EuroStrings Artists @ TGF 2019

Yuki Saito

Yuki Saito op Twents Gitaarfestival

One of the best Japanese Young Guitarist “Yuki Saito” was born in 1997 in Tokyo (Japan) and started playing the guitar at the age of five. In Japan, he studied guitar under Kazuhito Osawa, Noboru Muraji, Daisuke Suzuki, Mariko Tsubokawa, Kiyoshi Shomura, Tsuneo Ema, Yong Tae Kim, and Soichi Muraji. In addition, he studied composition under Sunao Isaji and played French horn and double bass while he was in junior high school. Since 2016, he has been studying abroad in Weimar (Germany) with Prof. Ricardo Gallen.

He has won a lot of prizes at national competition and also international competition in Europe : among them, first prize at Kaj’s Guitarstore Guitar Competition (Netherlands), Aalborg International Guitar Competition (Denmark), Concurso Internacional de Guitarra Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga (Spain), Poreč International Guitar Competition (Croatia), Elx International Guitar Competition Calendura Award (Spain), Japan National Guitar Competition, Kyushu National Guitar Competition, second prize at Gargnano International Guitar Competition (Italy), Istanbul International Guitar Competition (Turkey), Hannabach Gitarrenpreis (Germany) and many more.

He was elected a one of the Young Star of 2019 by EuroStrings. In 2019 he has concert tour and masterclasses around the Europe and Turkey.


Katarzyna Smolarek

Katarzyna Smolarek op Twents Gitaarfestival

Katarzyna Smolarek is a Polish guitarist born in 1995. She started playing the guitar at the age of 8. She was studying classical guitar in Polish music schools with professor Lidia Przyłęcka and professor Ryszard Bałauszko. In 2015 she started her bachelor degree at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg with professor Marco Diaz-Tamayo.

She was awarded over 20 prizes at national and international competitions the most important of which are:

  • II prize at the Internationales Gitarrenfestival des Kunstinstituts BAJA w Templinie (Germany) in 2007
  • I prize at the International Guitar Festival in Trzęsaczu (Poland) in 2009 twice III prize at the Czesława Droździewicz International Guitar Festival in Krynica- Zdrój (Poland) in 2010 and in 2012
  • III prize at the Transilvanian Guitar Festival in Cluj- Napoca (Romania) in 2012
  • III prize at the International Guitar Competition “Forum Gitarre Wien” – youth division in Wien (Austria) in 2012
  • II prize at the International Guitar Competition “Cithara Ignea” in Żory (Poland) in 2016
  • I prize at the Sydney Eistedfodd Guitar Competition in Sydney (Australia) in 2016
  • II prize at the L. Luthier Contest in Bratislava (Slovakia) in 2016
  • II prize at the Salzburg Guitar Fest Competition in 2017
  • I prize at the Sinaia Guitar Competition (Romania) in 2017
  • II prize at the Concurso Musical Dr. Luis Sigall (Chile) in 2017
  • I prize at the Sanremo International Guitar Festival (Italy) in 2017
  • II prize at the “51st Concorso Internazionale di Chitarra Classica Michele Pittaluga” in Alessandria (Italy) in 2018
  • II prize at the ‘Young Talents’ International Guitar Competition in Uppsala, Sweden


Gábor Hart

Gábor-Hart op Twents Gitaarfestival

Gabor Hart, born on September 28th, 1995 in Hungary, has been immersed in professional music in all his life since he was a small boy. He started playing guitar at the age of 11 because he was inspired by rock music and he is proud to say that his music is still influenced by the rock.

In 2010, he was admitted to Szeged Music Secondary School where he was a student of Andrea Bozóki. During these years he passionately fell in love with classical music. Since 2014, he was the student of the University of Szeged Music faculty, where he was mentored by two amazing and talented teachers Dávid Pavlovits and András Csáki.

