Sunday January 28, 2024
Sunset Center, Carmel
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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Sonata in A
Andante (BWV 872/872a)
Fuga (BWV 872a)
Adagio (BWV 916)
Allegro (BWV 916)
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
À la manière de Borodine
Lennox Berkeley (1903-1989)
Sonatina Op. 52a
Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Short Study (Op.68 no.14)
Fantasy Dance (Op.124 no.5)
Waltz (Op.124. no.15)
For Clara (Op.99 no.1)
Vision (Op.124 no.14)
Elf (Op.124 no.17)
Sheherazade (Op.68 no.32)
Mignon (Op.68 no.35)
Enrique Granados (1867-1916)
Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909)
Capricho Catalan, Op.165, no.5
Prelude, Op.165, no.1 (from España)
Sevilla, Op.47 (from Suite Española)
All works arranged for 8-string
classical guitar by Paul Galbraith
Paul Galbraith, guitar
“Some of the most delectable sounds I have heard on a guitar.”
Paul Galbraith is internationally renowned as one of the foremost guitarists of our time. The searching depth of his interpretations, along with his revolutionary playing style and instrument, have made him an instantly recognizable figure in the world of classical music. Galbraith’s recording of the complete Bach violin sonatas and partitas was nominated for a GRAMMY in the category of Best Solo Instrumental Album. This 2-CD set was also chosen as one of the two best CDs of the year by Gramophone Magazine, which called it “a landmark in the history of guitar recordings.” It received a Four Star rating in Stereo Review, and reached the Top 10 on Billboard’s classical charts.
Both Galbraith’s playing position, and his guitar's extraordinary design, are considered a groundbreaking development in the history of the instrument. The guitar is supported by a metal endpin, similar to that of a cello, which rests on a wooden resonance box. The instrument has two extra strings, one high, one low, increasing its range to an unprecedented extent.
At the age of 17, Galbraith won the Silver Medal at the Segovia International Guitar Competition. Andrés Segovia, who was present, called his playing "magnificent." This award helped launch an international career including engagements with some of the finest orchestras in Britain and Europe (Royal Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, BBC Philharmonic, Scottish Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scottish Orchestra, Scottish Baroque Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestra among them). He toured the U.S. as soloist with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, and performed in Prague’s Dvorák Hall with the National Chamber Orchestra of Chile. In the USA he has appeared as soloist with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Knoxville Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, among others.
Galbraith has recently appeared in festivals in Vienna, Austria and in Spain, Italy, China and South Korea. He made his New York début at the Frick Collection, receiving a rave review in the New York Times; he appeared three times on Lincoln Center’s “Great Performances” series, and he has twice given solo recitals at the 92nd Street Y. Recent and forthcoming engagements include NYC, Boston, Washington DC, Los Angeles, San Diego, Atlanta, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Portland Seattle, Miami, Baltimore, Buffalo, Milwaukee, San Antonio, and San Juan (Puerto Rico). Recitals in Brazil, Mexico, the UK, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Hungary, Poland, Russia, Israel and Turkey are among Mr. Galbraith’s international activities. He has appeared at numerous Bach festivals, including those of Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Denver and Carmel.
Among the highlights of Galbraith's current season are appearances at the Lichfield and Greenwich Festivals in the UK; the Swedish Guitar and Lute Society; a tour of Italy including the Padova Guitar Festival; and duo concerts in New York City, Washington DC, Atlanta and other cities with Antonio Meneses, the last cellist of the legendary Beaux Arts Trio, commemorating the 200th anniversary of Brazil's independence.
Born in Scotland and now residing in Cambridge, England, Galbraith has lived in Basel, Switzerland and São Paulo, Brazil, where he founded the Brazilian Guitar Quartet. He has been a professor at the Music Academy of Basel, the Royal Scottish Conservatoire, Columbus State University in Georgia, and taught virtually for the University of Colorado School of Music.
Paul Galbraith appears by arrangement with Lisa Sapinkopf Artists, www.chambermuse.com