London Guitar Festival

2021
21-24
 October
The Events

EuroStrings Artists: Cristina Galietto & François-Xavier Dangremont

Thurs 21 Oct | 1.00pm
St Pancras Room, Kings Place

Cristina Galietto is a 20-year-old classical guitarist from Naples in Italy, whose guitar playing has taken her to many countries in Europe, where she has given concerts, participated in masterclasses with artists such as Aniello Desiderio and Carlo Marchione. She completed her studies at the Conservatory of Music ‘San Pietro a Majella’ of Naples, and the Conservatory of Music ‘Domenico Cimarosa’ in Avellino in the class of Lucio Matarazzo with honours, and a special mention, and is currently studying with Paolo Pegoraro and Lukasz Kuropaczewski at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst, in Graz. Her new album Avant l’Aube, released at the end of 2020 (Timespan recordings), features music by composers such as Joaquín Rodrigo, Domenico Scarlatti, and Alexis Rago, all of whom are representative of an intimate, delicate, and passionate musical feel – characteristics that stand out in her playing and to which her audience are drawn.

François-Xavier Dangremont began playing guitar at the Le Mans Conservatory in Brigitte Palisson’s class, with whom he obtained his Diplôme d’étude musicale (DEM). After having followed a specialised course with Tania Chagnot at Hay-les- Roses, he entered Judicaël Perroy’s class at the Pôle d’enseignement supérieur de Lille (ESMD). In 2017, he obtained his diplomas in musicology, performance (DNSPM) and pedagogy (DE). Eager to develop as an interpreter, he participated in several international competitions, winning First Prize at: the Concours International de Carry-le-Rouet in 2017, in France; Concurso Internacional de Guitarra ‘Ciudad de Coria’, in Spain in 2018; and at Kutna Hora International Biennial Guitar Competition, in Czechia in 2019; and Second Prize at: the Amarante International Guitar Competition, in 2018, in Portugal, the Alberto Ponce International Competition, in France, and the Forum Gitarre Wien International Competition, in Austria; as well as Third Prize at the Koblenz International Guitar Competition, in Germany.

Inspired as much by the great works of the repertoire as by the search for forgotten pieces, François-Xavier Dangremont performs early music such as Francesco da Milano, to Dionisio Aguado through to the twentieth-century composers such as Eduardo López-Chavarri and Sérgio Assad in his concerts. In 2020, he began teaching at the Conservatoire de Grenoble and also organises a guitar workshop at the Carlton Hotel in Lille, with Raphaël Feuillâtre and Antoine Fougeray.

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Concert with
Lovro Peretić & Tom Kerstens’ G Plus Ensemble

Thurs 21 Oct | 7.30pm
Hall Two, Kings Place

Lovro Peretić was born in Zagreb in 1995 and started studying guitar with Xhevdet Sahatxhija. Later, he graduated from the Academy of Music in Zagreb, where he studied with Darko Petrinjak and spent one year in a student exchange programme at L’École Supérieure Musique et Danse Hauts-de-France, Lille with Judicaël Perroy. He has been successful in many national and international competitions. He has represented Croatia in many important festivals such as the Vladimir Spivakov International Foundation’s festival in Moscow and the European Union of Music Competitions for Youth’s Young Hearts for Music in Austria and Germany. He also regularly performs in his duo with violinist Katarina Kutnar and in the guitar trio Evocación. He has performed as a soloist with the Croatian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra, Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, and Zagreb Soloists, among others. Lovro was awarded the Dean’s and Rector’s prizes of the University of Zagreb.

Tom Kerstens is a major figure in the guitar world. He is highly regarded as a versatile performer on modern and period instruments and is an influential champion of the guitar in his roles as player, recording artist and artistic director. He was chosen in Classic FM’s list of the ‘100 best classical artists’ and ‘Five best guitarists world-wide’ whilst hailed as a ‘refreshing musical explorer’. He has commissioned 108 works for IGF in the past 20 years.

His G Plus Ensemble consists of one or two guitars, string quartet and percussion and is exclusively dedicated to new music.

