Master Class – Friday, January 19th, 2007 at 10:00 AM
– Friday, January 19th, 2007 at 8:00 PM
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Denis Azabagic, (November1972) is one of the most compelling classical guitarists on the
international concert circuit today.
He performs concerts around the globe, maintaining a balance between his solo recitals, chamber music with the Cavatina Duo and
engagements as a soloist with orchestras.
In 1993, at the age of 20, he became the youngest winner of one of the most prestigious International Guitar Competitions
“Jacinto e Inocencio Guerrero,” in Madrid, Spain.
After listening to Mr. Azabagic, distinguished Spanish composer, Anton Garcia Abril said:
“I am sure that with the time, he is going to be one of the greatest guitarist of the world.”
Between 1992 and 2000 he won twenty four prizes in
international competitions, from which eleven are first prizes (GFA, Tarrega, Printemps, Stotsenberg, Schadt, Guerrero...). He has written a book, “On
Competitions”, based on his experiences of all those years and it’s published by Mel Bay.
Mr. Azabagic has recorded six CDs for international labels such as
Opera Tres, Cedille and Naxos, as well as two DVD’s for the Mel Bay Company. His recordings and live performances are highly appraised by music critics for his elegant
approach to music and his unique way of communicating and reaching the hearts of the audience.
“Azabagic’s playing is virtually flawless and his technical
facility is a joy to see as well as hear; increasingly I hear him mentioned in the same breath as John Williams, and while such comparisons are invidious, this one is not
without merit” Soundboard Magazine, USA
He has appeared as a guest performer in such venues as Masters of the Guitar at the Royal Concertgebouw in the
Netherlands, Radio France in Paris, France, Aix en Provence Festival, France, El Palau de la Musica, Valencia-Spain, Savannah on Stage, USA, and Omni Foundation, USA. His
performances have been broadcasted live on the Radio (NPR, WFMT) and Television in Europe and the USA.
His repertoire includes solo and orchestral music from the
Baroque to contemporary.
As an active chamber musician with the Cavatina Duo, Denis’ repertoire in this field is vast and many composers have dedicated works for
His love for performing extends to sharing with others the knowledge of music making. He frequently offers classes while on tour and teaches at the Roosevelt
University in Chicago.
Highlights of Mr. Azabagic’s upcoming season include recital tours in North America,
Europe and Asia. Performing in Venues such as
Raising Stars Series from The Ravinia Festival, Domaine Forget (Canada) and National Concert Hall in Taiwan.
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