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Nch Chamber Music Series

NCH International Guitar Series

Selected Evenings
January to April 2019

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Friday 22nd February 2019

Pavel Steidl, guitar

Mertz Liebeslied, Romanze, Mazurka , Lied ohne worte
Legnani Capricci
Paganini Sonate, Ghiribizzi (Selection)
Regondi  Two Etudes
Phillip Houghton Ophelia ...a haunted sonata
Mauro Giuliani Rossiniana nº1 op.199
Pavel Steidl ‘And you go to Ithica too’ / Hommage a Jana Obrovska

The second in a series of six concerts focusing primarily on guitarist composers, curated by the NCH and Redmond O’Toole.

This concert features the Czech guitarist Pavel Steidl, one of the most celebrated of contemporary guitar virtuosos in a programme that focuses on music of the 19th century by some of the most notable guitar composers of the period – Mertz, Legnani, Regondi, Giuliani and Paganini (a fine guitarist as well as one of the greatest violinists of all time)

Presented in association with Dublin Guitar Symposium/DIT Conservatory of Music and the Italian Cultural Institute

Wednesday 27th February 2019

Nigel North,

Bach Partita in A minor (after BWV 1013 for solo flute)
Bach Suite in E minor “Auf Lautenwerk” (BWV 996)
Bach Partita in E major  (BWV 1006a for lute /BWV 1006 for violin)

In the third concert of the International Guitar Series curated by the NCH & Redmond O'Toole, Nigel North, one of the greatest exponents of Bach on the lute, plays three of Bach’s major works for solo instruments in his own transcriptions.

Thursday 28th March 2019

Redmond O’Toole, 8 string Brahms guitar

Bach Violin Sonata No.1 BWV 1001
Haydn Sonata Hob.XVI /46  
Mertz La Romantique
Carlo Domeniconi Koyunbaba
Ian Wilson Cortege

In the fourth concert in a series of recitals curated by NCH and Redmond O’Toole, Redmond performs on the ground-breaking 8 string Brahms guitar, played in the position of a cello

Thursday 11th April 2019

Paul Gregory, guitar
Yoko Ono, piano

Beethoven arr. Carulli Variations in F Major on Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen from Mozart's Die Zauberflöte for guitar and piano

Tarrega and his successors:
Tarrega  Preludes in E and A
         Capricho Arabe (Serenata)
         Maria (Gavota)
Fortea Toledo op.14
       Capricho Estudio  op.13    
Ferrer Bolero op.39 for guitar and piano
E. Sainz de la Maza Petenera and Zapateado

South American Music
Villa-Lobos Valsa Concierto No.2 op.4 (completed Gregory)
Leo Brouwer Elogio de la Danza                
Duende Mulatos Moscardini (Candombe)
Gnattali Sonatina No.2 for guitar and piano

In this fifth concert in a series of six recitals curated by NCH and Redmond O’Toole, distinguished English guitarist Paul Gregory plays music from Spain and South America and is joined by pianist Yoko Ono for works by Carulli and Gnatalli

Thursday 25th April 2019

Gaëlle Solal, guitar

‘Bach & Villa-Lobos ‘
J.S. Bach (1685-1750) Partita 2 BWV1004 (Tr. Solal)
Villa-Lobos Choro n°1                             
Ernesto Nazareth Brejeiro (arr. Solal)                    
Villa-Lobos Schottisch-choro                     
Pixinguinha Carinhoso (arr. Dyens)                
Villa Lobos Mazurka-choro                         
Jobim Chorando coraçao (arr. Bellinati)        
Villa-Lobos Étude 6                            
Baden Powell Choro pra metronomo                
Villa-Lobos Valse-choro                        
Hermeto Pascoal Bebe (arr. Soares)                    
Villa-Lobos Modinha (arr. Savias)                    
Egberto Gismonti Agua e vinho (arr. Solal)                
Villa-Lobos Étude 12                            
Garoto Lamentos no morro (arr. Solal)        
Villa-Lobos Gavota-choro                        
Guinga Cine Baronesa (arr. Tardelli)            
Villa-Lobos Tristorosa (arr. Solal)                    
Roland Dyens Tuhu (Hommage à Villa Lobos)

The last concert in a series of recitals curated by NCH and Redmond O’Toole, brings outstanding French guitarist Gaelle Solal to play a programme inspired by Bach and Villa-Lobos.



