Our next concert is on Mon 16th Jun 7.30pm at the Friends Meeting House in The Friars by Gaëlle Solal. See EVENTS page for further details, and download programme notes from Gaëlle Solal Programme Notes And please use the poster: Gaëlle Solal Poster
Born in Marseilles (France) in 1978, Gaëlle began the study of the guitar at age of 6 with René Bartoli. At 14, she won three gold medals at the Conservatoire de Marseilles and, as the best student of all instruments, was awarded the Prix de la Ville de Marseille, and at least four first prizes in international competitions. She has studied with Alberto Ponce, Antigoni Goni, Pepe Romero, Roland Dyens, Oscar Ghiglia, and Leo Brouwer etc. She has toured in more than 30 countries including Germany, Myanmar, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, Israel, Spain, France, Gabon, India, Iceland, Italy, Laos, Malaysia, Morocco, Mexico, Palestine, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Portugal, Serbia, Switzerland, Tunisia, USA and Japan.
With passions for contemporary music and Brazilian music, Gaëlle has performed the premiere performances of the Concerto by Maurice Ohana, the Double Concerto by Naomi Sekiya with Kent Nagano in Berkeley and three new compositions at the Cordoba Guitar Festival 2006. Gaëlle’s eclectic passions have led her to combine her commitment as a performer with teaching as well as dance and theatre experiences. She has created two solo recital projects “Sol” where she travels around the borders of classical and popular music and "Açaï," totally dedicated to Brazilian music. An appreciated and challenging teacher, she now travels the world presenting concerts, master classes and workshops and serving as juror at international competitions. Her next concerts will include a USA Tour with recitals in Ohio, Texas, Florida, and California. Additional concerts are scheduled in Germany, Singapore, France, Portugal and Italy.
Her programme includes the incredible Bach Chaconne, the concluding movement of Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004, for solo violin, surpassing the duration of the previous four movements combined. Along with its disproportional relationship to the rest of the suite, it merits the emphasis given it by musicians and composers alike. described by violinist Joshua Bell as "not just one of the greatest pieces of music ever written, but one of the greatest achievements of any man in history. It's a spiritually powerful piece, emotionally powerful, structurally perfect." We also hear a Prelude for Lute. Bach had a masterly understanding of the lute, and, along with his friend and almost exact contemporary, Sylvius Leopold Weiss, was one of the last composers to write for the instrument before its modern revival. He wrote seven works, some original, some his own transcriptions of works he wrote for other instruments. They are now are an important part of the guitar repertoire.
The first half also includes Albeniz's Torre Bermeja, and music from Turkey and Gibralter (Maurice Ohana), and the second half is entirely attractive modern music from Brazil by Gismonti, Nazareth and others. TICKETS: ring 01227 265503
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