He has been playing electric, classical guitar or even a banjo regularly, in the Szeged National Theater since 2016. He also teaches guitar and music in almost all ages and more musical styles. He had a chance to play in the surrounding countries and at several Hungarian venues and guitar festivals. Gábor is also in rock/funk/jazz bands and with many chamber orchestras, he even had the pleasure to play jazz themes as well. Over the years he has been lucky enough to learn from many famous musicians and guitarists from all over World.

He won the first place at competitions Temesvár, Alma Cornea Ionescu (2014), Topola, II. International Guitar Competition (2014), Székelyudvarhely VII. Terra Siculorum International Guitar Competition (2014), Szeged, III. Országos Egyetemi Gitárverseny (2016), Nyiregyháza, I. National youth guitar competition (2017), and Szeged International Guitar Competition (2018).

Radu Valcu

Radu-Valcu op Twents Gitaarfestival

Having won numerous prizes, including 1st prize at Volos International Guitar Festival, 1st prize at Terra Siculorum International Guitar Festival, he established himself as an important figure of the classical guitar community.

Born in Bucharest in 1989, his first contact with music was at the age of 7 when he started studying violin. Shortly after, he discovered classical guitar music with which he fell in love. He never stopped playing guitar ever since.

His devotion to classical guitar did not stop him from approaching the instrument from a more personal point of view. His authentic vision reveals both great appreciation for the classical guitar and its tradition as well as openness to fusion and new styles, creating unique performances in collaboration with various musicians.




Julia Trintschuk

Julia-Trintschuk op Twents Gitaarfestival

Julia Trintschuk began learning the guitar at the age of 4 with her father Anatoli Trintschuk. At the early age of 6, she became a student of Prof. Mario Sicca in Stuttgart. Later she studied with Martin Wiedmann, Prof. Johannes Monno, Ivo and Sofia Kaltchev, and Mateus dela Fonte.

During this time she received many prizes and participated in many competitions (e.g. Jugend musiziert, International Llobet Competition Barcelona, Forum Gitarre Wien, Deutscher Musikwettbewerb, International Bach Competition Reisbach). In the last year, she won the Grand Prix and the first prizes at the International Bratislava Guitar Youth Competition, the Hannabach-Competition, the Heinrich Albert Guitar Competition, Montenegro International Guitar Competition, as well as the special prize for the best interpretation of romantic music at the Forum Gitarre Wien.

She received masterclasses with Pepe Romero, Scott Tennant, William Kanengiser, Matthew Greif, John Dearman, Johannes Tonio Kreusch, Dimitri Illarionov, Celino Romero, Lito Romero, Judicael Perroy, Gerald Garcia, Dale Kavanagh, Roland Dyens and other important personalities of the international classical guitar community.

Julia launched her performing career at the age of 16 with the well-known „Concierto de Aranjuez“ for guitar and orchestra by Joaquin Rodrigo and has played as a soloist and chamber musician in places all over the world such as Mexico, Russia, Poland, Slovakia, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Germany and the Netherlands. In May 2017 her Debut-CD was published. Since 2017 she is a “Savarez Artist” and uses the strings “Cantiga Creation 510 MJ”.

Misael Barraza-Diaz

Misael Barraza Diaz op Twents Gitaarfestival

Born in 1990 in Sonora, Mexico, Misael Barraza-Diaz is one of the most outstanding Mexican guitarists of his generation. He graduated “Summa Cum Laude” from the Master Guitarra Alicante, a special program where he studied with world-renowned musicians David Russell, Manuel Barrueco, Ignacio Rodes, Paul O’dette, Hopkinson Smith, Fabio Zanon, Roberto Aussell and Shin Ichi Fukuda. As of December 2014, Misael holds both the Master’s degree from the Master Guitarra Alicante (Spain) and a second Master’s degree from the University of Arizona (U.S.A.) where he continues to study with Thomas Patterson, David Russell, and Sergio and Odair Assad.

