With Anabel Montesinos and Mateusz Kowalski, two world-class guitarists take the stage of the Twents Gitaarfestival to give both a solo concert.
Touted by Classical Guitar Magazine as a ‘spectacular’ musician and his interpretations as ‘truly breathtaking’, Mateusz Kowalski is emerging as a star on the worldwide guitar stage.
The repertoire of Mateusz Kowalski consists of pieces from different epochs – from renaissance to modern compositions. He interprets them in a historically informed manner. His aim is to build the interesting, convincing and very often surprising musical creations, being in the same while the great stories, which impact the listeners.
As a concert artist, he performed in the most famous venues worldwide. In age of 23, he made his debut in Vienna Musikverein and in Shanghai Grand Theatre, where great stars as Yo-Yo Ma and Luciano Pavarotti gave concerts. In 2019 he performed Concierto de Aranjuez with Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra. He gave recitals in Paris, Budapest, London and could be heard in 15 countries all over the world.
The competitions he had won had a huge, positive impact on his career. Next to the 1st prize and audience prize in Antony, France, the most important one is the 2nd EuroStrings International Competition – the highlight of the EuroStrings program, which Mateusz was a member of. The program creates a lot of international opportunities supporting professional career development. Part of the 1st prize was an international tour in Europe, the US and Asia.
In September 2019 artist’s debut CD album Mateusz Kowalski Classical Guitarist was premiered. It was released by the Polish label CD Accord and distributed by NAXOS. The CD is a set of important pieces for the artist. The program consists of compositions written by Bach, Giuliani, Tárrega, Barrios, Piazzolla, Ponce, Schubert and Assad (premiere recording).
Mateusz Kowalski is a scholarship holder of the Marshal of the Zachodniopomorskie Voivodeship, the Mayor of Koszalin and the Minister of Culture and National Heritage (the “Young Poland” programme).
The artist proudly plays on instruments built by famous luthiers: Masaki Sakurai, Karl-Heinz Roemmich and Hanson Yao.
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 guitarcontests 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. Anabel Montesinos 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 in 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.
Anabel Montesinos has recorded for the label Naxos, and her first CD was chosen as a part of the music program for intercontinental flights bythe 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.
Anabel Montesinos about Twents Gitaarfestival:
“I am very happy to take part of the great Festival “Twents Gitaarfestival” in Enschede! I would like to share withall of you the beauty of the guitar repertoire, passing through different styles and showing the connection between the classical and popular-folkloric music from Europe and South-America. Looking forward to see you all in May!”