Adelaide has always been renowned for innovative arts projects and the inaugural Adelaide Guitar Chamber Music Festival 6-8 November 2015 will be a feast of music, wine and food courtesy of the generous sponsorship of the University of Adelaide’s Elder Conservatorium of Music and Kay Brother’s Winery at McLaren Vale.
Music making is a personal business, and festival artistic director and guitarist Oliver Fartach-Naini will provide some exciting options for afficienados, passionate performers and listeners of classical guitar. He noted that ‘for me the interaction and collaboration with others has always been the most exciting part of music making’. The guitar is a romantic instrument, providing often blissful experiences of harmony that have helped revitalize public interest in the instrument itself in recent times, and the music written for it. Download the Guitar Chamber Music Festival Brochure
Spanning four centuries of development, the variety of classical guitars available today offer different sound aesthetics, allowing for different aspects of repertoire to shine. And like the music itself, just the assortment is a deeply personal and passionate interest for many.
There will be hidden gems, virtuosic tangos, music workshops and masterclasses as well as world premiere’s of compositions by composers Alfred Uhl and Stephen Wittington. The director playing with colleagues Keith Crellin (viola) and Peter Handsworth (clarinet) will open the Festival. The second evening will offer a program of repertoire favourites, including duos by Paganini, Pujol and Piazzola with internationally acclaimed violinist Sung-Ju Lee and guitarist Lee Song-Ou from South Korea (pictured) playing up a storm.
The Grigoryan Brothers, Slava and Leonard will feature in an exciting finale recital held in Kay Brother’s winery at McLaren Vale, shades of the venue where I first heard Slava play at Mudgee in NSW many moons ago. The sound of string instruments in a room full of wine vats is always mesmerizing. Chamber music with guitar is often overlooked, and so this should prove a welcome celebration for all as it comes back into fashion in the hands of so many wonderful players. Adelaide Guitar Chamber Music Festival | 6-8 November 2015 | BOOK NOW