Misael has been presented as the guest solo guitarist at the “Gala Importantes” in Alicante, Spain, one of the most important journalistic events of the region. He was also invited to perform at the first “Día de la Guitarra Española en Alicante”, a special event in which Manuel Barrueco, Ignacio Rodes, Edmon Colomer and Christian Haimel where also featured. Misael was the featured solo guitarist for the World Premiere of Passionately, Piazzolla! the musical, a collaboration between Tucson Desert Song Festival, Ballet Tucson, and the Tucson Guitar Society. He was also recently presented as part of the concert series of the Danish Guitar Society, performing at one of its most important and historical venues, the Rundetaarn Tower.

Mr. Barraza has been featured twice as a guest artist at the Science Lecture Series that takes place at the University of Arizona every year. Mr. Barraza has been awarded first place at numerous international guitar competitions, including the International Classical Guitar Competition of Finland (2018), the David Russell Bach Prize (2015 & 2018), Chihuahua International Guitar Competition (2015) , the Indiana International Guitar Competition (2013) and the Montreal International Guitar Competition (2013). At the international competition in Finland, Misael was awarded a special prize that consisted of a CD recording with the European company Alba Records. In addition, Misael has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards for his trajectory in music during his stay at the University of Arizona, including the Schulman Award, Northern Trust Distinguished Graduate Student Award, the Honors Research Grant and the Medici Scholars Award. Misael is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Musical Arts at the University of Arizona, where he has held a teaching assistant position since 2012.

Tomasz Radziszewski

Tomasz-Radzizewski op Twents Gitaarfestival

Tomasz graduated from Grażyna Bacewicz Elementary School of Music in Nowa Sól in classical guitar class under Elżbieta Cichocka and Mieczysław Karłowicz Secondary Music  School in Zielona Góra in classical guitar class under Master of Arts Jarosław Lewandowski. Tomasz is a student of Karol Lipiński Academy of Music under prof. dr hab. Piotr Zaleski, who taught also Łukasz Kuropaczewski, Marek Pasieczny, Krzyszof Pełech, Krzysztof Meisinger, Michał Stanikowski and other great guitarists. Tomasz also participated in Masterclasses with Marco Tamayo, Łukasz Kuropaczewski, Marek Pasieczny, Josef  Eotvos, Thomas Muller-Pering, Bernard Hebb, Finn Svit, Carlos Pinana, Kupiński Guitar duo, and others.


He has recorded a CD with Monika Konik in guitar duo in 2014 with easy pieces for students of elementary schools composed by Zdzisław Musiał, teacher of guitar in Międzyrzecze (Poland). Tomasz was awarded by President of Zielona Góra city for his artistic achievements (“Eurydiki Prize”). He also is an organizer of several guitar concerts in Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław called “Friday with guitar”. Tomasz Radziszewski is also a singer (tenor). He is a student of Ryszard Bukowski Secondary Music School in Wrocław in Olga Ksenicz’s class of opera singing. He has sung in National Forum of Music under the conduction of the artistic director, dr hab. Andrzej Kosendiak and in opera projects “The child and the Spells”  by M. Ravel and “The new Don Kichote” and “Karmaniol” by St. Moniuszko organized by the Academy. Tomasz also had sung in Warsaw Chamber Opera in several projects. In 2018 he sang a few concerts under one of the most talented young conductors – Maestro Benjamin Bayl. The artist is also a scholar of The City of  Zielona Góra, a scholar of The Marshal of Lubuskie Voivodeship and a president of Wrocław city. Moreover, Tomasz is a composer. He composed pieces for guitar solo, guitar ensemble, guitar trio with clarinet and violin, for the duo with clarinet, for string quartet, string orchestra. His compositions were played during Young Composers Concerts in Zielona Góra (2015-2016). Tomasz composed an opera buffa in style of Gioacchino Rossini and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The premiere would be in 2019 in Wrocław.


As a solist:

  • I Prize in Tallinn Guitar Festival and Competition, Tallinn, 2018r.
  • III Prize in Czesław Droździewicz International Guitar Competition , Krynica, 2018
  • II Prize in International Guitar Competition, Oborniki Śląskie, 2017,
  • I Prize in International Guitar Competition, Tczew, 2017,
  • III Prize in Nationwide Guitar Competition, Elbląg, 2016,
  • I Prize in Nationwide Guitar Competition, Kielce, 2015,
  • III Prize in International Guitar Competition “GITAROMANIA” 2015,
  • I Prize in International Guitar Competition, Trzęsacz, 2014.

