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May, 2014:

Guitar Shanghai at the Conservatory of Music

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Last weekend there was a Guitar Festival at the Conservatory of Music in Shanghai with Leonardo Bravo, Oliver Fartach-Naini, Lee Song-ou, Shingo Fujii, Shunsuke Matsuo, Achim-Peter Gropius and some others. There were not only a lot of concerts, but also a competition and some masterclasses, too.

And I feel honored that the organisator Prof. Ye Deng Min used the name of my association and blog for this festival. So Guitar Shanghai becomes more and more wellknown in Shanghai and China!

After the festival I ve met with Achim Gropius the German guitar maker. He repaired my Gnatek guitar some years ago and I like his guitars. We made some sightseeing together and I showed him the old part of Shanghai with the Yuan Garden. We finished our tour at the Grand Hyatt highrise in Pudong, in the Cafe at the 54th floor.

Recently there are so many guitar festivals and competitions in China and Asia! The next three festivals I know are in Changsha (Hunan Provinz China) from 19th till 22th of July and the Tarrega Malaysia International Guitar Competition from 7th till 10th of August. And then there will be the big Altamira Guitar Festival and competition in Shanghai from 22th till 26th of August. The concert of Eliot Fisk on 23th of August is already selled out….yep…

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A Weekend with William Kanengiser

Last weekend (10th and 11th of May) William Kanengiser was invited from Altamira Guitars to come to the Shanghai Guitar Salon.

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(William Kanengiser with He Shun Hua on the way to the Guitar Salon)

On Saturday evening he played a brilliant concert in the Oriental Art Center of Pudong.
His program had very different pieces, which he played all with great musicality and virtuosity. I was very surprised about the amazing interpretation of some small Tarrega pieces. These showed the masters extraordinarily talent. And I enjoyed every piece on this evening. It was like a very, very good story teller tells you some very interesting story. So I was captured from this performance the whole time.

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(William Kanengiser played in the Shanghai Oriental Art Center)

Here the program in detail:

La Danza del Molinero Manuel de Falla (arr.W.Kanengiser)

Fantasie Elegiaque, op 59 Fernando Sor

Marieta, Lagrima, Maria Francesco Tarrega

Fantasia (Sevilliana) Joaquin Turina

Break

Sonata #1 “Las Campanas” Ernesto Garcia

Two Cuban Folksong Arrangements: Afro-Cuban Lullaby, Danza Characteristica Leo Brower

Preludio Cubano: Intermezzo Tropica Rumba Manuel Ponce

The Magic Serenade Bryan Johanson

Brookland Boogie Brian Head

and 3 Encores.

And I have to mention the three encores! One of them was a very Chinese sounding piece nobody has heard before. On Sunday I asked W.Kanengiser whether he could give me the score for that beautiful piece and he told me that there is no score, because this piece only exists in his head.

On Sunday W.Kanengiser gave masterclasses in the Shanghai Guitar Salon. We started early in the morning, because there were a lot of students who want to have a class. One of my students also had a masterclass with this master and I am sure it will be a big motivation for her and for everybody who came to the Shanghai Guitar Salon and attended the masterclasses. There was a big audience with some very young guitar students, but the audience was calm and with attention listening and watching the whole, long time!

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(the masterclass)

After all the students were finished, there was an opportunity for the audience to ask questions and there were a lot of questions! The people were very interested to know a lot of things like how to improve the sound of the right hand fingers and the coordination of both hands, how to relax the hands and the arms how to practice Bach…..and W.Kanengiser answered with patience.

I think such kind of activities are very important for the guitar students. It is a great motivation and also a good help for the regular guitar teachers. So I want to say Thank You to William Kanengiser and to the Altamira Guitar Company, who`s director spend a lot of money to organize events like this. They already invited many famous artists in the last few years, like Pavel Steidl, Irina Kulikova, Manuel Barrueco, the Amadeus Guitar Duo – just to name a few.

In October Altamira Guitar will invite David Russell to come to the Shanghai Guitar Salon! I am looking forward to see David Russell here!

And William Kanengiser will be in some other Chinese cities this week. Next weekend he will be in Shenzhen (on May 16th) and Chengdu (on May 17th).

If you have a chance to go to see him, please go. It is worth!

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(the teachers of the Shanghai Guitar Salon with the great master)