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