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.