The Cologne Guitar Quartet performs on second evening of the Festival

On the second evening of the 8th International festival of chamber music Convivium Musicum, on Tuesday, 21st September, the audience will be introduced to the versatile international ensemble – Cologne Guitar Quartet (Germany).

Founded in 2014, the Cologne Guitar Quartet, is formed by musicians Ptolemaios Armaos (Greece), Tobias Juchem (Germany), Henrique Almeida (Portugal) and Tal Botvinik (Israel). Although they come from different parts of Europe, these multi award-winning performers are developing a common artistic path from the class of Professor Roberto Ausell, from the prestigious The Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln (Germany). What makes this ensemble distinct is the repertoire – from early and classical, through traditional to contemporary music.

The quartet will present itself to the audience with following program:
J. S. Bach: Concerto for two cembalos BWV 1061 (transcription by Ansgar Krause)
A. Vivaldi: Concerto in f minor – Winter, from Four Seasons (transcription by Cologne Guitar Quartet)
D. Bogdanovic: Introduction and Dance
P. Bellinati: A furiosa
F. Gasull: Puig-Rom*
N. Skalkottas:
from 36 Greek dances (transcription by Cologne Guitar Quartet)
H. Almeida: Cavaquinho in Cologne
Sephardic song Morenica (transcription by Cologne Guitar Quartet)
P. Bellinati: Baião de Gude
As every year, the City of Kragujevac significantly contributed to the realization of this event by providing part of the funds for its financing. The Festival was supported by the Goethe-Institute, the Faculty of Philology and Arts, the Music School “Dr Miloje Milojevic”, the Music Centre Kragujevac, the Music Youth of Kragujevac, the Student Cultural Centre and other friends of the Festival.

Having in mind the colourful repertoire of the Cologne Guitar Quartet, we are sure that the audience will enjoy the second evenings of this year’s Festival. The concert will be held at the Hall of the First Kragujevac Gymnasium starting at 8 pm. Admission is free.

Author: Maja Radivojević Slavković
Translation: Ljubica Gužvić

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Biography: Cologne Guitar Quartet

IMG_0595The Cologne Guitar Quartet is an international ensemble formed in 2014 and is based in Cologne, Germany. Its members come from four different nationalities: Greece, Germany, Portugal and Israel. The quartet performs and explores in various music styles such as classical, traditional, world-music, rock, modern, experimental and electronic.
The quartet has received several 1st prizes in various competitions such as Brigitte-Kempen chamber music competition and Karlsruhe competition for the Interpretation of contemporary music, and has been granted prestigious scholarships including the NRW Ensembleförderung and the “Live Music Now” concert Scholarship from the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation. The quartet has performed in numerous festivals and concert series in countries such as Germany, France, China, Italy and Israel. They have released two albums: Phasma (2018) and Routes (2020).
The ensemble actively works on widening the repertoire for guitar quartet by commissioning new works from living composers, writing their own compositions, and making new arrangements of orchestral and chamber music works. They have premiered compositions by prominent composers such as Feliu Gasull, Sergej Maingardt and Dariya Maminova, among many others. In 2019 the quartet has launched their pioneer project “diGIT – new compositions for guitars, e-guitars & electronics”
The Cologne Guitar Quartet had completed their chamber music master studies at the prestigious Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln. They were mentored by prominent musicians such as Roberto Aussel, David Smeyers, Paulo Alvarez, Ansgar Krause, Hans-Werner Huppertz, Cuarteto Casals and Kelemen Quartet.

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