Guitar highlights

Some activities by Academy guitarists in 2016–17

  • ‘Capriccio Diabolico: From Paganini to Brouwer’ – a concert devised and performed by Advanced Diploma student Mircea Gogoncea, featuring solo, chamber and orchestral works, including a new commission from Rubens Askenar and two concertos by Leo Brouwer
  • Masterclasses with David Russell
  • Flute and guitar performance by Academy students in the International Guitar Foundation’s intercollegiate concert at Kings Place
  • Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez played by guitar students on the Academy Conductors’ Open Day
  • Masterclasses with Fabio Zanon
  • Lecture by Jonathan Leathwood
  • Recital and Masterclass by Pablo Sáinz Villegas
  • RAM Club Prize Winners’ recital by Julian Vickers and Daniel Bovey, including the world premiere of a work for guitar duo and string quartet by Mario Ferraro
  • Three further recitals in the Academy’s ‘400+’ series, one focusing on the Italian tradition, the others on British repertoire, including a programme of ‘Music for Shakespeare’ to celebrate the  400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death
  • Masterclass with Edoardo Catemario
  • Student presentations inspired by the Spencer Collection
  • Chamber concerts involving woodwind, strings, accordion and vocal students
  • Participation by Academy students in Leo Brouwer’s masterclass and concert during the Brouwer Festival at Bolivar Hall
  • Student performance in Academy production of Kurt Well’s ‘The Threepenny Opera’
  • Recital of new works by Academy student composers
  • The 4th David Russell Guitar Prize for Academy students, adjudicated by David Russell

Successes for recent students and alumni

Giacomo Susani (current postgraduate)
Julian Bream Trust scholar; recitals for the International Guitar Foundation on its ‘Young Artist Platform’; selected by the Tillett Trust and Countess of Munster Trust for their ‘Young Artist’ Recital Series; 2nd prize in the ‘Gianni Bergamo’ competition (Italy); special prize in ‘Guitar Masters’ competition (Poland) for the interpretation of a contemporary music; 1st prizes in the International Guitar Foundation’s competition and the Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Ivor Mairants Guitar Award.

Joao Lima (current postgraduate)
3rd prize in the ‘Guimares’ international competition (Portugal)

Daniel Bovey & Julian Vickers (recent alumni)
Performances for the Park Lane Group, Concordia Foundation and Tillett Trust; selected by the Worshipful Company of Musicians for its next Young Artist recital series. 2nd prize in the Guitar Foundation of America’s ensemble competition

Renata Arlotti (recent alumna)
Performances for the International Guitar Foundation’s ‘Young Artists Platform’.

 

Some activities by Academy guitarists in 2015–16

  • Lecture by Tilman Hoppstock on ‘Polyphony in Bach’s Lute Fugues’
  • Workshop on period instruments with Elizabeth Kenny
  • Masterclasses with David Russell
  • ‘Bachianas Brasileiras’ - Recital of music by Bach and Villa-Lobos
  • Masterclasses with Fabio Zanon
  • Four further programmes in the Academy’s 400+ series, two continuing the exploration of British composers from the Elizabethan eras, the others showcasing the Spanish Tradition
  • Masterclass with Antigoni Goni
  • Masterclass with Julian Byzantine
  • ‘Australian Music and the Classical Guitar’ – a unique concert of solo, ensemble and orchestral works performed by Andrey Lebedev, following an interview with John Williams and including the world premiere of Brett Dean’s song-cycle ‘Gertrude Fragments
  • Recital and Masterclass by Marcin Dylla
  • Ensemble concerts involving woodwind, strings and vocal students
  • Student performance in Royal Academy Opera production of Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppaea
  • Recital of new works by Academy student composers
  • Academy Conductors’ Workshop on Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez
  • The 3rd David Russell Guitar Prize for Academy students, adjudicated by David Russell

Successes for recent students and alumni
Andrey Lebedev (current Advanced Diploma student)
Awards from both the City of London and Australian Music Foundations. Invited by the International Guitar Research Centre Conference (Surrey) to perform the works by Leo Brouwer and Sir Harrison Birtwistle, commissioned by the Julian Bream Trust; recitals for the International Guitar Foundation on its ‘Young Artist Platform’ and for the Tillett Trust and Countess of Munster Trust on their ‘Young Artist’ Recital Series.

