted by Nicholas Milton.
Ana-Maria IORDACHE - Mihaela IORDACHE
The Guitar Duo Ana-Maria IORDACHE - Mihaela IORDACHE is the laureate of the sixth edition International Guitar Chamber Music Competition.
Ana-Maria Iordache is studying guitar with professor Eugen Mang since she was 6 years old.
Ana-Maria has won numerous national and international competitions, including first prize in the 2006 Andres Segovia European Competition for Young Guitarists (Velbert, Germany), first prize in the 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006 Sinaia International Guitar Festival (Romania), first prize in the 2006 Transilvania International Guitar Festival (Romania), first prize in the 2008 Targu-Mures International Guitar Competition (Romania).
Mihaela Iordache is also studying guitar with professor Eugen Mang since she was 9 years old.
Her talent was acknowledged during numerous competitions, like Alba-Iulia Guitar Festival (second prize, 2003 and 2006), Sinaia International Guitar Festival (third prize, 2000 and 2003), Garabet Avachian National Performance Competition (third prize, 2003).
The two sisters attended the master classess of Alvaro Pierri (Uruguay), Costas Cotsiolis (Greece), Thomas Kirchhoff (Germany), Roth Ede (Hungary), Jorgos Panetsos (Greece), Gabriel Bianco (France), Pavlovits Dávid (Hungary), Podhorszky Gábor (Hungary), Pusztai Antal (Hungary), Marko Feri (Italy), Giampaolo Bandini (Italy), Goran Krivokapic (Iugoslavia) etc.
Other guests of the festival: Pavel Puscas, Constantin Andrei, Aurelian Andrei, Adrian Andrei, Liviu Georgescu, Eugen Mang, Constantin Dumitriu, Tudor Anghelescu.