The classical guitar world has never been extra world than it’s nowadays. Astonishing players are popping out of every continent (OK, besides Antarctica), and there are a entire bunch of first-charge colleges and applications at some level of that guitarists can eradicate from. The commonest route to building success for younger guitarists is nonetheless thru the a form of mountainous and minute guitar competitions spanning the globe, nonetheless extra and extra, YouTube and completely different on-line platforms have turn out to be well-known vehicles for publicity, as neatly. Below is a woefully immediate listing of ten top classical guitar virtuosos—all of their 20s or early 30s—on the starting up from ten completely different international locations. We’ve tried to cloak hundreds of fluctuate within the pieces, so that you’ll come by works stretching from the Baroque technology to the 21st century. —Blair Jackson
Marko Topchii (Ukraine)
The passionate Topchii has doubtlessly won or placed high in extra competitions than any participant of his generation. Trained in Kyiv and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, he has extremely adventurous tastes in repertoire, skewing a minute in direction of considerable contemporary works. Behold him play the substantial contemporary Cuban composer Leo Brower’s “Diversifications on a Theme of Django Reinhardt.”
Stephanie Jones (Australia)
Based in Germany for a assortment of years as she completes her guitar reviews, Jones is a member of that country’s unprecedented Weimar Guitar Quartet, is famed as a chamber participant, and has released three solo albums, including Colours of Spain. Behold her assassinate Toru Takemitsu’s heavenly procedure of the Beatles’ “The old day.”
Alec Holcomb (USA)
The Tennessee-born Holcomb studied guitar with a succession of contemporary masters, including Andrew Zohn, David Starobin, Jason Vieaux, Judicaël Perroy, and David Tanenbaum. His 2019 debut album consisted of his compile considerate preparations of works by Spanish composer Isaac Albéniz (1860–1909), including the entire Suite Española No. 1 and the multi-section suite España. Behold his spectacular model of the famously considerable “Grande Ouverture, Op. 61” by the early 19th century Italian guitarist/composer Mauro Giuliani.
Laura Snowden (England)
A exquisite recitalist, composer, and trainer who was once championed by the unhurried Julian Bream and studied on the Royal Academy of Music, Snowden has taught and performed at some level of the area, including in loads of orchestral settings. She is furthermore a member of the long-standing folks neighborhood Tir Eloas. Behold Snowden assassinate her compile work called “Dwelling,” followed by her spoken recollections of Bream.
An Tran (Vietnam)
Though he can and does play a gigantic assortment of pieces from every technology, Tran has furthermore introduced exotic musical colors from his build of residing of starting up to his work, especially on his wondrous album Shield My Favored (Vietnamese Guitar Music). His next album goes to be devoted to the substantial 19th century French guitarist/composer Napoleon Coste. Behold Tran play the Vietnamese folks song “Shield My Favored.”
Andrzej Grygier (Poland)
Already lauded for winning higher than 20 competitions, basically in Europe, Grygier made waves on this aspect of the Atlantic when, in September 2022, he won the inaugural Baltimore World Guitar Competition and its wonderful $35,000 first prize. In fresh cases he’s been studying with the drastically admired Polish guitarist/trainer Lukasz Kuropaczewski. Behold Grygier play “Etude No. 7” by the unprecedented Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887–1959).
Tengyue (TY) Zhang (China)
A competitors beast, this ragged minute one prodigy won the prestigious Guitar Foundation of The US World Concert Artist Competition in 2017, besides many others at some level of the area. He is furthermore a a hit and many extra and many-sought-after trainer. His eclectic Naxos Guitar Recital album came out in 2018. Behold him play his compile transcription of “Keyboard Sonata No. 24” by early 18th century Portuguese composer Carlos Seixas, a recent of Bach and Scarlatti.
Andrea González Caballero (Spain)
The daughter of a guitarist, she performed her first solo dwell efficiency at age 11, and later studied with such notables as Joachín Clerch and Manuel Barrueco. She has won higher than 20 world prizes and has furthermore performed well-known teaching herself. Her most fresh album is a shiny duo mission with flutist Amalia Tortajada Zanón called Identidade. Behold Caballero play a common Spanish piece by Albéniz, “Sevilla.”
Raphaël Feuillâtre (France)
The winner of the 2018 GFA ICAC and a assortment of completely different European contents, the East Africa-born and Brittany-raised Feuillâtre has huge tastes and has performed (and usually organized) works stretching from the Baroque technology to the cloak day. He has released two albums and lately signed to assassinate his third for the famed Deutsche Grammophon designate. Behold him assassinate the heavenly “Mazurka Apposianta” by the substantial Paraguayan guitarist/composer Agustín Barrios (1885–1944).
Cristina Galietto (Italy)
Soundless handiest 22, Naples native Galietto has already been playing concert events for a decade and has won prizes in a form of competitions in Italy and spherical Europe. Her very good 2022 release, Avant l’aube, presentations her spectacular fluctuate as an interpreter of completely different kinds. Behold her assassinate “Tarantella, op. 87a” a tense piece by Italian composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895–1968).
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