 In duos:

  • II Prize in International Guitar Competition in duo category, Tczew, 2017,
  • I Prize in International Guitar Competition, Koszalin, 2014,

Distinction in Nationwide Guitar Competition, Kielce, 2015 and in International Guitar, Competition in Trzęsacz, 2015.

Peter Graneis

Peter Graneis op Twents Gitaarfestival

Stuttgart-born classical guitarist Peter Graneis received his first lessons at the age of 9. As a young scholar, he began his studies with Professor Johannes Monno at the State University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart, Germany where he later received a Bachelor of Music degree with distinction. After completing a Master of Music program under the tutelage of Professor Zoran Dukić at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain, Peter Graneis continued his studies with Prof. Dukić at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, the Netherlands. Here he published a research exposition on classical guitar technique and received his Master of Music degree in 2018 with distinction.

Peter Graneis is a winner, prizewinner and finalist of numerous international guitar competitions, a scholar of Yehudi Menuhin’s Live Music Now foundation and scholarship holder of the prestigious German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). He has attended masterclasses with renowned guitarists such as Carlo Marchione, Judicaël Perroy, Laura Young, Thomas Müller-Pering and Joaquín Clerch and has performed solo recitals at various international guitar festivals including Oberhausen Guitar Festival, Lille’s Festival Horizon Guitare, Stuttgart International Classical Guitar Festival and Jüchen International Guitar Festival.

A debut CD ‘Portrait’, released in 2017 by TREKEL Records, presents interpretations of works by Weiss, Murail, Rodrigo, Villa-Lobos, Ponce, and Sor. He regularly records with Siccas Guitars and has been showcased by Open Strings Berlin. Peter Graneis can be seen in concert in countries such as France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands and Germany where he presents a carefully selected repertoire which includes his own transcriptions and lesser-known works for the guitar.

Not at Twents Gitaarfestival:

Emmanuel Sowicz

Emmanuel-Sovicz op Twents Gitaarfestival

The Chilean press has described Emmanuel Sowicz (1992) as “the next star of the guitar” (Radio Beethoven FM). In 2017 he was awarded First Prize and Audience Award at the prestigious XLIV Dr. Luis Sigall International Music Competition in Viña del Mar, and in 2018 he won First Prize by a unanimous decision at the London International Guitar Competition.

Recent engagements include performances at Abbey Road Studios, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Kings Place, Canterbury Festival, and a televised concert as soloist with the National Youth Symphony Orchestra of Chile under maestro Maximiano Valdés.

Born in London to British and Chilean parents, Emmanuel graduated from the University of Chile in 2014 with Ernesto Quezada. He later received a scholarship to study under Michael Lewin at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he completed his Master of Arts and Advanced Diploma with Distinction, the DipRAM award for an outstanding final recital, and the Dove Prize for an outstanding studentship. He also studied a Postgraduate course with Marco Tamayo at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg.

Emmanuel performs on a 2001 Matthias Dammann guitar generously loaned to him by David Russell.

Simone Rinaldo

Simone Rinaldo op Twents Gitaarfestival

Italian Guitarist, Simone Rinaldo graduated at Conservatory of Music “G. Verdi” of Milan in 2013 under the teaching of M. V. Jedlowski with Summa cum Laude (Bachelor of Music in Classical Guitar). In February 2016 he graduated with F. Biraghi with Summa Cum Laude and Special Mention (Master of Music in Classical Guitar).

Simone has attended several courses and masterclasses with great musicians, such as L. Micheli, M. Mela, M. Escarpa, C. Marchione, P. Steidl, M. Lonardi, M. Dylla, G. Tampalini, A. Goni, J. Savjioki, R. Iznaola. In summer 2017 he attended the Summer School of “Accademia Chigiana” in Siena, under the guidance of M° Oscar Ghiglia and obtained the prestigious Certificate Of Merit. He had been studying for several years with A. Dieci and B. Giuffredi at “Accademia Regondi” in Milan: the two of them were particularly important for his musical education. He is now attending the courses of P. Pegoraro and A. Del Sal at “Segovia Guitar Academy” in Pordenone.

