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Fabio Zanon ( BR )
"He commands a wonderfully mellow tone and his articulation is dazzling. (...) I have heard a good many guitarists in the last few years, but none to rival this wonderful player."
~Musical Opinion (UK)
Concert: Saturday the 15th of may 2010 at 8:30 P.M. ( concert reservation click here / dutch page )
Masterclasses: Sunday the 16th of may at 10 A.M. and at 2 P.M.
Fabio Zanon came to international prominence in 1996, when he was the first prize winner of two of the most prestigious international guitar competitions - the 30th Francisco Tarrega Prize in Spain and the 14th Guitar Foundation of America GFA Guitar Competition in the USA - in a space of a few weeks. These were followed by a successful tour of 56 concerts in the USA and Canada and by the launching of his first three CDs, which established his reputation as one the most all-embracing talents in the international guitar scene. His CD of Villa-Lobos'guitar works was hailed as a reference recording and his debut recital CD on Naxos was chosen best CD of 98 by the guitar critic of Gramophone magazine. His debut with a major orchestra was in March 98, when he stepped in at short notice for a performance of Piazzolla's Guitar Concerto with the London Philharmonic.
Fabio Zanon was born in Brazil, where he had his formal music training, first with his father and later with Antonio Guedes and Henrique Pinto. He gave his first concert at the age of 16, and his debut as an orchestral soloist happened two years later in Sao Paulo, but he only decided to concentrate on guitar performance after completing his education at the University of Sao Paulo, where he also studied composition and conducting. By the age of 20 he had been a top prize winner at many international competitions but, dissatisfied with his playing, he decided to carry on with studies with Michael Lewin at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he also attended Julian Bream's masterclasses and obtained a Masters degree from the University of London. He returned to the stage in 1995 with a successful concert at the Wigmore Hall in London.
Amongst the many awards Fabio Zanon has received one should mention the Santista Prize, the major artistic and scientific award in Brazil (which had never been awarded to an instrumental performer before), in recognition to the major role he has played in the development of Brazilian music. Past winners of this prize include architect Oscar Niemeyer and writer Jorge Amado.
His vast repertoire includes all the major pieces written for the guitar and more than 20 concertos. He is also an inspirational teacher; he has given masterclasses at many of the most prestigious universities, conservatories and festivals in North America, Europe and Brazil.
His interest in cinema has resulted in a number of successful collaborations, most notably with Oscar-winning composer Luis Bacalov's soundtracks for Les Enfants du Siecle and Women on Top. Bacalov is currently writing a guitar concerto to be premiered by Fabio Zanon.
The current season brings Zanon to a another tour of the USA and Canada, a return to the Wigmore Hall in London, and concerts in Spain, Germany, Austria, Romania, Poland, Portugal, Denmark, Italy, Great Britain, Ireland, Czech Republic and the Middle East, and the South American premiere of Ohana's Guitar Concerto in Sao Paulo .
This year will also mark the release of a CD of Sonatas by Scarlatti.
"In his debut [at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall], Fabio Zanon proved to be a performer who is able to unite immaculate technique and a beautiful tone into a clear and genuine musical statement. Zanon played amazingly fast when the piece requires it, never losing his solid sense of rhythm and phrasing. (...) Fabio Zanon is one of the few performers who can be certain to be remembered by his audience."
~Guitar Review, New York
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