Petrit Çeku

We are excited to announce the closing concert for the season 2021-2022. We are proud to organize this concert taking place on June 12 with maestro guitarist Petrit Ceku in the Waalse Kerk in the center of The Hague.

Petrit Çeku was born in Kosovo in 1985 and has an exquisite sensibility and expressiveness that attracts and engages audiences worldwide. He has performed many recitals throughout the world and was a soloist with symphonic orchestras such as Baltimore Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Czech Chamber Philharmonic, DaejeonPhilharmonic, State Hermitage Orchestra of St. Petersburg, Pannon Philharmonic and Zagreb Philharmonic. He collaborates regularly with the famed ensemble The Zagreb Soloists and is a founding member of Guitar Trio Elogio, established in 2008. He studied with the great Manuel Barrueco, among others, and won a range of prizes.

During this concert, Ceku takes the audience on a musical journey through the centuries. From the 16th to the 20th century, great composers such as John Dowland, Dionisio Aguado, Fransisco Tarrega and Joaquin Rodrigo are reviewed. We are very much looking forward to this concert with grandmaster Petrit Ceku.

The concert:

Date: 12 june 2022

Time: 16:00

Location: Waalse Kerk, Noordeinde 25.

This concert is organized by The Hague Guitar Society. Do you want to know more
about us? Then visit www.thehagueguitarsociety.nl

Zoran Dukic

After the successful opening of season ’21/’22, on November 14, 2021 with the Salzburg Guitar Trio, we are happy to organize our second concert that will take place on the 13th of February with maestro guitarist Zoran Dukić in the Waalse Kerk in the center of The Hague.

Zoran is one of the most distinguished classical guitarists of our time. His concert performances, both as a soloist or with an orchestra, leave long-lasting impressions on audiences and critics alike. His performances throughout the 5 continents have inspired numerous composers to dedicate their works to him. With his incredible knowledge of music, his musical expression and virtuosity, Dukić has mastered all musical styles within classical music. Besides being one of the best classical guitarists in the world, Dukić is a gifted and dedicated professor at various conservatories. He is a regular guest at guitar festivals around the world, is a jury member and gives masterclasses. During this concert you will hear music by J.S. Bach, Astor Piazzolla and contemporary composer Steve Goss.

The concert:

Date: February 13, 2022

Time: 16:00

Location: Waalse Kerk, Noordeinde 25, The Hague

This concert is organized by The Hague Guitar Society. Do you want to know more about us? Check out www.thehagueguitarsociety.nl. Drinks (beer/wine/juice) will be served after the concert.

Reviews:

a true artist, a musician whose dimension goes beyond the superlative of the instrument… He almost caused a state of delirium by the level of his virtuosity and volcanic fantasy” CANARIAS 7, Spain

“…Master virtuoso, avoiding effect-seeking, empty virtuosity… He handles his instrument with intimate sensitivity and cherishes warm and noble guitar sound… He is a leading guitarist of his generation.” ONLINE MUSIK MAGAZIN, Germany

“...Dukic is, without exaggeration, one of the best guitarists today and one of the greatest musicians Croatia has ever had…Breathless virtuosity, captivating levels of dynamics, amazing beauty and clarity of tone and incredible concentration and focus as he delves into the depths of the music’s spirit and brings its metaphysical dimension back to us, disguised and shrouded in sound.” ZAREZ, Croatia

Zoran Dukić (1969, Zagreb) was presented with a guitar at the early age of six. Today he is one of the most distinguished classical guitarists of our time. His concert performances, both as a soloist or with an orchestra, leave long-lasting impressions on audiences and critics alike.He graduated from the Music Academy of Zagreb with Darko Petrinjak and completed his studies with Hubert Käppel at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne. In his “tour de force” competition years (1990-1997), Zoran Dukić has won an astonishing number of competitions, being the only guitarist to have won both “Andrés Segovia” competitions, in Granada and in Palma de Mallorca. Showing astounding mastery in a wide variety of musical periods and styles he has also won competitions dedicated to “Fernando Sor”, “Manuel Ponce”, “Manuel de Falla”, “Francisco Tárrega” among others. In the greatest Spanish guitar competition in Madrid, patronized by the Royal Family, he was awarded, in addition to the first prize, the special prize for the best interpretation of Spanish music (first time awarded to a non-Spaniard). In numerous competitions he was selected by the audience itself for the prize of the public, a self-evident testimony to his natural ability to communicate through music.

