András Csáki (Hungary) 2014GCC

POSTED ON 2017-05-05 21:19 | BY GCC

András Csáki was born in Budapest 1981, and began to play the guitar at the age of 11. In 1996 he was admitted to the Béla Bartók Conservatory of Music, and in the year of 2002 he continued his studies at Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest, where he graduated with honor in 2007. From 2007 he was DLA full time student. He has been awarded the "Junior Prima 2009 Prize". "Márciusi Ifjak Prize" in 2010. 2012 he has been awarded a music scholarschip by the USC Thornton School of Music (USA - Los Angeles) for the 2012-2013 academic year.

He was taught by the best Hungarian guitar professors, such as József Eötvös, Ede Roth and Sándor Szilvágyi. Since 1995 András has been a regular participant of international master classes all over the world, including master classes held by Odair Assad, Manuel Barrueco, Leo Brouwer, Abel Carlevaro, Costas Cotsiolis, Aniello Desiderio, Zoran Dukic, Margarita Escarpa, Eliot Fisk, William Kanengiser, Roland Dyens, Pablo Marquez, Nigel North, Paul O'Dette, Paco Peña, Thomas Müller-Pering, Judicaël Perroy,Angel Romero, Pepe Romero,David Russell, Scott Tennant, Kováts Barnaand Vásáry Tamás.

András's international career started in 1999 after winning the XXVI. “Dr. Luis Sigall” International Musical Competition in Chile. This prestigious contest brought him a large number of concert opportunities, he played recitals in Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Chile, the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Greece, Poland, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Montenegro, Norwegen, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Venezuela and the United States.

Since that time he has taken part in numerous international competitions. Until the year of 2011 he received 24 prizes, among others he was awarded with the first prize in the 51 st Tokyo International Guitar Competition in 2008, in the 42 nd “Michele Pittaluga” Guitar Competition in Alessandria, Italy 2009, in 2010 in the Nikita Koshkin International Guitar Competition in Calcutta, India, or in 2011 in the Julián Arcas International Guitar Competition La Herradura, Spain. He was second in the GFA International Concert Artist Competition in the USA and in the 45th Francesco Tarrega International Guitar Competition in Spain 2011. Besides solo recitals, he is also devoted to chamber music. As András is one of the most active players of his generation, he is often asked by various violinists, singers and cellists to take part in different chamber music performances. He has also had several opportunities to play guitar concertos with symphonic orchestras in Hungary and abroad.

His first CD, “My Favourite Pieces” is released in 2009 containing compositions by Bach, Giuliani, Barrios, Morel, Farkas and Castelnuovo-Tedesco. His second CD is realised in Canada, by Naxos in 2010.

András began to teach in 2005. Since September of the same year, he has been a guitar teacher at Béla Bartók Conservatory of Music, and he is assistant professor at Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest and at the University of Szeged. He gave his first master classes in Dallas (USA) in 2005, since that time he has frequently been asked to give master classes in various countries, such as England, Estonia, France, Greece, Romania, Russia, India and his native Hungary.

Goran Krivokapic, born 1979, is one of the leading guitarists of the new, young international guitar scene. The reasons for this are not only his technical virtuosity, which sets new standards, but also his characteristical interpretation of old and new repertoire.

Apart from winning eighteen international competitions, he received several awards at the annual "International Guitar Convention in Alessandria”, Italy: 2005 as the best young guitarist of the year and 2006 for his debut CD "Best CD of the Year".

At age 14 he won his first competition, but his breakthrough came in 2004 as winner of the two most prestigious guitar competitions in North and South America ("Guitar Foundation of America in Montreal, Canada, and" Dr. Luis Sigall International Competition of Musical Performance " in Viña del Mar, Chile). Since then he has performed all over the world and plays as a soloist in the most prestigious halls such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, Lubkowitz Palace in Vienna, Auditorio Conde Duque in Madrid...

As an artist, lecturer and adjudicator, he is a frequent guest at many international festivals and universities.

Goran Krivokapic's musical focus is on the development of new works for classical guitar, mainly through making his own transcriptions from the Baroque and Classical works, but also collaborating with contemporary composers.

Since 2010 he is working as a lecturer at the prestigious Koblenz International Guitar Academy, in which students get the opportunity to complete a post-graduate course of studies in his class.

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