Fabio Zanon

Concert, Masterclasses & Jury

Fabio brak internationaal door in 1996 toen hij binnen twee weken de eerste prijs won op twee van de meest prestigieuze internationale gitaarcompetities – de 30e Francisco Tarrega Prijs in Spanje en de 14e Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) Competition in de VS. Hierna volgde een succesvolle tournee met 56 concerten in de VS en Canada en de presentatie van drie CD’s, waarmee hij zijn reputatie als een van de meest veelomvattende talenten in de internationale gitaarwereld vestigde. Zijn CD met opnames van Villa-Lobos’ gitaar composities wordt als gouden standaard geroemd en zijn debuut recital-CD bij Naxos werd
in 1998 door de gitaar recensent van Gramaphone Magazine uitgeroepen tot beste van het jaar. In maart 1998 debuteerde hij met groot orkest toen hij op het laatste moment als inviel als solist bij de uitvoering van Piazzolla’s Gitaarc Concerto met de London Philharmonic.

Hij is in Brazilië geboren en begon daar zijn muzikale scholing, aanvankelijk bij zijn vader en aansluitend bij Antonio Guedes en Henrique Pinto. Hij gaf zijn eerste concert op zijn 16e en debuteerde twee jaar later als solist met orkest in Sao Paulo. Pas nadat hij zijn universitaire opleiding compositie en directie in Sao Paulo had afgerond besloot hij zich geheel te richten op de gitaar. Op zijn 20e had hij vele prijzen op internationale competities gewonnen maar zelf was hij niet tevreden over zijn spel. Hierop besloot hij zijn studie voort te zetten bij Michael Lewin op de Royal Academy of Music in Londen, alwaar hij ook deelnam aan de masterclasses van Julian Bream en zijn Master behaalde aan de University of London. In 1995 keerde hij terug op het podium met een succesvol optreden in de Wigmore Hall in Londen.

Onder de vele onderscheidingen die Fabio heeft ontvangen is de Santisca Prize, de belangrijkste artistieke en wetenschappelijke onderscheiding in Brazilië (die nooit eerder was toegekend aan een instrumentalist) als erkenning voor zijn grote rol voor de ontwikkeling van de Braziliaanse muziek. Eerdere winnaars van deze prijs waren onder andere de architect Oscar Niemeyer en de schrijver Jorge Amado. Zijn brede repertoire omvat alle grote werken die voor gitaar zijn geschreven en meer dan 20 concerti. Hij is tevens een inspirerende docent en verzorgt masterclasses op vele prestigieuze universiteiten, conservatoria en festivals in Noord-Amerika, Europa en Brazilië.

Zijn voorliefde voor film heeft geleid een aantal keer tot succesvolle samenwerking geleid. De soundtracks voor Les Enfants du Siecle en Women on Top van de Oscaar-winnende componist Luis Bascalov springen daarbij het meest in het oog. In de afgelopen jaren heeft zijn intensieve programma geresulteerd in solo- en ensemble opnames, tournees door de VS en Canada, een terugkeer naar Wigmore Hall, en optredens in Zuid-Amerika, het Midden-Oosten en door heel Europa, speciaal in 2009-2010 om aandacht te besteden aan het 50 e sterfjaar van zijn landgenoot Villa-Lobos. Tevens bracht hij een CD uit met Sonates van Scarlatti.

Fabio 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’s 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 1998, when he stepped in at short notice for a performance of Piazzolla’s Guitar Concerto with the London Philharmonic.

He 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 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 Fabio 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 Wigmore Hall in London.

Amongst the many awards Fabio has received is 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 and gives masterclasses at many 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.

Over recent years a busy schedule has involved him in solo and ensemble recordings, tours of the USA and Canada, a return to the Wigmore Hall, and performances in South America, the Middle East and throughout Europe, particularly in 2009–10 to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of his compatriot Villa-Lobos, as well as the release of a CD of Sonatas by Scarlatti.

Fabio 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’s 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 1998, when he stepped in at short notice for a performance of Piazzolla’s Guitar Concerto with the London Philharmonic.

He 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 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 Fabio 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 Wigmore Hall in London.

Amongst the many awards Fabio has received is 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 and gives masterclasses at many 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.

Over recent years a busy schedule has involved him in solo and ensemble recordings, tours of the USA and Canada, a return to the Wigmore Hall, and performances in South America, the Middle East and throughout Europe, particularly in 2009–10 to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of his compatriot Villa-Lobos, as well as the release of a CD of Sonatas by Scarlatti.

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