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Guitar Recital: Bianco, Gabriel - MERTZ, J.K. / BACH, J.S / KOSHKIN, N.

Artist(s) Bianco, Gabriel, guitar
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)ContemporaryRomantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.572306
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99


The young French guitarist Gabriel Bianco adds First Prize in the 2008 GFA International Solo Competition to an impressive list of previous awards from international competitions. He started playing guitar at the age of five, and graduated at the age of twenty with first prize from the Conservatoire National de Région de Paris. The same year, he received the highest mark and ranking in the entrance competition to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris. Gabriel Bianco gave his first concert in Paris when he was fifteen, and is now invited to play throughout the world. His teachers have included Ramon de Herrera, Oliver Chassain and Judicaël Perroy.


Review By David Denton,Naxos,May 2009

The winner of the 2008 Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) Competition, Gabriel Bianco, has chosen a program that crosses three centuries to demonstrate his rare talent. The young Frenchman already has a long list of competition successes, and has concertised around the world for the past five years. His choice of music by Johann Mertz allows a far reaching demonstration of technique from singing and lyric quality through to left hand agility. Born in the city we now know as Bratislava, Mertz was an international touring guitarist who wrote a quite large catalogue of guitar works, some obviously to demonstrate his brilliance. Yet it is his quiet Elegy that finds Bianco using his sense of shape to mould it into a strongly emotional piece contrasting



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