His performances throughout the 5 continents have inspired numerous composers to dedicate their works to him. His premiers of new music are strengthened by his admiration of contemporary musical expression. His programs include works by Takemitsu, Henze, Reily, Carter or Gubaidulina among many others. He has also toured with entire Bach programs, performing complete cycles of lute, violin or cello suites. Music by J. S. Bach is still the focal point of his musical life.

Being exceptionally enthusiastic and dedicated to teaching, his pedagogical activities are equally impressive. Having taught at the Escuela Superior in Barcelona and at the Hochschule Für Musik in Aachen, he is currently teaching at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague and as a guest artist In Seville and Cardiff Music Universities. He has educated generations of young classical guitarists and has one of the most successful classes in Europe. In addition to this, he regularly gives masterclasses all over the world and is often an invited guest to numerous guitar festivals. Zoran Dukić is also a very active chamber music performer and a founding member of the “European Guitar Quartet” and “Volos Guitar Trio”. He is a D’Addario artist since 2011. He has recorded compact discs for labels in Germany, Spain, Belgium, Brazil and Canada.

Salzburg Guitar Trio

We are delighted to announce the first concert of the 2021-2022 season.

The season opens with the Salzburg Guitar Trio, Katie Lonson (Canada), Stefan Volpp (Germany) and Andrew Booth (England) on Sunday 14 November in the Waalse Kerk in the center of The Hague.

The Salburg Guitar Trio engages its audiences with their energetic presence and deeply emotional performances The trio has performed all over Europe and has won several awards, including the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) competition.

The concert:

Date: November 14, 2021

Time: 16:00

Location: Waalse Kerk, Noordeinde 25, The Hague

Drinks (beer/wine/juice) will be served after the concert.

Rapidly achieving international recognition as one of the leading guitar ensembles of the new generation, Salzburg Guitar Trio engages its audiences with their energetic presence and deeply emotional performances. Their unique repertoire includes newly commissioned works for guitar trio and transcriptions of orchestral and keyboard works.

Salzburg Guitar Trio has performed extensively throughout Europe. Recent highlights include a televised concert at the ‘Garrigues Guitar Festival’, an Artistic Residency in Gaudi’s famous modernist building, ‘La Pedrera’ in Bar- celona, a tour of the northwestern provinces of Spain, and concerts in music festivals such as the ‘Costa Dourada Music Festival‘ , ’Guitar Festival ‘Ciutat D’Elx’’, ’Valle dei Laghi International Guitar Festival’ and the ‘Stuttgart International Classic Guitar Festival’.

As recent first prize winners at the Guitar Foundation of America ‘International Ensemble Competition’, the trio will tour the US in the 2022-23 season. The trio has also won first prizes at the ‘Ciutat d’Elx Guitar Festival’ in Spain, the ‘Corelli-Savarez Chamber Music Competition’ in Salzburg, and ‘Valle dei Laghi Guitar Festival‘ in Italy. At ‘Gorizia Guitar Competition’ and ‘Pa- ganini Guitar Festival’, Parma, the ensemble received second and third prizes respectively.

Salzburg Guitar Trio is comprised of Katie Lonson (Canada), Stefan Volpp (Germany) and Andrew Booth (England) who met during their solo guitar studies with Prof. Laura Young at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria.

Carlo Marchione

We are excited to announce the closing concert for 2019!

