Paul GalbraithGuitar
Antônio MenesesCello

Paul Galbraith and Antônio Meneses

Saturday, November 3, 2018 | 7:30pm

Herbst TheatreVenue Information
San Francisco



Program Change

HAYDN (arr. Galbraith): Keyboard Sonata Hob. XVI 36 in C-sharp minor (trans. E minor)
SCHUBERT: Sonata in A minor, D. 821 “Arpeggione”
CLOVIS PEREIRA: O Canto do Cego (The Blind Man's Song) from Suite Macambira for Solo Cello
RADAMÉS GNATALLI: Sonata for Cello and Guitar
ANDRE MEHMARI: Lyric Suite, or Four Places in Imaginary Brazil [West Coast Premiere]

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This presentation is made possible in part by the generous support of Roger and Satomi Miles.

About This Performance

Classical guitarist Paul Galbraith (who is known for his unusual guitar technique of holding the guitar like a cello), performs a beautiful program featuring Schubert’s “Arpeggione” sonata with cellist Antonio Meneses, formerly of the Beaux Arts Trio.

Performer Biographies

Paul Galbraith is internationally renowned as one of the foremost guitarists of our time. The depth of his interpretations, along with his revolutionary playing style and instrument, have made him an instantly recognizable figure in the world of classical music. Galbraith’s guitar is supported by a metal endpin, similar to that of a cello, which rests on a wooden resonance box. It has two extra strings, one high, one low, increasing its range to an unprecedented extent.

Galbraith’s recording of the Complete Bach Violin Sonatas and Partitas was nominated for a Grammy Award and was chosen as one of the two best CDs of the year by Gramophone Magazine, which called it “a landmark in the history of guitar recordings.” It received a “Four Star” rating in Stereo Review, and reached the Top 10 on Billboard’s classical charts. Galbraith has also received tremendous critical acclaim for his arrangements and recordings of Bach’s lute and cello suites, as well as piano music by Haydn, Mozart, Debussy, and Ravel.

At 17, Galbraith won the Silver Medal at the Segovia International Guitar Competition. Andrés Segovia, who was present, called his playing “magnificent.” This award launched a career including engagements with major orchestras in Europe. Galbraith was chosen for the Canadian Broadcast Corporation’s special “Tribute to Glenn Gould” concert, which was broadcast across Canada on the 25th anniversary of the great pianist’s death.

Galbraith has recently appeared in festivals in Vienna and in Spain, Italy, China and South Korea. He made his New York debut at the Frick Collection, receiving a rave review in the New York Times. He has appeared three times on both Lincoln Center’s “Great Performances” series and at the 92nd Street Y in New York. His engagements take him to nearly every major American and European city.

Born in Scotland, Galbraith has lived in Malawi, Greece, Brazil, and Switzerland. He now resides in Cambridge, England, and is a professor at the Music Academy of Basel.

Born in Recife, Brazil, in 1957 into a family of musicians, Antônio Meneses began his cello studies at the age of ten. At 16, he met the famous Italian cellist Antonio Janigro and was asked to join Janigro’s classes in Düsseldorf and later in Stuttgart.

Meneses won the First Prize at the 1977 ARD International Competition in Munich and the First Prize and Gold Medal at the 1982 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.

Appearing in the music capitals of Europe, the Americas and Asia, Meneses has performed with most of the world’s leading orchestras in Berlin, London, Amsterdam, Vienna, Paris, Prague, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Munich, New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Tokyo.

Meneses was a member of the legendary Beaux Arts Trio from 1998 through the Trio’s retirement in 2008. He has collaborated with the Vermeer Quartet and gives chamber music concerts and duo recitals with pianists including Menahem Pressler and Maria João Pires.

Recent performance highlights include performances with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Maxim Vengerov at London’s Barbican Centre, appearances at the Aldeburgh and Edinburgh International Festivals, and recitals at London’s Wigmore Hall.

Among the conductors with whom he has collaborated are Claudio Abbado, Gerd Albrecht, Herbert Blomstedt, Semyon Bychkov, Riccardo Chailly, Sir Andrew Davis, Charles Dutoit, Daniele Gatti, Neeme Järvi, Mariss Jansons, Herbert von Karajan, Riccardo Muti, Eiji Oue, André Previn, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Kurt Sanderling, Yuri Temirkanov and Christian Thielemann.

Meneses has made two recordings for Deutsche Grammophon with Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. He has released the complete works for cello by Villa-Lobos, David Popper and CPE Bach; the Six Bach Cello Suites; the complete works for cello and piano by Schubert and Schumann; a Beethoven disc with Menahem Pressler; Haydn’s cello concertos; the Concertino by Clóvis Pereira with the Royal Northern Sinfonia; and a CD of the Elgar and Gál concertos with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Claudio Cruz, which was nominated for a Grammy Award.

Meneses teaches at the Conservatory of Bern, Switzerland since 2008.

Antônio Meneses Performs with André Mehmari