Marcell Nickmann & Özberk Miraç Sarıgül

Written by TGFPR. Posted in Concerts, Concerts friday 31 may 2019

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Marcell Nickmann at Twents Gitaarfestival 2021Marcell 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 at Twents Gitaarfestival 2021The 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.


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