“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.”
“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 that truly rare musician, who combines profound musical intelligence, curiosity and passion with a technique that allows anything. A complete artist.”
Andrew Blanch has been making a splash in recent years with frequent concertising, a number 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”.
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 has since returned to Sydney, and frequently gives 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.
Highs and lows, restlessness and repose, the memory of those beloved… Life, loss and Inspiration is a themed concert presented in two parts.
The first part provides an international perspective with music from France, Spain and Brazil by some of history’s most celebrated composers: Jean-Phillip Rameau, Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, Isaac Albeniz, Manuel de Falla, and Radames Gnattali.
Two extended works – Phillip Houghton’s Three Duets and Nigel Westlake’s Mosstrooper Peak – make for a more personal, and uniquely Australian second part.
Andrew Blanch and Ariel Nurhadi are a guitar duo based in Sydney, fast making a reputation for themselves for their exciting ensemble work and innovative directions.
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.
“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
“What is it about classical guitar players that they have such an innate connection to their instrument and its music? Is it that they cuddle their guitar with such intimacy? In his recital, Andrew Blanch provided no answers; his connection was archetypal…
…The very personable Blanch drew his audience into a private, calming and uplifting world of delicious expression and exquisite phrasing. He explored every nuance of his guitar’s range of moods and sounds…
..Andrew Blanch is a worthy inclusion in the stable of Australian classical guitarists. His style, personality, program choices and virtuosity will take him to the world and great acclaim. His debut CD, “Spanish Guitar Music”, released earlier this year proves it.”
Review in Full: Guitarist Shines with Confident Virtuosity
“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
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