“This disc [Spanish Guitar Music] secures this young musician’s place amongst a glittering Australian classical guitar constellation.”
“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.”
“[Spanish Guitar Music] is one of the best debut albums I have ever heard!”
Andrew Blanch has been making a splash in recent years with frequent concertising, a slew of competition prizes and widespread success of his debut CD Spanish Guitar Music. Soundboard Magazine (USA) called Spanish Guitar Music “one of the best debut albums I’ve ever heard”, Limelight Magazine (Australia) gave it 4 stars praising his “unique gifts” and the Melbourne Guitar Foundation has declared Andrew “one of Australia’s foremost classical guitarists” at the tender age of 25.
Growing up on the beaches of Sydney’s east, Andrew left for Canberra at the age of 18 to study with renowned guitarist Timothy Kain. After more than five years under Kain’s mentorship, Andrew took to the road, giving concerts around the country and abroad including recitals in Paris, London, Washington DC and a concerto performance with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Alumni Orchestra. He excelled on the competition circuit with over ten major prizes including First Place in both the Melbourne International Guitar Competition (2016) and the Whitworth-Roach Classical Music Competition (2015).
Andrew is now enjoying life in Sydney’s north, which he uses as a base between domestic and international touring. In his time at home, Andrew loves socialising with friends and making music with others and is working on several different musical collaborations including an exciting trio project with renowned guitarist Ariel Nurhadi and Australia’s premier baritone José Carbó.
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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’.
In a world first, Australia’s premiere baritone José Carbó is joined by acclaimed guitarists Andrew Blanch and Ariel Nurhadi for a gripping and varied tour de force: music by Schubert, Faure, Verdi, Debussy, de Falla, and more, re-imagined for a pioneering musical setting of just two guitars.
The trio first appeared together on stage at Canberra’s 2015 Voices in the Forest concert, where they performed music from Carbo’s ARIA-nominated album My Latin Heart. With the success of this performance, Carbo suggested collaborating on some European, classical works long close to his heart yet which, for the most part, had never been heard with a guitar accompaniment. Verdi’s Cortigiani (from the opera Rigoletto), Schubert’s fiendish Erlkönig, and Debussy’s enchanting Romance are just a few names that emerge from this daring and eclectic collection of original arrangements.
Whilst retaining their original charm, these pieces gain a fresh perspective through the direct touch and wide variety of colours and effects unique to the guitar, making them at once sensually appealing and immediately accessible.
2017, October 1st, 15:00Hobart, Tasmania, AustraliaHobart Classical Guitar SocietySolo Recital
2017, November 17thSydney, NSW, AustraliaUtzon Room, Sydney Opera HouseSolo Recital
2017, November 25thKangaroo Island, SA, AustraliaHouse ConcertSolo Recital
“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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