PROKOFIEV GUITAR DUO
Nejc Kuhar and Mak Grgić
Luigi Boccherini – Quintet
Joaquin Rodrigo – Tonadilla, 1st movement
Joaquin Turina – Danza Ritual
Joaquin Turina – Generalife
Joaquin Turina – Sacro Monte
Nejc Kuhar – Niagara Falls with Water
Top prize on International competition for guitar duos in Gorizia, Italy 2010.
‘There is a clear affinity between his compositions and those by the great masters’, wrote a german newspaper Iserlohner Kreisanzeiger regarding the guitarist and composer Nejc KUHAR.
The international prizes, glowing reviews and the very response of the audience at home and abroad all point to an artist in the round, successfully negotiating the joined path of composition and interpretation.
His composition ‘Six Miniatures, onE for each Season of the Year’ has won him prizes at two international competitions. In 2009, his ‘Dearest of my Heart’ was awarded third prize at the prestigious Gustav Mahler Competition in Austria. This continues the winning trend and serves as proof of the artistic maturity of his work, bringing quality and freshness to the world repertoire. His compositions are published by the Italian publishing house Berben and the Canadian d’Oz, both renowned in the artworld.
His concerts are given a very special charm and uniqueness by dint of his interpretations of his own composition. His aim is to endow the world of composition with a renewed intimacy, emotion, beauty and the very core that he perceives lost.
Mak GRGIĆ has been wooing his audience since he was a teenager, with the critics expressing enthusiasm rarely given to such young performers. ‘He has justifiably scooped the title of the young guitar master. His playing is precise, skilled and harmonious, but more importantly, in his hands, the music is transformed into something lovely, luminous and floating- into a joyful living being. (Published in the Jutranji list newspaper, Croatia). And the Italian paper Chitarra Classica wrote: ‘Incredible, bravura performance, passionate and richly nuanced phrasing, along with a real feeling for styling that is closely in tune with Baroque refinement, as well as modernist power and playfulness of passion.’ The above bears witness to the fact that the young artist is well on his way to achieving his dream to bring music to the audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
The extremely positive presence of this young artist on the world musical stage is made palpable through his frequent contributions to festivals, collaborating with eminent artists and making music at prestigious music venues such as Les Invalides in Paris, at the Chicago Musical Center, the Koncerthus in Stockholm, the Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur at Montréal, the Ottawa Library and Archives in Canada and the Amici del Loggione del Teatro alla Scala in Milan.
Since 2006, he has been playing as part of the renowned Zagreb Guitar Quartet which has made him a regular visitor to various European and North American music venues.
These two outstanding soloists and musicians-in-the-making came to the conclusion that they are brought together not only by their joint studies in Vienna, guided by the same teacher; they also hold a common a vision of music and creativity. Their wish to share the playing of classical guitar with another gave birth to the Prokofiev Guitar Duo, consisting of two ambitious artists with the same creative power of composition and interpretation. Their plans involve recording the virtuoso Concerto Madrigal for two Guitars and Orchestra by Joaquin Rodrigo.
Egberto Gismonti: Aqua e Vinho
Joaquin Turina: Zambra and Sacro- Monte