Guitar Duo Botti
Guitar Duo “Botti”, the harmony of two world renowned solo guitarists, was first formed in 2017. They have been playing together since 2012 as the members of “Botticelli”, the only female Quartet in Korea, and were playing not only within Korea but also in Japan, as invitee performers of Zendai Guitar Magazine, Shanghai National University of Music, and Shenyang International Guitar Festival in China. They were praised as ‘the best playing Quartet of Asia’ and ‘beautiful women making perfect harmony’ and in 2013, Enrique Granados’ “12 Spanish Dances” were arranged by the Quartets and the album was released as Sony Classics. Since releasing the recordings, they have received great attention by successive sold-outs in domestic performances. As the duo, they have made a successful debut during July 2017 at the 3rdInternational Guitar Festival Korea and once again they attracted the guitar society with perfect harmony and outstanding performance. Moreover, they played in 2018 Busan Guitar Festivaland the 4th International Guitar Festival Korea. They are now waiting for their first album to be released.
One of the China’s leading guitarist, Sun Xuanxuan has been learning from Chen Zhi, a prominent Chinese guitar professor, from the age of 8. She has finished her Master degree from the Central Conservatory of Music of China in Beijing and at the moment she is teaching guitar majors at Guitar Faculty of Jilin University of Arts.
Chen Chuan has been playing and learned guitar from his early childhood with the help of his guitarist father. Professor Chen Zhi noticed Chen Chuan’s future potentials and at taught him at the Central Conservatory of Music of China in Beijing. Beginning with a prize at 2002 Vienna Youth International Guitar Festival, his career furthers on with first prize at 4th Hong Kong International Guitar Competition, 2nd place at Barrios WorldWideWeb Competition and many other competitions. Chen Chuan has been playing ensemble and solo performances at Europe, United States, and in many countries of Asia and always received praises.
Leonardo Bravo is an Argentinean guitarist, arranger and composer who graduated in Music and Guitar from the National University in Rosario, Argentina. Also, he is known as a specialist of Argentinean tango and folk music since he has done a lot of research within those fields. Leonardo Bravo have won a lot of prizes in diverse guitar competitions and was nominated as the Argentinean Guitarist of the Year in 1994. Furthermore, he has won the first prize at “Guitar Contest Scholarship XVI Guitar International Seminary”, Brazil. He has been invited to a lot of guitar festivals around Americas, Europe, Asia. From 1991 to 2003 he was appointed as Professor at Rosario National University and moved to Japan from 2003. Leonardo Bravo as a performer he has developed an extensive career as a soloist, and with ensembles with repertoire from Classical music to Tango.
Kumiko Kondo, a representative performer of the Japanese Tango violin, studied violin at the Tokyo College of Music, and got training from Astor Pizzaolla, an enthusiastic Tango musician, violinist Fernando Suarez Pass and Hajime Jinno. She has actively played at the Ryota Komatsu’ Tango Orchestra which is one of the representative of Bandoneon Music. She performed with artists like Jose Conlangelo, Osvaldo Berlingeri and Victor Lavallen who are all well known for their professions on Tango. Furthermore, she did not only play Tango but also with Jazz musicians, and Classical musicians. Kumiko Kondo got positive comments during 2015 Seoul Jazz Festival which she performed with passion.
The Jo&U Trio is composed of Cho Sanggu (Guitar), Choe HwoeJung (Violin), and Kim MiJa (Cello), and was formed to broaden the genre of music and pursue newness through the harmony of guitar and strings. Guitarist Cho Sanggu graduated from Mokwon University, and Karlsruhe National College of Music in Germany. He has had numerous recitals, including recitals for the 53rd anniversary of the Joongdo Ilbo, and recitals at local and foreign countries and touring concerts. He has taught at Sunwha Arts High School, Mokwon University, and Joongbu University. In particular, he has been invited as an invited professor at the International Guitar Festival in Thailand, and as the first Korean, became a judge at the Iserlohn International Guitar Competition in Germany. He was the first person to propose and create the Daejeon International Guitar Festival. He is now the director of Daejeon Guitar Academy.