We are proud to organize our third concert on December 1st with maestro guitarist Carlo marchione in the Waalse Kerk in the center of The Hague.

The Italian guitarist Carlo Marchione has a unique intimacy in his way of playing and brings the audience to a deeper understanding of music. His guitar-arrangements are of an unheard beauty. Marchione, an experienced virtuoso, teacher and arranger, has had a life full of music and has graced many stages around the world. He has won several major awards at international competitions, soloist with many major orchestras and played concerts around the world.

Date: 1 December

Time: 16:00

Location: Waalse Kerk, Noordeinde 25

Carlo Marchione (Rome, 1964) has won seven major prizes at international competitions. He has performed as a solo guitarist, with orchestras and chamber music ensembles. Nowadays he is a professor and regularly leads masterclasses at various European Conservatoires as well as being a regular guest at Festivals worldwide.

He is a professor at 5 different academies around Europe: The Conservatory in Maastricht, Lille, Palma de Mallorca, the International Academy of music in Rome and at the post-diploma Music Academy in Torino. During the years of teaching he had the honour to work together with players such as M.Dylla, G.Krivokapic, V.Gorbach, F.Larousse, I.Kulikova, A. Del Sal, Duo Melis, and more. Due to his immense love for teaching he has been awarded in 2017 with one of the most prestigious didactic prizes; the Golden Guitar.

He has inspired composers such as A. Carlevaro, C. Domeniconi, K.Vassiliev and J. Duarte to write new compositions for him. In the search for new ideas for his repertoire, he discovered almost forgotten compositions which come out like jewels through his genial transcriptions. His editing of the 12 Violin Fantasies by Georg Philipp Telemann has been highly praised by the press.

Carlo is also an enthusiastic online teacher. Following this passion, he founded together with the invaluable help of his fiancée the ‘Marchione Online Academy’ (for classes and lectures), where he regularly works with highly talented young players around the world. Besides this, he is a tireless publisher. On his Online Shop is released monthly a new transcription. Many great players, such as V.Kocic (Albeniz-Naxos) or C.Dalia (Scarlatti and Bach’s Ciaccona), have already used Carlo‘s arrangements for their recordings. One can find more information at his website: carlo-marchione.com.

Michalis Kontaxakis

After the successful opening of the Haagse Gitaar Serie, 19 May 2019 with Oman Kaminsky, we are happy to announce our second concert which will take place 20 October with maestro guitarist Michalis Kontaxakis at Waalse Kerk in the centre of the Hague.

Kontaxakis is an extremely engaging, creative and warm player who brings the true sound of the classical guitar. He won the prestigious Tarréga competition, and he has performed as soloist with many major orchestras and given concerts throughout Europe.

The program consists of an alternation between songs and dances, “Canción y Danza”, composed or transcribed for the guitar. Among other composers Michalis will be playing pieces by F. Schubert, J.K. Mertz, Bela Bartok etc. The listeners will also witness Greek elements with pieces by composer M.Hadjidakis.

A prize winner in many international guitar competitions, including the 1st prize at the prestigious “Francisco Tárrega International Guitar Competition”, Michalis Kontaxakis is considered to be one of the leading classical guitarists of his generation.

He graduated from Costas Cotsioli’s class at the Municipal Conservatoire of Piraeus (Athens). He also studied at the Robert Schumann University in Düsseldorf under the guidance of Joaquín Clerch. He has performed at the international guitar festivals of Volos (Greece), Naxos (Greece), Veria (Greece), Guitar Art Festival Belgrade (Serbia), Düsseldorf (Germany), Gevelsberg (Germany), Sinaia (Romania), Bucharest (Romania), Las Palmas (Spain), Sernanselle (Portugal), the Guitarmania Festival (Lisbon-Portugal) and at concert halls such as the Centro Cultural de Belem (CCB) in Lisbon, Megaron-the Athens Concert Hall, Thessaloniki Megaron, Teatro piccolo (Milano-Italy), Auditori i Palau de Congressos de Castelló (Spain), Little Theatre of Ancient Epidaurus and many others.

