Hot off the press ! I am excited to announce my brand-new recording ! It's guitar and violin duets with the Paganini competition winner Mengla Huang. It includes two of my brand-new arrangements. It's available digitally worldwide, eg : Spotify : https://open.spotify.com/album/4UPlM5eQqvyNnoD1l4BVp2?si=PJ8kGweSTWeBBPY6mBOT0w Apple - USA : https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/milonga-del-angel/1444411649 Japan : https://itunes.apple.com/jp/album/milonga-del-angel/1444411649 UK : https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/milonga-del-angel/1444411649 Have a listen and hope that you enjoy it ! #milongadelangel
I am really looking forward to returning to the magnificent Shenzhen Concert Hall this Sunday ! Last year I played a program "From Bach to Brazil." This year I am presenting a Spanish evening, and will be joined for some of the pieces by the Spanish dancer Belen Cabanes. If you are around the Canton area, come and see the concert, and say hello at the post-concert signing too.
Sharing a new video taken from Chinese national TV of a concert given by Xuefei and Spanish dancer Maria Vega Dancer . The music is The Miller's Dance by Falla. The piece is part of Xuefei and Maria's "Spanish Rhapsody" program. Enjoy ! https://youtu.be/zyQdNNoZwYA
I gave a masterclass in Wuhan Conservatory, as the International Chair of Guitar at the Royal Birmingham Conservatory. Later that day I also saw the 2,400 year old percussion instrument that was unearthed near here. It's known as "the 100 Bronze Bells." I tried playing something on a replica of the instrument.
On this day in 2016, we lost Roland Dyens. In memory, let's enjoy his fun piece, Tango en Skai ! https://youtu.be/2ueYN4UDYN8
The last time I went to ABRSM was as a recipient of their international scholarship. Today I went there for an interview and to make videos for their new guitar syllabus. It was good fun shooting the videos outdoors, waiting for the precious silence in central London. I believe we caught some atmospheric moments. I’m looking forward to seeing the finished videos.
Knowing Paul Fischer for many years, and also owning two of his fine guitars that I've used in several of my recordings, I was keen to read the new book that came through my letterbox this week - Paul's newly published biography, "Let the wood speak!" It's an engaging read as it's not just about making guitars (and harpsichords - perhaps to your surprise), but also the human stories about his time in the British army; travelling the world as a Churchill Fellow and researching alternatives to rosewood in Brazil; and his recovery from a stroke. In this era where everything has become digital, it is nice to still hold a real book. For anyone interested in reading it too, it's available through Amazon (for example) : https://www.amazon.co.uk/Let-Wood-Speak-Paul-Fischer/dp/1724560239
I can't collect many guitars myself so l like to try different instruments when the opportunity arises. So here is a phone-clip video of me trying a Daniel Friederich guitar owned by Chris Wong. With it's nice tone, I felt like playing the beautiful Tango by Albeniz. #Friederichguitar #guitar #classicalguitar #Albeniz
I have just realised that some of my recordings are now available on You Tube (provided by the record company). You'll see them on my You Tube channel ! So now you have one more way of accessing my music. Here is a track that I recommend to you today, to lighten up your day (pretty grey in UK). It's called Odeon by Nazareth. By the way, in case you wonder, the brilliant arrangement is by the late Brazillian guitarist Raphael Rabello. https://youtu.be/iy8Jg0SVtAU #Brazillianmusic #guitar #classicalguitar
Sharing a video from the Proms in the Park in Belfast last weekend ! The beautiful Cavatina - rarely heard with orchestra compared to the solo version. Thanks to the Ulster Orchestra, conductor David Brophy, the BBC Team and the Belfast audience for a great evening ! https://youtu.be/AzLJKk9yXq0
TV broadcast of Proms in the Park Belfast, on BBC1 Northern Ireland at 5.35pm this Sunday! Outside of Northern Ireland, can view on BBC iPlayer by setting region to Northern Ireland; or in UK on Sky (953) or Virgin (863); or live streaming globally at FilmOn. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bkb0nn