He won important prizes in International competitions as a soloist, among the others we remind: Guimaraes Guitar Competition (Portugal), becoming an Eurostrings Artist, Mottola Festival International Competition, Sanremo International Guitar Competition, Brussels International Competition, University of Boulder Guitar Compertition in Colorado (USA), Gargnano International Competition, Valle dei Laghi Guitar Competition, Borguitar Festival Competition, Moncalieri National Competition, Rospigliosi Guitar Competition, Claxica Guitar Competition, Corrado Alba International Competition in Rome. He also won twice the prestigious “Restelli prize” for plucked string instruments and “Rancati prize” for chamber music at Conservatory of Milan.

In 2015 he played in the opera “Don Pasquale” (G. Donizetti) with the orchestra “I Pomeriggi Musicali” in the theatres of Como, Cremona, Pavia, and Bergamo. In 2017 his CD “Simmetrie e Contrasti del Novecento” was published by Dotguitar. His new CD containing the Complete Diabelli’s Sonatas is coming up for “Edizioni Sinfonica”. In November 2017 there was his debut as a soloist with the orchestra in Sanremo with “Orchestra Sinfonica di Sanremo”, playing Concerto op.99 in D major bu CastelnuovoTedesc and in December of the same year he held a masterclass at the Conservatory “G. Cantelli” in Novara.

In April 2018 he worked with Orchestra “I Pomeriggi Musicali” in Milan as guitarist for the Film Music “The Circus”, by Charlie Chaplin, under the baton of Helmut Imig. He also teaches Guitar working for Music Schools and Music Associations.

Mateusz Kowalski

Mateusz Kowalski op Twents Gitaarfestival

Mateusz Kowalski is a classical guitarist born in 1995 in Koszalin, Poland. He has recently received international acclaim after winning several international competitions, including: 1st prize in the International Guitar Festival RUST, Austria (2018), 1st prize in the Joaquin Rodrigo International Guitar Competition in Olsztyn, Poland (2018) 1st prize in the XIX International Guitar Competition in Krynica-Zdrój, Poland (2018), 1st prize + audience prize in the XVIII International Guitar Competition in Anthony, Paris, France (2017).

Mateusz started playing the guitar at the age of 7 in Koszalin School of Music under Dariusz Schmidt. In 2014 he began his studies at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music. He finished his bachelor exam with the highest grade possible. At the time, he attends the second year of a master’s degree course at the FCUM in the class of Ryszard Bałauszko. Mateusz gave concerts in Spain, France, Belgium, Slovakia, Germany, Austria, and many others. Furthermore, he has recorded his debut CD in 2018 with the Polish label CDaccord, distributed by NAXOS. He is a member of EuroStrings Artist programme for 2018/19 season. He is also a scholarship winner of the polish KFnRD and Ministry of Culture and National Heritage programme „Young Poland”. He took part in numerous guitar courses and masterclasses, including lessons with Sergio Assad, Alvaro Pierri, Zoran Dukic.


Dimitris Soukaras

Dimitris Soukaras op Twents Gitaarfestival

Born in Corinth in 1995 Dimitris Soukaras is a Greek classical Guitarist, Chember musician and composer currently living in London. He is a Masters student at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music in the classes of M.Lewin, S.Goss, D.Russell and F.Zanon. His studies are kindly supported by the Academy of Athens, Royal Academy of Music as well as the Athena Scholarship, kindly provided by Miss. Anna Weeks.

