The highlight of this evening is an unmissable performance by one of the greatest guitar acts of all time: the Assad Brothers guitar duo from Brazil featuring Sergio and Odair Assad.
The Assad Brothers have set new performance standards in classical guitar with their astonishing technique, exceptional artistry and seamless ensemble. Because they famously play all their music from memory and because of the fact that they have played together since childhood, their performances – uniquely for classical guitar – create the impression that they are improvising like virtuosic, even telepathic jazz musicians. They have made a major contribution to the creation of a new repertoire for two guitars – many composers including Astor Piazzolla, Terry Riley, Radamés Gnattali and Roland Dyens have written new works for them whilst Sergio Assad is a celebrated composer in his own right. The Assad Brothers also enjoy a number of longstanding collaborations with a number fantastic instrumentalist including cellist Yo-Yo Ma and clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera.