(Above: Gaelle Solal) The University of Rhode Island and Pump Works Music will host the University of Rhode Island Guitar Festival this weekend beginning Friday. Artists are coming from France, Russia, Brazil and beyond for a weekend that features lectures, masterclasses, and performance, including a Gala Concert and awards ceremony Sunday evening.
The festival features several young innovators who are bringing new ideas to classical performance. We’re spotlighting a few outstanding artists and sharing some of their music below. Click here to link to the complete festival schedule.
French guitarist Gaelle Solal is a classically trained guitarist who has performed all over the world. She’s won numerous awards in Europe and the U.S. and has performed in more than 40 countries. The Marseilles, France native began guitar at age 6 and won three gold medals at the Conservatoire de Marseilles at age 14. Solal is scheduled to play the evening concert on Friday April 5 and conduct a Masterclass on Saturday April 6. Check out her absolutely stunning take of a traditional Turkish Theme, “Drama Köprüsü.”
Vietnamese guitar virtuoso An Tran was born and raised in Hanoi, Vietnam. After winning the 1st prize of the Vietnam National Guitar Competition at the age of 12, the internationally acclaimed guitarist performed throughout North America and Asia, both as a soloist and as an active chamber musician. Deeply connected to his native country of Vietnam, An is bringing traditional music of Vietnam to the international concert stages. He was the 2018 winner of the Rising Stars program. He’ll be conducting a Masterclass and performing Saturday April 6.
Click below to experience his remarkable performance of the Concierto de Aranjuez with the Hanoi Philharmonic here.
Clarice Assad is Brazilian-American Grammy nominated composer, performer and educator. Her style reflects her Brazilian heritage, a melting pot of African rhythms mixed with European melodies and harmonies. Assad will be at the Festival on Sunday where she will conduct a Masterclass and perform at the Gala that evening.
The Great Necks
The Great Necks are a trio comprised of Scott Borg, Festival Director Adam Levin, and Matthew Rohde. Their debut album, Original Arrangements for Three Guitars, released in November 2018 on the Frameworks/Sony label, reached the top 10 in the Traditional Classical Billboard charts. Known for their “whimsical, interactive, and daring performances,” Classical Guitar Magazine observed “These guys aren’t afraid to shake things up and take chances.”
Click Here for the link to the complete weekend schedule. All events are open to the public.