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Guitar concerts
Its Finest


21st june 20:00 Zoran Dukic

22nd june 20:00 Duo Assad

23rd june 20:00 Anabel Montesinos

24th june 20:00 Yamandu Costa

25th june 15:00 Competition Finale

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Zoran Dukic

Fri 21st of June 2024

Continuing his long standing affinity with Norway, Zoran Dukic returns to Bergen for the first time since 2013. The defining guitarist of the current epoch, Zoran moves effortlessly through all forms of repertoire with authentic sensitivity and command; and continues to push the bar higher for the instrument 

Zoran Dukic (1969, Zagreb) was presented with a guitar at the early age of six. Today he is one of the most distinguished classical guitarists of our time. His concert performances, both as a soloist or with an orchestra, leave long-lasting impressions on audiences and critics alike. He graduated from the Music Academy of Zagreb with Darko Petrinjak and completed his studies with Hubert Käppel at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne.

In his “tour de force” competition years (1990-1997) Zoran Dukic has won an astonishing number of competitions, being the only guitarist to have won both “Andrés Segovia” competitions, in Granada and in Palma de Mallorca. Showing astounding mastery in a wide variety of musical periods and styles he has also won competitions dedicated to “Fernando Sor”, “Manuel Ponce”, “Manuel de Falla”, “Francisco Tárrega” among others.
Being exceptionally enthusiastic and dedicated to teaching, his pedagogical activities are equally impressive. He has educated generations of young classical guitarists and has one of the most successful classes in Europe. In addition to this, he regularly gives masterclasses all over the world and is often an invited guest to numerous guitar festivals. He has recorded compact discs for labels in Germany, Spain, Belgium, Brazil and Canada.

Duo Assad

Sat 22nd of June 24

Brazilian-born brothers Sérgio and Odair Assad have set the benchmark for all other guitarists by creating a new standard of guitar innovation, ingenuity and expression.

Their exceptional artistry and uncanny ensemble playing come from both a family rich in Brazilian musical tradition and from studies with the guitar/lutenist Monina Távora (1921-2011), a disciple of Andrés Segovia. In addition to setting new performance standards, the Assads have played a major role in creating and introducing new music for two guitars. Their virtuosity has inspired a wide range of composers to write for them including Astor Piazzolla, Terry Riley, Radamés Gnattali, Marlos Nobre, Nikita Koshkin, Roland Dyens, Jorge Morel, Edino Krieger and Francisco Mignone.

The Assads began playing the guitar together at an early age and went on to study for seven years with Dona Monina. Their international career began with a major prize at the 1979 Young Artists Competition in Bratislava. Odair is based in Brussels where he teaches at Ecole Supérieure des Arts. Sérgio resides in San Francisco, where he is on the faculty of the SF Conservatory.

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Anabel Montesinos

Sun 23rd of June 2024

Known as 'La Reina de la Guitarra' - The Queen of The Guitar, Anabel has made her name as a formidable soloist in the last few years. Untouchable technique, original transcriptions and brilliant thematic programming. Anabel really is one of the guitar's leading artists.

Anabel Montesinos, the youngest winner (at the age of 17 years old) of the Francisco Tárrega International Guitar Competition in Spain, is a leader figure on the classical guitar worldwide. As Winner of more than 10 first prizes in major guitar contests like the Michele Pittaluga, Citá di Alessandria, in Italy, the Julián Arcas, in Spain, the Raifeisenwettbewerb in Salzburg, Austria, among others, Anabel Montesinos has performed concerts all around the world, made her Debut at the Carnegie Hall in the year 2011, she has played Concierto de Aranjuez by J. Rodrigo in Postdam “open air concerts”, Berlin, for more than 4000 people, and performed with orchestras like the Philharmonic of Turin-Italy, Simón Bolivar Symphony Orchestra-Venezuela, Philharmonic of Oulu- Finland, Havana Philharmonic-Cuba, Philharmonic of Moscow-Russia, etc.

She is also a Honor Citizen of the city of Solero, in Italy. In the year 2011 she won “Premio Chitarra D’Oro” as promising young talent and acknowledge of her artistic activities, at the Convegno Internazionale di Chitarra, in Alessandria. Anabel Montesinos has recorded for the label Naxos, and her first CD was chosen as a part of the music program for intercontinental flights by the British Airways. Her albums have been praised by the international press highlighting the beauty, freshness and virtuosity of her interpretations. She has shared a concert poster with Paco de Lucía, presenting "the other side of Spanish music" with a resounding success.

Her tour in 2019 finished with the performance of “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen for orchestra, choir and guitar, a selection of songs from the rock band which was praised with outstanding ovation. She plays on a Steve Connor guitar and is a Savarez Artist.

Yamandu Costa

Mon 24th of June 2024

Critically acclaimed, Yamandu Costa has delighted audiences wherever he takes his unusual skill and sound. In his unforgettable performances – solo, accompanied by other musicians or orchestras – he carries the mark of music from the south of Brazil but admirably incurs different musical genres, forming a rare symbiosis with his seven-string guitar. Awarded the Latin Grammy in 2021, as best instrumental music album with “Toquinho & Yamandu Costa – Bachianinha” (Live at the Rio Montreux Jazz Festival).

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