martedì 22 aprile 2014

Interview with GuitArtistas guitar Quartet by Giuseppe Chiaramonte





Giuseppe Chiaramonte
The beginning of guitArtistas. You are from Austria, Czech Republic and Slovakia. Where did you meet and where did you start to play together? Who is, among you, let’s say, the “founder” of the quartet? Who said the first time “let’s play together!”?

GuitArtistas guitar Quartet
Three of us got to know each other at the ‘University of music and performing arts’ in Vienna – all being students of Alexander Swete. For the fourth member Natalka we searched for deliberately and finally found her through Marie’s friends in Brno (CZ). So there is no special ‘founder’ of the quartet, it just happened.

Giuseppe Chiaramonte
Where is the quartet based?

GuitArtistas guitar Quartet
In general we use to rehearse in Vienna (AUT).

Giuseppe Chiaramonte
You won several competitions in Italy, tell us something about.

GuitArtistas guitar Quartet
Because of the fact, that we all work a lot we need to find good competition in places, that are not too far away. In addition to that we all love to go to Italy and so we can combine work an holidays.

Giuseppe Chiaramonte
Have you already performed in Italy? Where did you exactly play an when?

GuitArtistas guitar Quartet
We performed in Gorizia and Pescara in 2012 and in Pescara again in 2013, doing a beautiful ‘concerto sotto le stelle’ openair at the harbor. Now we are very looking forward to return to Domodossola for our 1st-prize-winner-concert at the festival in July.



Giuseppe Chiaramonte
Where did you perform your best concert?

GuitArtistas guitar Quartet
The ‘best’ concert is impossible to say – we love to play in a good mood, without any stress, where you can feel the audience’s positive vibration. Sometimes we even got standing ovations, that’s always a special moment.

Giuseppe Chiaramonte
If you had to choose, who is your favorite composer to play?

GuitArtistas guitar Quartet
We like every good piece by any composer


Giuseppe Chiaramonte
Which will be the next sheet music on the stand?

GuitArtistas guitar Quartet
Actually we work on specific variations of Pachelbel’s canon, the next piece will be an extract of dances of the ‘Peer Gynt Suite’ by Edvard Grieg. In addition to that we already have a cooperation with an Austrian composer named Jovan Pesec, who dedicated a new piece to us.

Giuseppe Chiaramonte
GuitArtistas plays with an unusual instrumentation, octave and bass guitar give a very wide register and allow you to easily perform transcriptions of orchestral pieces. You do think this is your key to success? Who are the guitar makers of your instruments?

GuitArtistas guitar Quartet
The unusual instrumentation makes us kind of unique and it is also a very important part of our special sound. Eva’s concert guitar is made by Mathias Dammer (GER), Marouska’s and Natalka’s are from the Czech luthier Petr Matoušek; the octave guitar is also Czech, made by John Jaroslav. The bass guitar is a special making from Spain.

Giuseppe Chiaramonte
Tell us the names of three composers you would love to have a piece written by and expressly dedicated to guitArtistas.

GuitArtistas guitar Quartet
I am so sorry, but in this question it was impossible to find an answer! Each girl has her own taste and preferences, so we always just try to find (or arrange) good pieces, that we all like – the composer is not that important in this decision.

Giuseppe Chiaramonte
Your debut CD has been already released? Is it already available on the market? In a few day we will publish the first Italian review of it! In the meanwhile, tell us something about this project, the repertoire, and so on.

GuitArtistas guitar Quartet
To be honest, we were very lucky! At one of concerts in Vienna we got an offer from a great Austrian studio to record with them. This studio is very special, because it is built to have the same sound as the Sidney Opera House so you can imagine – this was a quite amazing experience for us! Because of the great team we had around us, it was possible to record the whole CD within only 7 days. Finding a good cover-photo was much more difficult… At the moment the CD is available in Austria, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Hongkong.

Giuseppe Chiaramonte
Could you say something about your next projects? Where are you going to play next?

GuitArtistas guitar Quartet
We will do some concerts in Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia and also in Italy (Domodossola, July 15th), in addition to that we think about joining competitions in whole Europe, but don’t know about the details yet.



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