Rovshan Mamedkuliev (Winner 2012 Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) Competition)
Rovshan Mamedkuliev was first prize-winner at the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America Competition in 2012, and now stands as one of the world's most exciting young instrumentalists. He has constructed a program with several themes. Iberian music is represented by Falla, Albeniz and Turina, and by two of the titans of guitar playing, Miguel Llobet and Francisco Tarrega. He also includes music by his Azerbaijani compatriot, Fikret Amirov, whose folkloric-influenced music is another thematic link. The kaleidoscopic Just How Funky Are You by Andrew York and Leo Brouwer's An Idea explore the guitar's contemporary vitality. Mahmedkuliev celebrates the Spanish lineage of the instrument with some canonic pieces, but also appeals more widely via contemporary music and by promoting the music of his compatriot. This disc will appeal both to admirers of this exciting new guitarist and to his repertoire choices. In 2006 Rovshan Mamedkuliev received a Grant from Vladimir Putin, Russian President, for high achievements in the arts. As a soloist he has performed with a wide variety of distinguished ensembles and orchestras and played in major concert venues throughout the world.
Falla (arr. Keigo Fujii) La vida breve - Danza No 1, Amirov (arr. Mamedkuliev) 12 Miniatures (excerpts), Llobet Variations on a Theme of Sor Op 15, Rudnev 'Ivushka' (Russian Folk Song Variations), Albeniz (arr. Tarrega) Suite espanola Op 47 - No 3 Sevilla (Sevillanas) , Turina Sevillana (Fantasia), Castelnuovo Tedesco Capriccio diabolico (Omaggio a Paganini), York Just How Funky Are You, Brouwer An Idea (Passacaglia for Eli), Tarrega Jota
Running Time: 1 hr 8 min