The artists who perform the concerts during the Twents Gitaarfestival will also give masterclass. These masterclasses are open to public!
, the youngest winner (at theage 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 Pittalugaand Citá di Alessandria has performed concerts all around the world. She made her Debut at the Carnegie Hall in theyear 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 and Simón Bolivar Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela. Anabel Montesinos has recorded for the label Naxos, and her first CD was chosen as a part of themusic 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. At the Twents Gitaarfestival she will be playing works by composers such as Ponce, Lauro, Barriosand Villa-Lobos. Anabel plays on a Steve Connor guitar and is a Savarez Artist.
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.