“This disc [Spanish Guitar Music] secures this young musician’s place amongst a glittering Australian classical guitar constellation.”
“[Spanish Guitar Music] is one of the best debut albums I have ever heard!”
“Andrew Blanch is a gift to the guitar. Rarely does this instrument enjoy being played by someone of such musicality. His playing changes the air in a room and his career will be a delight to follow as it unfolds.”
“Andrew Blanch is that truly rare musician, who combines profound musical intelligence, curiosity and passion with a technique that allows anything. A complete artist.”
Andrew Blanch’s regular performances nationally and internationally, success in music competitions and his recent debut CD release Spanish Guitar Music are earning him “a reputation as one of the country’s leading young classical guitarists” (MGF).
Andrew has won prizes in nine music competitions nationally and internationally including First Prize at the Inaugural Whitworth-Roach Classical Music Competition open to all instruments.
Andrew’s debut solo CD, Spanish Guitar Music, released this year has been met by critical acclaim: “Andrew Blanch is the real deal… Extremely enjoyable from start to finish.” (ClassicsToday.com); “This is one of the best debut albums I have ever heard.” (Soundboard Magazine); “This disc secures this young musician’s place amongst a glittering Australian classical guitar constellation.” (Limelight Magazine)
Andrew has a Bachelor of Music with first-class honours from the Australian National University. His PhD in expert tertiary guitar pedagogy has afforded him privileged access to film and analyse the teaching practices of world-renowned guitar pedagogues, Timothy Kain (Australia) and Judicael Perroy (France).
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Be transported by the exquisitely colourful, profoundly expressive and infectiously rhythmic music of Brazil, Paraguay and Venezuela in an intimate recital with one of Australia’s most promising young soloists, Andrew Blanch.
Andrew’s next major foray into the guitar music of Latin America will be showcased in the first half of this evening’s concert with works by: Ignacio “Indio” Figueredo, Vicente Emilio Sojo, Benito Canonico, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Augustin Barrios Mangore and Raphael Rabello.
The second half features three larger and more substantial works from the repertoire. Andrew will play his own arrangement of J.S. Bach’s Violin Sonata No.1 in G minor BWV 1001; the popular 19th century showpiece, Carnival of Venice by Francisco Tarrega; and an arrangement of the Marimba Dances, a set of three pieces by one of Australia’s foremost composers, Ross Edwards.
Alchemy represents an exciting guitar duo project with close friend and fellow musician Ariel Nurhadi.
Ariel and Andrew first met in University in 2010 where they studied together with the same teacher and in some of the same classes. A close friendship formed but it wouldn’t be for several years that Andrew and Ariel began playing together. ‘Alchemy’ by Sydney-based composer Philip Houghton was the piece that brought them together and they’ve been playing together ever since.
Their program for the 2017/2018 seasons showcases the many colours and musical possibilities of the guitar duo with an eclectic program of music from Spain, France, Brazil, North America, and Australia, including the piece that started it all, ‘Alchemy’.
“Anyone looking for an extremely enjoyable Spanish guitar collection could hardly ask for more.”
9/10 Artistic Quality
9/10 Sound Quality
- David Hurwitz, Executive Editor of ClassicsToday.com
“Yes, this is a classic ‘calling card’ recording mostly comprising safe, familiar repertoire (the Castelnuovo-Tedesco will perhaps be less familiar to casual listeners). But that’s the idea: how better to measure Blanch’s unique gifts than by comparing them with other guitarists playing the same works?
Impeccably produced by Timothy Kain, this disc secures this young musician’s place amongst a glittering Australian classical guitar constellation.”
Review in full: Spanish Guitar Music (Andrew Blanch)
9/10 Artistic quality
9/10 Sound quality.
“Andrew Blanch is the real deal: a classical guitarist with the technique and musicality to put a personal stamp on some popular Spanish pieces, while assembling a program containing less conventional items as well. The result is extremely enjoyable from start to finish, smartly assembled for continuous listening, and above all honest.”
Review in full: Andrew Blanch: Spanish Classical Guitar with no BS
“Blanch’s wide dynamic range and tonal ranges bespeak a deep understanding of the music… This is one of the best debut albums I have ever heard.”
Review in full: Spanish Guitar Music
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