ESPANA - EL VITO- THE SPIRIT OF SPAIN/ &TANGO
Piano and Guitar Recital
Starring Nicholas Young, Internationally acclaimed, Award Winning concert pianist
& ‘Young Steinway Artist’ & renowned 10 String Spanish Classical Guitarist Matthew Fagan
RODRIGO-ALBENIZ-GISMONTI- DE FALLA & MORE
A celebration of Spanish repertoire for the guitar and piano, from classical masterpieces
to flamenco styles of Paco De Lucia and Paco Pena and modern jazz.
Internationally acclaimed, Award Winning concert pianist, ‘Young Steinway Artist’ Nicholas Young joins internationally renowned 10 String Guitarist Matthew Fagan to combining musical passion and virtuosity to celebrate the Spirit of Spain “El Vito”.
The duo in a world first, bring together the traditional flamenco elements of Spanish Guitar with the concert masterpieces of composers Isaac Albeniz, Manuel De Falla, Joaquin Rodrigo in stunning new arrangements. The great concert music of the Spanish Piano Masters Albeniz and Granados are reinterpreted exploring the exhilarating flamenco guitar techniques of Paco De Lucia and Paco Pena blending with virtuoso concert piano.
Highlights of “Espana” are Sevilla, Asturias and Tango of Isaac Albeniz combined with the traditional flamenco guitar dances of “Sevillianis”, “Granadinas” and “Tangos” that initially inspired Albeniz. Rodrigo’s famous Concierto de Aranjuez is explored through its flamenco origins of “Tarantos” and “Rodena” combined with the stunning orchestral realisation arranged for Concert Piano. The famous dances from Manuel De Falla ballet “The Three Cornered Hat, El sombrero de tres picos is performed with stunning flamenco fire with the orchestral piano arrangement. A world premiere of Egberto Gismonti piece.
“Frevo Rasgado” as originally performed by Paco De Lucia and John McLaughlin has been reinterpreted for concert piano and 10 String Guitar with stunning rhythmic drive and stunning orchestration.“Espana El Vito” celebrates the passion and grand vision of Orchestral Spanish music arranged for concert piano with the rhythmic drive and fire of Spanish Flamenco Guitar. All these colors of Spanish Music from passionate dance to the beautiful emotive melody of Andalucia are the journey of “Espana El Vito”.
Albeniz Sevilla (from Suite Espanola No. 1, Op. 47) (5’)
[Fagan] Flamenco Guitar (8’) *MF guitar solo
Albeniz ‘Evocacion’ & ‘Triana’ (from Iberia) (9’) * NY piano solo
Azpiazu ‘El Vito’ (6’)
De Falla Dance of the Miller (from El sombrero de tres picos) (3’)
De Falla Ritual Fire Dance (from El amor brujo) (5’)
Gismonti arr. de Lucia / McLaughlin Frevo Rasgado (10’)
Albeniz Tango (from Espana, Op. 165) (3’)
Fagan / Young Fantasy on Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez (10’)
Lecuona Malaguena (from Suite Andalucia) (3.5’)
NICHOLAS YOUNG- Piano
Born in Sydney and currently based in Melbourne, pianist and Young Steinway Artist Nicholas Young has regularly concertised throughout Australia and Europe, appearing as soloist with the Vienna International, West Australian, Queensland, Adelaide and Willoughby Symphony Orchestras. An avid supporter of new music, he has given national or world premieres of several works including Calogero Panvino’s 'Sonata 101' (2010), Huck Hodge’s 'Omen, unscroll a canon war! (Hommage à Nancarrow)' (2010) and Hakan Ulus’ 'Gumu’ah' (2015) and 'Alaq' (2015).
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, and Winner of 2 of Australia’s most prestigious piano awards the 2016 Allison/Henderson Sydney Eisteddfod and Michael Kieran Harvey Piano Scholarships. During his overseas studies, supported by the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship, Nicholas received First Prize of the 2015 ‘Grand Prize Virtuoso’ International Music Competition (London), Third Prize of the 15th Rome International Piano Competition, and Honourable Mentions at the 7th International Rosario Marciano Piano Competition (Vienna) and 1st International Cochran Piano Competition.
In 2013, Nicholas graduated from a Bachelor of Music (Performance) with First Class Honours and received a University Medal; Nicholas undertook Masters studies at the Universitat Mozarteum Salzburg with Claudius Tanski, where he had master classes with Dmitri Bashkirov, Christian Zacharias, Robert Levin, Dominique Merlet and Jaques Rouvier among many others. Nicholas went on to graduate with Distinction and the highest possible grades in all performance and academic components.
"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, July 2016
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), Monash University (Ethnomusicology, Composition Education) and a Masters PHD of Cultural Development at the University of Melbourne. 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