Pavel Steidl
One of the most widely celebrated classical guitar virtuosos of his generation, Pavel Steidl began his professional career after winning first prize at the prestigious Radio France International Guitar Competition in 1982. Since then he has appeared in more than thirty countries all over the world, including Australia, Austria, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, England, Guatemala, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Scotland. Spain, and the U.S.A.

A musician of unique artistry and boundless energy, Pavel Steidl's highly expressive performances of rare 19th-century guitar literature on authentic instruments add a wonderful dimension to his exciting recitals. In addition to his performance activities, Mr. Steidl is a highly respected teacher and thoughtful composer for the guitar. He often includes his compositions in his performances.

Pavel Steidl was born in a small town near Prague, Czech Republic in 1961. He first studied music at the Prague Conservatoire before becoming a student of the guitarist, composer, Stephan Rak.

Nigel North
Nigel North was initially inspired into music, at age 7, by the early 60's instrumental pop group "The Shadows". Nigel studied classical music through the violin and guitar, eventually discovering his real path in life, the lute, when he was 15. Basically self-taught on the lute, he has (for over 30 years) developed a unique musical life which embraces activities as a teacher, accompanist, soloist, director and writer.

Some "mile stones" on the way have included the publication of a continuo tutor (Faber 1987)- representing his work and passion for this subject. The music of J.S.Bach has been another passion, and the 4 Volume CD collection "Bach on the Lute" was recorded on the Linn Records label (1994-1997), now available as a 4 disc box set.

The ensemble Romanesca was formed by Nigel, together with Andrew Manze (violin) and John Toll (harpsichord & organ). For ten years (1988-1998) they explored, performed and recorded 17th century chamber music winning several international awards for their recordings.

Nigel North enjoys accompanying singers and is also an enthusiastic teacher. For over 20 years he was Professor of Lute at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, in London; from 1993-1999 he was Professor at the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin; 2005-2207 he was Lute Professor at the Royal Conservatory in Den Haag , Netherlands, and since January 1999 Nigel North has been Professor of Lute at the Early Music Institute,  Indiana University, Bloomington in the USA.

"I remember going to a remarkable recital, one which I wish I had the ability to give: it was one of Nigel North's Bach recitals, and I was bowled over by how masterful and how musical it was. A real musical experience, something you don't always get from guitar and lute players and which, in general, is pretty rare." Julian Bream

Redmond O'Toole
Redmond O’Toole is recognised as one of the most distinctive and original guitarists of his generation. He was the first to adopt Paul Galbraith’s ‘Brahms guitar’. This groundbreaking instrument and technique uses an 8-string guitar in the position of a cello. He has performed at major concert halls and events throughout Europe such as Passau International Guitar Festival, Germany, Ireland's National Concert Hall, Royal Dublin Society Concert Hall and Hallein Guitar Festival, Austria. He has performed as soloist with orchestras such as BBC Ulster and the Irish Baroque and has toured extensively as guitarist for legendary Irish group ‘The Chieftains’. He teaches at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin.

O’Toole is an important ambassador for the classical guitar in Ireland and has given concerts the length and breadth of his country. He has performed for two Irish Presidents and was part of the televised concert for Queen Elizabeth’s historic visit to Ireland in 2011.

Recent projects include collaborations with world renowned cellist, Raphael Wallfisch, the Vanbrugh String Quartet.and soprano Kim Sheehan. Redmond has had a duo for many years with violinist Elizabeth Cooney. He has also performed with many different and varying ensembles such as Crash Ensemble, The Callino Quartet and the UFO Orchestra amongst others. In 2012 Redmond set up Music Generation Wicklow:  part of a national music education programme funded by U2 and the Ireland Funds. O’Toole was coordinator for the initial 18 months of the programme, O’Toole’s principal teacher was Oscar Ghiglia with whom he studied privately in Athens, Greece and at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena (under scholarship). Prior to that he studied at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama in Dublin.  During his time at DIT he won an unprecedented number of awards for guitar, most notably the RDS Music Bursary ( Ireland’s largest Music Prize ). In 2008 he was the recipient of an Irish Arts Council Bursary which supported  intensive periods of study over a three-year period with lutenist Nigel North at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana.

Paul Gregory
Paul Gregory started playing guitar at the age of 10. Later he also studied cello and composition in London and is an ARCM. He made further guitar studies with Baltazar Benitez in Holland and Carlos Bonell. He gave his Wigmore Hall debut when 19 to high critical acclaim.

