Classical guitar in Brisbane won’t get any better than you will find at Magda’s!
Magda Community Artz and Guitar Brisbane are bringing some of the world’s leading classical and instrumental guitarists to Brisbane.
Venue: Magda Community Artz – 80 Boundary Rd, Bardon, Brisbane, Australia
New Zealand Guitar Quartet
Saturday 2nd June 2018, 7:30pm – 10:00pm
The Brisbane International Guitar Festival, Guitar Brisbane and Magda Community Artz are proud to present the New Zealand Guitar Quartet. Following a sold out 2017 tour of New Zealand, the NZGQ have been hailed as a national treasure, and have received funding help from the government backed Creative New Zealand to bring them to Brisbane in June. Originally based in Wellington New Zealand the NZGQ are now based on both sides of the ditch. Owen Moriarty and Jane Curry in Wellington, Vladimir Gorbach in Sydney and John Couch in Canberra. Internationally accomplished musicians, they play a wide variety of styles from American Bluegrass and Celtic melodies and dances to their critically acclaimed interpretations of Bach’s Third Brandenburg Concerto.
Friday 24th November 2017, 7:30pm – 10:00pm
Guitar Brisbane and Magda Community Artz are thrilled to present Franco-Spanish guitarist, Thibaut Garcia; winner of the 2015 GFA International Concert Artist Competition and Warner Classics recording artist. Thibaut is known for his virtuosity, freshness, spontaneity and interpretive gesture, using the guitar as a natural extension of his own voice. Don’t miss Thibaut’s only Brisbane concert as part of his Australian debut!
José Maria Gallardo del Rey
Saturday 25th November 2017, 7:30pm – 10:00pm
Guitar Brisbane and Magda Community Artz are thrilled to present Spanish, flamenco inspired, classical guitarist José María Gallardo del Rey. Since his debut in Seville at the age of nine, José María has achieved universal public and critical acclaim. As a mature artist with a profound affinity for all aspects of the guitar, he has become a leading authority on the instrument among conductors and players alike, and a soloist in great demand by orchestras throughout the world.
Friday 29th September 2017, 7:30pm – 10:00pm
Lorenzo Micheli has taken up a busy concert career throughout the world since winning the first prize in some of the most prestigious international guitar competitions (Alessandria, “Guitar Foundation of America”). He has played more than 600 concerts all over Europe, in 200 US and Canadian cities, in Africa, Asia, Australia and Latin America, as a soloist and with orchestra. Since 2002 he has been performing worldwide in duo with Matteo Mela – under the name of “SoloDuo” – in such venues as New York’s Carnegie Hall, Seoul’s Sejong Hall, Kiev’s Hall of Columns and Vienna’s Konzerthaus. Their duo was welcomed by “The Washington Post” as “extraordinarily sensitive – nothing less than rapturous”.
Plus MASTERCLASS by Lorenzo on Saturday 30th September at Magda’s with some of South-east Qld’s foremost guitarists.
Clyde’s Water: Fiona Ross & Tony McManus
Saturday 17th June 2017, 7:30pm – 10:00pm
Fiona grew up in Partick, in the west end of Glasgow, also spending time at her step-family home in North Tolsta on the Isle of Lewis during her teenage years. The youngest of a busy household of five children, she inherited a love of Scottish music from her dad, and began singing popular Scottish songs from a young age. It was in the 1980s that Fiona truly embraced the Scots song tradition, immersing herself in Edinburgh’s vibrant folk scene and serving her apprenticeship in the folk clubs and memorable singing sessions of the time. She was fortunate to be singing at sessions in the company of many fine singers who remain at the heart of the tradition in Scotland and who are some of Fiona’s favourite singers to this day – Aileen Carr, Maureen Jelks, Cy Laurie and Danny Couper to name a few.
Fiona then joined the group Handsel with Scottish folk scene stalwarts Brian Miller, Gavin Livingstone and fiddler Anna-Wendy Stevenson, performing at traditional music festivals around the country.