He has received distinctions in 12 international/national competitions. Among others, he won the 1st Prize at Mottola (Italy) International Guitar Competition and Festival (2018),  1st Prize at Philon Competition in Athens (2014), 1st Prize at Arion International Guitar Festival (2014), 2nd Prize at Thessaloniki International Guitar Competition (2015), 2nd Prize at Patra’s International Guitar Competition (2015), 3rd Prize at Dimitris Fampas International GuitarCompetition (2015) etc. Also, he is the winner of the Academy of Athens Music Award/Scholarship (2018)

As part of the prize of Mottola Guitar Competition he is included in the Young Stars project, witch gives him the opportunity of  a concert tour at 2019 in 14 European Guitar Festivals participating in the EuroStrings platform. Also, he will record his first CD “From Down to Dask” which will be published by the “dotGuitar Weblabel”. He is one of the Winners of the “Young Artist Platform” 2018 auditions organized by the International Guitar Foundation. He will perform for prestigious UK festivals and concert halls such as London Guitar Festival and Competiton at Kings Place, for the Bath Guitar Festival, and the North East Guitar Festival.

As a soloist he has performed with Ionio Symphony Orchestra as well as the Athens Mandoline Orchestra “N.Lavdas”. He has been invited to perform in many Festivals in Greece such as the 25th Guitar Festival in Patras, All that Guitar Festival in Loutraki, the 4th Summer Arrion Academy in Lesvos etc. He recently played a solo recital for the National Library – Lilian Voudouri at the Megaron Athens Concert Hall. He has also recorded for the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation of Corfu as well as  “University of Patras Radio”.

Dimitris completed his Bachelor of Music Degree with the Highest Marks and Honors at the Ionian University Department of Music Studies under the guidance of his teachers C.Cotsiolis and K.Vougiouka. He was privileged to be the first student of the University who completed his studies in three years instead of five (which is the standard attendance period in the Music Department).

He took his first guitar lessons by his father, Nikos Soukaras in the age of 11. In 2011 he continues his studies along with the guitar soloist Yorgos Bechlivanoglou who prepared him for the Guitar Degree and Guitar Diploma both achieved with the highest marks and honors. At 2016 he attended Classes with the guitar soloist Antonis Hatzinikolaou and with the piano soloist Anastasios Pappas.

Also, he has attended Master Classes with: L.Brouwer, D.Russell, O. Ghiglia, H. Käppel, R. Dyens, F.Zanon, T. Hoppstock, M. Delpriora, R. Gallen, M. Dylla, M. Tamayo, A. Desiderio, S. Prieto – A.Mouzourakis (Duo Melis), E. Assimakopoulos, M. Socias, L.Eisenhardt, K. Tosidis etc.

Dimitris is also interested in music composition, especially composing music for the Theater. He is cooperating from 2016 with the Theatrical Organization of Hiliomodi at Corinth (Greece) and he has composed music for three theatrical plays: Molière’s “The Miser”, T. Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” and more recently Euripidis Ancient Tragedy “Trojan Women”.

You Wu

You Wu op Twents Gitaarfestival

You Wu was born in 1993 in Lishu, China, where he began to study guitar under his father tutelage at the age of 8.  Later he studied guitar with prof. Danny Yeh in the Middle Music School affiliated to Shanghai Conservatory of Music. In the year of 2012 he graduated from Shanghai Conservatory of Music, and at the same time, he was accepted by the guitar program in University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna where he studies with Prof. Alvaro Pierri until now.

You Wu has won numerous guitar competitions with his extraordinary music talent and excellent technique. Japanese guitarist Shinichi Fukuda consider You Wu as the Lang Lang in the guitar world.

You Wu had concerts throughout Asia and Europe, he was invited to give solo concerts in Berlin, Vienna, Rome, Balaton, Mikulov, Bratislava, Bankok, Thailand Tokyo, and numerous other places. In April 2018, he made his debut in Musikverein in Vienna. Besides solo concerts, he also performs chamber music with renowned string quartet and orchestra. Switzerland Thyll Durr Foundation has reward scholarship to You Wu since 2015.


