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Matthew Fagan & Nicholas Young: España El Vito – The Spirit of Spain
30 November 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm AEDT
Earlybird pricing until 19th November : Adult : $50 – Concession: $42 – Student: $30 – Child Under 16 : $25 – Group 8+ (20% discount)
Regular pricing: Adult : $58 – Concession: $50 – Student: $40 – Child Under 16 : $30 – Group 8+ (20% discount)
Following a sold out show at Sydney Opera House, Internationally acclaimed, Multiple Award winning, ‘Young Steinway Artist’, pianist Nicholas Young joins renowned 10-string Guitarist Matthew Fagan, combining musical passion and virtuosity to celebrate Spanish repertoire for guitar and piano from classical to flamenco and modern jazz and the launch of Fagan’s newest vinyl album “El Vito”.
In a world first, the duo infuse the exhilarating traditional flamenco elements of Spanish Guitar into virtuosic classical piano masterpieces in stunning new arrangements. From the famous folk-inspired ballet music of Manuel De Falla’s “The Three Cornered Hat” to the Spanish dances evoked in Isaac Albeniz’s “Sevilla”, “Asturias” and “Tango”.
Joaquin Rodrigo’s famous “Concierto de Aranjuez” is explored through its origins in “Tarantos” and “Rodena”, combined with stunning orchestral realisation by piano, and Egberto Gismonti’s “Frevo Rasgado”, first brought to fame by guitarists Paco De Lucia and John McLaughlin, will be transformed for concert piano and 10-string guitar, pairing rhythmic drive with colourful sonority.
Ticket purchase includes entry into 2nd show at 9pm Lord of the Strings! performs the 20 Greatest Guitar solos of all time, featuring rock, metal, classical and world music.
NICHOLAS YOUNG- Piano
Nicholas Young has regularly concertised throughout Australia and Europe, appearing as soloist with the Vienna International, West Australian, Queensland, Adelaide and Willoughby Symphony Orchestras.
Nicholas’ past national accolades include Keyboard Winner of the 2011 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards, Second Prize of the 2012 Australian National Piano Award, First Prize of the 2015 ‘Grand Prize Virtuoso’ International Music Competition (London) and Winner of 2 of Australia’s most prestigious piano awards the 2016 Allison/Henderson Sydney Eisteddfod and Michael Kieran Harvey Piano Scholarships.
Nicholas undertook Masters studies at the Universitat Mozarteum Salzburg with Claudius Tanski graduating with Distinction and the highest possible grades in all performance and academic components.
‘Commanding performance…consummate skill, virtuosity and panache.’ Limelight Magazine
‘A crepuscular scene in sound. Young’s achievement is his ear for layering textures … he convinces the listener that his is the way. Fanfare Magazine
MATTHEW FAGAN- 10 String Guitar and 6 String Nylon Classical Godin Guitar
Matthew Fagan has long been established as one of Australia’s finest exponents of the guitar. Matthew has toured with Billy Connolly, The Buena Vista Social Club, Shirley Bassey, Natalie Cole and Michael Crawford. Matthew’s virtuosic rendition of Bach’s famous Toccata in D Minor featured on ABC TV.
Matthew has performed in more than 120 countries worldwide as a soloist, with orchestra and bands including extensive touring across Europe, South America, Alaska, Canada, China, Japan and South East Asia. Matthew’s music education has been at the Victorian College of the Arts (Performance -Classical and improvisation), and Monash University (Ethnomusicology, Composition Education). Matthew has studied and/or performed with masters John Williams, Paco Pena, Leo Kottke, Martin Taylor, Joe Pass amongst others.
‘Matthew has a Latin Soul and we love his playing so much that we want to take him back home to Cuba’ Ibrahim Ferrer- The Original Buena Vista Social Club
‘A True Artist’ Paco Peña