Madras Guitar Quintet: At the BSM & In the press!
This weekend the Madras Guitar Quintet under the guidance of Thangadurai Samuel will perform at the Bangalore School of Music. This will be a programme of music by Handel, Tchaikovsky, Spinelli and more, all arranged for guitar.
Today’s edition of the Bangalore Mirror has a lovely feature of the Quintet with a focus on Mr Samuel.
Date & Time: 4th March, 7pm,
Venue: Aruna Sunderlal Auditorium, The Bangalore School of Music, RT Nagar, Bangalore
IGF Festivals 2015: Featured Artistes
We’ve invited the best classical guitar acts from across Asia to participate. Each city will have 8 concerts spanning over 4 days.
In the build up to the big event, we’re announcing their attendance on one at a time.
Click on the photos for a full artiste profile.
India & Philippines
The Basel Guitar Duo tour of India
This July the Basel Guitar Duo is on a tour of India.
July 19: Masterclass in Pune with the Pune Guitar Society
July 20: Concert in Pune organised by the Poona Music Society
July 22: Masterclass and concert in Chennai presented by Musee Musical and IGF
July 23: Concert in Auroville
July 25: Concert in Jaipur
The Basel Guitar Duo is made up of two Italian guitarists who live in Basel, Switzerland: Marco Bartoli and Salvatore Foderà.
Marco Bartoli won the Leandro Prize for best musician in Italy’s Umbria Region in 2008. He focuses his activity mainly on solo guitar and on chamber music in various ensembles. Marco pursued postgraduate studies at the Musik Akademie der Stadt-Basel (Switzerland) with Professor Stephan Schmidt. As of 2012, he now holds Master’s degrees in both Music Performance and Instrumental Didactics. He is currently classical guitar teacher at the Musikschule Allschwil (BL), Switzerland. He plays a Matthias Dammann guitar.
Salvatore Foderà, as a very young guitarist, has performed for many international music foundations and festivals. Both as a soloist and in chamber music ensemble he has given concerts in more than ten countries of Europe, Asia and South America. Since 2010 he has intensely been teaching at the Musikschule Muttenz in Basel (Switzerland) and at guitar workshops in different countries. He plays a Gabriele Lodi guitar.
MGS: In the press
While their guitars gently weep
The Madras Guitar Ensemble and their founder Thangadurai Samuel interviewed by the New Indian Express during a practise session
Strumming classical notes
A teaser in The Hindu for the The Madras Guitar Ensemble’s concert on April 26, 2015
Classical guitars to raise a toast to x’mas cheer
About the Madras Guitar Ensemble’s 2012 Christmas Concert in the New Indian Express
An ode to the classical guitar
An announcement for a concert by the Madras Guitar Ensemble on October 22, 2011 in the New Indian Express
Strumming up success
An interview in The Hindu with Thangadurai Samuel founder of the Madras Guitar Ensemble on his receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Calcutta Classical Guitar Society
Madras Guitar Society
The origins of the Madras Guitar Society goes back to 1988 when guitar maestro Thangadurai Samuel founded a society with the objectives of getting together people interested in the guitar and western classical music, grooming young talent into performing artistes and conducting periodical concerts. In time, the society evolved to become The Madras Guitar and String Ensemble in 1994 and then The Madras Guitar Ensemble.
Since inception, the Ensemble has staged 21 concerts and recordings have been broadcast over Radio and Television. The Ensemble has co-sponsored performances of renowned soloists and groups such as Christopher Laughlin from the United States of America, the Hans’che Weiss Wnsemble, Hucky Eichelmann, and the Duo Sonare from United Germany.
The group had its last concert in 2002. The long lull ended when Samuel reviewed the group in January, 2010 under a new name The Madras Guitar Ensemble. The ensemble consists of 17 classical guitarists. The members meet every Sunday between 4 and 7 for practice at the CSI Synod, Royapettah.
In 2015, the Madras Guitar Society has re-emerged in a new avatar, with focus on the growth and development of classical guitar in the city. Their first major project is the hosting of the Chennai International Classical Guitar Festival & Competition.