For the fourth year in a row, the Twents Gitaarfestival will enjoy the visit of talented European guitarists during their yearly festival in the Penticost-weekend. This year, four emerging guitarists (EuroStrings Artists) will be traveling to the Netherlands. They have all won a competition in one of the 17 European guitarfestival swhich are collaboraborating in name of EuroStrings – European Guitar Festival Collaborative. The Twents Gitaarfestival is one of these collaborating festivals.
The guitarists whichwill be joining us in the Netherlands are from Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain and England. They willbe giving concerts, playing chambermusic and solo performances in locations in and around Twente. Furthermore, they will provide masterclasses to guitar-pupils of Kaliber Enschede and will receive masterclasses from the famous Anabel Montesinos, who will also perform in concert at the Twents Gitaarfestival. Subsequently they join in the concert of the five EuroStrings Artists, the overall winner of 2019’s EuroStrings competition Mateusz Kowalski (Poland) shall perform his guitar-music. At this moment, Mateusz is having a tour through the United States.
Just like the previous editions, the festival will again include certain Outreach Activities utilized by the EuroStrings Artists. For instance, concerts in elderly care facilities and other places where you usually do not find such talented classical guitarists. Additionally, they will play an educational concert in Theater Concordia with the five of them, especially for young guitarists who have just started their musical experience with the guitar: The Journey to the guitar. One of the EuroStrings Artists will be a member of the jury-panel at the Twents Gitaarfestival Competition, where the winner will become the next Dutch submission for EuroStrings 2022.
2021, Portugal – winner Harmonia Cordis International Classical Guitar Festival 2020, Romania
Francisco Luis, one of the rising stars of Portuguese classical guitar, was born in Caldas da Rainha, in 1998. He started his guitar studies at the age of ten with Luís Roldão, in the Conservatory of Caldas da Rainha. After five years, he began his studies at the Music School of the National Conservatory, in Lisbon; studying guitar with Eurico Pereira, chamber music with Júlio Guerreiro and Paulo Amorim and basso continuo with Helena Raposo. He completed his Bachelor degree with distinction with Carlo Marchione, at the Maastricht Conservatorium, before beginning his Masters with Zoran Dukic at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. Francisco Luis’s numerous international awards include First Prize at both the Harmonia Cordis International Classical Guitar Festival and the Festival International de Guitarra de Guimarães, as well Second Prize at both the Uppsala International Guitar Competition and the Aalborg International Guitar Competition.
In 2015, Francisco Luis was soloist in the Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquín Rodrigo with the symphony orchestra of the National Conservatory of Lisbon. His varied repertoire includes transcriptions of works by Bach, Scriabin, Telemann and Rameau. He also frequently performs classical improvisations, mixing his musical knowledge with his creativity and distinctive musical personality. He has performed in venues such as Casa da Música in Porto and the Palácio da Ajuda in Lisbon.
2021, United Kingdom – winner Plovdiv GuitArt Festival 2020, Bulgaria
Jack Hancher is an award winning classical guitarist. He completed his Master in Performance at the Royal College of Music (RCM), London in 2018 where he studied with Gary Ryan and Chris Stell and won the RCM Guitar Award 2014 while still in his second year as an undergraduate. In 2020, Jack Hancher won First Prize at both the Zagreb Guitar Festival Competition and the Plovdiv GuitArt Festival Competition. He was also awarded Fourth Prize at the Changsha International Guitar Competition 2020. In 2015, in duo with the guitarist Haydn Bateman, he performed for the IGF Aspire Stage Concert at Kings Place, and later that year as a soloist at Proms at St Jude’s performing music by Rodrigo, Piazzolla and Houghton. In 2017, he was accepted onto the International Guitar Foundation (IGF) Young Artists Platform, and performed at the IGF London Guitar Festival at Kings Place in October that year. Jack Hancher made his debut at Wigmore Hall, London, in July 2018, performing his arrangements of Albeniz’s piano music and at the Cheltenham Contemporary Arts Festival with music by Arnold, Britten and Dowland. He has performed in European venues such as the Großer Ehrbar Saal, Vienna and the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi, Turin.
2021, Hungary – winner Szeged International Guitar Festival 2020, Hungary
Marcell Nickmann was born in Budapest, Hungary and started playing the classical guitar at 14 with his first teacher, Sándor Árok. He quickly achieved success in regional and national competitions, winning several first prizes, which offered opportunities such as performing with the Austro-Hungarian Haydn Chamber Orchestra in their matinée series. In 2016, he began studying with Andrea Bozóki at the Music Faculty of University of Szeged. Since 2018, he has been working with Dávid Pavlovits. In 2019, after finishing his Bachelor degree, Marcell Nickmann won Third Prize in the Tallinn International Guitar Competition and Second Prize in the Harmonia Cordis International Guitar Competition.
Marcell Nickmann is involved in contemporary music projects playing in different chamber formations. In February 2019, he premièred Claude Vivier’s Pour guitare in Hungary, and with his duo partner, the guitarist Dóra Cserenyec, they premièred Salita in discesa – a microtonal work written for them by the electro-acoustic composer Ákos Nagy. In 2020, as well as continuing to première pieces in Hungary with Dóra Cserenyec, and performing Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Tierkreis, Marcell Nickmann began to focus on early music, recently transcribing the works of the French Baroque composer Louis Couperin. In October 2020, Marcell Nickmann won First Prize in the Szeged International Guitar Competition.
Özberk Miraç Sarıgül
2021, Turkey – winner Sarajevo International Guitar Festival 2020, Bosnia Hercegovina
The Turkish guitarist Özberk Miraç Sarıgül was born in 2000. From a young age, he began performing not only as a soloist but also with orchestra, including performances of the Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquín Rodrigo with the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra in 2017, and the Fantasía para un Gentilhombre by Joaquín Rodrigo with BGSO in 2019. As a soloist, he plays a broad range of repertoire, from the Elizabethan music of John Dowland, to the Baroque music of J.S. Bach to more contemporary music by Joaquín Rodrigo, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Joaquín Turina.
In 2018, Özberk Miraç Sarıgül was selected for the prestigious 8th Donizetti Classical Music Awards for ‘Under 18, Musician of the Year’ in Turkey. He has won prizes in many national and international competitions, winning First Prize at the International Istanbul Guitar Festival Competition, at the Estonia Lions – Thomas Kuti European Classical Guitar Competition and at the Florida Guitar Foundation’s Virtual Competition Intermediate Division in 2020. Sarıgül is currently studying in Bilkent University Music and Performing Arts Faculty with Kağan Korad and has had masterclasses with leading guitarists such as Leo Brouwer, Pepe Romero, Aniello Desiderio, Hopkinson Smith, David Russell and Hubert Käppel. Özberk Miraç Sarıgül has performed in duo with Mesut Özgen at the Türkiye Gitar Buluşması Festival, as well as being invited as soloist to perform there and at other festivals.