2006  Liaoning Guitar National Guitar Competition – First prize
2006  Singapore Internatitonal Guitar Competition – Second prize
2008  “Best Student” in Shonai Internatitional Guitar Festival Japan
2009  Shanghai National Guitar Competition – First prize
2009  Kyushu Internatitional Guitar Competition – First prize
2009  Thailand Internatitional Guitar Competition –  First prize
2012  Shenyang National Guitar Competition – First Prize
2011  Tianjin National Gutiar Competition – First prize
2013  Kutna Hora Internatitional Biennial Guitar Competition – Second prize
2013  ‘Ciudad de Coria’ International Guitar Competition – Third prize
2013  Tokyo International Guitar Competition – Third prize (No second prize)
2014  Changsha International Guitar Competition – Second Prize
2014  Shenyang International Guitar Competition – First Prize
2017  LiGita International Guitar Competition – First Prize
2017  Forum Gitarre Wien – First Prize
2018  Zagreb Guitar Competition Category VI – Second Prize
2018 Ciudad de Coria International Guitar Competition – Second Prize
2018 Casino Austria Rising Star Award – Second Prize


Giulia Ballaré

Giulia Ballare op Twents Gitaarfestival

Giulia Ballaré is considered one of the most promising soloists of her generation. She has won more than twenty-five prizes in international competitions among them, first prize: Ciudad de Coria (Spain, 2017), Omis Guitar Fest (Croatia, 2017), Forum Gitarre Wien (Austria, 2016), Villa de Aranda (Spain, 2015), Comarca del Contado (Spain, 2014), Mottola (Italy, 2013); third prize: M. Pittaluga International Competition (Alessandria, 2017), A. Frauchi Internatioal Competition (Moscow, 2017), J. Tomas-Petrer (Spain, 2017), Sevilla (Spain, 2017), Emilio Pujol Concorso Internazionale (Italy, 2017).

In 2013 she released her first album with the label dotGuitar titled “Lirically Spain” since 2018 she has been a D’Addario Artist. She has been invited to perform in prestigious venues, such as the National Forum of Music in Wroclaw, Concert Hall of Gnessis in Moscow, Gosser Ehrbar Saal in Wien, the Aula Magna of University “La Sapienza” in Rome, the Hall of Mirrors in Bratislava, Kurfurstliches Schloss of Koblenz and many others. She had performed as soloist with Alessandria’s Orchestra (Italy) and Musica Viva’s Orchestra of Moscow (Russia).

Her recitals have been acclaimed from audiences and press: “… the Ballarè is getting noticed for a charge and an impact always classy and highly emotional expressive power, to establish a strong bond with the public … ” La Repubblica. Giulia Ballaré was born in 1987 in Novara, Italy. She graduated with the maximum from the conservatory in Novara with M° Guido Fichtner. At present, she is attending Master’s Degree course with M° Paolo Pegoraro at Kunst Universitaet Graz.

Zuzanna Wężyk

Zuzanna Wężyk op Twents Gitaarfestival

Zuzanna Wężyk was born in Gdańsk in Poland where she started playing guitar at the age of 7 in Feliks Nowowiejski’s Music School (Ogólnokształcąca Szkoła Muzyczna I i II st. im. Feliksa Nowowiejskiego). In June 2018, she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree under the direction of prof Marco Diaz-Tamayo at Mozarteum University Salzburg in Austria (Universität Mozarteum Salzburg).

Currently based in London, she is working on her Master’s Degree in Composing For Film and TV at Kingston University in London. Zuzanna won prizes in multiple regional, national and  international music competitions, both as a soloist and in chamber music, including 2nd prize on Antwerpen Guitar Festival in 2017, 1st prize in Omiš Guitar Fest in Croatia in ensemble category in 2016; 2nd prize on 2nd Carpathian Region International Youth Guitar Competition in Budapest, Hungary in 2013.

She is a recipient of prestigious Fahrenheit’s Scholarship  (Stypendia naukowe Prezydenta Miasta Gdańska im. G. D. Fahrenheita), which is awarded to the best students from her hometown, Gdańsk, who are studying abroad. Besides playing and performing as a classical guitarist, Zuzanna is also a vocalist and creating her own songs and compositions. She cooperates with various ensembles and musicians. In her hometown, she organizes concerts in social places as a senior’s houses or social libraries.

