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This double bill concert marks the London debut of the outstanding Spanish guitarist Marco Socías and features a performance by the dynamic VIDA Guitar Quartet.
Marco Socías and the four members of the VIDA guitar quartet, Mark Ashford, Amanda Cook, Mark Eden and Chris Stell are excellent and patient teachers. This is your opportunity to study with them as part of the IGF Guitar Summit Classical Guitar Course. Book tickets here.
Marco Socías is one of Spain’s very best classical guitarists. Born in Málaga, into a family of guitarists, he became at the age of 21 the youngest guitar professor in Spain, and has been awarded 1st Prizes in some of the most prestigious international competitions, such as the Infanta Cristina, Fundación Guerrero, Madrid, Le Printemps de la Guitare, Belgium and the Concorso Internazionale di Gargnano in Italy. He tours widely in Europe, the US, the far east and Latin America in prestigious venues such as the Concergebouw, Amsterdam, Konzerthaus, Vienna, Auditorio Nacional, Madrid and the Philharmonie, Berlin. He has recorded 8 highly successful CDs including an outstanding live recording of Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez for Harmonia Mundi with the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada conducted by Josep Pons.
The programme includes music by Julián Bautista, Manuel de Falla, Emilio Pujol, Eduardo and Regino Sainz de la Maza.
The VIDA Guitar Quartet brings together four guitarists of exceptional artistry and ‘unerring musical instinct’ (Gramophone): Mark Ashford, Amanda Cook, Mark Eden and Christopher Stell.
VIDAʼs ability to ‘conjure up an orchestral palette of colour and effects’ (Classic FM) combined with their ‘exquisite tonal and dynamic control’ has firmly established them as a passionate and masterful ensemble that sparkles with ‘vitality and spontaneity’ (Acoustic). VIDAʼs seemingly effortless sense of ensemble and their broad range of timbres and dynamics evokes ‘listening to an entire orchestra and not merely to four guitars. There is only one word for it: magic’ (Gramophone).
Since forming in 2007, VIDA has performed to critical acclaim in major cities around the UK, USA and Europe. They are sought after artists in festivals throughout the UK, Europe and the US with recent concerts in Los Angeles (LMU Guitar Festival) and New York (Baruch Performing Arts Centre). They record for BGS Records and have been regular guests at IGF Festivals in London, Newcastle and Bath
Arcangelo Corelli: Concerto Grosso Op. 6, No. 8
George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Sergio Assad: Earekena