As a soloist he has performed with the AUKSO Orchestra (Poland), the Arad Philharmonic Orchestra (Romania), the Filarmonia das Beiras (Portugal), the Vallés Symphony Orchestra (Spain), the Collegium Instrumentale de Valencia (Spain), the Bucharest Radio Orchestra and the Athens State Orchestra. He has premiered numerous guitar works, many of them dedicated to him, such as: “Estudio de ligados” by Joaquín Clerch , “Choros no 2” and “Strovilos” by Efi Markoulaki, “Hadjidakis Suite” by Leonidas Kanaris, “States of mind” by Dinos Constantinides and “Nocturne for Michalis” by Michalis Andronikou.

In 2006 he recorded a CD for NAXOS with works by M.M. Ponce, F. Martin, E. Krenek, Tarrega, A. Khachaturian and the world premiere of “Preludios de primavera” by J. Clerch. In 2008 he recorded the premiere of the work “Midsummer night’s dream” by Periklis Koukos.

In 2004 he formed the Kontaxakis-Ivanovich Duo with the noted Croatian guitarist Dejan Ivanovich and since then they have often performed music for two guitars at concert halls around Europe receiving excellent reviews. Their first CD was published in 2010 by KSGExaudio including works by J.S.Bach, F.Sor, M.Castelnuovo-Tedesco and J.Rodrigo. Since 2004 he also performs regularly with “encardia” ensemble. He teaches regularly in masterclasses at guitar festivals, conservatories and universities.

Oman Kaminsky

On 19 May 2019, guitarist Oman Kaminsky, winner of 34 prizes at international competitions, will perform in De Waalse Kerk in The Hague. Oman has a sound and tone projection that is virtually incomparable. During this concert, Oman Kaminsky will perform compositions by M.M. Ponce, Leo Brouwer, A. Barrios Mangoré, among others.

This ticket includes a free drink during the break.

Date: 19 mei 2019

Time: 16:00

Location: Waalse Kerk, Noordeinde 25

Originally from Mexico City, Oman Kaminsky is one of the most outstanding Mexican guitarists & leading guitarists of his generation. Oman received the “Premio Nacional de la Juventud”, a prominent prize for young talents in Mexico, from the hands of the President.

He has participated in festivals in Mexico, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Austria, Russia and the USA, and he has performed in some of the most prestigious concert-halls; the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. Oman Kaminsky was a soloist with various orchestras in Mexico and the Netherlands, including the Dutch Premiere of the Concerto for two guitars and orchestra by Jana Obravska.

Oman has received more than 20 First Prize awards and in total 34 prizes in international competitions, including competitions in Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, Serbia, Austria, Mexico, USA, among others.

He has been invited to serve as a member of the jury in prestigious guitar competitions, including “The Society of American Musicians” in Chicago, the National Guitar Competition in Xalapa, Mexico, and the International Guitar Competition Norba Caesarina, in Spain.

He received his Bachelor’s degree with the highest honors in the Escuela Superior de Música from the National Institute of Fine Arts, where he studied under the supervision of Isabelle Villey.

After his studies in Mexico he received his Master’s degree in guitar performance and chamber music at the “Koninklijk Conservatorium” in The Hague, the Netherlands where he studied with Maestro Zoran Dukic and early music with Ton Koopman. During his studies in The Netherlands, Oman was awarded with the prestigious “HSP Huygens scholarship”. The Dutch government gives this award only to the most outstanding students. Oman received a second master’s degree, this time in Music Pedagogy at the “Koninklijk Conservatorium”, thanks to the scholarship FONCA- CONACYT.

Currently, Oman is a guitar professor at the “Superior School of Music” of the INBA, the “School of Music” of the UNAM and the “Life and Movement School” of the Ollin Yoliztly Cultural Center in Mexico City.