George Dimitrov – Jojo

George-Dimitrov op Twents Gitaarfestival

Born in Sofia in 2000, George Dimitrov – Jojo is a student of Prof. Paolo Pegoraro at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (KUG). He began his classical guitar studies at the age of 10 with Stolina Dobreva and Tsvetan Andreev at the National School of Music “L. Pipkov”, Sofia, from which he graduated in 2018.

George is the First Prize winner of many classical guitar competitions. Among the most recent are the 1st International Classical Guitar Competition “GuitArt”, Plovdiv, 2018; the 2017 Anna Amalia Competition, Weimar; the Grand-Prix winner of the Competition and the esteem statuette  “L. Haralambiev” for artistic performance at the 2017 International Guitar Competition “Acad. Marin Goleminov “, Kyustendil; the 2016 International Competition for Classical Guitar “Andres Segovia”, Monheim am Rhein; the 2nd Pleven Guitar Festival; the EMCY Special Prize and the First prize at the XII International competition “Young virtuosos”, Sofia, among others.

Jojo was recognized as a promising young talent by eminent organizations and cultural institutions in Bulgaria. He is the first young musician honored with the Olga Kamburova Award at the Bulgarian Annual Ceremony “Musician of the Year”, 2017 ran by the broadcast Allegro Vivace on the Bulgarian National Radio. The young guitarist has already recorded his first CD for the Bulgarian National Radio performing Trez piezas Españolas by Joaquin Rodrigo and La Catedral by Agustin Barrios – Mangoré.

Throughout the years George has been a scholarship holder of the Ministry of Culture of Bulgaria as well as of several Art Foundations supporting young talents such as Art Foundation “Stoyan Kambarev”, Yordan Kamdzalov Foundation, Dimitar Berbatov Foundation, Communitas Foundation. As a recipient of the Special Prize for Art given to him by the Art Foundation Stoyan Kambarev, George gave his solo concert debut with the famous Sofia Soloists Chamber Orchestra conducted by Prof. Plamen Djuroff, in 2017.

George has performed as a soloist with orchestra under many leading conductors such as Prof. Plamen Djuroff, Yordan Kamdjalov, Bernhard Steiner, Svilen Simeonov, Georgi Patrikov, Vesselin Baychev as well as in recital at many festivals and music events like the 2018 International Guitar Week, KUG; the 2018 International Festival Sofia Musical Weeks; the Art Foundation Stoyan Kambarev Annual Charity Ball in London under the patronage of HRH Prince Kyril of Bulgaria; the XII International Festival “Moscow meets friends”; the International Festival Laureates days “Katya Popova”, Pleven, among others.

Currently, George is a part of the EuroStrings Young Stars exchange programme 2018/2019.

Viktor Đuknić

Viktor-Djuknic op Twents Gitaarfestival

Viktor Đuknić was born in 1992 in Valjevo (Serbia). At age 8 he started to play guitar. Finished elementary and secondary music education in the class of prof. Milkica Ponjavic. In 2011 enrolled into the Faculty of Arts in Novi Sad (Serbia) in the class of Mr. Zoran Krajisnik. Finished Masters studies in the class of prof. Srdjan Tosic with the highest marks on the same faculty.

During his music education, he won numerous international and domestic awards. In 2014 he won first prize on Tremolo festival, Skopje (Macedonia) and pronounced for the laureate of this festival. The same year he is scholarship holder of the embassy of Azerbaijan like most relevant soloist of the Faculty of Arts in Novi Sad. In 2016 he performed solo with the choir of Faculty of Arts in Novi Sad performing ‘’Romancero Gitano’’ of composer M.C.Tedesko.

In 2017 he won first prize on the international competition in Tivat (Montenegro). In 2018 he won the third place on Guitar Art Festival in Belgrade (Serbia), first place on the International Guitar Festival in Kjustendil (Bulgaria) where he is pronounced for laureate of the competition and the second prize International Guitar Festival in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina). He worked with renowned professors like Ernesto Bitetti, Roman Viazovskiy, Ištvan Roemer, Johannes Möller, and others…


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