Mircea Gogoncea (current Advanced Diploma student)
2nd prizes in the Havana and Gredos San Diego international competitions and 3rd prize in the Alhambra Competition; recitals for the International Guitar Foundation on its ‘Young Artists Platform’ and the National Gallery for its Goya exhibition.

Michael Butten (current Advanced Diploma student)
Winner of the David Russell Guitar Prize. Recording for the Malcolm Arnold Trust with the Berkeley Ensemble. Performances with Glyndebourne Opera.

Daniel Bovey & Julian Vickers (current postgraduates)
Winners of the RAM Club Prize. Selected by the Park Lane Group, Concordia Foundation and Tillett Trust for their Young Artist recital series; appeared on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’ programme.

Giacomo Susani (current undergraduate) Julian Bream Trust scholar; selected with Renata Arlotti (current postgraduate) by the International Guitar Foundation for its ‘Young Artists Platform’.

 

Daily Telegraph review, May 2014

Lennox Berkeley and the Classical Guitar, Royal Academy of Music:
The Royal Academy of Music continues to dig out overlooked musical treasure, says John Allison
‘These players found power and drama everywhere’

 

Some activities by Academy guitarists in 2014–15

  • Open Day Masterclass with David Russell
  • Lecture by John Taylor, recording engineer
  • Masterclasses with Fabio Zanon
  • Showcase recital of solo music from Spain and Latin America
  • Further  programmes in the Academy’s unique series featuring British composers from the two Elizabethan eras
  • R.A.M. Club Prize-Winner’s  Recital given by Michael Butten
  • Performance on the Academy’s two new Dammann  guitars, in a concert displaying all the string instruments currently in the Calleva Trust Collection
  • A concert commemorating Stephen Dodgson  and including his Concertino ‘Les Dentelles’ for guitar duo and string orchestra
  • Masterclass with Edoardo Catemario
  • Ensemble concerts involving woodwind, strings, keyboard, accordion and vocal students
  • First performance of a new work for guitar quartet commissioned by the Academy Guitar Department from the Brazilian composer, Mario Ferraro
  • The second David Russell Guitar Prize for Academy students, adjudicated by David Russell

David Russell Guitar Prize

Some activities by Academy guitarists in 2013–14

  • Open Day Masterclass with David Russell
  • Barbirolli Lecture with John Williams
  • Masterclass with Fabio Zanon (pictured at the top of this page)
  • Showcase Concert of solo music from the two Elizabethan eras in the presence of John McLeod and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies
  • Recital by Srdan Bulat of solo guitar music from Croatia
  • Masterclass with Julian Byzantine
  • Concert for the Lennox Berkeley Society: Music of the Half-Light
  • Ensemble concerts involving woodwind, strings, accordion and vocal students
  • Masterclass with Edoardo Catemario
  • Concerto performances for the Malcolm Arnold Trust in London and Northampton
  • Lennox Berkeley and the Classical Guitar — performance of the complete works
  • Fernando Sor anniversary lecture/recital by Luigi Attademo
  • Student performances at Colston Hall in Bristol, Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield, Manchester Mid-day Concerts and the University of London’s Senate House, as well as in China, Germany and Australia

Successes for recent students and alumni

Miloš Karadaglić (2006) Worldwide concert career and recording artist with IMG/Deutsche Grammophon; elected ‘Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music’.

Mircea Gogoncea (current postgraduate)
First prize in the Stefano Strata and third prize in the Heinsberg International Guitar Competitions; selected by the International Guitar Foundation for its ‘Young Artists Platform’.

Andrey Lebedev (current postgraduate)
Julian Bream Trust and ABRSM scholar; gave the world premieres at St John’s, Smith Square, of compositions by Leo Brouwer and Sir Harrison Birtwistle, commissioned by the Julian Bream Trust; in his Wigmore Hall debut, sponsored by the Tillett Trust, premiered another work written specially for him by Leo Brouwer; selected by the International Guitar Foundation for its Young Artist Platform and by the Countess of Munster Trust for its Young Artist Recital Series.