‘Tom Kerstens is in a rather different league…he manages to make the guitar sound like a harp, a human voice or even a whole orchestra…his interpretations continue to amaze… Vivid, colourful guitar playing.’
BBC Radio 3

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EuroStrings Artists in concert
Alvaro Toscano & Filip Mišković

Fri 22 Oct | 1.00pm
St Pancras Room, Kings Place

The musical qualities of the classical guitarist Álvaro Toscano have been endorsed by his winning of more than 15 international awards, among which are First Prize at: 96th Concurso Permanente de Juventudes Musicales of Spain and Festival International de Guitarra de Guimarães in Portugal. He is also proud to have won several ‘Audience’ prizes that reflect his immense communication skills as a musician. Apart from his solo work, Álvaro Toscano was the soloist with the Málaga Philharmonic Orchestra performing music by Enrique Baños. In ensemble, he has also performed with the F.I.P Guadalquivir Ensemble and the Leonor Quartet, among others, and premièred Proserpina and Brumas del Guadalquivir by Antonio Blanco Tejero at the Teatro Góngora in Cordoba.

Álvaro Toscano has played more than 70 recitals throughout Europe, highlights include his participation in the Szeged International Guitar Festival in Hungary, International Festival of Guitar José Tomás Villa de Petrer, Lope de Vega Theatre in Seville and International Guitar Festival ‘Ciudad de Coria’, in Cáceres. He also offers recitals in unusual venues such as ‘Sofar Sounds’, trying to bring classical music closer to all kinds of public. His 2021 programme, titled The Cosmic Guitar, comprises music based on ethereal, spatial, and natural themes by Frederic Mompou, Antonio Blanco Tejero, Vicente Asencio and Marco Smaili.

Filip Mišković was born in Split, Croatia, in 2002. At the age of nine, he started his guitar studies at the Music School ‘Josip Hatze’, Kaštela with Vicko Novak and, in 2013, he continued with Maroje Brčić. At 17, two years earlier than usual, he began studying at the Academy of Music, University of Zagreb, where is now in his second year, studying with Darko Petrinjak.

Filip Mišković has won First Prize in more than 40 guitar competitions, including Anna Amalia Competition for Young Guitarists in Weimar, Rago International Guitar Competition in Stuttgart, and the International Guitar Competition for Young Guitarists ‘Andres Segovia’ in Monheim am Rhein; he won Second Prize in the Senior Division of the GFA Annual International Youth Competition in Miami 2019. In the open age category, he won First Prize at the Poreč Fest Competition and Second Prize in the Zagreb Guitar Festival Competition. As a soloist, Filip Mišković has performed a Vivaldi Concerto with ‘I Giovani Solisti’ from the USA, conducted by Emmet Drake, and Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Guitar Concerto with Croatian National Theatre Orchestra in Split, conducted by Gianna Fratta. The Ministry of Science, Education and Sports awarded him five ‘Oscars of Knowledge’. In 2019, he was given the title ‘Splitski pulpulak’ as a rising star in Split and, in 2020, he received the Rector’s Prize from the University of Zagreb.

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Concert with
Sean Shibe

Fri 22 Oct | 7.30pm
Hall One, Kings Place

‘Shibe’s music-making is masterful, beautiful and convincing in every way’
The Times

One of the most versatile guitarists on the concert platform today, Sean Shibe brings a fresh and innovative approach to the traditional classical guitar by experimenting with instruments and repertoire. Shibe returns to Kings Place as part of International Guitar Festival.

The first guitarist to be selected for the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme, and to be awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, Shibe was a prize-winner at the 2015 YCAT International Auditions. In 2018, he became the first guitarist to receive the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Young Artists and the following year he won a Gramophone Award in the newly-created ​‘Concept Album’ category for his critically acclaimed recording softLOUD.
Shibe is committed to the music of the great masters of the past and has made his own transcriptions of Bach lute suites and seventeenth century Scottish lute manuscripts. He is also continuing to expand the repertoire for his instrument by conceiving imaginative programmes featuring new music and commissions. Recent and future performances include music by Daniel Kidane, David Fennessy, Sofia Gubaidulina, Thomas Ades, Shiva Feshareki, David Lang, Julia Wolfe and the premiere of a reworked version of Georges Lentz’s Ingwe, in collaboration with the composer himself. New commissions include David Fennessy, Daniel Kidane, Sir James Macmillan, Mark Simpson, Sylvia Villa and Freya Waley-Cohen.

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Flamenco Pasión with
Dani de Morón & Patricia Guerrero

Fri 22 Oct | 7.30pm
Hall Two, Kings Place

The flamenco guitarist Dani de Morón is a leading performer of his generation, who has always worked alongside legendary flamenco performers: when he was in his 20s, he toured with Paco de Lucía as his second guitarist. He has built his career in the traditional flamenco way, developing his art through accompanying singers and dancers. On his third album called 21, Dani de Morón accompanies three outstanding gypsy singers: Duquende, Antonio Reyes and Jesús Méndez. He is an inspiration to guitarists, with his distinctive  alzapúa thumb technique and the Morón style of playing flamenco with a hint swing rhythm. He has also worked with leading musicians from other styles such as jazz and world, including Dave Liebmann, Aaron Diehl, Gerardo Núñez, Yotam Silberstein and Concha Buika.