Paul won notable student awards being nominated as one of 'Tomorrow's Musicians' and offered a concert at the Fairfield Hall Croydon. As a winner of the Park Lane Awards, he gave a recital at the Purcell Room on London's South Bank. Three years later he won the Andres Segovia International Competition in Spain at twenty-two.

Over the years, there have been many BBC Radio 3 programmes, including live broadcasts from the NTL Studio in Belfast, the Wigmore Hall as well as from Broadcasting House. He has been a member of the Lontano Ensemble specialising in contemporary music. Paul has been invited as a soloist to most parts of the world including the Americas and Hong-Kong.
Paul has been a visiting tutor to the Royal Irish Academy Dublin and has been Chief External Examiner for the Royal Scottish Academy (now Conservatoire) for nine years. He taught at the East Sussex Academy in Lewes Sussex for 12 years. Paul has released CD recordings for Opus 1, Meridian and Claudio record labels and has published compositions, some of the later being used as set pieces for examination boards in France and England.

His busy schedule of late has included recitals for the Nantes Conservatoire and Picardie Festival in France, Music Siena in Italy as well as the West Dean International Guitar Festival near Chichester and at the Royal Collage of Music in Cardiff. He has recently given masterclasses at the RCM and Trinity College of Music in London and the College of Music in Dublin.

Paul is musical director for the weekly Tuesday Lunchtime Concerts at the Chapel Royal, Brighton and the Guitar Masters Series as part of the Brighton Festival.  

Yoko Ono
Yoko Ono received her early musical training in Japan and moved to London to join the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied with Christopher Elton. After leaving the Academy she studied with Maria Curcio and Benjamin Kaplan. Yoko has performed in many countries including the UK, China, Cyprus, France, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Switzerland and the USA. Her London debut at the Purcell Room received considerable public and critical acclaim. She has appeared at numerous venues and music festivals, including the Wigmore Hall, the European International Festival in Geneva, Musica Sienna, Arundel Festival, Brighton Festival, Dartington International Festival and Eastbourne Festival. She performed with Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra,  has given several tours of Japan and she has toured China with her piano duo partner Clelia Iruzun. She was invited to perform and coach at the Apple Hill Centre for Chamber Music, New Hampshire, USA.

Gaelle Solal

Born in Marseille in 1978, Gaelle Solal began her musical studies at the age of 6 with Christian Bullot and Sylvain Cinquini[1] then with René Bartoli[2] at the Conservatoire de Marseille. At 14, she was unanimously awarded three gold medals (guitar, musical training, chamber music) and the 1st Grand Prix of the city of Marseille. At the age of 16, she entered the Conservatoire de Paris where she obtained the 1st Prize for guitar unanimously as well as the cycle of perfection with Roland Dyens. From the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln with Roberto Aussel to the Université du Québec in Montréal with Alvaro Pierri, her training is enriched by the master classes by A. Dumond, Carel Harms, Oscar Ghiglia, A. Goni and Leo Brouwer and Joaquin Clerch.

1st Grand Prize of the Michele Pittaluga International Classical Guitar Competition (first French woman to win it), 2nd Prize of the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America, she was finalist at the Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York, winner of the Beracasa, Meyer, Contestabile Foundations. She then began an international career: Festival de Radio France in Montpellier, Flâneries musicales de Reims, Festival de Torroella de Montgrí, Salle Cortot, Théâtre de la Villette, Cité de la Musique, Purcell Room in London. Tours will follow in India, Africa, Southeast Asia, United States, Mexico, Canada and Germany. She has given concerts in about thirty countries. She performs in solo recital as well as in duo within the Astor duo (from 1996 to 2005), as a chamber musician with clarinet (Florent Héau, Antonio Salguero), violin (Marina Chiche), flute (Alfonso Rubio), bandoneon (Jérémy Vannereau), string quartet (Cuarteto Arcadia),[5]with the Chœur Nicolas de Grigny , the contemporary music ensemble "Zahir" and as a soloist with the Turin Philharmonic Orchestra, the French Republican Guard Band and the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra.

Passionate about contemporary music, she has performed Maurice Ohana's Concerto for the first time in Italy, the world premiere of N. Sekiya's Concerto with Kent Nagano, the premiere of three new pieces at the Córdoba Festival, the world premiere of a piece for clarinet and guitar by Félix Ibarrondo with Florent Héau.

Solal divides her time between concerts, master classes and international competition juries; she has taught at the Conservatories of Cordoba (2003 to 2004) and Seville (2004 to 2009).