Popular with both the public and the critics, Alvaro Pierri is regular guest in major concert houses in Europe, North and South America, in India, Japan, Korea and China. In 1983 he made his debut in Germany with the string soloists of the Berlin Philharmonic; subsequently Alvaro Pierri appeared worldwide on numerous radio and television programs. Contemporary composers such as Leo Brouwer, Guido Santorsola, Jacques Hetu, Astor Piazzolla, Abel Carlevaro, Carlo Domeniconi, Dusan Bogdanovic have written major works for Alvaro Pierri, in each case, he has premiered them brilliantly. Alvaro Pierri’s CDs have been released by Metropole-Polydor (France), Blue Angel-2001 (Germany), Milan Records (Canada), Analekta (Canada), Amplitude (Canada), Madacy (Canada), HOMA (Japan), Pioneer Classics (Japan) and Alpha Omega (Hong Kong). His discography includes solo recordings, chamber music, guitar concerts and electro-acoustic music. Several of his CDs have been honored with prices and nominations and he already received two time at the coveted Canadian FELIX award for the best classical CD of the year. Alvaro Pierri is also an internationally acclaimed teacher. Many of his students have won major international guitar competitions, and have themselves outstanding performance and recording careers. He was professor in Brazil at the University of Santa Maria, later then in Canada at McGill University (Faculty of Music) and at the UQAM (Department of Music) in Montreal. In 2002 he was appointed professor at the famous Academy of music in Vienna (today University of Music and Performing Arts), Austria. From the age of 11 he was already performing in concerts and winning prizes in international guitar competitions, including 1st Prize in the International Guitar Competition in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1st Prize in the International Guitar Competition in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and the Gold Medal at the 18th International Competition in Paris. In recognition of his outstanding artistic talent and carreer and his permanent enriching contribution to music and culture, 2008 Alvaro Pierri was appointed as honorary citizen of his hometown Montevideo.
Duo A&U is a duet team composed of violinist Kim Mi Young, who plays at Daejeon Philharmonic with diverse activities, and classical guitarist Kim Jeong Yeol, who is actively performing and does not lose his academic attitude, and they have been working together since 2010. Addition to the pure recitals, they are working closely with the audience through art lectures and architectural concerts, as well as with small-scale house concerts trying to exercise A (Arts) and U (Union). They have recognized that the popularization of classics and the decline of artistic values should not go together, so it is also the value of this team to be deeply involved in interpretation and careful arrangement. Although there are not many compositions written for violin and guitar, this team is building their own world by digging various repertoires by genre and age with the arrangement of guitarist Kim Jeong Yeol. In April of 2013, Sony released its first album, "Duo A&U", which is a combination of harmony and contrast. It is gradually developing its international activities in Japan in 2015 and in the Netherlands in 2016. In 2017, they got positive comments by performing at an invitation to the Netherlands and Germany. In addition, Duo A&U has been planning
Critically acclaimed by the Daily Telegraph as “the classical world’s best known guitar duo,” Peter and Zoltan Katona effortlessly transfer from strictly classical, into more popular musical genres. They have given recitals in the major concert venues throughout the world In 2009, as the soloists of the "Night of the Proms" they performed live to half a million people in arenas across Europe. They played together with renowned musicians such as Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott and world class ensembles such as the BBC Concert Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta.
Paulus Schafer Trio
Paulus Schafer Trio brings forth a swinging form of jazz which finds its origin in the style of Django Reinhardt’s ‘Hot Club the France’; gipsy jazz combined with pop and funk elements, an all-round band representing the current gipsy jazz sound. The band has a catchy sound and an energetic vibe, with an outspoken personality. The musicians are technical virtuosos and they produce a distinctive swing jazz sound, which is a typical trademark of the Dutch Gipsy Jazz style. The pace is usually set high, but this complements the musical arrangements. The lead guitarist; Paulus Schafer’s style defines itself as fresh and pure. He combines the styles of Stochelo Rosenberg and George Benson and he loses himself in the bebop sound and he eagerly explores new musical horizons. But Paulus Schafer is not the only success element of this band, but the tight rhythm playing of guitarist Romino Grunholz ads to the defining sound of the band. Noah Schafer is a force to be reckoned with as a double bass player. With confidence he plays not only the fastest pieces but also challenges himself by playing more complex pieces and impressive solo’s. In 2006 the Paulus Schafer Gipsy Band presented their second album ‘Desert Fire’. The album presentation took place in Nuenen, in theatre ‘Het Klooster’. In 2012 two CD’s ‘Twelfth Years‘ and ‘Rock Django‘ are released in which Paulus Schafer collaborates with the violinist Tim Kliphuis and Stochelo and Nous’che Rosenberg. ‘Rocky’, an album with accordion player Dominique Paats, has been released in November 2014 and brand new is the CD ‘Letter to van Gogh’.
Dutch violinist Tim Kliphuis (Best International Artist at Scottish Jazz Awards 2013) breathes new life into existing styles with a high-energy blend of classical, gypsy jazz and folk music. His improvised sound is totally new and has popular appeal. Classically trained and widely regarded as Stephane Grappelli’s heir, Kliphuis first made his name playing with the fiery European gypsy guitarists, then developed a more personal style which has taken him on a busy touring schedule around the world. The Richard Strauss festival were the first to commission Tim’s trademark improvisations on classical music, which now include Vivaldi, Vaughan Williams, R. Strauss, Britten and many others. Tim has shared the stage with legends Frankie Gavin, Richard Galliano and Les Paul and has been lauded for his musical genius by Nigel Kennedy. He is still in touch with the traditional Sinti gypsies through regular performances with The Rosenberg Trio and Paulus Schafer.