Patricia Guerrero started dance classes at her mother’s academy at the age of three, later studying with masters like Mario Maya and Rubén Olmo. She has performed in top world venues such as New York City Center Theater and Théâtre National de Chaillot, Paris. In 2010 she was invited by Carlos Saura to perform as a soloist in his show Flamenco Hoy, touring the world, and appeared in his film Flamenco, Flamenco. Shortly thereafter she became prima ballerina of the Andalusian Flamenco Ballet. Guerrero started making her own productions in 2013 and with Catedral (2016) she won Best Show at the Seville Flamenco Bienal and was nominated for two Max Awards in 2017, including Best Female Dancer. In 2018 with Distopía she was nominated for three Max Awards.

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Young Artist Platform
Emanuele Addis, Bradley Johnson & Sergiu Hudrea

Sat 23 Oct | 12pm
St Pancras Room, Kings Place

 

Emanuele Addis, born in 1996 in Sassari, Italy, is currently attending a Master of Arts at Royal Academy of Music in Michael Lewin’s class. Addis stood out in numerous international competitions. To name but a few, he won the 3rd prize at the Brussels International Guitar Competition and the 2nd prize at Plovdiv International Guitar Competition in Bulgaria.

Additionally, Addis participated in several solo recitals in both Italy, Germany, Serbia, United Kingdom and Bulgaria, in fact, he performed at the Palazzina Liberty in Milan, at the Senato della Repubblica Italiana in Rome, Italian Institute of Culture in Munich, Germany, Theâtre du Vaudeville in Brussels and at the Treća beogradska in Belgrade.

Bradley Johnson is a guitarist with a specialism in modern repertoire. Composers he has worked with include Philip Cashian, Edward Cowie, Georg Friedrich Haas and Morgan Hayes. Recent projects include recording the two Guitar pieces commissioned for the Royal Academy of Music’s ‘200 Pieces Bicentenary project’ by Gary Carpenter and David Gorton; for this he was awarded the Bache Fund Prize and the recordings will be released on the Academy’s label in 2022. Future commissions include a piece for Guitar and Harp by Edward Cowie and a Guitar Quartet by Marino Arcaro for the Spectrum Guitar Quartet.

Sergiu Hudrea is a young Romanian guitarist who, having achieved success in numerous competitions across Europe, is busy launching a performing career with recitals in his home country, and also in Hungary, Serbia, Germany, France and the United Kingdom. Having been used to the stage since a very young age, what made him stand out was his engagement with the public and artistry of communicating his craft to the audience. Whether in solo or chamber music, Sergiu’s main goal is to offer his listeners a gateway through his emotions and music.

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Young Artist Platform
Marco Carta & Alexander Hart

Sat 23 Oct | 2.00pm
St Pancras Room, Kings Place

Marco Carta is an Italian classical guitarist. His resume includes several awards in various guitar competitions and many courses with acclaimed Masters (Oscar Ghiglia, Eliot Fisk, Lorenzo Micheli, etc). He is the co-founder of The Goya Project, based on the first absolute meeting between the Capricci by Goya and the Caprichos by Castelnuovo-Tedesco.

Guitarist Alexander Hart is an alumnus of the Royal Academy of Music and Royal College of Music supported by the Blyth Watson trust. A finalist of a number of international competitions including London International Guitar Competition and the Manuel Barrueco Prize, his beginnings were as a blues and session guitarist and this he brings into his programming with crossover music with singer Alex Sesenton. Alex is currently working with celebrated British composer Joseph Phibbs and the Audentia ensemble commissioning a new guitar concerto.

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The big night of the guitar
Final of London International Guitar Competition +
Kevin Loh

Sat 23 Oct | 5pm – 6.15pm
Final of the London International Guitar Competition
Hall One, Kings Place

Hall One, Kings PlaceLIGC one of the most prestigious competitions worldwide which has attracted the best guitarists under 30 years of age who have come from 33 different countries. Tonight, three finalists will play 20 each to win the coveted First Prize.

Sat 23 Oct | 6.30pm
Kevin Loh – 2020 winner
Hall One, Kings Place

A 30 minute performance by guitarist Kevin Loh, the outstanding winner of London International Guitar Competition 2020.

