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Alchemy - Guitar Duets from Around the World

Alchemy - Guitar Duets from Around the World

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  • Thu 6 Dec ’18, 6:00pm – 8:00pm


Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History, 12 Bruce St, Masterton


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $28.62
  • Concession: $23.00
  • Under 12: $0.00

Andrew Blanch and Ariel Nurhadi have been described as “two stunning young guitarists…virtuosic” (Sydney Arts Guide) and have been praised for their “dazzling guitar playing” (ArtsHub).
Their performances have taken them around Australia, and they also collaborate with Australia’s celebrated baritone Josè Carbò in a group named The Josè Carbò Trio. In 2018, the duo will perform at the Glebe Music Festival and the Newcastle Music Festival with acclaimed soprano Deborah Humble, play a live set on FINE Music FM and tour New Zealand before embarking on a regional tour of Australia.

Their current duo project entitled Alchemy is named after the very first piece they learnt together, by the late great Australian guitarist and composer Phillip Houghton. Alchemy is something of a ‘world-tour’, featuring some of the finest music written/arranged for guitar duet, with masterpieces from France, Germany, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, USA, and Australia, including Houghton’s acclaimed ‘Three Duets’ that encapsulates Alchemy.

Programme At Aratoi
- Jean-Philippe Rameau (arr. Abreu Brothers) Suite in E minor: Le rappel des oiseaux / Musette en rondeaux / Rigaudons 1& 2
- Claude Debussy (arr. Bream-Williams) Clair de Lune / Golliwog’s Cakewalk
- Enrique Granados (arr. Emilio Pujol) Intermezzo
- Isaac Albeniz (arr. Miguel Llobet) Evocacion
- Manuel de Falla (arr. Emilio Pujol) Spanish Dance No. 1, La Vida Breve
- Peter Madlem Monte Carlo
- Radamés Gnattali Suite Retratos: Anacleto de Medeiros (schottisch) / Chiquinha Gonzaga (corta-jaca)
- Phillip HoughtonThree Duets: The Mantis and the Moon / Lament / Alchemy
- Astor Piazzolla Tango Suite

Andrew Blanch
Andrew Blanch is recognised as one of Australia’s leading young classical guitarists. He made his solo recital debut at the Sydney Opera House in 2017 to critical acclaim and to date his career has taken him around the world. His debut CD Spanish Guitar Music “secured this young musician’s place among a glittering Australian classical guitar constellation” (Limelight Magazine).
In addition to his work with the The José Carbó Trio, Andrew’s 2018 engagements include: concerto soloist in Nigel Westlake’s Antarctica Suite with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra conducted by the composer, invited artist to perform and adjudicate at the 3rd Biennial New Zealand Guitar Competition in Wellington, and a solo European tour including concerts in the UK, Italy and Spain, where he is a featured artist performing and giving masterclasses at the Festival Guitarra Maestro Joaquin Rodrigo.
Andrew is a graduate of Timothy Kain’s renowned guitar class at Australian National University and won ten major competition prizes including First Place in both the Melbourne International Guitar Competition (2016) and the Whitworth-Roach Classical Music Competition (2015).

Ariel Nurhadi
Melbourne-born Ariel Nurhadi is a Sydney-based classical guitarist. His diverse collaborations to date have included Llewellyn Quartet, an opera production of Dido and Aeneas, the clarinet-guitar ensemble Duo Divan and Canberra’s 2015 Voices in the Forest with José Carbó and Diego Torre of Opera Australia.
Ariel’s first solo album will feature works by Federico Moreno-Torroba, Manuel Ponce, Joaquin Turina, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, and Alexandre Tansman, as well as a collection of Catalan folksongs arranged by guitarist Miguel Llobet.
Ariel’s 2018 engagements include a tour of Australia with The Josè Carbò Trio, a tour of New Zealand with guitarist Andrew Blanch and Ariel will also adjudicate and perform at the 3rd Biennial New Zealand Guitar Competition, Wellington, New Zealand.
Ariel is a graduate of Timothy Kain’s renowned guitar class at the ANU, which he completed with first-class honours before being accepted into a PhD program under the auspices of the competitive Australian Postgraduate Award.

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