The artists who perform the concerts during the Twents Gitaarfestival will also give masterclass. These masterclasses are open to public!
, de jongste winnaar (met een leeftijd van 17 jaar oud) van de Francisco Tárrega International GuitarCompetition in Spanje, een leidend figuur binnen de klassieke gitaarwereld. Als winnaar van meer dan 10 eerste prijzen in belangrijke gitaarcompetities zoals de Michele Pittagluga en de Citá di Alessandria, heeft concerten verzorgd over de hele wereld. Ze debuteerde in de Carnegie Hall in 2011, ze heeft het Concierto de Aranjuez van J. Rodrigo opgevoerd op de Potsdam “open air concerts” in Berlijn voor een publiek van meer dan 4000 mensen en heeft opgetreden met orkesten zoals de Philharmonie van Turijn in Italië en Simón Bolivar Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela. Anabel Montesinos heeft opnames gemaakt voor het label Naxos, en haar eerste CD werd gekozen als onderdeel van het muziekprogramma voor intercontinentale vluchten van de British Airways. Haar albums worden geprezen door de internationale pers, die met name de schoonheid, frisheid en virtuositeit van haar interpretaties benadrukt. Op het Twents Gitaarfestival zal Anabel werken spelen van onder andere Ponce, Lauro, Barrios en Villa-Lobos. Anabel speelt op een Steve Connor gitaar en is een Savarez Artiest.
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. His repertoire 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.
Mateusz was born in Koszalin in 1995. He started learning to play the guitar at the age of 7 and for the next 12 years, he learnt under the supervision of Dariusz Schmidt in the Grażyna Bacewicz State Music School Complex in Koszalin (diploma with honours). Then he graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw after studies with Ryszard Bałauszko (diploma with honours). He has also mastered his skills during numerous courses and masterclasses conducted by such outstanding musicians as Sérgio Assad, Oscar Ghiglia Zoran Dukić, Alvaro Pierri, ŁukaszKuropaczewski and Paul O’Dette.
Apart from touring, Mateusz is very active as a pedagogue, too. He gave masterclasses during festivals in Szeged (Hungary), Rust (Austria) and Qingdao (China). Since October 2019, he has been teaching at The Frederic Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.
Izhar Elias (Netherlands) is one of the most sought-after specialists in early music, chamber music and new music for guitar. He has given concerts, lectures, and masterclasses, and been the soloist in concertos with renowned orchestras, in Europe, Russia, south-east Asia, Australia and the US. Izhar has won many national and international competitions. He won the prestigious Dutch Music Prize, the highest musical award given by the Dutch government. Izhar Elias´ poetic sense of style and his innovative approach to the instrument and its repertoire have earned him worldwide critical acclaim.
Izhar Elias has studied with Ton Terra, the Groningen Guitar Duo, Zoran Dukic and Kees Hendrikse. He studied performance practice of 19th-century music at the Accademia di Studi Superiori l´Ottocento with Carlo Barone in Italy. The performance practice of the baroque guitar he learned from a.o. William Carter, Adrián Rodriguez van der Spoel and Lex Eisenhardt. Through extensive research, he has been able to recreate a musical language of the Baroque, Classic and Romantic periods using original instruments and historical methods.
Izhar Elias is currently a teacher at the Amsterdam Conservatory.
Born in Málaga (Spain), Marco Socías studied with C. Gallardo, A. Company, José Tomás, H. Käppel, J.M. Moreno and D. Russell. He has obtained prizes in several international competitions and has played already in almost forty countries. He has performed in renowned halls such as Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Philharmonie Berlin, under conductors as Sir Neville Marriner and Josep Pons, and has played as a soloist with orchestras such as Radio Sinfonie- Orchester Berlin and Rotterdam Philharmonic, just to mention a few.
He has recorded eight CDs up to now, for the labels –among others- Ópera Tres, EMI and Harmonia Mundi.
Both audients and critics emphasize in Marco Socías’ playing his great capacity of communication with the public, his technical skills and a highly refined artistic sensitivity.
Nowadays Marco Socías lives in Málaga, and is professor at the Centro Superior de Música “Musikene” in the Basque Country (San Sebastián, Spain).