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The big night of the guitar
Concert with
Ana Vidovic

Sat 23 Oct | 7.30pm
Hall One, Kings Place

Kings Place welcomes the return of Ana Vidovic, an extraordinary talent with formidable gifts, taking her place amongst the elite musicians of the world today. She is known for her beautiful tone, precise technique, well-defined phrasing and thoughtful artistry and musicianship.

Having performed internationally for many years, Ana is the winner of an impressive number of prizes and international competitions including first prizes in the Albert Augustine International Competition in Bath, England, the Fernando Sor competition in Rome, Italy and the Francisco Tarrega competition in Benicasim, Spain.

Ana returns to Kings Place as part of the International Guitar Festival’s ever-popular Big Night of the Guitar.

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La Leona: Women and the Guitar
Panel Discussion

Sun 24 Oct | 1.30pm – 2.30pm
St Pancras Room, Kings Place

A London Guitar Festival panel discussion featuring composers and guitarists Effy and Litha Efthymiou, Electra Perivolaris, Eleanor Kelly, Katalin Koltai, Sarah Lianne Lewis and Shannon-Latoyah Simon led by Thérèse Wassily Saba.

One of the most exciting new IGF projects, which was devised during the lockdown is La Leona: Women and the Guitar. New works have been commissioned under the La Leona project, which offers commissions and training for women composers to create guitar music.
Through La Leona, IGF is encouraging young women composers who are taking their early steps in establishing their careers, giving them the opportunity to work through the full creation process, offering support through collaboration with the performer and finally guaranteeing a première and repeat performances in important concert venues, such as Kings Place.

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la leona: women and the guitar
Katalin Koltai, Shannon-Latoyah Simon & Clark-Hudrea Duo

Sun 24 Oct | 3.30pm
St Pancras Room, Kings Place

Katalin Koltai is an internationally acclaimed guitarist, soloist, and chamber musician, performing regularly with major orchestras and constant champion of contemporary music, creating interdisciplinary stage works and transcriptions, she records for North/South Recordings, Naxos, Hungaroton and Genuin. Her transcriptions from various musical eras have been published by Doblinger Austria, and received international critical acclaim, notably from Classical Guitar Magazine and Gendai Magazine.

Katalin gained degrees from the Budapest Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, Royal Conservatory of Bruxelles, and the Conservatorium Maastricht, taught by József Eötvös, Antigoni Goni, Raphaella Smits, Carlo Marchione, and José María Gallardo Del Rey. She is a PhD researcher at the International Guitar Research Centre, University of Surrey since Fall 2018, focuses on guitar transcription and new music for guitar supervised by Steve Goss and Tom Armstrong. Currently a FASS Scholarship Holder, Katalin is a former fellow of the Dutch Cultural Ministry and winner of the Hungarian Junior Prima Prize.

Shannon-Latoyah Simon is a British classical guitarist and interdisciplinary artist with a keen interest in New and Experimental Music. As well as performing regularly as a soloist, she thoroughly enjoys participating in chamber music and is part of many chamber ensembles. Shannon has been involved in experimental music and audio-visual art for most of her adult life and is consistently working on a series of projects involving art, film, movement, improvisation and electronic sound. She has recently developed a passion for creating deep listening works using her own personal collection of field recordings, which she has compiled over the past 12 years. In 2019 Shannon completed a Masters Degree at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance under the tuition of Graham Anthony Devine. Shannon is an Angelic and Usui Reiki Master Teacher and has recently obtained her degree in Sound Medicine, Sound Therapy and Nāda yoga with the Vibroacoustic Therapy Association.

Hannah Clark and Sergiu Hudrea are recent graduates of the Royal Academy of music.
They started their collaboration together in 2019 during their Masters, with the common goal of sharing flute and guitar music to a wider audience, taking particular interest in exploring repertoire that is not as commonly played. They are now pursuing careers as freelance musicians

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Masterclass with
Ana Vidovic

Sun 24 Oct | 9.30am – 12.30 & 2 – 5

Ana is an extraordinary talent with formidable gifts which have made her one of the leading guitarists in the world. She is also a patient and inspiring teacher, don’t miss this unique chance to study with her.

Players £60, Observers £30

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Masterclass with
Sean Shibe

Sat 23 Oct | 9.30am – 12.30

One of the foremost guitarists of the younger generation, Sean Shibe brings a fresh and innovative approach to the traditional classical guitar by experimenting with instruments and repertoire. He is also a much sought-after masterclass teacher, and this is a rare chance to study with this remarkable artist.

Players £60, Observers £30

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