Tom Kerstens’ G Plus Ensemble plays premieres of new IGF commissions: work by Léo Brouwer, Joe Cutler, Howard Skempton, Laura Snowden and Errollyn Wallen. The programme also includes a work by Toru Takemitsu.
Tom Kerstens is a major figure in the guitar world. He is highly regarded as a versatile performer on modern and period instruments and is an influential champion of the guitar in his roles as player, recording artist and artistic director. He was chosen in Classic FM’s list of the ‘100 best classical artists’ and ‘Five best guitarists world-wide’ whilst hailed as a ‘refreshing musical explorer’. He has commissioned 96 works for IGF in the past 20 years. His G Plus Ensemble consists of one or two guitars, string quartet and percussion and is exclusively dedicated to new music.
‘Tom Kerstens is in a rather different league… he manages to make the guitar sound like a harp, a human voice or even a whole orchestra… his interpretations continue to amaze… Vivid, colourful guitar playing.’ BBC Radio 3
‘A true poet of the guitar’ Gramophone
‘Tom Kerstens is an outstanding guitarist…he works tirelessly to commission new music for the guitar’ Classic FM