In the genetic poker game it has so clumsily devised, nature can all too often be jealous and possessive of the gifts it generously bestows with one hand but withdraws with the other; on rare occasions, through some inexplicable distraction or haphazard generosity, it deals a miraculous hand in a grand scheme that slams its colours to the masters of good fortune. Two beneficiaries of such liberalities are brought together on the same night on the same stage at Kings Place at 8 pm on Saturday the 27th October 2018 (see details from their website below): perhaps Ana Vidovic and Giacomo Susani were born during some systemic astronomical alignment or were secretly imported from planet Krypton? Either way, the gifts they overwhelmingly bear will be offered to the London public later this month; a few seats are still availabe, but not many!
There’s not much more that can be said about the career of Ana Vidovic or of her capacity to break hearts and box-office records in equal measure; few musicians could, as she does, live up to the elated reviews she has accumulated; if there is about her is one thing about which the professional guitar world unanimously agrees, it is her outstanding consistency. Some will doubt that so much talent could be contained in such a well-made vessel; cast away such distrust and do not be put off by the good looks which some sceptics suggest as being irritatingly evocative of Disney or Rapunzel … and yes, there may well be the dithyrambic introduction and the saccharin syrup of an unpersuasive greeting to “… a wonderful audience …” as well as feigned surprise at finding “… such a full house …” But if the verbal treacle does not glue you to your seat, her playing will through the fairy tale magic of her left hand magnificently synchronised to the fluid sensitivity and forthright digital expertise of the right. Her programme includes Bach, a composer whose concoctions she serves with unfailing epicurean expertise.
As if this were not enough for one evening, she will be preceded by one of the top talents of the nouvelle vague which irrigates the fertile ground on which the current generation of guitarists thrive: the Italian Giacomo Susani is part of the elite Julian Bream Trust, has collected many prizes around the world, and recently scored the highest mark ever recorded in a final exam at the Royal Academy of Music. His refined musicianship blends virtuosity with power without a trace of showiness or vulgarity. Of particular interest will be his rendition of the Tate Sonata specially written for him by the Polish composer Marek Pasiecszny; it evokes four art works exhibited at Tate Modern, fully exploiting a wide range of traditional and avant-garde sonorities. Susani will be playing a rather exceptional instrument lent him by the Cavella Foundation; those who enjoy the logistics of the luthier’s craft (*) will be fascinated by this guitar whose top is so thin that it visibly pulses to an alarming degree, sometimes giving the impression that it might implode. As it hasn’t done so since its birth in 2013, we may rest assured that the instrument is in safe hands!
(*) Matthias Dammann is renowned for his double-top guitars which have power and clarity, but he has recently been able to achieve the same performance from instruments made with exceptionally thin single tops and it is one of those which is owned by the Cavella Foundation.
The Big Night of the Guitar
Join us for an unmissable evening featuring Ana Vidovic, London International Guitar Competition 2016 winner, Giacomo Susani, and the Eurostrings Young Stars.
Main concert: 8pm
A magical night of the guitar which includes a performance from the YOUNG STARS. This is a guitar ensemble consisting of the winners of 14 European Guitar Competitions and Festivals as part of the Eurostrings project funded by a grant from the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.
This 15-minute concert also includes a new commission from Léo Brouwer and a new IGF commission by leading English composer Gabriel Jackson. This is followed by a 30-minute performance by Italian guitarist Giacomo Susani, the outstanding winner of London International Guitar Competition 2016. The programme for this part of the night includes Girolamo Frescobaldi, Fernando Sor and Marek Pasieczny: Tate Sonata (dedicated to Giocomo Susani)
The concert will conclude with a performance of one of the greatest guitarists in the world, the incredible Ana Vidovic. Since winning her first international guitar competition at the age of 14, Ana has enjoyed a successful international career playing all around the world, and we are delighted to welcome her back to the UK. The programme for Ana’s performance includes JS Bach, Joaquin Rodrigo and Heitor Villa–Lobos.
London International Guitar Competition (LIGC): 6 – 7.15pm