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International Guitar Night 2022Masterful guitar concerts this autumn

Portrait of Peter Finger with his guitar
Peter Finger, initiator of the “International Guitar Night” Copyright: Manfred Pollert

For friends of the acoustic guitar, the International Guitar Night is without a doubt one of the autumn’s musical highlights. Four internationally acclaimed guitarists from different countries provide an unforgettable evening.

For friends of the acoustic guitar, the International Guitar Night is without a doubt one of the autumn’s musical highlights. Four internationally acclaimed guitarists from different countries provide an unforgettable evening.

Pure listening pleasure, delicate music and moments of surprise. Come and be amazed at what these experts on the guitar conjure up on their instruments on this International Guitar Night.

This year, the International Guitar Night presents

Peter Finger (Germany)

Peter Finger, the initiator of the International Guitar Night, achieves a perfect harmony of virtuosity, musicality and composition. His musical cosmos knows no boundaries, testifying to a profound knowledge of both music history and contemporary music. The attentive listener will time and again recognise the tonal language of Debussy, Ravel or Stravinsky in the midst of a rock that also carries overtones of jazz; or marvel at Finger’s almost orchestral, sometimes breathtakingly experimental mesh of rhythm, harmony and melody. Both challenging and stimulating, Peter Finger’s music is always a sensual delight far removed from any intellectual coolness of thought. Artist’s website

 

Duo Kvaratskhelia (Georgia)

The Georgian brothers Nick and David Kvaratskhelia both received their first guitar lessons at the age of six. They gave their debut concert as a guitar duo at the age of seven and nine respectively, studied in Frankfurt and Weimar and won the first prize at one of the premier competitions for guitar duos (Bubenreuth) in 1988. What makes this duo so remarkable? Is it their effortless communication? Their seamless interplay? Or their remarkable playing technique combined with an immense range of styles, from baroque to avant-garde? In fact, it is the sum of all of these, and more: emphasising the spiritual content of their music, the two Georgians truly know how to get under their listeners’ skin.

 

Ian Melrose (Scotland)

As those familiar with the current acoustic scene will know, Ian Melrose is one of Europe’s leading protagonists of the acoustic guitar. Stemming from Scotland and living in Berlin, he has an international reputation as a solo guitarist (“… a first-class guitarist … a brilliant fingerpicker!” (The Times) with six critically acclaimed CDs to his name. He has also made his mark as a member and founder of various high-profile projects such as Kelpie, the Leuchter-Melrose Duo, Talking Water and The Island Tapes. As both studio and live musician, he has also worked with Clannad, Mary Black, Sara K. and Reinhard Mey, to name but a few. Witnessing Ian Melrose as a solo artist is a special experience. His Scottish heritage manifests itself in the many moods he conjures up on the guitar – charismatic, nuanced and magnificent.

 

 

Steve Hicks (England)

This much talent in one person is almost unfair. “There’s nothing Steve can’t do on guitar,” says Duck Baker, fingerstyle legend and Hicks’ teacher in the 1970s. Steve Hicks is a highly regarded guitar builder, experienced teacher and versatile fingerstyle guitarist in one person. He is considered a connoisseur and virtuoso interpreter of American blues, ragtime and swing, but also of British folk and songs from the Celtic tradition. His arrangements captivate with incredible depth and precision, his tone remains of the utmost clarity even in the most difficult passages, and his timing and groove come across as exceptionally natural.

Portrait of Steve Hicks with his guitar
Steve Hicks Copyright: Manfred Pollert
Portrait of Ian Melrose with his guitar
Ian Melrose Copyright: Manfred Pollert
The duo Nick and David Kvaratskhelia with their guitars
The Nick and David Kvaratskhelia duo Copyright: Guitarnight