Since moving to Melbourne in 2009, Fiona has continued to pursue her passion for Scots song. In addition to her busy schedule of concerts, workshops and talks, she is currently completing a PhD through the University of Melbourne Conservatorium, working with traditional singers in Scotland and overseas to explore and document the importance of a singing style and tradition that is now rapidly changing. As a singer of Scots song, Fiona was mentored by esteemed tradition bearer Andrew Hunter.
Acoustic Guitar Spectacular!: Richard Gilewitz & Michael Fix
Friday 16th June 2017, 7:30pm – 10:00pm
“a night of guitar artistry, fun and humour”
Brisbane-based, three times Golden Guitar winner Michael Fix is known as a leading exponent of contemporary acoustic guitar, and a consummate performer. His fretboard skills, unique style, and good-natured humour have earned him an international reputation as a concert drawcard – with a sound that is distinctively Australian and highly original in its presentation.
Over the past two decades, he has released 15 albums. His latest release is the evocative Bending Air, which features a collection of exquisite new original pieces, together with unique arrangements of some of the songs that have inspired him over the years.
Whether playing solo, conducting guitar seminars and school programs, or sharing the stage with folks such as Stephen Housden, Brooks Williams, Michael Fix, The California Guitar Trio, John McCutcheon, John Renbourn, Mose Allison, the late John Fahey, Leo Kottke, Norman Blake, Indigo Girls, or John Hammond, Richard always invites the audience to join him on a journey filled with twists and turns at every tune.
Möller-Fraticelli Guitar Duo
Saturday 18th March 2017, 7:30pm – 10:00pm
“unique fusion of Swedish perfection & Argentinian passion”
Swedish born, Johannes Möller’s close collaboration with the Argentinian guitarist Laura Fraticelli have resulted in a unique form of musical expression. Their emotional playing style as well as their strong connection and stage presence make their performances unforgettable events.
Möller-Fraticelli Guitar Duo have performed throughout Europe, North and South America as well as on radio and TV. Their repertoire includes Johann Kaspar Mertz (1806-1856), and Argentinean tangos originally composed for guitar duo as well as their own original compositions.
* “ Johannes Möller is not only a guitarist with a brilliant technique. He has something more. A charisma which transforms him to something more than just a man with his instrument. Listen to the solo introduction in Leo Brouwer’s Concierto Elegiaco for guitar, strings and percussion. The Cuban origin permeates this delicious work. Möller is magnificent with his shimmering guitar playing. It is breathtaking, devotional and masterful.” Norrländska Socialdemokraten.
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Laura Fraticelli studied with Tzvetan Sabev, Walter Ujaldón and Eduardo Fernández. A love for music gave her the courage to emigrate to Europe where she continued her studies at the Royal College of Music in London with Carlos Bonell and then later at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague where she was accepted in the class of the renowned guitarist Zoran Dukic. She has been praised for her beautiful tone and passionate interpretations.
What an unbelievable weekend of music at Magda’s “Brisbane International Guitar Festival”!
Adriano Del Sal
Saturday 1st October 2016, 7:30pm – 10:00pm
Gramophone (“the world’s best classical music reviews”): ” … It’s not often you get to hear Fernando Sor and Ennio Morricone on the same programme. But that’s just one of the attractions in this enjoyable recital by young guitarist Adriano Del Sal …. Admittedly Carlo Marchione’s arrangement for solo guitar of the famous “Gabriel’s Oboe” from Morricone’s score for “The Mission” is strictly encore fare, and Del Sal does well to perform it last here, where it makes for an enjoyable after-dinner mint.”We promise we’ll have lots of after-dinner mints here for you on October 1st!
Segovia Guitar Academy: “Exceptional musical talent, deep artistic sensitivity, and complete technical mastery of his instrument make Adriano Del Sal’s playing unique and unforgettable…”