Andrea González CaballeroGuitar
Presented in association with OMNI Foundation for the Performing Arts
Saturday, December 3, 2022 | 7:30pm
St. Mark’s Lutheran ChurchVenue Information
About This Performance
Opera World Magazine describes Andrea González Caballero as “the female voice of the Spanish guitar.” Joined by Russian-born flamenco guitarist Grisha Goryachev, whose life was forever changed after being invited to play for flamenco virtuoso Paco de Lucía, the two come together for an evening of music from Spain.
A Night of Spanish Guitar
Opera World Magazine describes Andrea González Caballero as “the female voice of the Spanish guitar.” Andrea is a laureate of multiple prestigious international guitar competitions, receiving First Prize and Special Prize at the XL International Competition F. Sor (Rome), and First Prize at the XIII Alhambra International Guitar Competition (Valencia), where she was the youngest guitarist to receive first prize.
BBC Music Magazine described her as one of today’s young rising stars of the classical guitar. Andrea has appeared at international festivals and concert series around the world. Recent highlights include performances at Palau de la Música in Barcelona, National Auditorium and Juan March Foundation in Madrid, as well as performances with Sinfonietta Ratingen and Neue Philharmonie Westfalen in Germany. Selected by the International Guitar Foundation of London to perform as a soloist in international music festivals such as the London Guitar Festival, she debuted in the UK offering concerts at venues like King’s Cross in London and Sage Gateshead in Newcastle.
Andrea’s debut 2017 CD, which contains the premiere of new guitar compositions and pieces by composers like B.Britten, Albéniz, and Tárrega was received with great acclaim: “This album is a delicate, elegant and majestic musical work…” obtaining the Golden Melomano distinction by Melomano Magazine.
Andrea has been supported by Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), AIE (Society of Performing Artists of Spain), and Provincial Council of Guipuzcoa, to study at the Robert Schumann Musikhochschule in Düsseldorf (Germany), where she graduated with honors. Andrea has recently obtained a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, receiving the James Winship Lewis Memorial Prize.
In her effort to promote and expand the classical guitar repertoire, Andrea has premiered pieces composed by Sergio Assad, Joaquín Clerch, Carlos Fernando López and Dustin Carlson, among others. In addition, her most recent projects include the participation in the film No Man’s Land, co-composing and performing part of the soundtrack, and the release of the recording EUSKARAZ in collaboration with the Grammy®-winning composer and producer Carlos Fernando López.
A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, Grisha Goryachev is renowned for his extraordinary musical sensitivity and technical virtuosity in both classical and flamenco styles.
Grisha is one of very few guitarists in the world who is reviving the tradition of solo flamenco guitar in a concert setting that was practiced by legendary flamenco masters such as Ramón Montoya and Sabicas. Grisha strives to keep alive older flamenco masterpieces that now exist only on records by performing them in concerts. He creates his own interpretations of these masterpieces, using dynamics and tone colors usually associated with classical guitar.
Grisha began playing guitar at the age of six, studying first with his father, Dmitry, an acknowledged master teacher of the instrument. At nine years old, Grisha started his performing career as a child prodigy. His numerous performances before large audiences in the most prestigious concert halls in the Soviet Union were highly praised.
Following a tour of Spain, Grisha was invited to play for flamenco legend Paco de Lucía, who soon after personally intervened in support of his application for an American visa, which was awarded in 1997 on the basis of “Extraordinary Ability.” In 2005, Grisha was awarded the prize for Best Performance of Spanish Music at the VI International Classical Guitar Competition Julian Arcás in Almería, Spain.
Grisha received his Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he studied under famous guitar virtuoso Eliot Fisk.
Since his immigration to the United States, Grisha has toured extensively in the states and abroad as a performer, instructor, and judge for many prominent festivals and venues. A firm believer in exposing younger generations to the beauty of classical and flamenco guitar, he likes to include outreach performances and workshops at schools as part of his concert tours. He has recorded two CDs: Alma Flamenca, and Homenaje a Sabicas.