Baltic Bass Festival in Birštonas

2019/06/12 Press release

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, one of the most important events for classical guitar in the Baltic States has already won recognition not only among Lithuanian but also surrounding country guitar fans. The intensive two-day program of the festival includes an international contest of young classical guitarists, which attracts dozens of participants from all over the world, mastery courses conducted by invited festival performers, seminars, instrument presentations. However, the most important accent is the evening concerts featuring exclusive, world-famous guitarists.

The Symphony Orchestra invited Amandaus Guitar Duo to the tenth anniversary of the Symphony. summer festival and started. Dale Kavanagh from Canada and Thomas Kirchhoff from Germany are the most famous guitar ensembles. A couple of years ago 25 years of celebration The Duo anniversary, they are confirming their success every year by holding around 70 concerts around the world. This season's tour tour runs from the US and Canada through Asian halls (China, Korea, Thailand) to Europe, and also to Lithuania.

Their special attention comes to their projects for guitar and orchestra (including the incredible success of the "Spanish Night" concert with Panos flute virtuoso Gheorghu Zamfir), but for the audience of Birštonas the chamber show of this duet. This part of the concert program (June 14) will consist of Baroque composers' works, including one of Vivaldi's concerts and Handel's Suite with the famous Pascal. However, they will also be able to hear the Madrigal Suite by Joaquino Rodrigo, a Spanish musician from Corfu.

Another star of this jubilee festival is the Czech guitarist Pavel Steidlas, whose impressive international career began in 1982, after winning a guitar contest organized by Radio France in Paris. Dedicated to its concerts in the 19th century. For the guitar repertoire, the authentic sound of the guitar of that time, Steidl still stands out from other musicians for his expressive performance, reminiscent of improvisation, as the work is being created here and now. It is interesting to observe it even as actors whose facial mimics and body gestures unexpectedly make the guitar play an extremely dynamic and characteristic look. Perhaps that is why critics note that no matter what the Czech guitarist performs - the virtuoso Paganini sonata, the playful Giuliani variations or the lyrical melancholy pierced by Hommage's Czech composer Jan Obsovski - music always seems so inspiring and full of life.

Bianka Szalaty, who has become a laureate of more than 30 guitar competitions, has just won one more victory in her collection a year ago at the Baltic Guitar Festival competition. She then won the Grand Prix and was given the opportunity to organize her recitals as an additional prize at this year's festival. The performance of the talented Polish, who has already performed with the Koszalin Philharmonic Orchestra, is due on June 15th. afternoon (by the way, this is the only free festival concert). Meanwhile, on the eve of June 14 (June 14), Lukasz Kuropaczewskis, a 37-year-old guitar virtuoso, will appear on the main stage of the festival in Birštonas Kurhauze. This highly-performing performer has been highly sought after by the organizers of many guitar concerts and festivals due to his precise technique as well as his ability to capture the most diverse musical characters. Sometimes, critics call it "guitar impressionist", and sometimes do not stand up to the musical expression of the musician. The version of K. Pendereckis's concert for guitar, performed by Sinfonia Varsovia and conductor Maximiano Valdes, was also highly appreciated and initiated by him. Kuropaczevsky's composers have been dedicated by composers such as Angel Gilardin or Marc Neikrug. The latter's "Tris pjeses gitarai" will be heard at the concert of the Baltic Guitar Festival. However, not less than the audience's attention should be given to the famous Mauro Giuliani's fantasy theme of Rossini's operas, as well as to the arrangement of folk songs by the Catalan composer Miguel Llobet.

More information on the Baltic anniversary festival and other events http: //bgq/en/festival